We are excited to (finally) formally announce the promotion of our newest S9 Associate, Rimas Kaminskas!
Rimas’ architectural career began in a slightly less conventional way where he was lucky enough to be part of the project team working on the iconic Adelaide Oval Redevelopment. “It was a case of being in the right place at the right time, being a graduate on a project that size was extremely exciting to be a part of”, he says. “It wasn’t your normal architectural office, it was a unique collaborative environment consisting of three architecture firms, engineers and eventually the builder working under one roof. That period of work was definitely the most extraordinary project experience I’ve had and a great networking opportunity for a new graduate.”
Joining S9 in 2017, Rimas had previously been in roles that mainly involved concept work; “I came to S9 to gain more experience in project delivery and work across a diverse portfolio of projects.” He has since worked on anything from single and multi-residential, education and sport & community projects. “I started my career working in the sports sector and have recently finished on The Lights Community & Sports Centre.” As part of the project team for the $23M new facility in Lightsview (pictured below), Rimas worked closely with Project Architect Kirstie Coultas and Project Director Justin Cucchiarelli in a role that saw his technical skills expand to what he now considers his strength. “It’s one of the more complex projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on and it was a great challenge“, he says. “Working in the sports sector also really interests me. Different sports have specific requirements so you are continuously learning and problem solving.”
Rimas has also been involved in a number of S9’s residential projects, including the Third Avenue Development in Everard Park and the George & Queen Residences in Norwood, and has experience in the education sector delivering two STEM projects at Largs Bay School and North Haven School. He is currently working on the concept for the Victor Harbor R-7 School Redevelopment as part of the State Government’s Major School Upgrades (pictured above).
When asked what advice he’d give to new grads, he said “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Have a willingness to learn from the people around you and an inquisitive mind.” And for those still studying? “Take opportunities. I went on a 6 month exchange trip to Germany in my 4th year of uni, which was an amazing experience. We studied in German, which was interesting as I didn’t speak the language but it served as a lesson in communication through clear presentation material and drawings.”
He has big goals for this year, including sitting his Architectural Registration to complete his studies and making progress on his home renovation. “I’m looking forward to moving into more of a leadership position in the studio and develop as part of the wider team. It’s exciting to see S9 grow and to actively be involved in that.”