After three years with Assemble and Assemble Papers, Rachel Elliot-Jones has decided to leave her position with us to move to London and embark on the next exciting chapter in her career. In her initial role as Editor of Assemble Papers followed by her subsequent dual roles of Head of Community Engagement of Assemble and Creative Producer of Assemble Papers, Rachel has been the greatest ambassador for the philosophy and values of the company.
Rachel is an exceptional communicator, creative producer and collaborator across many fields and we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of her numerous achievements, a selection of which are as follows:
- Assemble Papers: Growing the publication in her tenure as Editor, launching print edition issues 1 and 2, regularly contributing as a writer and providing strategic advice and direction in her role as Creative Producer
- Small Footprint Living Survey: Leading our response to the Better Apartments Discussion Paper by conducting a survey to find out how people live now, and how they’d like to live in the future. We received more than 1,600 responses and submitted a report on our findings to the Victorian Government.
- Partnerships: Initiating, curating and meticulously planning partnerships and programs with organisation such as MPavilion, Open House Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT Index and 1-OK Club.
- Brutalist Block Party: Ideating and producing a program of talks, workshops, lunches, dinners, social situations and a produce market that was attended by over 2,500 people in May 2016 – presented by Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne at 122 Roseneath St., Clifton Hill
- 122 Roseneath St Clifton Hill: Engaging and communicating with local residents and prospective purchasers of Assemble’s first residential development resulting in an unprecedented sales result and being awarded the 2016 Premier’s Design Award for Service Design.
- Mentorship: Mentoring colleagues and writers who have benefited tremendously from her knowledge and advice
- Office culture: Contributing and participating in the growing culture of a multi-disciplinary start-up and often being the glue that kept us all so close together.
Rachel has realised these achievements with optimism, passion, professionalism, humour, and great success, despite the challenging circumstances of tight budgets, resources and timeframes. She has mastered the art of making the most out of very little, an attitude and approach which we admire and will continue in her absence.
Outside of Assemble and Assemble Papers, Rachel has continued to advance her interests as co-founder of MANY MANY and the occasional publication HOUSE WEAR, which explores nomadic culture across art, design, architecture and writing. MANY MANY has curated exhibitions as part of State of Design Festival and Sugar Mountain; contributed work to group shows in Tokyo, London, Wroclaw (Poland) and Melbourne; and is the co-curator of Swarm Trap with Honey Fingers.
Rachel’s voice permeates everything we do and will continue to do at Assemble and Assemble Papers and she has made a significant contribution to the “culture of living closer together” in Australia.
REJ, thank you for your tremendous contribution. We will miss you but take comfort in knowing there will be many opportunities for us to collaborate and spend good times together as contemporaries, friends and neighbours into the future.
Ben, Pino, Quino
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