Beyond Why - taking on Simon Sinek's "Start with Why".

You may have come across Simon Sinek on YouTube or TED. His 2009 TED talk ‘How great leaders inspire action’ is one of the 25 most popular TED talks of all time. It’s a great talk – however, in this blog piece we talk about “how” is as valuable as “why” – especially when it comes to designers and architects.

11 Apr 2018

I don't want Apple at Fed Square

The Apple Concept Store at Federation Square does not make sense to me. It does not make sense to give over part of our public urban space to a corporation. For the government, Federation Square is a shopping complex without an anchor tenant. I acknowledge that Federation Square was first conceived of as a commercial public space.

4 Apr 2018

Photo by Lindsay Johnston - Architecture Foundation

Deerubbin - Deep and Wide River

On the weekend, I attended the Architecture Foundation Conference at Milsons Island on the Hawkesbury River. The conference is convened by Lindsay and Sue Johnston and they do a brilliant job. The conference is called “Deerubbin” which is the Aboriginal name for the Hawkesbury River and it means deep and wide.

23 Mar 2018

ISO-9001 Accreditation

Last week we completed the Stage 2 Audit of our practice to attain ISO-9001 accreditation. This milestone represents 2 years’ work in the background to align our services to the requirements of this management system.

11 Mar 2018

What does the Design Process look like?

The design process is integral to the form of buildings and spaces and it is essential to the creation of architecture. So, what does the design process look like? Where do ideas for buildings and spaces come from? How does the design process itself determine the shape and form of the project.

6 Nov 2017

Standing Still Isn't So Bad

One of the benefits of being stuck in Melbourne’s traffic so often these days is being able to listen to a great variety of podcasts. And one of my favourite podcasts is Big Think which brings together scientists, writers, actors and range of other clever people who discuss a variety of issues.

25 Sep 2017

city skyline

Sustainability & Building

There is a something of a contradiction between sustainability and building. Resources are needed to build a new project – even one that will be sustainable once built. In turn, energy is needed to run a new facility so the by-product of any new project is waste that wasn’t being generated before.

6 Sep 2017

Things I have learned

Recently I read an article by a small business owner reflecting on what he learnt in the past 20 years of running a small business.
The article caused me to reflect on architecture and the things I have learnt over the past 15 years of running a practice.

10 Jul 2017

Antony's War on 'Stuff'

Antony discusses the role in which ‘stuff’ plays in cluttering our lives, and whilst we hold close attachments to personalised momento’s of our past, looking towards minimalism encourages an unconstrained freedom for possibilities to emerge in spaces we never imagined.

14 Jun 2017

Connecting Nature & Architecture

We reflect on how architecture moderates our need for enclosure and comfort while creating a connection to the natural environment.

25 May 2017

Gezellig House Illustrated Design with shading

Cost Planning for Projects

Why do we so often hear about project budgets being blown out of the water? Well, Antony discusses the lack of consideration given to Cost Planning early on in the design process and highlights the necessity of effective Cost Planning in any house architecture project, and how to do it.

30 May 2016

Passive warehouse internal void and window

Sanctuary Magazine

We are proud to announce that our Gezellig House, also known as the Passive Warehouse, has been featured in the latest edition of Sanctuary Magazine.

26 Feb 2016

What is Passive House?

An article explaining Passive House in understandable terms, written by certified Passive House Designer Jim Stewart.

21 Dec 2015

North Fitzroy Renovation Extension House Melbourne Architect Di Mase Tiny House

Design More, Consume Less, Live Small

Graduate in the office Katie writes about one of her design passions: compact housing. Small footprint housing can sometimes get a bad rap, so this blog briefly looks at the small housing movement: a positive way to look at designing more, consuming less and living small!

25 Jul 2014

Lighting & Architecture

Antony has just returned from a week away in Brisbane studying his lighting course at QUT. Here he reflects on some of the topics that sparked his interest and imagination.

9 Apr 2014


Architectural Fees

Architectural fees – the often ambiguous side of architecture. How do they come about, what are they based on, and what challenges face the Australian and Melbourne architecture industry in the current climate of fee setting – a very interesting and simple to understand piece by Antony, suitable for both consumers and providers.

6 Mar 2014