Vivien Lai

Architect, RAIA

BPlanningDesign, BArchDesign, BPropertyConstruction (UniMelb)

“I’m motivated to create spaces or environments that enrich day-to-day activities with a focus on healing, inclusion and flexibility.”

Viv brings experience in education and multi-residential architecture to her role as architect in our health team. An all-rounder who oversees projects from start to finish, Viv is adept at planning, consultation with user groups, documentation and contract administration, and project delivery.

Clients and colleagues will tell you Viv’s positive, reliable, easy to work with and a great listener. Expertise across diverse typologies in urban and regional settings make her an asset on our varied projects.

Viv’s driven by a desire to create enriching, inclusive spaces for healing that flex and adapt with changing needs. A keen traveller since childhood, she’s curious about the world and fascinated by history, archaeology, cultural identity, and the ways social and physical fabric can be sustained over generations. As a designer she looks for opportunities to weave together old and new, and to create culturally sensitive environments that sustain people and place.

Selected Work

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Bendigo TAFE Health and Community Centre of Excellence

With two new hospitals opening up in Bendigo, a state-of-the-art training facility was needed to support the region’s growing health industry.

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Cohealth Footscray

The Cohealth Community Health Centre was envisaged as a patient focused environment accommodating a range of health services and cultural needs.