About us

Established in 1999, Sam Crawford Architects (SCA) is a design driven architectural practice based in Sydney, Australia. Over the last 20 years, we have established a well-earned reputation for design excellence in residential, cultural and public projects. In addition to our expertise in these areas, we’re also commencing our work in the education sector with both private and public clients.

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 as well as numerous industry awards & commendations.

People

Our team of 17 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 architectural projects, conducted 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. Sam is co-chair of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Medium Practice Forum, and a member of the Government Architect NSW State Design Review Panel.

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.

Sam crawford architecture team
Sam Crawford

Sam Crawford

director

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

Sam graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and in 1997 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1996 and was registered with the Board of Architects NSW in 2000.

In 1999, Sam established Sam Crawford Architects. The practice’s work has been widely published, nationally and internationally and 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, 2016 and 2017, Australian Timber Design Awards in 2002 and 2005, the Vision Award in 2010 and 2017.

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 the Government Architect NSW State Design Review Panel looking at state significant projects.

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, artist Jane Crawford, and their four children.

Gabrielle Pelletier

Gabrielle Pelletier

associate/quality manager

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 9611
BPD (Arch), BPC, M Arch

Gabrielle is a registered architect with over 10 years of industry experience across Melbourne and Sydney. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011, Gabrielle moved to Sydney and worked with Welsh + Major Architects where she received the National AIA Heritage Award for the Former Rocks Police Station as the project architect. Gabrielle has since worked as a senior associate with Anderson Architecture, focusing on sustainable design, specifically passive thermal comfort and the integration of landscape and local ecology into the home. She has experience in multi residential, urban planning and social housing in Melbourne at MGS Architects, where she focused on integrated art schemes. Gabrielle joined Sam Crawford architects in 2017, bringing with her these multidisciplinary skills and interests.

Gabrielle is currently studying horticulture to further her passion in landscape and architectural symbiosis. She believes in furthering the industry through academic pursuit and teaches regularly at the University of Sydney.

Ben Chan

Ben Chan

associate/CAD manager

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 10139
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 houses on Scotland Island, the multi-award winning North Bondi Amenities, Cabarita Community Centre, and House for Books. Ben’s 3D visualisation and modelling skills are exemplary.

Ben’s technical skills in computing and technology, and well as his patience and willingness to teach others, make him essential to CAD management within the studio.

As an Associate at Sam Crawford Architects, Ben plays an integral role in the effective management of the practice.

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

Jarad Grice

Jarad Grice

associate/documentation manager

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.

Louisa Gee

Louisa Gee

senior project architect

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 10428
BDes St, M Arch

Louisa is a passionate architect experienced in all stages of a project’s realisation.

With a distinct ability to problem solve, Louisa is a resourceful thinker with the capacity to work on projects across varying scales and complexity. Her skills range from fine detailing to contract administration, with extensive experience in secondary school and institutional projects ranging from $2M to $25M.

Louisa graduated as valedictorian from the University of Queensland in 2009, and became a registered architect in 2011. Relocating to Sydney in 2018, Louisa brings with her experience gained from working in both government and private practice, including award winning firms m3architecture and Partners Hill.
An energetic member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Louisa is a previous councillor of the Qld Chapter of the Institute, a juror for the Queensland State Awards program, and previous Chair of the Emerging Architects + Graduates Network (EmAGN). In 2017 her contribution to architecture was recognised as a recipient of the Dulux Study Tour.

Louisa believes there’s more to architecture than just buildings, and takes a people-orientated approach to all she takes on, whether it be designing with others, working with clients, or organising events and initiatives that advocate for the profession.

Ken Warr

Ken Warr

construction system specialist

Ken brings almost 50 years’ experience to his role as the construction systems specialist 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.

Renata Santoniero

Renata Santoniero

graduate of architecture

B Arch

Renata completed her architecture degree in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2011 and has seven years of architectural experience in both Brazil and Australia. Renata joined SCA in 2017 where she works as a project leader for residential projects. Previously she spent five years at a small Sydney-based practice, working on residential, commercial and retail projects, where she was involved in every stage of the project from its inception to completion.

Prior moving to Australia, Renata participated in three design competitions, with two prizes won. One of the prizes resulted in a two year long documentation process for a large scale theatre in Salvador, Brazil, which she was part of until the documentation stage was completed. Renata has a great interest in urban planning and mobility and has participated in research groups and an international architecture workshop on this topic in Bogota, Colombia.

Renata has an artistic background and discovered in Architecture the opportunity to be creative and positively contribute to people’s lives though the spaces they live and visit.

Christine Guan

Christine Guan

graduate of architecture

B Arch, M Arch

Christine is an architectural graduate, having completed a B.Arch with Distinction in UNSW in 2014 and a M.Arch with Excellence in UNSW in 2016. In her final year of study, Christine also taught hand sketching and software skills. After graduation, Christine worked in the industry for 2.5 years with a focus on small residential houses, obtaining experience in the various stages of design.

Parallel to her professional development, Christine has developed an enthusiasm for drawing and pottery. Though not directly related to architecture, she finds these intuitive processes are complementary to the logical thinking required in day to day tasks. Christine believes that architecture is not only about sense but also about sensibility.

Shane Marshall

Shane Marshall

senior project architect

AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board #10015
M (Arch), B.Arch (Des)

Shane is a registered architect with an expertise in the design and delivery of complex public projects. With a background in transport and infrastructure projects, he understands the realities of projects with multiple stakeholders and has the experience to lead projects from inception to delivery.

With a track record in delivering design excellence and award-winning projects, Shane believes in the power of a thoughtfully conceived and clearly articulated design strategy to deliver tangible outcomes. He seeks to create architectural spaces that enliven user experience and encourage a sense of communal custodianship.

Alongside his project work, Shane teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney in Interior Spatial Design.

Sofia Nay

Sofia Nay

graduate of architecture

B DesArch, BDes IntSpatialDes, M Arch

Sofia graduated with a Master of Architecture from UTS in 2020 and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2017. Prior to pursuing architecture, she completed a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design. Before joining Sam Crawford Architects Sofia gained 3 years of practical experience in a small architectural practice in Sydney. Sofia uses her experience and understanding of interior spaces in her architectural design approach and has a keen eye for detail.

Caitlin Condon

Caitlin Condon

architectural assistant

B DesArch

Caitlin assists in the design development, documentation and presentation of public and residential projects. Her advanced technical skills are in demand during the creation of refined client presentations and her attention to detail on project work is valued for the high-quality documentation she produces.

Caitlin is currently studying her Masters of Architecture having graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture. During her studies Caitlin spent a semester at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus in Denmark and took part in an experimental studio in The Open City in Ritoque, Chile. She was also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Faculty of Architecture Dean’s Outstanding Merit Scholarship.

Rhys Nichols

Rhys Nichols

project lead

M(Arch), BSc Hons II(i) Architectural Studies, RIBA Part III

Rhys is a project leader with a background in the design and delivery of public and civic buildings. He was educated in Wales and has worked with renowned architecture practices in the UK and Australia.

Rhys is passionate about projects that can transform and elevate public space, extending and elevating the impact architectural interventions. He seeks to create architecture that is grounded in context and that is responsive to current and future needs. Rhys brings a wealth of experience to the delivery of public projects including managing the complex individual, government, and community stakeholder needs.

Rhys registered as an architect in the UK and is currently undertaking the process to become a registered architect in Australia.

Laurel Crawford

Laurel Crawford

practice manager

BA Soc, M Mgt

Laurel holds a Masters in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She joined SCA in 2016 and enjoys using her administrative skills to ensure the smooth running of the practice.

Liam Marosy-Weide

Liam Marosy-Weide

graduate of architecture

B Arch, M Arch

Liam studied architecture at the University of Sydney, completing a Bachelor of Architecture in 2013, and the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, graduating with a Masters degree in 2017.
He brings an interest in residential, sustainable architecture as well as a diverse background in Heritage/Conservation, Urban Landscape and Sustainable design to his work at Sam Crawford Architects.
Alongside his professional work, Liam maintains a strong enthusiasm for creative thinking and making. He believes a hands on approach with our ideas is critically important in the design process.

Jarrod Ruchalski

Jarrod Ruchalski

architectural assistant

B DesArch

Jarrod completed his Bachelor of Design in Architecture at UTS in 2019. Having pursued extracurricular involvement through exhibition design, peer mentoring and global studios, he brings a diverse set of skills to SCA in 2020.
Most recently, Jarrod was one of four students selected for the first UTS cross-faculty studio; a week-long trip to Broken Hill allowed him to explore his passion for regeneration and empowerment through architecture as the team designed an Aboriginal knowledge and healing centre for the local community.

Scott Rowland

Scott Rowland

graduate of architecture

B DesArch, M Arch

Scott has studied and worked in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, completing his Masters of Architecture in 2018 at University of Queensland. He has worked at a number of firms of varying scales and pursuits, recently becoming a member of the Sam Crawford Architects team. He aims to put into practice his design and technical experience across a wide range of building typologies and construction methods.

Allen Huang

Allen Huang

architectural assistant

B DesArch, 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.

Justin Pak

Justin Pak

graduate of architecture

M.Arch, B.Arch

Justin has a keen interest in architectural model making and assists through all project phases for single and multi-residential projects at SCA. His exceptional model making skills were utilised for the shortlisted design for the University of Newcastle Alumni Building.

Justin undertakes his work with dedication and incredible attention to detail. He is an efficient and multi-skilled graduate, able to move easily between model making, drawing, and photomontages in a precise and finely crafted manner.

Justin graduated from UNSW with a Master of Architectural Studies in 2020 and was awarded a place on The Faculty of Built Environment Dean’s Merit List. For his outstanding student work, Justin’s team was awarded the 1st prize SONA AIA Superstudio 2017 & 2018 and continues his passion for design excellence through his work at SCA.

Jacqui Singer

Jacqui Singer

graduate of architecture

M Arch, B Arch

With a passion for music and art, Jacqui brings a creative energy to her project work. She provides vital assistance through all project stages on a variety of public and residential projects.

She is an integral part of the project team for the Rose Bay Apartments. Her inquisitive approach, articulate communication and enthusiastic collaboration contribute to smooth project delivery.

Jacqui graduated from the University of Sydney Master of Architecture in 2021. She has a passion for architectural and interior design that is sensitively crafted through a collaborative, interdisciplinary process.

Jordon Blanket

Jordon Blanket

graduate of architecture

M Arch B Arch BA Computational Design

Jordon is inquisitive and design orientated. With a background in photography and computational design, he is interested in the transformational potential of good architecture.

Jordon assists the SCA project teams through all project phases and for a range of project typologies and scales. He enjoys working in a team and developing his skills through first-hand experience. He is capable and self-motivated, a positive contribution to any project team.

Jordon completed his Master of Architecture at the University of NSW in 2021.

Janani Premchand

Janani Premchand

graduate of architecture

M Arch

Janani’s role in project teams is to assist with design and documentation. She has a diversity of professional experience gained working in Australia, Borneo, Malaysia and studying in Chennai, India and Newcastle, Australia where she graduated with a Graduate Medal Commendation.

Her experience with public buildings, multi-residential and public housing project typologies has developed through her work on the Rose Bay Apartments and the Hambledon Road Sports Pavilion. Her calm demeanour and diligent attitude ensure that each project can reach its fullest potential. Janani has an exceptional talent for hand drawing – her hand-sketched digital drawings are a vital part of her design and documentation process.