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ANDREW BURGES ARCHITECTS
Andrew Burges Architects is a design-focused studio practice with expertise in multi-residential housing, civic and public buildings, master planning, and single residential dwellings.
Underlying the work of ABA is a belief in architecture as a creative form of ‘geography making’, with each project carefully developed in response to the physical and cultural character of its setting.
We aspire to a model of creativity that is open and collaborative, working with clients, consultants and staff to foster an intelligent engagement with the circumstances of each site and brief rather than the repetition of a signature style.
We are committed to architectural excellence at all phases of the design and construction process, maintaining a focus on inventive strategies and carefully considered problem-solving from first sketches through to the approval, documentation and construction phase of projects.
Our methodology involves rigorous testing and research of ideas.
We develop innovative concepts through urban analysis, material studies, historical research, and an iterative process of model making and 3-D studies.
A feature of our approach is our commitment to physical models as a resource for testing ideas at all phases of a project’s development. Through our design process of model making we test early concepts, siting and contextual relationships, interior spatial qualities and foresee material junctions as we work towards a project’s detailed resolution. Our models help clients and consultants gain a clear understanding of a project’s organising principles, aiding the project review, co-ordination and sign-off process.
Through clear communication of our design objectives and considered analysis of local impacts we have a proven track record of negotiating challenging and innovative designs through the local government approval process.
We are experienced in working with sensitive sites and existing buildings, and have received several awards for our work renewing heritage structures.
Our practice is international in outlook and composition, with a historical understanding of relevant architectural precedents and approaches drawn from architectural culture globally. This understanding is given greater depth through the close affiliation ABA has with architectural education, with Andrew Burges and several staff involved in teaching design studios and acting as guest critics at the University of Sydney, University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.