Hunter talent on the rise at EJE Architecture

NEW DIRECTORS: EJE Architecture's Bede Campbell (left) and Shane Smede (right). Picture: Nathan Dawes Photography.

NEW DIRECTORS: EJE Architecture's Bede Campbell (left) and Shane Smede (right). Picture: Nathan Dawes Photography.

EJE Architecture, a multi-disciplinary design practice providing professional services and creative solutions for the built environment for more than 40 years, has welcomed two new Directors, Bede Campbell and Shane Smede. Their promotion continues EJE's tradition of fostering the Hunter's professional talents.

Shane Smede joined EJE in 1999, fresh from receiving an honours degree in architecture from the University of Newcastle. He became an associate in 2007 and then a principal in 2017.

He has worked in many sectors including aged care, education, commercial and community projects, as well as local governments including Newcastle, Central Coast, Maitland and Port Stephens designing various sporting and community facilities.

His work includes the Blackbutt outdoor learning area and the Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club, which won the Australian Institute of Architecture Newcastle - Public Architecture Award, and the Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards (Merit) for Small Scale Commercial Development, 2014.

His current projects include a new data centre and office development in Sydney and a shopping centre at Huntlee, near Branxton. The latter project, for Coles Group Property Developments, commenced when the new Huntlee Town Centre was just a few surveyors' pegs in the ground and Shane said it has been very interesting to see the project develop alongside the new suburb.

Shane has a keen interest in contributing back to his profession and has served as a committee member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Newcastle. Along with mentoring postgraduate international architecture students, he has tutored first year undergraduate architecture students at his alma mater.

Bede Campbell joined EJE in 2005 while he was undertaking his architecture degree at the University of Newcastle. After graduating with honours in 2007, he became an associate of the firm in 2015 and a principal in 2017.

Bede has worked on a number of multi-residential projects, leading his team from concept design through to construction. One of his main projects during this time was the Foreshore Apartments - a high end waterfront development at Toronto consisting of 37 units and three commercial tenancies. This development is currently under construction and due to be completed by the end of the year.

One of Bede's major clients is the Wests Group and over the last three years he has worked on the refurbishment of a number of their clubs and developed concepts for Seniors Living projects on their Mayfield and Nelson Bay sites.

Given Bede has been a passionate Knights supporter for the past 20 years, he was more than excited when the opportunity arose to be involved in the design of the Newcastle Knights Centre of Excellence.

"With construction due to start in the coming months, and with the way the Knights are playing, it's an exciting time to be a Knights fan and equally exciting time to be a Director of EJE Architecture," Bede said.

EJE now has 10 Directors who own and actively work within the business. With offices located in Newcastle, Sydney, and the Gold Coast, EJE offers professional services in architecture, heritage architecture, interior design and urban planning.

EJE has a commitment to innovation and design excellence, and has a reputation throughout the building industry for its high level documentation, detailing skills and services during construction.