We are a boutique architectural firm, specializing in apartment renovations. Working at the intersection of architecture and interior design, we redefine and re-fashion inner urban spaces to create beautiful, functional homes.
Good design relies on good project management. Which to us means a cohesion of all the elements that go into a project, from supplier to builder, design to construction, we are a part of every process.
Located in Melbourne's central business district, we have a unique relationship with space and light, often working where both are scarce. With functionality and an unwavering focus on the livability of a space, we are able to revise and reconfigure, manipulating whatever little or expansive space is available. Sustainability is a concept never far from our thoughts, clever use of the existing can equate to a better design and money saved in the end. Simply put, we design with thought. Then build with care. Without function, form loses its beauty...
B.Arch (Hons) ARBV FRAIA
At the age of 38, Shelley enrolled at RMIT and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Architecture. She opened her own business six years later.
Driven by a successful career in Haute Couture, Shelley's design solutions carry an unusual if not unique perspective on the functional applications of space. Most particularly, making the smaller, more unusual spaces work with surprising efficiency and sublime effectiveness.
Living in an apartment herself, she is more aware of issues such as noise, light and air circulation. Her experience allows her to design and renovate to minimize these problems. By making strategic use of available space and optimizing its use by flexibility, she avoids waste and makes the most of existing resources. This focus underpins Shelley’s architectural practice, weaving together all the strands of the design to create a coherent and striking whole.
SUSTAINABILITY IN CONSTRUCTION
Architects are an integral part of the construction landscape. Together with the many other various working parts, the builders, developers and consultants alike, we can shape the built form to our will and it is the decisions we make that can dictate the longevity of not just our designs, but that of the resources we use to build them. Therefore we have a commitment to the natural world that provides us with these resources. There is an ever expanding discussion taking place amongst architects who feel their role in climate change and the sustainability of our construction methods to be more vital than ever and we are happy to be one such architecture firm taking note and acting.
Our practice, along with Architects Declare, are committed to going carbon neutral in 2020.
We will seek to:
– Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
– Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
– Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
– Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
– Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage our clients to adopt this approach.
– Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice.
– Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
– Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use.
– Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste.
– Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
– Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.