why

MTarchitecture has been established in order to focus on small scale residential projects in the Canberra region. My career has thus far seen me working predominantly on medium to large scaled public and commercial architectural projects. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform the key role of project architect on some award winning projects, some of which can be seen on my professional experience page.  But having established myself as an Associate at Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn for a number of years, I realised something was missing.

My wife and I had been romanticising about building a house together. Before long we were looking at properties for sale, going to auctions, and talking with the bank. I was even sketching mock house plans in my attempt to evaluate the potential of the different blocks we were looking at. This process of designing a potential home for ourselves, reminded me of why I chose architecture as a career. My parents had decided to extend our 1970s project home in order to accommodate our growing family. A family friend was an architect and before I knew it, an extension had been built. It was a simple and modest addition, but it certainly solved the problem. And as with most things that look simple and easy, I suspect there was a lot of work behind the scenes that I didn’t see. There was something about the notion of problem solving that appealed to me, as well as the relationship that developed between client and architect.

MTarchitecture for me, is about getting back to basics…combining the planning and coordination skills learned on larger projects, with an eye for detail, and exploring the concept of small scale housing in our contemporary society. It’s about embracing the fact that for most people their home is their single largest financial investment, it’s where they spend most of their time, it’s where they raise families, and ultimately it’s where they are most profoundly influenced by architecture. It’s about listening to and understanding their requirements, and crafting homes which are specifically tailored to their needs and aspirations.