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.
Our team of 13 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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 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 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.
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.
Sofia is currently studying her Master of Architecture having graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from UTS. Prior to pursuing architecture, she completed a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design at UTS. 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 completed her Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree at the University of Sydney in 2017, joining SCA to gain practical experience before pursuing her Masters of Architecture. She was the recipient of the Faculty’s Dean’s Outstanding Merit Scholarship and has been three times recognised in the Faculty’s Dean’s List of Academic Excellence. Caitlin assists in the design development, documentation, and presentation documentation of a variety of projects.
Henry completed his Bachelor of Design, Planning and Architecture degree at the University of Sydney in 2018. He joined SCA in 2019 to gain practical experience and industry exposure before pursuing his Masters degree. Henry received a high commendation award for his entry to the NSW State Government’s ‘Missing Middle’ competition where he was able to explore and develop his interests in housing affordability and community oriented design. Henry’s design sensibility is informed by his interests in urbanism and public spaces. He excels at designing warm, functional spaces that provide people with a memorable and lasting experience.
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.
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.