Design Canberra ‘Living Rooms’

Philip Leeson Architects are very excited to have 2 of our built projects included in the DESIGN Canberra Festival ‘Living Rooms’ program this November.

This weekend (Week 1) you can get a sneak peak inside the award winning Harvey Taylor house. Check out a few photos in advance.

In Week 3, you can visit the Ainslie House. Here are a few photos on the project page.

For information on these events, please go to:


Narrabundah knockdown-rebuild project completed

This project in Narrabundah, designed by Philip Leeson Architects, was recently completed by  Sutton and Horsley. There are some lovely highlights throughout the build, including the spotted gum Woodform Architectural cladding, generous open planning, and honed block work blade walls inside and out to contrast with the timber.

There will be more photos to come once the landscaping by Harris Hobbs Architects is completed soon!

Women of PLA

The women of PLA are varied and many with talents diverse and skill aplenty. We are very proud that women make up 73% of our workplace in various guises – architects, interior designers, graduate architects, architectural assistants and administration roles. We also have very diverse after hours interests – we are artists, designers in our own time, sportswomen, star students (see cameo from Juhani Pallasmaa!), mothers and chicken wranglers!

We recently assembled this montage for a post on the Parlour instagram account, which highlighted for a week the amazing work being done by female architects and designers in Canberra.



Tea and Tim Tams wrap up in Aranda

It’s been a lovely team exercise at this project in the bushland suburb of Aranda, with a wonderful client, her adorable pooches and a builder whose attention to detail is greatly appreciated. Country Builders have been a delight to work with, executing the connection with the existing house beautifully. The external built-in landscaping was designed by Harris Hobbs Landscapes.

One final morning tea and tim tams session was in order to wind up the construction period. To fill the hole that the site meetings are going to be leaving, there has been some discussion of baking tim tam cakes such as this

Nearing completion in Aranda

Renovation works are continuing at the hands of Country Builders, on a project of Philip Leeson Architects in Aranda. The new internal joinery has been installed and finishing touches are being applied to the exterior, including the construction of a finely detailed steel balustrade. The steel planter boxes and landscaping works (designed by Harris Hobbs) are progressing steadily and this project is due for completion in late 2016.

Oh, and the tea and tim tams are still flowing, much to the architect and builders delight!

Renovation progress at Chowne Street House

The final touches are being added to this little gem in Campbell at the moment. Inside and out, this 1950’s modernist Canberra home has had the caring touch applied by Philip Leeson Architects and WQM Building Group in order to revive it’s former glory and draw it into the current era. Endeavour Joinery did a fabulous job with the joinery throughout the renovation. Great care was given to the selection of contemporary finishes, fittings and lighting so as to complement the original period of the house.

Professional photos will follow in the near future, but for now here are a few photos for your viewing pleasure…

National Convention Centre gets a facelift

Philip Leeson Architects were the project architect and interior designers on the recent facelift of the National Convention Centre here in Canberra. We utilised recycled timbers from Thors Hammer in the design of the new reception counters and slatted finish on the existing columns, and worked with Monarch Building Solutions who were the builders on the project in construction.

The National Convention Centre have a short article on their website here about the project.

Spring breathes new life at Griffith

With the coming of spring and blossoms to Canberra, so too does practical completion at this alterations and additions project in Griffith, with new life being breathed into old. An exquisite pergola to the front of the home, and new metal-clad pods plugged into the side are just some of the fine distinctions of this project. The recycled timbers for the pergola came from Thors Hammer and were worked beautifully by Matthew, Ben and the team from Schouten Constructions. These guys have been a pleasure to deal with on this project!