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 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.
AIA, AAA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 6498
BSc (Arch), B Arch
Sam established Sam Crawford Architects (SCA) in 1999 and is the principal designer, and leader of the practice. He has built a national reputation for Design Excellence and is involved in all projects large and small, public, and residential. Through his architecture, Sam seeks to create joyful spaces that are respectful of place, and that are generous and beautiful. The diverse range of completed projects from private houses to public buildings is a testament to his skill and dedication.
As a leader, Sam is strategic and decisive. He has established a strong leadership team at SCA that allows him to efficiently manage 20 staff and remain intimately involved with each project. He draws his primary inspiration from the site and the natural world, and seeks design clarity where form, materiality and function harmonise. He has been recognised through the receipt of numerous state and national awards. His work has been published nationally and internationally and he is a regular speaker to architectural forums and events around Australia.
Sam lives in Sydney with his wife, artist Jane Crawford, and their four children.
AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 9611
BPD (Arch), BPC, M Arch
In recognition of her expanding leadership role within the practice, Gabrielle was appointed Associate Director in December 2021. Gabrielle has a passion for bringing ambitious architecture to life within a collaborative, complex, multi-disciplinary environment.
Gabrielle works across all scales of projects from private houses to large scale mixed use, public housing and public infrastructure. She believes that an inter-disciplinary approach is key to delivering outcomes that bring joy and will stand the test of time. As the project architect for Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC) she leads the SCA documentation team and 20+ specialist consultants. Under her leadership the complex operational requirements, and multiple stakeholders and authority requirements are balanced with a sense of delight.
Gabrielle has designed and delivered a range of award-winning projects including the Blackwattle Bay Townhouse that was shortlisted for both the Houses and IDEA Awards in 2019.
Complementing her project work, Gabrielle is an active member of the architectural profession as an elected member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Chapter Council, juror for the AIA awards program, member of the Gender Equity Taskforce and the Sustainability Action Working Group. Gabrielle is also the independent secretariate for the Sydney Metro Design Review Panel for the City-South West Line.
Gabrielle is passionate about sustainability, landscape and architectural symbiosis. Embodying an interdisciplinary approach herself, in addition to her architectural qualifications, she holds a Bachelor of Property and Construction and is undertaking a Diploma of Horticulture.
AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 10139
B ArchSt, M Arch
Benjamin is a registered architect and part of the SCA leadership team. He is detail-oriented and has a proven track record in the design and delivery of complex residential, public, and public housing projects.
Benjamin has a particularly strong eye for detail and enjoys resolving projects to celebrate both functionality and beauty. He approaches each project with natural curiosity which creates a fertile ground for thoughtful and meaningful architectural spaces. Each project is designed and delivered with dedication and thoroughness.
As lead architect on the North Bondi Amenities, Benjamin was able to steer the project through the many technical and logistic challenges to deliver this multi-award-winning building on Australia’s busiest beach.
AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 9426
BA (Arch), B Arch
Jarad is a registered architect and part of the SCA leadership team. Specialising in the design and delivery of residential projects, he is relationship orientated with a focus on problem-solving and constructive outcomes.
Jarad has a passion for seeing projects come to life through the construction process. His technical expertise and love of the craft of building are evident through his detail orientated projects. Jarad is a collaborative architect, working closely with skilled builders and trades people, sharing knowledge and experience to achieve timeless results. With significant expertise in new residential and alteration projects, Jarad understands the complex process of transforming a compelling design concept, through the rigorous approval process and into a finished house.
Completed in 2019, Dulwich Hill Double is a significant residential alteration and addition in a heritage context. Under Jarad’s leadership, Dulwich Hill Double has been transformed into a finely crafted, multi-generational home.
Located in Artarmon, House in the Garden transformed a well-loved inter-war bungalow into a light-filled contemporary home, with an intimate connection between the house and garden.
Within the office Jarad takes an active role in the mentoring of junior staff and the implementation of quality standards to ensure best practice architectural documentation and communication.
senior project architect
AIA, NSW Architects Registration Board # 10428
BDes St, M Arch
Louisa is a registered architect with a breadth of experience in the delivery of complex public and residential projects. She loves collaboration and is a skilled communicator. Her diverse project experience enables Louisa to make the most of every opportunity, interrogating possibilities and constraints throughout the process. She works with a finesse that enhances every part of a project from refined construction detailing to project administration.
Utilising a depth of experience gained from working in both government and private practice, Louisa combines her technical knowledge with her passion for projects that enhance the public realm and community spaces.
As project architect for Parramatta Park Café, Louisa transformed the fire-damaged structure at ‘Little Coogee’ on the banks of the Parramatta River into a vibrant contemporary café, public amenities and event space. Under Louisa’s leadership, the project was designed and approved within the strict constraints of the heritage requirements of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. She guided the project team and specialist consultants through the design, documentation and construction of the project balancing the stakeholder needs and functional requirements to deliver a sensitive, robust and beautiful building.
An energetic member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Louisa was a 2019 juror for the Newcastle AIA awards program, 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 the architecture profession was recognised as a recipient of the coveted Dulux Study Tour.
construction system specialist
Ken brings over 50 years’ experience to his role as Construction Systems Specialist at Sam Crawford Architects. He supervises the detailed design and detailing of all of Sam Crawford Architects’ buildings. His fine hand drawings demonstrate a rare level of skill and care for the craft of architecture.
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 has a thirst for knowledge and is constantly seeking the most up-to-date technical knowledge, product specification and regulatory frameworks. Ken’s technical expertise and rigorous review ensures that all SCA’s projects are at the cutting edge of contemporary building practices and backed up by decades of hands-on experience.
Ken is involved in all project stages. During the initial design concept phases, he critiques the project from a buildability perspective, identifying opportunities and highlighting potential problems. During detailed design, construction documentation and site work, he works closely with the project team to elegantly resolve the most challenging parts of the design. Ken has a thirst for knowledge and is constantly seeking the most up-to-date technical knowledge, product specification and regulatory frameworks. Ken’s technical expertise and rigorous review ensures that all SCA’s projects are at the cutting edge of contemporary building practices and backed up by decades of hands-on experience.
Ken’s drawings have been featured in numerous architectural detailing publications including :
- ‘Architecture in steel: the Australian context’, 1987 by Alan Ogg;
- ‘Details in Australian Architecture’ Volumes 1 & 2, 1987 by Roger Pegrum;
- ‘A pictorial guide to identifying Australian architecture: styles and terms from 1788 to the present’, 1984 by Richard Apperley
Renata is an accomplished graduate of architecture with expertise in the design and delivery of small-scale public and residential projects. She is passionate about the role of smart and sustainable architecture in transforming our cities and contributing to the vibrant and equitable fabric of our communities. Renata registered as an architect in Brazil and is currently undertaking the process to become a registered architect in Australia.
As a project leader, Renata has successfully delivered residential and public projects from concept design to project hand-over. Her design-led approach results in thoughtful and calm spaces that are loved by users. Renata is skilled in navigating architectural processes including planning, approvals, and construction onsite to ensure a design reaches its fullest expression.
As the project leader for Sommerville Park Sports Pavilion, Renata was responsible for the design, documentation and construction of the project. She coordinated the consultant team to meet the regulatory and stakeholder requirements of the City of Parramatta Council and the sporting clubs that use and care for this building. The result is a simple, elegant and robust. A light-filled space to accommodate the needs of the community.
The transformation of Annandale Terrace was led by Renata, who navigated the restrictive and complex project approvals process to deliver a beautiful and seemingly effortless contemporary home. Renata was the project leader from the initial design concept, through approvals, documentation and to the finished project.
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 across Australia and the UK. He completed a Master of Architecture with commendation at the Welsh School of Architecture in 2012 and has since worked for renowned architecture practices across a variety of project sectors.
Rhys is passionate about projects that can transform and elevate public space, extending the long-lasting impacts of 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 oversees the design development and documentation of both public and residential projects at SCA. Rhys adopts a hands-on approach to problem solving whilst striving to achieve design excellence and sustainable solutions in all projects.
Rhys registered as an architect in the UK in 2015 and is currently undertaking the process to become a registered architect in Australia.
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, and 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 guide decision making throughout the life of the project. He seeks to create architectural spaces that enliven user experience and encourage a sense of community custodianship.
graduate of architecture
B DesArch, BDes IntSpatialDes, M Arch
Sofia has a passion for the collaborative process of architecture and seeks to create spaces that are dynamic and human centric. She has an eye for detail that she applies to all project stages.
Her work as part of the project teams for the Matraville Youth & Cultural Hall, Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC), Rose Bay Apartments, Spring Street Terraces, Dolls Point Café and The Living Room has been vital for the smooth delivery of these projects. She is dedicated self-directed in her work and can guide projects through the complexities of planning approval.
Sofia graduated with a Masters of Architecture from The University of Technology, Sydney in 2020. She brings a unique perspective to her work at SCA with a background in Interior and Spatial Design.
Caitlin assists in the design development, documentation, and presentation of public and residential projects. Her advanced technical skills are in demand for client presentations and her attention to detail on project work is valued for the high-quality documentation she produces. She has been an integral team member for the Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC), Hambledon Road Sports Pavilion, Willowdale Sports Pavilion and Somerville Park Sports Pavilion.
Caitlin is currently completing her Master 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.
graduate of architecture
B Arch, M Arch
With a passion for problem solving and construction detailing, Christine is experienced in the design, documentation and realisation of public and residential projects. Christine played a key role in the documentation of the Hurlstone Park Community Centre and is a valued team member for the documentation of several residential projects.
Combining a technical expertise with a love of beautiful and practical solutions, Christine seeks to celebrate design at a human scale.
Christine joined SCA in 2019 after graduating with excellence from the Master of Architecture program at UNSW in 2016. She is currently preparing to obtain her architectural registration in NSW.
BA Soc, M Mgt
As SCA’s Practice Manager, Laurel is responsible for the day-to-day running of SCA. She guides the practice’s people and culture addressing the needs of the staff and facilitating training, and accreditation. Laurel is a vital part of SCA’s Quality Management Committee, bringing the ethos of continual improvement to all aspects of the practice. Laurel holds a Master in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
Laurel is relationship oriented and dedicated to the personal and collective wellbeing of the SCA. She is thorough and dedicated in all her undertakings. The care and attention with which she engages with all aspects of the practice ensures that the SCA team, and practice can thrive.
graduate of architecture
B Arch, M Arch
Liam has a passion for exploring the potential of materials and architecture that is tactile and responsive to context. He has a natural curiosity and has a skill for resolving complex construction detailing. Liam is self-directed and a skilled communicator.
He brings an interest in residential, sustainable architecture as well as a diverse background in heritage/conservation and urban landscape to his work at Sam Crawford Architects. He is a valued team member and has greatly contributed to the documentation of the Willowdale Sports Pavilion, Gipps St Residence and Hurlstone Park Community Centre.
Liam studied architecture at the University of Sydney, and the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, graduating with a Master degree in 2017.
Jarrod has a design-led approach that he applies across a range of project typologies including single, multi and public residential projects. He assists through all project phases with the goal to create architecture that enhances user experiences, elevating and exciting the senses. He is persistent and dedicated in his work with an attention to detail.
Jarrod completed his Bachelor of Design in Architecture at UTS in 2019. He brings a natural curiosity and a diverse set of skills to his work with SCA having pursued extracurricular involvement in exhibition design, peer mentoring and global studios.
graduate of architecture
B DesArch, M Arch
With a technical mind and a passion for construction detailing Scott is dedicated to creating beautiful architecture. His experience in construction documentation makes Scott a vital and valued member of SCA project teams. He approaches every element of a building as an opportunity to improve the design and carries out every task with diligence and dedication.
Scott has played a vital role in the documentation and delivery of Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC), Ewen Park Outdoor Learning Centre, Camperdown Residence and the Rose Bay Apartments.
Scott has studied and worked in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, completing his Master of Architecture in 2018 at University of Queensland.
graduate of architecture
B DesArch, B Eng (Hons)
Allen plays a vital role across all project stages on a variety of project typologies. His background in structural and civil engineering greatly influences his architectural practice and work ethic. He combines rigorous technical thinking with a passion for beautiful, refined architectural spaces.
Allen is research and detail oriented. He has a multi-disciplinary approach with a technical mind for construction detailing and problem solving.
Allen has been a proactive and dedicated team member for the Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC), Parramatta Park Café, Annandale Terrace and Clovelly House.
Allen completed his Master of Architecture in 2021 and was awarded the Dean List of Excellence in Academic Performance 2020. Prior to his architectural studies, he completed a combined Bachelor of Architecture and Civil Engineering degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with first class honours in 2016. He is currently preparing to obtain his architectural registration in NSW.
graduate of architecture
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 their outstanding student work, Justin and his team was awarded the 1st prize SONA AIA Superstudio 2017 & 2018 and continues his passion for design excellence through his work at SCA.
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 a valued 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.
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.
graduate of architecture
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.