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Broadbeach Waters Renovation

Visit the home of architectural graduate Pam (PJ) Deasy and see how an up and coming practitioner puts design theory into practice.
The Griffith University Gold Coast Master of Architecture graduate completed her thesis in 2014 on Breeze Blocks – patterned concrete blocks popularised in the 1960s and 70s – and has published ongoing work from her thesis in the architectural history journal Fabrications.

Pam has spent two years post university renovating and extending her modest 1960s brick home at Broadbeach Waters on a tight budget. Friends and students follow her progress on social media at #ristareno.

If the goal is to create more functional spaces within, the journey has been both exilarating and a steep learning curve.
“Being my own home, I was afforded a hands-on approach, working closely with the builder on site almost every day,’’ she said.

Pam’s fundamental interests lie in mid-century architecture and the belief contemporary history can inform good design decisions.
She gets a buzz from sustainable design endeavours and creative material re-use. Her Broadbeach home re-uses salvaged materials from the existing build and surrounds and includes a unique bollard light like those at the old Chevron Hotel, Surfers Paradise.

49 Rio Vista Boulevard

10.00am - 1.00pm



Three pre-booked guided tours will run for 30 minutes with a maximum of 10 people at 10am11am and 12pm.

Building type



Pam Deasy


1970 – originally built
2015-2016 – renovations