The breadth and maturity of Ritz&Ghougassian's portfolio impressed the jury, especially as the Melbourne-based practice was only established in late 2015. Co-directors Gilad Ritz and Jean-Paul Ghougassian's refined, architecturally rigorous work is notable for its strong adherence to a set of shared design values and its avoidance of anything faddish or trendy, making them very deserving award recipients.
There's consistency and originality across each project, regardless of typology, and each displays genuine innovation and sophistication. This is especially evident in two of the practice's most recent projects, the highly polished Highbury Grove residence and Fitzroy's stylish Bentwood cafe. Ritz&Ghougassian's commitment to build upon the architects' combined experience working at Hassell, Room 11 and Woods Bagot makes it a name to watch. The practice is already prodigious in delivering over fifteen projects and, as one jury member commented, what makes this young practice particularly refreshing in an age of social media is that its co-directors are "designing by principles not Pinterest."
RITZ&GHOUGASSIAN was established in late November 2015 by Gilad Ritz aged 32 (Architect) and Jean-Paul Ghougassian aged 31 (Interior Designer) After graduating with Honers from Monash University with a bachelor of Interior Architecture, Jean-Paul cut his teeth at HASSELL working across both residential and commercial interior design. Gilad also spent his first few years as a graduate architecture at one of Australia's most revered studios Woods Bagot before moving across to Edition Office (formally Room 11) Over the last 24 months the studio has completed over 15 projects that range in size and complexity. Our projects are diverse, ranging in hospitality, retail, workplace, residential and multi-residential architecture and interior design.