Getting to the heart of WHY you do something can be an elusive thing.
We work because we like to think that architects create ideas that influence the way people feel. Ideas that can enhance our quality of life, stimulate our senses, connect us to our family, friends, and neighbours, improve (or even beautify) our surroundings, solve our mundane problems and change our energy consumption. Ideas that can change our lives and our future.
This is not a large impersonal firm
While we are happy to work on larger projects, much of the work we do is small in scale because we not afraid to deal with such issues as wardrobe fit-outs or the location of a cutlery drawer. We enjoy forming close relationships with clients and builders. The residential design and construction process can be arduous, as it is long and full of detail. When supported by respectful relationships it becomes a source of pleasure.
The firm’s work draws on lessons from modern Scandinavian and Spanish architecture on the use of natural materials and daylight to create serene, elegant spaces, and contemporary Japanese residential architecture on the creative use of space on tight inner-city sites.
The practice was established by Peter Hill after ten years’ experience as a partner at Randles Hill (later Randles Hill Straatveit) Architects in Sydney, which followed five years’ post-graduate experience in Europe.
Peter graduated in Architecture at UNSW in Sydney, has a graduate certificate in Architectural Practice from University of Westminster in London, and did post-graduate studies in Urbanism at the Laboratory of Urbanism of Cities IV in Barcelona. Peter is a registered architect in NSW (no.6853) and the UK (no.059816J), and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA). He has taught architectural design at UTS and Sydney University, and has been on design review panels for many years – over twelve years on Sutherland Council’s Design Review Panel, from 2018 on Canada Bay’s Design Review Panel, and he is in the pool of experts eligible for local planning panels in NSW. He has broad experience in architectural design, documentation and management, project management, urban design and strategic planning.
Peter lives in Glebe with his wife, their son, a few fish and a bad dog. When not out walking (and apologising for) the dog, his spare time is taken up with reading (mainly novels and blogs), trying to make ceramics, listening to many kinds of music, and bushwalking in the Blue Mountains near Sydney.
Choosing an architect is like choosing someone to accompany you on a long journey: there needs to be good communication, trust and empathy, a shared vision and mutual respect.
If you are ready to talk to us about your project – no sales talk – please contact us to get the conversation started.
Hear from some of our clients:
We used Peter not only to design our home but to also supervise the construction work carried out by the builders. Prior to that, however, he accompanied us, at no cost, to several properties we were considering purchasing and provided us with valuable advice on whether or not the property was suitable for the plans we had in mind. The design Peter ultimately submitted to us was excellent – it reflected what we wanted and was both tasteful and refined.
The ultimate product of Peter’s hard work is a home that we are delighted to arrive at each and every day.
Peter handled the renovation and extension of my house from concept to completion. The project started when he accompanied me looking at houses to buy. Peter helped me select a nondescript house which with his skills and expertise had the potential to be light and bright and a great home to live in. Peter’s design fulfilled that vision and I now live in a home which also has a “wow” factor.
Visitors regularly comment favourably on my home and the architectural features which Peter incorporated into the design.
Peter was an integral partner in building our new home. Despite challenging design constraints, he worked patiently and collaboratively with us to design a liveable, practical and beautiful space. He listened to all our needs and was always able to suggest improvements or alternate designs so that we always felt we had a range of options to choose from. The new house looks fantastic and our friends (and even some passers-by) have complimented us on how it has improved the street, and our guests have all told us how much they love the space inside. When we build our next house Peter will be the first person we call.
Peter Hill helped me design my home in Balmain. Leichhardt Council had difficult requirements for us to meet. Peter was flexible and worked hard to align my expectations with that of Council. The end result is a lovely building that not only suits my requirements but also has lasting visual appeal.
I am particularly happy with the street presence and general feeling of light and spaciousness from within the building.
Peter demonstrated meticulous attention to detail and outstanding conceptual ability when constructing drawings for our proposed renovation. Peter ensured that the entire council approval process was speedy and stress-free. When showing Peter’s drawings to prospective builders and to council staff we have received numerous positive comments about how thorough and detailed Peter’s drawings are.
We would highly recommend Peter to prospective clients who are after an individualised detailed approach to designing their ideal home.
Thanks to Peter’s diligence with the Planning Department at the Sydney City Council the D.A. was approved in June without any alterations being called for by Council. He then submitted the Construction Certificate which was also approved and all on budget. Unfortunately we had a problem with our original builder who we had chosen without consulting Peter. This delayed our project by nearly a year and certainly made us more aware of the necessity of having and taking professional advice. We contacted Peter again who agreed to take control of our work. He called tenders and negotiated with the builder he felt was best for our project.
We cannot speak highly enough of Peter’s professionalism and commitment to us and our house. We were not living in Sydney during this entire operation and he was always available by phone and email keeping us up to date with all stages and authorising progress payments to the builder. The transformation of our home is unbelievable. We both can honestly describe the end result as ‘gorgeous’. We would be proud to recommend Peter to any prospective client.
We employed Hill Architects for an extension and renovation to our Forest Lodge terrace. This entailed getting a difficult Development Application through Glebe Council [City of Sydney]. All credit to Peter as after an initial rejection by Council, and objection by our neighbours, he was able to persuade Council to reconsider and approve our development. Now we are able to go forward and start plans for the new building.
Maryann and I were very happy with your work and would have no hesitation in recommending you.