Constructions Group has been working with 8i Architects for many years and have engaged them to undertake the design on many of our Design and Construct Projects. 8i are efficient and lateral thinking when it comes to resolving design issues and without compromising the integrity of the design are able to come up with cost effective solutions for our clients. We would highly recommend 8i Architects to design and construct contractors and developers alike.
Director, Constructions Group
Estimating and Design Manager
I've worked with 8i for 10years. They have done half a dozen schools for us, the most recent an award winning $30 million school. I will only work with 8i in this space as they are like no other architecture firm. Charmaine and Hieu are low maintenance, which is so important when time is so precious. They understand the scope, they meet the timelines, they get it done, they make no mistakes. Whatever you ask of 8i they get it right!
Estimating and Design Manager, McNab
Hieu & Charmaine drive and complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They provide a great sounding board, think outside the square, and get better results than other architects. They work well with the client and other professionals, allowing them to get hands on, have a robust discussion, and criticise each other’s ideas to get the best solution. And, when the project hits the intense stage, you want to kind of own the architect, and with 8i they are always there, when you need them, at short notice and move quickly on things!
Director, Chatham Property Projects
Hieu is an excellent communicator, he is proactive, good to work with, and calls a spade a spade! A lot of architect and design guys are the arty flowery types, just good at conceptualization. Hieu gives more than that, he can demonstrate how he is going to make it happen, which is why we look to work with him.
Senior Project Manager
Sigma Pharmaceuticals is developing their first major automated temperature-controlled distribution centre and appointed FK Gardner as the design and construct builder. FKG then appointed 8i Architects to design the facility. During the design phase it became apparent to me that we were very fortunate to have 8i Architects on the project. The thoroughness in developing the solutions, the desire to design something that was both practical and impressive, and the quality of the documentation were all very pleasing to myself. There were a number of challenges with achieving the required building envelope insulation and the integration of the automation with the building elements, and these were successfully resolved. I worked closely with Hieu and I found him always accommodating to my requests, and willing to suggest an alternative if he believed it would be a better result. I would gladly utilise the services of Hieu and the 8i Architects team on my next project.
Programme Manager, Sigma Pharmaceuticals
Department of Education
I approached 8i Architects because the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training (DET) required new buildings that needed to fulfil the school's needs; were robust buildings to minimise wear & tear; built on time for the start of school and all within Department's budget.
I having worked with 8i Architects on many projects in south east and regional Queensland over the past 5 years. The quality outcome and delivery of every project undertaken by 8i Architects has exceeded the Department's expectations.
I have relied on 8i Architects on several occasions to rectify projects that have developed cost issues and time delays. They have been able to take over the project and bring it back within budget and deliver the works on time. We ended up with a better building as a result.
One thing I liked was working with Hieu Nguyen at 8i Architects. Hieu's knowledge of DET guidelines, technical requirements and design detailing has produced DET facilities that becomes the benchmark for future DET designs.
Hieu's honest and straightforward approach meant we were able to candidly discuss issues and resolve them quickly. I trusted Hieu's judgement in resolving issues as he was always looking out for DET's interest. I was always able to ring Hieu at anytime (even after hours) to help resolve any issues. Hieu would always return my calls and emails quickly, usually within a couple of hours.
My experience of working with 8i Architects and Hieu Nguyen made my job easier and less stressful. I knew when Hieu was on the job, that DET was going to have a high quality designed building that was going to be delivered on time and within budget. Hieu was always able to add value to all our projects and keep it within budget.
I would recommend Hieu Nguyen and 8i Architects to any other government departments and commercial clients who are looking for honest, approachable architects with high quality design and extensive practical construction knowledge. They always meet our timeframes and our projects have consistently been within budget.
Senior Project Coordinator – Infrastructure Delivery Unit Infrastructure Services Branch, Corporate Services Division Department of Education (DoE) Queensland Government
Charmaine is incredibly practical, bright, organised and picks things up quickly. She always visits the facilities, understands what is needed to be in what space and the intricate workflow of the business. 8i do not give a template solution, they customise and personalise the service and outcome to make it work for the customer. Risks are thought of ahead of time and are addressed up front. Charmaine speaks the lingo of the other professionals and gains their respect really quickly! She drives collaboration, listens, educates and breaks things down in laymen’s terms! She has an in depth understanding of the building regulations, town planning and what is needed to get the appropriate licence to open. 8i have taught me the value of spending up front to always save in the end!
Dr Adrianne Pope
Adrianne Pope Consulting
North Shore Medical Centre
We required an architect to provide us with an optimal design for a large medical centre. We chose 8i as they had a reputation of being client focused and delivering quality work. 8i exceeded our expectations by being able to turn our “wish list” in a practical designed work space. The entire process working with 8i was positive as they have a collaborative approach with excellent communication through every step. We have already recommended 8i to another medical colleague planning to build a new clinic.
Dr Martin McGahan
Practice Principal, North Shore General Practice
University of Queensland
I have worked with Charmaine, Hieu and the team at 8i Architects for the past 6 years. I can honestly say that if you want no nonsense, non-ego based, well thought through and sensible architecture then let 8i manage your project for you.
In my opinion 8i are big enough to handle projects up to the value of around $100m but small enough to provide the level of service that you won’t get from the larger architectural firms who will give your project to a junior architect to manage.
Both Hieu and Charmaine are completely hands on and actively manage all projects within their office whether it is coming out to site at a moment’s notice to sort out clashes or to rein in a rogue contractor.
I find everyone at 8i easy to talk to and extremely customer focused which reflects Charmaine and Hieu's ethos. There is only a handful of Architects I would recommend in Brisbane and 8i are right up there.
Project Officer, University of Queensland
Once again the 8i team have delivered. I’ve challenged them over the years with some interesting food projects and now they have successfully completed the Southpoint Woolworths Metro store fitout at the base of Flight Centre’s new Global Headquarters at Southbank. With the project design team at capacity, 8i Architects seamlessly joined the team to deliver a separable portion that was lagging behind. With trading floor on one level, goods receiving and back of house on another and multiple plant rooms across multiple floors it was a challenge simplified by their understanding and attention to detail. Their prompt and considered responses allowed the construction and services coordination team to proceed with confidence. I challenge you to visit Southpoint Woolworths to see the finished product.
Design Manager, Built