A well-designed, architecturally built home should be functional, enhance your lifestyle, but also add value, both financially and aesthetically. If you are considering renovating your home or building something brand new, then an architect can inject some creativity into your project and ensure your property not only meets your needs, but also stands out from the crowd.
Here are our favourite architects across Canberra and the South Coast.
Willemsen Group was founded by Canberra local Gary Willemsen over four decades ago out of a desire to design modern innovative buildings. The firm has constructed a wide breadth of work including single-level and high-rise residential projects, as well as multi-storey office buildings and fit-outs throughout the ACT and across Australia. Sustainability and energy efficiency have been a long-term passion and design objective for the group, having pioneered innovations such as solar passive design, solar hot water heating, glass fibre insulation, thermal mass storage heating and open plan living over 30 years ago, well before they became commonplace.
Ben Walker Architects
The team at Ben Walker Architects is best known for its many award-winning residential, commercial, urban and conceptual projects within the ACT, NSW and WA. Established in 2012, this local practice focuses on buildability, sustainability and high-quality design outcomes, and has received more than a dozen AIA awards. Prior to establishing his own business, Ben Walker spent 13 years working for local Canberra architectural firms, Townsend + Associates Architects and The Expert Client.
Paul Tilse Architects and Interiors
Established in 2003 Paul Tilse Architects has been involved in a range of architectural projects varying from residential to commercial and retail projects, across the states of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. Undergoing small through to large projects, Paul Tilse Architects has produced stunning, functional and eye-catching designs for all their clients.
Enrico Taglietti Architects
Since 1957 Enrico Taglietti has been an influential figure in Australian architecture, his work has significantly contributed to the development of architecture in the ACT having designed many schools, libraries, churches and youth centers. He became known for his innovative and sculptural design of hotels across the ACT and NSW, later designing Embassies, retirement villages and health centers Enricos career has led him to receive over 15 architectural awards as well as a knighthood and the Australian Instiute of Architects gold medal in 2007. Setting up in practice in Canberra in 1956 his firm has a long commitment to architecture of all kinds.
As a Director of COX Architecture, Chris plays a leading role in the practice at both a national and studio level, while also contributing his knowledge as a mentor to emerging architects at the University of Canberra. Chris has expertise across sectors including planning, commercial, office and retail, residential, hotel and resort. Chris’ professional career has been widely dedicated to the Canberra region as well as working on major international commissions in London, UAE and China as well. He brings a diverse, unique and creative perspective that allows him to synthesise and resolve complex problems. Balancing creativity with a methodical approach, Chris is also decisive and ready to act so projects move forward with measured efficiency. Recently, Chris’ work has included the distinctive Willinga Park Equestrian Complex; a pre-eminent facility, which has won multiple national and international awards. Willinga Park is now an Olympic training facility and as a result of forward-thinking, creative design input from Chris, the site continues to expand and develop.
Rob Henry Architects
Canberra-based firm, Rob Henry Architects, is led by award-winning architect Rob Henry and a talented team of architects with a breadth of experience across Australia and internationally. The practice has a passion for creating architecture with an understanding of human scale, which is both socially and environmentally sustainable. For each design process, the firm is committed to creating spatially rich environments that are evocative, playful, practical and liveable.
Maria Filardo Architecture
Maria Filardo Architecture is led by local architect and interior designer, Maria Filardo. Maria has over 15 years of experience in both disciplines and has worked for some of the capital’s best design firms. Maria established her practice with a vision of creating the ultimate architectural experience for her clients that encompasses an exclusive look and the best in modern artistic design. Her firm offers personalised services covering all aspects of project delivery, with a commitment to quality and sustainability from start to finish.
Philip Leeson Architects
Award-winning practice, Philip Leeson Architects, was established in 1996 and is one of the capital’s most well-regarded architectural and heritage advisory firms. The Philip Leeson team offers expertise in master planning, architectural and interior design, heritage advice, construction documentation and contract administration. The firm’s architectural and conservation work is seen throughout the ACT and NSW across multi-unit and single residential housing as well as public, community, government, institutional and commercial projects.
Townsend + Associates Architects
Established in 1993 by Bruce and Catherine Townsend, Townsend + Associates Architects is regarded as one of the city’s leading architectural firms. This local practice is well known for its high-quality design and construction work encompassing small and large commercial projects, single residences and significant multi-unit residential works. This nationally recognised, well-established firm has been awarded 23 AIA awards and a National Robin Boyd Award for Housing (Commendation).
Architects Ring and Associates
Architects Ring and Associates (ARAA) was established in Canberra in 1991 and has extensive experience in complex residential and domestic projects, as well as commercial projects and multi-unit developments. The award-winning team at ARAA are focused on designs that enhance lifestyle, whether it is an office building, apartment, or architecturally designed home. ARAA’s designs aim to be functional, cost efficient, and of excellent standards.
Stuart Scobie, Edmiston Jones
In 2018, South Coast local Stuart Scobie joined architectural firm Edmiston Jones and is the director of its Eurobodalla team. Stuart has over 30 years of professional experience as a landscape architect across domestic design through to large scale commercial and industrial projects and has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Stuart and the team of experienced architects at Edmiston Jones specialise in residential and specialist housing and landscape design, with a focus on sustainability, accessibility, heritage architecture and impeccable project management.