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Everything You Need To Know About Working With An Architect

There are several design professionals who can help create your dream home, but none quite like an architect.

In Australia, architects require both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, followed by mandatory practical experience, and only those registered can lawfully practice and use the title ‘architect.’

So why are architects so important? Not merely concerned with aesthetics (although they’ll take care of those too), an architect is responsible for ensuring your home’s sustainability, functionality, orientation, and circulation. They won’t just take your instructions and turn them into a floor plan, they’ll analyse and interrogate your every request to ultimately form a better home. 

To make matters clearer, we spoke to four of our favourite architects to break down their practices and answer the following frequently asked questions: Architects EAT director Albert Mo; MRTN Architects director Antony Martin; Lisa Breeze from Lisa Breeze Architect; and Fowler and Ward directors Jessie Fowler and Tara Ward.

Walking Between Two Worlds, With Designer And Palawa Woman Sarah Lynn Rees

Today we’re wrapping up our inspiring and informative ‘Words from the Wise’ series, with Sarah Lynn Rees, Palawa/Trawlwoolway woman, lecturer, curator, and lead Indigenous advisor at architecture firm Jackson Clements Burrows Architects.

Through studying architecture, working in remote communities, and an understanding of her own heritage – Sarah’s practice is rooted in the social, cultural, political and ethical ramifications of design.

In this fascinating conversation with recent Monash Art, Design + Architecture Masters of Architecture graduate, Declan Murphy, Sarah talks about the importance of designing the built environment with Country, culture and community front of mind.

An Artist's Blissful Garden Wonderland In Daylesford

Artist and garden designer Lily Langham tells Georgina Reid she was ‘was born in a garden’. Not literally, but figuratively. Her life began with plants, under the wing of her garden-mad mother, and continues today, in an incredible botanical wonderland embraced by 100 acres of bushland near the Victorian town of Daylesford.

Today, Lily and Georgina guide us through this bountiful, sprawling wonderland, that Lily has intuitively transformed with an artist’s eye over the past 13 years.

A Swedish-Inspired Garden In Suburban Melbourne!

GardensA Swedish-Inspired Garden In Suburban Melbourne!

When Penny Starr was engaged by a young couple to redesign their garden in Rosanna (12 kilometres north-east from the Melbourne CBD), their existing outdoor spaces had few notable features. ‘The garden was basically a blank canvas, with nothing worth saving, other than the gum tree in the front garden,’ Penny says.

The brief was to revitalise the garden in a ‘modern cottage’ style, that would also address the practical needs of the clients’ young family.

Being new parents, the clients were after a secure front yard, including a patio large enough for a pram. A sweeping driveway now leads to the house, adjoined by a densely planted perennial garden, and gravel void showcasing the towering lemon-scented gum.

The backyard design is equally focused on functionality, containing spaces for entertaining including a bluestone paved area directly off the kitchen and family areas. While curves define the front garden, straight lines feature in the back, such as in the new covered pergola. A lawn bordered by a lavender hedge and screening trees provides space for children to play.

Though it was designed around very practical needs, Penny’s design does not compromise on aesthetics. A green outlook has been created from every room in the house, with an overall look derived from acclaimed Swedish landscape designer Ulf Nordfjell’s ‘The Daily Telegraph Garden’, which won best show garden at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show. Ulf’s English cottage meets Scandi minimalism aesthetic is particularly referenced in Penny’s material palette, which comprises black timber, white masonry, concrete and gravel, with contrasting purple, white and green foliage.

Among plants in this garden are forest pansy, winter glow ornamental pear for its long leaf hold, and a snow pear in the courtyard. Flowering perennials include irises, agapanthus, and Christmas lilies, while Buxus balls and a privet hedge provide structure. ‘Fences are softened with climbing plants such as star jasmine and Boston ivy,’ says Penny.

‘The garden feels tranquil, and while it always looks lush thanks to the evergreen plants, there’s always something happening to mark the seasons.’

See more of Penny Starr Design’s work here!

Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


Photo – Caitlin Mills.


A lush lavender hedge in the back garden. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

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