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Maddison Architects was established in 1989, and is recognised as a multi-disciplined practice of significant design and delivery credentials.

We are an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.  Dozens of industry awards and strong media coverage has followed our practice because of the relevant, contemporary nature of the work we produce.  We have delivered over 200 projects of great diversity in scale.  The work undertaken has been predominantly hospitality, commercial, educational or residential in nature.  Our hospitality projects have distinguished the practice, because of their commercial viability and profile.  We are proud to have many of our clients return for ongoing or new projects.  This is due to their satisfaction with the service we provide and the healthy relationship nurtured.

A unique aspect of Maddison Architects is our ability to integrate a multi-disciplined approach to all of our projects, drawing on strong in-house resources involving architecture, interior and landscape architecture.  We are a collaborative practice, and embrace the opportunity to engage with other experts in branding, identity, art installations, storytelling - all of which contribute to building outcomes with more meaning.

MISSION STATEMENT

We endeavour to:
Communicate effectively
Create meaningful architecture
Craft each project with a unique and individual identity
Embody the context which each new location presents
Engage with the personalities, history or events that make up a sense of place
Develop long term relationships with clients and contractors
Deliver viable projects within realistic time frames and budgets
Delight in the process of making relevant architecture
Provide holistic, environmentally sustainable design in all our projects

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ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Good design considers the environmental impact of architecture as mandatory, not an optional extra.

In each project, Maddison Architects strives to create buildings that integrate superior energy and environmental performance.  Principles of environmental sustainability are integrated into our practice from a project's conception through to construction.  Simply put, there are basically two areas of consideration when planning new projects:

Passive Design

Passive design concerns the actual construction of the building; selection of materials and construction methods with low embodied energy and a design that relates to orientation and local climatic conditions.

Active Systems

Active systems (or equipment) can be installed which are in addition to the building's fabric.  These systems actively distribute heat, cooling and lighting, such as solar hot water, photovoltaic solar panels, geothermal, wind turbines, black water harvesting, grey water systems, worm farms, etc.  Depending on these systems, complexities will determine whether specialist environmental engineers are engaged.

Our office has an in-house database of "Green Guidelines" with a focus on materials, ESD strategies and architectural precedence.  The database is regularly updated to keep abreast of ESD advances.  Our A+ architectural institute membership puts the national "Environmental Design Guide" papers at our fingertips.  We believe a big contribution can be made to sustainable buildings simply by sound passive design and limiting the size of buildings to their real need.

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COLLABORATION

The process of architecture is one of collaboration. A specific team is built around each project, so the right expertise is in place.

After twenty years of practise, we have established good working relationships with many specialist consultants and builders. We also love to collaborate with graphic designers, sculptors and other artists to further enrich the building outcome.
Some of our previous partners include:

  • Hyder Consulting
    Structural Engineer, Fed Square Canopy
  • Peter Corlett
    Sculptor, Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership
  • CP&E
    Quantity Surveyor, Surry Hills House
  • Medland Metropolis
    Services Engineers, Flemington Primary School
  • Emerystudio
    Graphic Design, Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership
  • 3 Deep Design
    Graphic Artists, Temperance Hotel
  • Volker Haug
    Lighting Designer, The Ludlow Formation
  • Bryce Grunden
    Digital Installations, Eureka Skydeck
  • Jane Reiseger
    Graphic Artist, Medical One
  • Jenny Draper
    Textile Designer, Henry Henry
  • Andrew Last
    Lighting Design, Taxi Restaurant