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Antony McPhee is an architect who has a long association with far north Queensland, visiting family every year since 1986. I spent my childhood in Alice Springs, my education years in Adelaide, then lived and worked in inner city Melbourne before moving permanently to Cairns in 2018.

Antony McPhee

I firmly believe buildings are for people to occupy. They can still look good, be intellectually stimulating, and environmentally sustainable, but they must also be comfortable. So, as an example, a house is a place for living, and the spaces it contains must facilitate the way the occupants live their lives.

To me every project is a unique challenge with a unique outcome. Issues like small sites, overlooking, height limits, overshadowing, sun control, heritage restrictions, are all approached as design challenges rather than ‘problems’. Unlike other building professionals, an architect can see beyond the bricks and mortar and visualize how spaces can be experienced. What will it be like to relax in the bath; what is the view when you sit down at the dining table; what will it be like on a mild winter’s day, a steamy summer’s day?

Environmental sustainability should be as intrinsic to building design as structural strength is, not an added extra. Environmentally sustainable practice is embedded within all my design solutions rather than overtly used as a design style. As a trained House Energy Rating assessor I test designs during the design process rather than once at the end.

My normal practice is to do an initial analysis by investigating alternative solutions, which can then be discussed, rather than presenting a single fait accompli solution.

All work is modelled using computer technology so projects can be viewed in three dimensions, both outside and inside.

Find out what an architect can do for you. Contact Antony McPhee to discuss your problems, needs, desires and dreams.