practice + philosophy
founded in 1986 environa studio is one of australia's leading sustainable architecture practices. we are a medium size practice headed by principal architects tone wheeler and jan o'connor. we integrate architecture, interiors and landscape for a more sustainable future. we are a multi disciplinary practice which gives us great design flexibility and enables the studio to initiate dynamic solutions in short time frames. additionaly we have worked with many industry bodies often working in tandem on research and design development.
environa studio is widely recognised as an innovative practice, upholding the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. our projects are creative and experimental, but always practical and liveable. we have made sustainability the core of our work, and the driving force of our design philosophy. we have won numerous awards and competitions for our designs, not just their sustainability. we have been responsible for the rewriting of building and sustainability regulations and are widely quoted in the media for our opinions and activism.
projects include urban design, civic and commercial buildings, group and individual housing for public and private clients. we have designed residential projects for single family houses (city, rural and remote), medium density projects (townhouses, terrace, units and warehouse re-use) and low, medium and high rise apartments. we have been involved in the planning of whole suburbs, retirement villages and community centres.
our design philosophy is based on 5 fundamentals:
the purpose of each project will reveal a detailed brief that addresses the real needs of our clients.
the place, (its site and climate) will develop an environmentally appropriate architecture.
the proposition of a strong design concept will lead to contemporary solutions with innovative spaces.
the precedent in use, form and typology will assist in making culturally and socially appropriate solutions.
the patterns of construction will make the most appropriate use of materials and energy.
memberships and registration:
n.s.w. architects registration board registration number: 6239
royal australian institute of architects (r.a.i.a) member number: 24992
australian architecture association (AAA): founding member number: aaa22
master builders associaton (mba): 3007146
housing industry association (hia) member: 571384