About us

Established in 1999, Sam Crawford Architects (SCA) is a design driven architectural practice based in the inner-west of Sydney, NSW. Over the last 16 years we have successfully completed over 200 projects for which we have established a well-earned reputation for design excellence in residential, cultural and public projects. Our work has been widely published, nationally and internationally and has been recognised in numerous local, state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Timber Design Awards, Local Government Heritage, Conservation and Urban Design and industry awards & commendations.


Our team of 15 is led by Practice Principal and Design Director, Sam Crawford. Alongside the recognition for his built work Sam is highly regarded within the architectural profession. He has led humanitarian architecture projects, conducted theoretical, gallery based and built research projects, been invited to serve as head-juror for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards, and was a joint creative-director of the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects National Conference.

With a practice of our size, clients can be assured that Sam is intimately involved in each project. We work in an open-plan studio environment in collaborative teams to ensure the smooth delivery of projects across all scales. Our team is comprised of highly skilled professionals, graduates and students. This mix of team members ensures that each project benefits from the close attention of a dedicated project architect with a support team to efficiently deliver the project. We also have an experienced and dedicated documentation and detailing expert who brings extensive experience of construction detailing to each project.


AIA, AAA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 6498
BSc (Arch), B Arch

Sam Crawford graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and in 1997 with a Bachelor of Architecture.

Before establishing his own practice in 1999 he worked briefly with the multi-award winning practice Stutchbury & Pape Architecture & Landscape.

He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1996 and was registered with the Board of Architects NSW in 2000. He is a founding director of FOCHTA Malawi Australia, a community organization dedicated to raising awareness of and funds for orphaned children in Malawi, southern Africa.

His work has been widely published, nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national architecture awards for design excellence including the Australian Institute of Architects Awards in 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2016, Australian Timber Design Awards in 2002 and 2005, the Vision Award in 2010.

Sam participates as a guest design critic at NSW universities and is a regular speaker and contributor to architectural forums and events. Together with Adam Haddow of SJB and Helen Norrie of the University of Tasmania, Sam was the Creative Director of the 2014 National Architecture Conference – themed MAKING – held in Perth, WA. He is currently a member of the AIA NSW Chapter Council, co-chair of the Small/Medium Practice Forum, and a member of Bayside Design Review Panel.

As director of Sam Crawford Architects, Sam brings his passion, sensibility and experience to every project in the practice.

Sam lives in Sydney with his wife, urban designer and architect, Jane Crawford, and their four children.

BA Sc Arch, BArch Hons

Jane is a senior project architect and an urban designer with over 20 years’ experience since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1995. She has significant urban design experience and has brought this expertise into her work with Sam Crawford Architects since 2002. Her passion for sustainable design was honed through her work with the Eco-Design Foundation and has been pivotal in ensuring that Sam Crawford Architects remains focused on sustainable and socially responsible design. Jane compliments her work on high quality residential architecture with public and master-planning projects that draw on her skill as a communicator, community collaborator and design teacher.

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 17644
B.Arch (Hons 1)

Imogene graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2006 with first class honours and became a registered architect in 2010. She joined Sam Crawford Architects in 2015 bringing with her over 10 years professional experience in residential and public architecture gained working with award winning architectural practices in both Sydney and Melbourne. Imogene is an ardent advocate for the architectural profession, with active roles in research, publication, education and public programs. As the recipient of the 2012 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, Imogene travelled through Africa, Europe and North America researching modes of architectural discourse and examining the relationships between the architecture profession and the public.

Imogene believes that architecture is about revealing the beauty in everyday moments……. Architecture can be quiet and unassuming or spectacular and breathtaking but there should always be a perfect spot in the sun to enjoy your morning coffee.


AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 9426
BA (Arch), B Arch

Jarad is a registered architect with more than 15 years of industry experience in the design and project leadership of high-end single and multi-residential projects. Graduating from the University of Technology Sydney in 2005, Jarad joined Sam Crawford architects in 2016, bringing with him a diverse architectural skill set developed in the field throughout his degree and following. Jarad’s experience has ranged from large urban scale projects, including libraries and multi residential work, to high-end residential work. He has been involved in large scale work at Turner and Associates Architects (now Turner Studio), and most recently was engaged in design development and contract administration of NSW residential architectural award winning project House Acute and other highly detailed residential projects at MCK Architects.

Jarad also enjoys engaging with the next generation, tutoring in architectural design at the University of New South Wales.

Ken brings almost 50 years’ experience to his role as the design and documentation coordinator at Sam Crawford Architects. Ken’s depth of knowledge of building technology and construction detailing has been built over decades of work in Australia and the Asia Pacific region working on diverse building types. Ken formally joined Sam Crawford Architects in 2013 after frequent collaborations since 2006 starting with the design and documentation of the FOCHTA Youth Centre in Thyolo, Malawi. Ken supervises the detailed design and detailing of all of Sam Crawford Architects’ buildings. Ken’s expertise in architectural detailing is widely recognised and has been featured in a number of publications including including ‘Architecture in steel: the Australian context’, 1987 by Alan Ogg; ‘Details in Australian Architecture’ Volumes 1 & 2, 1987 by Roger Pegrum; and ‘A pictorial guide to identifying Australian architecture: styles and terms from 1788 to the present’, 1984 by Richard Apperley.
He is the go to man if you have a problem or if you want to avoid one. His fine hand drawings demonstrate a rare level of skill and care for the craft of architecture.

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 9576
B Arch St, M Arch

Chelsea graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Sydney University in 2010. She was on the Dean’s List of Academic Excellence and received the Architectural Science Prize. She has been pivotal in developing Sam Crawford Architect’s Environmentally Sustainable Design guidelines and is leading the project teams for a number of highly accomplished residential projects that are currently under construction. Chelsea brings a strong design sensibility to her work that has been honed in her 7 years of experience working with leading Sydney architecture practices.


B Design (Arch) Hons 1, M Arch

Charlotte graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015 with a Masters of Architecture. While studying, she received First Class Honours and the JW + BK Elkins Architectural Scholarship for her dissertation entitled ‘Spatial Temporalities’. Charlotte joined Sam Crawford Architects in 2014 where she has worked across all project phases from concept design to completion. Charlotte draws on her experience in fine art and her architectural studies in Europe in her expressive architectural style. Charlotte has an active role in architectural education, regularly tutoring first year design at the University of Sydney.

To Charlotte architecture is a social practice that can have a positive impact by creating connections between people, place and communities. It is an expression and creation of the world around us.

B.ArchSt, M.Arch

Ben has studied and worked in both Hong Kong and Sydney. He completed his Masters of Architecture at the University of New South Wales in 2014. He has worked at a number of leading Sydney practices on both large and small scale commercial and residential projects and has been an integral team member at Sam Crawford Architects since November 2010. He is dedicated and thorough in his work and has led or contributed to several projects including several on Scotland Island, as well as North Bondi Amenities, House for Books and the Kingsford House. Ben’s 3D visualisation and modelling skills are exemplary. Ben’s technical skills in computing and technology provide essential in-house IT support to Sam Crawford Architects.

Ben believes that architecture should serve to enrich and enhance the lives of the occupants and the surrounding context and community.

B Design (Arch), M Arch

After being placed on the Dean’s Merit List for both years of her Master of Architecture, Madeleine graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2012 as the UNSW Graduate of the Year, with a nomination for the Architects’ Medallion. Following 2 years in a large architectural practice, Madeleine joined Sam Crawford Architects in 2015 bringing her skills in design and complex projects to the residential and public work of Sam Crawford Architects.

Madeleine is intent on architecture that can improve the quality of life on both an individual and community level. She finds joy and fulfilment in employing innovative yet simple design to help people feel safe and enlivened.


B ArchSt, M Arch

Anna graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2015 with a Master of Architecture. She has worked across all project phases from concept design to documentation during her experience in one of Sydney’s large leading commercial and residential offices.
Anna completed her architectural degree in Sweden, where she studied concepts of compact living and inventive interior spaces. The effects of an engaging design on the individual and the community is something she believes is integral to the human condition.

Anna is committed to developing strong working relationships with all members of the building and design team to ensure projects are delivered with care and distinction.

B Design (Arch)

Matthew is currently completing his Masters of Architecture after graduating with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Sydney in 2014. He has twice been recognised in the Faculty’s Dean’s List of Academic Excellence and has been awarded various other prizes throughout his degree. Since joining SCA in 2014, Matthew has proficiently managed small design projects as well as working closely with project architects from a project’s conception through to contract administration.

He has a keen eye for detail and is able to find pragmatic solutions to architectural problems in keeping with the design intent.

B IntArch (HonsIIDivI)

Annie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture at the University of New South Wales in 2015, joining SCA to gain practical experience while continuing with her Masters of Architecture at UTS.

Annie is motivated by the desire to create spaces that delight the senses. She believes in cross disciplinary design and design as a collaborative process. She assists on a range of different projects and hones her skills by jumping right into it. Annie’s favourite projects are those that are innovative and push boundaries.


B Des Arch, B Eng (Hons)

Allen completed a combined Bachelor of Architecture and Civil Engineering degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with first class honours in 2016. Since joining SCA in 2016, Allen has assisted in the design development, documentation, and presentation documentation of a variety of projects. Allen’s background in structural and civil engineering greatly influences his architectural practice and work ethic.

Allen’s design approach is research and detail oriented. He is focused on applying knowledge and experience from multiple disciplines in order to achieve effective passive design.

BA Soc, M Mgt

Laurel holds a Masters in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She joined SCA in 2016 after many years working internationally, primarily in Singapore and the US, in a variety of public and private sector administrative & management roles.

BA Asian Studies (ANU), Cert IV Financial Services (Bookkeeping)

Judy started her career in architectural practices as a Technical Librarian after completing her university studies. Whilst living in the UK and working for a small building company in Canterbury, Kent, her systems background was utilized in the introduction of accounting and building management software. On returning to Australia, Judy undertook contract assignments in both private sector ‘special’ libraries and accounting roles.

Judy brings a wealth of experience in Accounts Management to SCA – having worked for many years in the building and construction industry, particularly architecture, planning and interior design.


Bonnie joined SCA in 2015 bringing with her eight years of experience in security, elder care and youth mentoring roles. Her primary roles at SCA are studio security and staff well-being.