Formed in 1996 by partners Anthony Coupe, Steve Loo, Jen Smit, and Felicity Sando with the aim of working with communities and private clients to develop good places; places that respond to their environment, their historical context, and embody a strong sense of place. Whether the project is a house, a town square, an office or museum, we apply the same inventive enthusiasm and expertise. We are excited by the possibilities and challenges inherent within each project.
We continuously refine our design philosophy through our work, research, and teaching at universities. We draw upon the diverse experience and expertise of the partnership to provide a strong knowledge base for each project.
Our approach relies strongly on consultation, with intensive information gathering, establishing needs, and client briefings. We like to spend time on-site understanding the microclimate, the landscape, traces of past occupation and people we are designing for.
Our process is highly collaborative. Working closely with clients, consultant team, and the broader community we strive to produce designs that are innovative, popular and relevant. Situated within a collaborative framework and a broader community context, projects become both economically and culturally sustainable, with their longer-term viability assured.
Over recent years the Studio has gained a strong reputation in designing innovative museums, memorials, exhibitions and the adaptation of heritage sites, with national and international requests for commissions.