Meriton Apartments

On its own web site, Australia’s largest apartment developer, Harry Triguboff’s Meriton Apartments, has generous, unsolicited, words to say about the contribution of Shiro principal architect Hiromi Lauren to the late Harry Seidler’s design of Meriton’s own mixed-use commercial-residential headquarters tower in Sydney’s George Street:

“Seidler was a frequent and enthusiastic collaborator, and regularly used visual artists in the creations of his buildings. When building the Meriton Tower, he collaborated with gifted designer Hiromi Lauren, who now runs Shiro Architects. Her ability to adapt her designs at speed were exactly what Seidler needed for the ever-changing project.” (

For Shiro, this is welcome acknowledgement indeed.

Parramatta Design Excellence Competition Jury, October 2015

Official jury comments:

“This [Shiro Architects’] proposal addresses the corner and Jubilee Park with two different geometries – a curved tower addressing the corner and a rectilinear stepped building addressing the park.
“The ground level is spatially exciting, with double storey heights and large retail floor areas … the strength of the sculptural response to the corner site is very impressive and distinctive amongst the entrants.”

Tom Copping, Senior Town Planner, Dyldam:

“Although Shiro was not successful on this occasion the Jury made a number of positive comments regarding the form and sculpture of your scheme which was distinctive from the other entrants and outside of the norm for a lot of the designs that we are seeing in Parramatta.”

Simon Parsons, Executive Director, PTW Architects:

“All competitors put in such strong submissions, yours was distinguished by its bold and sculptural approach to the site which was refreshing – Harry Seidler would have been proud of you!!”

Russell Olsson, Director, Olson & Associates Architects:

“All the competitors did well, as it was a constrained building envelope with a lot of floor space. Even with those constraints, your design had spatial volumes and articulated external forms. I hope your office gains more work, and I wish you all the best.”

Please download a hard copy of Shiro Architects’ Parramatta design excellence competition summary here.

Bruce Bland, Harry Seidler and Associates client, Alliance Française Centre, 257 Clarence Street, Sydney

Oct. 2014 Τo whom it may concern:

I have known Hiromi Lauren (née Shiraishi) for more than a decade.

As a long term client of Harry Seidler & Associates, where Hiromi was employed, I have worked with her on two major projects, several minor projects and observed the high regard in which she was held by Harry Seidler himself, the other Associates and staff.

The major projects were The Alliance Francaise Centre, (a 13 storey Sydney CBD building with a friendly client but a difficult developer/builder), and the addition of a penthouse to my Sydney Rose Bay residence, (complicated because the penthouse was added to an existing Seidler home and there were local Council as well as design issues).

Hiromi was the Seidler ‘Project Manager’ for both these projects. She also did some design work for me on some family investment properties.

Hiromi has engineering, architectural and planning qualifications. What I appreciated most working with her was:
– Her general intelligence and ability to ‘size up’ problems.
– Her singular gift of remaining calm and on friendly terms with all involved.
– The speed with which she found and delivered wonderfully innovative solutions to difficult architectural problems.

I highly recommend her as an excellent collaborator and would welcome the opportunity to personally elaborate on the above should you so wish (mob: 0412707 777, email:


Bruce Bland’s original testimonial is embedded beneath.


Bruce Bland testimonial cropped 01-10-2014