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A bit of background

This is not a large impersonal firm. In fact it is so small that it is sometimes only two people, Simon and Freda. But most of the time there are a few others around to help.

Most of the work you will see is small in scale because both partners enjoy forming close personal contacts with their clients, and are not afraid to deal with such issues as the location of a cutlery drawer. On the other hand, they are happy to consider projects as large as institutional buildings, factories, libraries and community centres.

As you will notice, each project has the destinctive flavour of the author - Freda's designs are identifiable immediately by her individual language of detail and her gentle form-making, while each of Simon's projects adopts an entire style or aesthetic to serve the underlying design concept.

Ancient history

Simon and Freda met at Melbourne University while studying Architecture, and after circling around each other for about a year finally realised that they were deeply in love, and might as well get it all on. In subsequent years (to keep this short) they started a practice together, had two lovely dogs, then two lovely children, and by now have completed many dozens of exquisite buildings for satisfied customers. Most of these have been houses or extensions, but there have also been office and school buildings, and Freda has also maintained an interest in landscape design. While this all represents a formidable specialisation, they are always willing to branch out and design NEW THINGS!!.

Their office is located at the rear of their house in leafy Alphington, a few kilometres to the north-east of central Melbourne, but like most architects they are keen to work anywhere, including Ecuador and Bucharest, providing that YOU pay the air fares (and the carbon credits)!

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Melbourne, Alphington, Clifton Hill, Ivanhoe, Fairfield, Carlton, Carlton North, Kew, Collingwood, Northcote, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Abbotsford, Thornbury, Bellfield, Heidelberg, Brunswick, Richmond, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Preston, Melbourne northern suburbs, Melbourne eastern suburbs, other Melbourne  suburbs, Victoria or Australia? Contact Us!

What we do: Houses, Extensions, Residential Architecture, Small to Medium Sized Buildings,Schools, Solar Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Highly Creative Affordable Architecture

Projects include:

Strathmore Secondary College Arts Strathmore Secondary College Cafeteria Strathmore Secondary College Drama Music Strathmore Secondary College Gymnasium Strathmore Secondary College Main Entry Strathmore Secondary College Technology Strathmore Secondary College Theatrette Strathmore Secondary College The Aleatoric House The Allegory of Prudence House The Andrei Rublev House The Aqueduct and Tent House The Baluba Extension The Big Bang House The Bottle and Glass House The Button Clifton Hill Extension
The Button Extension The Cat Door House The Colourful History Renovation The Contemplative House The Fitzcarraldo House The Foote Robinson Extension The Gill Conservatory The Greek Village House The Gryphon Extension The Hinton House The Kew Extension The Lighthouse The Malouf House The Manse for the Uniting Church The Mask House The McConville Extension The Milk Carton Extension The Oriental Extension The Outback Extension The Paradise House The Patten Malouf House The Plymin Extension The Prairie Extension The Red Vineyard House The Scheerlinck Shuo Li Extension The Stephens Extension The Vesica Extension

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