Fender Katsalidis Architects

Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) is an architecture firm in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded by Karl Fender and Nonda Katsalidis, the firm has been notable since the early 1990s, producing many landmark buildings in Melbourne and other Australian cities and also in Southeast Asia. The firm was first established as Nation Fender and, since 1996, as Nation Fender Katsalidis.[1]

FKA buildings are distinctive, often very sculptural, they also feature a variety of materials and textures such as exposed steel, left to the weather, or rough hewn timber. Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist Peter Wilson has described this material palette as reminiscent of "ageing boat hulls or rough woodsheds and agricultural structures built by first settlers in the Australian landscape." [2] An early FKA project involved the conversion of former grain silos in Richmond, a Melbourne suburb, into distinctive apartments featuring balconies resembling a ship's bow. FKA also designed Eureka Tower completed in June 2006 in Southbank, which has become Melbourne's tallest building and one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

Notable projectsEdit


  • RAIA Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture (2007) for the Eureka Tower, Melbourne
  • AIA Award for Commercial Architecture (2008), for the NewActon East, Canberra[3]
  • 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture


  1. ^ Goad, Philip: New Directions in Australian Architecture, Pesaro Publishing, Balmain, ISBN 0-9577560-7-0
  2. ^ Wilson, Peter: Fender Katsalidis: Working Architecture, Uro Publications, Melbourne, ISBN 9780994269775
  3. ^ AIA Award for NewActon East

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