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 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.