Watson Architects is an experienced Brisbane-based small practice established in 2007 with involvement in over 50 architectural projects to date.
The practice undertakes smaller scale architectural projects, conservation / heritage projects and residential projects, with a focus on our three principle areas of interest in architecture:
- Architectural design
- Environmentally sustainable design (ESD)
- Conservation (including heritage issues and adaptive re-use)
We aim to provide:
- Thoughtful design solutions for the client, the site and its environment
- Energy efficient and climate responsive solutions through design, material and technical choices
- Retention, conservation and adaptive re-use solutions for our heritage-listed buildings
The practice has worked with local community groups such as the Sherwood AFL Football Club; and supports the work of organisations including World Vision, Qld Police, Rotary and others.
Much of our work comes through referrals from previous clients, other architects and builders.
Good architecture can be born from constraints and challenges. Smaller scale architectural and heritage projects can create challenging projects. ‘Out of the ordinary’ projects with challenging constraints interest us.
Good design comes from experience, understanding the brief, the constraints and the site context.
We believe architecture should be designed to suit its context, work with its environment and enhance its surroundings and the enjoyment of the users.
Thoughtful design considers the future, climate resilience and adapting to lifestyle changes.
Responsible design is sustainable and should be more than just fashion.
We believe that big is not always better. Carefully designed and considered spaces can create ambience and surprise. Small can be beautiful. Details create delight.
We want to work with you to explore the best solutions. Our aim is to provide you with a design outcome better than you would have anticipated.
We are after clients with a passion for thoughtful design who are willing to explore opportunities.
We believe in the need and value of an environmentally responsible approach to design. Environmentally Sustainable Design includes:
- skilful, sensitive design to limit negative environmental impacts
- enhance the liveability of a building
- reduce the use of resources and long term running costs
- creating a healthy, well designed built environment.
Director Andrew Watson has been a member of the Qld AIA Sustainability Committee since 2006, helping support, advocate and promote Sustainable Design.
Environmentally efficient and responsive sustainable solutions can be provided through simple, project-appropriate and small-scale approaches.
We aim to include environmentally efficient and sustainable approaches through:
- Passive and climate responsive design (orientation, ventilation, shading, site conditions)
- Appropriate use of materials (thermal mass, embodied energy)
- Water harvesting / reduce resource use
- Energy reduction / renewable energy
- Design resilience & durability
- Recycling / adapting / reusing
- Liveability and future proofing
We are after clients with a passion for sustainable and responsible design solutions.
There are places worth keeping because they enrich our lives – by helping us understand the past; by contributing to the richness of the present environment; and because we expect them to be of value to future generations. (The Illustrated Burra Charter, ICOMOS Inc. 1992)
Our past is irreplaceable and at times, precious. We believe in the protection of those heritage places that are important to our culture and an understanding of our past.
We believe the best way to maintain our heritage buildings is to continue to use them appropriately while retaining their intrinsic cultural significance.
We support and encourage the retention, conservation and where needed, adaptive reuse of both commercial and residential heritage-listed buildings.
Practice Director Andrew Watson holds a Master of Arts in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York. Andrew believes that conservation of heritage buildings, their adaption and re-use is also another form of environmentally sustainable and responsible design.
When working with character or heritage buildings, our work is adaptive to the property, not replicative. Our work aims to respect and acknowledge the previous design. New work should be contemporary and modern.
We are after clients with an enthusiasm for working with heritage places.