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Canberra’s Best Architects

Architects blend imagination and pragmatism, formulating homes, buildings, and spaces with functionality and style. It’s important you enlist the services of an architect that understands your vision and can help make that a reality.

So, if you’re looking to hire an architect for your residential or commercial project, this article is a fantastic place to start.

Before we share your top picks for architects in Canberra, let’s have a look at what makes the best in the business stand out from the crowd.

What makes an excellent architect?

Architecture is a unique practice that uses both mathematics and art to create beautiful yet fully functional results. When looking for an architect, keep an eye out for the following traits:

  • Experience. Canberra architects with years of experience have worked on a range of products. They understand the challenges you may face – whether that be your land, your budget, your unique needs – and can come up with a quality solution.
  • Innovative approach. Working with an excellent architecture gives you the opportunity to innovate. The best in the industry will design clever spaces that meet your requirements in new and exciting ways.
  • An understanding of your vision. If you’re hiring an architect to work on a personal project, it’s vital to remember that it’s your property – not theirs. They should grasp your vision.
  • Commitment to client satisfaction. Good old-fashioned customer service is critical no matter the industry.
  • Fairly priced. Architects may not be cheap, but you should always get what you pay for.

The Top 5 Canberra Architects According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Ready to get stuck into the top architects in Canberra? Let’s get straight to it.

Clarke Keller

This architecture and consulting partnership between Principal and Design Lead Cassandra Keller and Principal Justine Cox have worked on a range of public, education, community, workplace, residential, aged care and commercial projects throughout Canberra. It’s well worth browsing through their impressive portfolio of previous projects. Previous client Kim Elliot said they were a “Great team to work with” in her review on Google.

Cox Architecture

A large-scale firm that operates on an international scale with offices in almost every major Australian city as well as Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat. They provide architecture, planning, urban and interior design services and have worked on numerous high-profile projects in the ACT including the Samoan High Commission and the AIS Aquatic Testing and Training Centre, as well as mixed use developments like Element on the Kingston Foreshore. Kai Lorrimar said they’re a “Cracking architecture firm” in a Google review.

Rob Henry Architects

Specialising in contemporary residential and interior design, Rob works on a range of new home builds as well as alterations and additions with a focus on socially and environmentally sustainable practices. Based in Yarralumla, he works throughout the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW, including the Queanbeyan-Palerang, Bega, Eurobodalla and Yass regions. With over 10 years’ experience, he’s successfully designed a range of award-winning projects and was also awarded the 2014 Emerging Architect of the Year prize.

Joanna Nelson Architect

Specialising in residential design, Joanna started her own architecture practice in 1987 before working as a Senior Architect with the National Capital Authority in Canberra from 2005 to 2009. Now back in private practice, she takes on a range of interstate projects in New South Wales and Victoria, has won numerous industry awards and has been featured in a range of publications.

TT Architecture

Established by Tony Trobe in 1990, they work both on new houses and alterations and extensions to existing homes, as well as various leisure and recreation buildings, new offices and fit-outs and community housing projects. With an emphasis on sustainable design and energy efficiency, they use a thorough, tried-and-tested architectural process that ensures everything is considered before you commence construction.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra architects.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based architects. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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