Tea and Tim Tams in Aranda

Weekly site meetings at this project in the bushland suburb of Aranda have been colourful affairs with our wonderful client producing regular cups of tea and a never-ending packet of Tim Tams… Construction progress has also been coming along nicely at the hands of Adam and his team at Country Builders. It is a small alterations and additions project with some external works including ramping, planter beds and decks.

The project is due to be completed soon so we will have more photos to follow.


Almost done in Braddon!

@philipleesonarchitects have been involved for the past few of years in the design, documentation and construction process of a knockdown-rebuild project in the heart of Braddon. The rich palette of materials complement the intricate spatial arrangements which have been designed across two levels. The form also responds at a community scale with brickwork and timber used externally to reflect the surrounding built fabric of the suburb. There is great flexibility built into the design, with moments of possible communal interaction offset with quiet corners for reflection and solitude.

As the project nears practical completion, we thought we would preemptively share a few photos… Enjoy!

Construction progress in Campbell

A sneak preview of the alterations and additions of a mid 20th century house in Campbell, which is getting a complete facelift at the hands of WQM Building Group and Philip Leeson Architects. The home is being sympathetically renovated in response to the era in which it was originally constructed.

More to follow soon as the project nears completion!




ACT Awards Night 2016

Philip Leeson Architects were very pleased to receive 2 commendations for recently completed projects from our office at the 2016 ACT Architecture Awards held on Saturday night. The Ainslie Arts Centre Upgrade received a commendation in the Heritage Architecture category, and Campbell House received a commendation in the Residential Architecture (Alterations and Additions) category. It was a very entertaining evening, held at the National Arboretum here in Canberra, with many local architects and their entourage turning out in freezing winter temperatures for the event.

Canberra Times interview

Philip was interviewed last year by the Canberra Times, and discussed in detail the development of Canberra’s urban fabric in conjunction with our role as the manager of the ACT Heritage Advisory Service. He also discusses in this article his architectural career to date as well as some of the lesser known gems that this office has produced over the years such as the War Veterans Gardens at the Woden Cemetery, all of which contribute to our urban environment here in the nation’s great capital.

You can read the entire article here.

We’re on Instagram!

…so apparently we’re on Instagram, and have been for a little while (it just took a while to filter down to the ‘web-team’ here at PLA)!

Jump on and check out Philip’s snaps as he gets about town and the world. You can find him here.

Claire Reece joins us at Philip Leeson Architects

We have a new addition to our team at Philip Leeson Architects. Claire Reece recently joined us and has a diverse background of experience. Claire has a depth and wealth of experience in urban planning projects, design development and documentation of different architectural projects, and she is a strong graphic communicator. Claire is looking forward to working with Philip Leeson Architects and gaining experience in some of the more traditional roles an architect performs such as contract administration.

Claire is also a talented artist, having exhibited her work at the Cox Gallery in conjunction with local architect Rodney Moss.

We warmly welcome Claire to our office!

Thor’s Hammers Favourite Projects of 2015

We made it to the list! Thors Hammers list of their favourite projects of 2015 that is, with the Harvey Taylor House. We always enjoy the process of working with the Thor’s Hammer team and resolving construction details with them, so we are pleased to see the feeling is mutual! Have a look at this link to read more about this and their other favourite projects of last year around Canberra.

The Harvey Taylor House features  Spotted Gum floorboards which Thor’s salvaged from the Bicentennial Basketball Stadium in Penrith, and  repurposed into floor wall and ceiling linings in this Japanese courtyard inspired dwelling. You can read more about this house on the project page.

Photography: Ben Wrigley