Excellence in planning and design
“It is our privilege to have the calibre of clients that this practice has had the opportunity to serve.”
“a keen respect for historical precedent”
I am so fortunate as to have built up a practice that has had the opportunity to create some of Australia’s most beautiful houses and interiors.
I have always been susceptible to my built environment. As a child I was the kid that explored the houses of my parent’s friends and thenn their gardens. It always fascinated me the choices they made whether the floral carpet, the difference of decor in the main bedroom, usually pink to that of the rear sleep-out. As a child the Myer Mural Hall transported me into a different world. It was one of the very few glamorous interiors in my world at that time, (aged 4). Gradually, as I explored more of my city I found other buildings and interiors to further pique my interest. Not many. This starvation became a driving force. Then in the 1960’s the rebuilding started. The growing awareness of what was being demolished by ‘Whelan the Wrecker’ transforming a wonderful city of Victorian and Art Deco architectural heritage into a Brutalist Wasteland. All of a sudden what was taken for granted bounced to the front of conciousness and threatened the equanimity of mine and many other a Melburnian’s life. A keen respect for historical precedent was born. The romance of all styles of architecture and the feeling that proportion, romance, elegance, intellectualism was being destroyed in a frenzy of ‘modernisation’. I garnered an excitement in architectural invention of my time and of our European past. I wanted to have a go! Architecture and decoration, they go hand in hand , are like music. Our spirit resonates to the quality of the buildings that surround us just like when we here music. The logic of architecture and interior design is the same as in the creation of music. Rhythm, light and shade, diminuendo and crescendo, surprise, repetition and variation ion a theme. We easily recognise dross and the boredom and stress it spawns as we recognise brilliance. I seek to create in my buildings a reflection of our age. I search for a perfection, while adding a dollop of joie de vivre – my clients are beneficiaries of this philosophy I create by and my effort.
I am a native of Melbourne, Australia, educated at Melbourne University and The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
I have conducted my own practice since 1984 after working for some of Melbourne’s most highly regarded designers: Tas. Phelan, Synman, Justin and Bialek and Denton, Corker and Marshall. Some of my other major influences include the architects Sir Edwin Lutyens, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, even Mc Kimm Meade and White and Robert Mallet-Stevens.
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