Steven Paynter’s leadership has been instrumental in the firm’s continued growth in the Toronto market. He oversees a studio of 40+ architects and designers with responsibility for projects that span large scale master planning, complex adaptive reuse and repositioning projects, and new, ground-up buildings. His leadership within the firm further extends to his role as the Northeast region’s Practice Area Leader for Corporate Office Buildings. In this role, Paynter will lead the region’s thought-leadership and market position around the most pressing challenges facing landlords and developers.
At the nexus of technology, art and engineering, you will find Craig Baudin: a highly credentialed and experienced contemporary architect with an ‘inception to completion’ approach, who thrives on the challenge of delivering big, ambitious and complex projects.
And yet to focus solely on his project work—which includes delivery of the entire NewActon precinct over a 10-year period, and currently, the super tall Australia 108 tower—is to see but a fraction of his contribution to the practice.
Indeed, having established our BIM design standards and quality assurance processes, Craig’s influence extends to every project the practice undertakes, and is thus key to the firm’s reputation for producing industry best documentation.
Add to that his prolific productivity, insatiable curiosity, commitment to mentoring and legendary capacity to keep every project detail, top of mind, and you can appreciate why Craig is so highly respected by clients and builders, and regarded as “the architect’s architect” by his practice colleagues.
George Abraham is an established and respected leader within the construction industry, with a track record for delivering major complex projects.
As Managing Director, George oversees Hickory operations and works currently under contract worth over $1 billion.
With previous experience as a project and construction manager, working directly with key stakeholders and clients, George maintains a positive, hands-on approach in his role to ensure construction projects are delivered to the highest standards.
As a champion of quality and safety, George continually strives to raise industry standards and set new benchmarks in Australian construction on time, cost and quality.
In 2019, George proudly accepted the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Award on behalf of Hickory for Construction Excellence, recognising projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of construction in tall buildings.
George fosters an inclusive and collaborative culture at Hickory, leading teams to achieve outstanding results. He inspires action by sharing his knowledge and experience, with a natural ability to empower and unlock potential in others.
Valuing loyalty and transparency, George is an accessible leader who earns respect by investing in relationships.
Having previously worked for tier one construction companies, including Brookfield Multiplex and Baulderstone Hornibrook, George’s career has been on an upward trajectory since graduating with 1st class honours from a Construction Management Degree. Recognised for his strong leadership skills, stakeholder management and knowledge of industrial relations, he quickly rose to prominence in the industry and is now set to lead Hickory’s future success.
With 30 years of experience, Ray Brown is actively involved in strategy, design, and oversight of projects, working across multiple teams in mixed-use commercial, residential, education, and cultural sectors.
Sensitive to how buildings relate to their surroundings, Ray understands urban context and believes the best design solutions are underpinned by rigorous analysis and supported by open and collaborative client engagement. He advocates for design that is led by end-user perspectives to achieve commercial viability, efficiency, and civic value.
Ray has formed successful collaborative relationships with several prestigious international architects, most notably with acclaimed German studio Christoph Ingenhoven to co-design the multi award winning 1 Bligh Street and residential tower 505 George Street.
A conceptual and forward-thinker, Ray is skilled in identifying opportunities for innovation, especially in the areas of sustainability and responsible urban development. Ray has been a driving force as Architectus explores new territory in high-efficiency facade design and natural ventilation technologies that will significantly reduce the carbon footprints of future buildings.
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