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Simone Oliver


With a career over 20 years, Simone has lead her creative team at Geyer to develop award winning workplace, hospitality and learning communities for some of the worlds foremost companies and institutions. Her diversity of clients include Qantas, Westpac, Rio Tinto and Group of 8 Universities across Australia. As a Partner and Global Design Leader at Geyer, her creative leadership has successfully contributed to winning key accounts across 5 locations leading to the establishment of 3 additional studio locations at Geyer including Brisbane & Singapore. Simone maintains an enduring relationship with Australian Design Institutions ,Universities and The Design Institute of Australia, regularly critiquing graduate projects, contributing to course development and industry accreditation. She has assembled and mentored a world-class creative team of the industries best and brightest talent within the Sydney Studio, and indeed across geyers five locations. She is an Industry spokesperson with a passion for sharing knowledge and has participated as a judge for the Australian Interior Design Awards and Graduate Of The Year Awards (GOTYA). Her public speaking assignments have included University lecturing, panels, debate teams, and keynote address at industry conferences and forums.


UoN_ Auchmuty Library

The University of Newcastle sought to refurbish a lounge area of the Auchmuty Library, located on the Callaghan Campus University of Newcastle, which formed a further stage of the incremental modernising of the main Library on Campus. The Learning Lounge (L305 and L306) is a popular space with close proximity to the main entrance and existing staffed service points. The Learning Lounge area presented an opportunity for student collaborative spaces to improve the student experience and the modernisation of the Auchmuty Library. The design concept was to develop concept design, schematic design and documentation for the internal refurbishment of rooms 305 and 306 within the library into a modern, innovative, and flexible collaborative study space. Part of this work was creation of a new 24-hour entry and new façade openings onto the bushland campus. Simone and her team consulted with stakeholders, including student user groups who already utilised the space to establish the project brief. This consultation resulted in a thorough consideration of design, including design options to achieve functional and efficient spatial arrangement. SIZE: 600sqm ROLE: Project Director and CRM to the University of Newcastle

Qantas Premium Lounge Brisbane IA

Designed to offering travellers a stylish way to relax, work and dine in before overseas flights, the new Brisbane International Lounge “reflects the natural beauty of the Queensland landscape through natural light, furniture and design”, says Gareth Evans, Qantas International CEO. Geyer collaborated with Qantas to design the unique elements in the new lounge. Inspired by unique beauty of the north of Australia and the warmth familiarity of a Queensland home, the lounge has been designed to offer a pre-flight experience centred around wellbeing and the practical needs of today’s international traveller. “It has been an exciting and rewarding journey working with Qantas and The Rockpool Group to create the new International Lounge for Brisbane Airport,” says Simone Oliver, Partner and Global Design Leader at Geyer said, “The lounge has been designed to reflect a quintessential Queensland vernacular and Regionality. The environment we sought to create brings together lightness, quality and more ‘open shirt collar’ feel than other lounges.” Split across two levels, The Brisbane International Lounge offers around 30 per cent more space than previous lounges, and recalls the award winning Hong Kong and Singapore Lounge concepts.

SAS, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Student Administration Services Centre sought a transformed student services experience. The new space supports unexpected spatial experiences encouraging new exchanges between students and staff. Adopting innovative technologies enables student self-service capabilities, integration of a contact centre and elevation of a centralised in-person service capability. The University of Sydney required a high performing student administration service (SAS) to manage the student lifecycle from enrolment and throughout student candidature. The new space delivers an open and collaborative service experience that is professional and supportive to the students. Historically used for traditional student processing, the site was challenging due to traffic flow, peak period crowding, noise and discomfort, and highly institutional work practices. The opportunity presented to build coherency into the student experience through integrating new work models supported by technology, and humanising the user experience through spatial elements and materials. The design allows standardisation and enhancement of existing business processes; transition to centralised services delivering in partnership with faculties; technology enhancements including extension of online services, workflow, case management; enhancements to core administration systems and the SAS facilities. The dynamic space meets students’ needs via; a concierge function, queue management incorporating mobile technology, open plan self-service or coached service and dedicated one-on-one interview facilities. Using bespoke, technology enhanced work settings to provide a range of private and semi-private meetings negates the need for built spaces. Dissolving traditional back and front of house functions resulted in an open and undulating landscape promoting transparency between students and staff.

Westpac Melbourne Headquarters

WORKPLACE.Westpac’s landmark environment in Melbourne encourages its people to embrace a more efficient and effective workplace proposition that enables swift response to change. The workplace delivers on Westpac's key business imperatives: to make people an important part of their advantage and to reinforce their leadership and sustainability focus. Situated in an iconic location at 150 Collins Street, Westpac’s new Melbourne headquarters allows the company to have a high profile city location that differentiates itself from competitors. The Geyer designed environment is human centered, supporting Westpac's focus on people as a significant part of their advantage. The people first approach involved translating Westpac's WorkSMART strategy into the physical workplace. Geyer undertook a time utilisation study to determine the appropriate level of activity based working for Westpac to adopt given the nature of work within the building. The resulting design strategy focused on intuitive space planning based on natural human behaviours. A pilot floor tested the recommended level of activity-based working and has been a key tool in the change management strategy for the adoption of WorkSMART. The Melbourne workplace has a significant focus on health and wellbeing to enhance performance and effectiveness, and provides opportunities to foster community and create a sense of belonging. Westpac's agile working environment is designed to provide flexibility in how and where Westpac people work. Designated neighbourhoods were adopted with 100% non-designated seating across the whole business; each neighbourhood provides a diversity of places to work, reflect, share knowledge, socialise, engage and connect. There is a breadth of spaces that provide a wider selection of choices with less delineation between work positions and other places to work. Every space within the workplace is considered another place to work or exchange with both colleagues and clients, with a multitude of hospitality destinations for meetings and entertainment. The central stair also provides a visual connection to the street, anchoring the workplace to the Collins Street address. Underpinning the agility of the workplace is the adoption of evolved technology and storage strategies to support mobility, facilitating an innovative flexible working environment across different brands and geographies.150 Collins Street is designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS and 6 Star Green Star rating. The climate responsive architecture applies advanced green technology and principles throughout to ensure minimum energy usage. The ecological design is compatible with Westpac’s leadership in sustainability. SILVER AWARD WORKPLACE MELBOURNE DESIGN 100.

King &Wood Mallesons

As one of Australia’s leading legal firms, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) faces stiff competition to attract and keep the best talent. Their approach is to present KWM to a firm that is dynamic, innovative, knowledgeable and offers not only a path to partnership, but also reward and recognition. A key pillar in this approach was creating an innovative new workplace. The new workplace for KWM supports flexible working by providing spaces for focused and collaborative tasks. The ability to protect privacy and confidentiality, and coordinate noise and distraction were also critical factors in our development of the workplace strategy. As a consequence, Geyer recently completed the refurbishment of the KWM workplace in Governor Phillip Tower in Sydney.
Ongoing projects include their Melbourne and Canberra workplaces. These national workplaces will all align with KWM’s over-arching vision and the needs of the local partnership in each state. SIZE : Sydney 10,000 m2 Perth 5,000 m2Melbourne 10,000 m2 Canberra 3,000 m AWARDS: Design Institute of Australia (WA) Awards 2014: Best In State, Best Corporate Interior SHORTLISTED: AIDA Awards 2015: Workplace ROLE _ Design Leader