The land on which we live and work, and the land on which our projects are built, is aboriginal land. Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have lived on the Australian continent for at least 65,000 years. About 20,000 years ago Aboriginal people passed beyond the Blue Mountains to the area that is now known as Sydney. Non-aboriginal people have lived in the Sydney region for just 230 years.

As a practice, we are working towards an understanding of that fact, and how it might inform our relationship to the land, its original people, and the work that we do. We acknowledge that we have a long way to go.

Our Approach

Architecture for us is about listening to our clients, helping them define their needs, providing a creative and flexible solution, working to a budget, and delivering as agreed. We add value.

The core principles that underpin our work are:


First and foremost we design places for people, for our clients and others to occupy, to experience, and to enjoy.  We think unconventionally about the infinite possibilities of experience and occupation.


Whether it be a dense urban environment or a pristine natural setting, our architecture is inspired by its place. We strive to create buildings and spaces that respond to and enhance the physical and intangible aspects of place; of your site and it’s context.


Throughout the design process, from concept design to project completion; we consider function on both abstract and practical levels.  We work collaboratively with our clients to clearly define the intended uses of a building or space and make it the prime generator of the design.


What is it like to experience a space from inside and out? How is the form expressed? What are the qualities of place? What are the qualities of space?  How does the light play across a surface at different times of day? Where does the breeze come from? How does it make you feel? How do we engender a sense of delight in our buildings? These are the questions that our architecture seeks to answer.


We view budgetary constraint as a generator of innovation. We understand that delivering a project on a budget is critical to it’s success. We work closely with our clients and cost consultant from concept to detailed design, documentation and construction to ensure this reality.


We take a long term view of sustainability and work on the basis that a robust, passively designed buildings suited to long life are more sustainable than buildings reliant on high-tech environmental solutions. We explore a range of life-cycle environmental issues including material selection, waste, water and energy reduction, re-use, recycling and adaptive re-use to minimize our impact on the natural environment.


Sam Crawford Architects add value. We add value to your project.; to the process and the outcome.

Our Commitment

Throughout your project you will find us:

Client Focussed

As our client, you and your needs form the centre of our practice and our design process. We very much value what you bring to our collaboration. We listen and respond to your needs and dreams. We guide you through every step of the design and construction process. We exceed your expectations.


Design is a collaborative process. From the first briefing through to the end of construction, the success of a project is directly related to the strength of the relationships between collaborators. We have strong and long standing relationships with a broad network of expert consultants, builders, suppliers and artists.


We have a depth of experience and expertise that informs all of our work. Research is integral to our design process. We listen to our clients. We observe. We seek out what we need to know. We base our decisions on experience and research.


We work with an openness and rigor that drives us to explore both expected and unexpected solutions to design challenges. We think strategically to distill the defining issues of a project, the ideas and objectives, and the desired qualities of the realized design. We devise solutions that do many things at once; as much as possible with as little as possible. Our driving ideas ensure that the full potential of a project is realized; a project which is greater than just the sum of its parts.

Our Quality Policy 

It is the policy of SCA to deliver excellence in architectural services; services that meet our clients’ and the relevant regulatory requirements, and surpass their expectations.

In order to achieve Design Excellence Sam Crawford Architects has, since its inception, developed processes to generate, maintain and improve the quality of its services and built work. Compliance with, maintenance and continuous improvement of a Management System that complies with the requirements of the International Standard ISO 9001:2015 is an essential part of that ongoing process of improving our overall performance.

The effective adoption of the principles contained in this system and all of the supporting documentation is led by me (Sam Crawford) and forms a shared responsibility of every member of the practice.


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