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My name is Peter Downes


 I specialise in difficult sites with spectacular views - anywhere in Australia. 

Let me create an award winning ( 57 won to date ) innovative masterpiece for you!   

NEVER live in a boring house again!

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how it all started - Avalon house 1988



My history

After a successful career as a design draftsman and site manager in the mining and engineering industries, I decided to act on my long neglected interest in architecture by planning and executing a major transformation of my own home in Avalon in the late 80's. This lead to work on numerous projects, predominately in the northern parts of Sydney, and eventually to a new and even more successful architectural career.

Since then, I have worked on over 100 major projects in Sydney’s northern beaches, and around Australia. I currently have over $30,000,000 worth of projects in various states of progress. As of October 2018, I have won 57 awards for my work, making me the most awarded Building Designer in New South Wales.

I am a Chartered Building Designer and a member of Building Designers Australia (www.bdaa.com.au). I am also a founding member of the Australian Architecture Association (www.architecture.org.au)

My philosophy

Every site is individual and so are it's owners. Therefore every house has to be unique, maximising the good aspects of the site while minimising the bad. To date, most of the projects that I have submitted for awards have won at least one – and I approach every project with the intent of keeping this record intact.

I believe that one of the reasons for my success is the fact that I specialise in single residences, and do all the creative work myself. The steep, challanging sites that I frequently work on attract interesting, adventurous clients who embrace the possibilities of modern house design, and do not hinder the creative process with limiting traditional ideas. In the last couple of decades, Australian architects and designers have thrown off the shackles of cold climate housing that we inherited from England, so many of the architectural features found in these contemporary homes are dedicated to embracing the natural environment and the Aussie lifestyle.

Some clients' comments

"Peter continuously surprises me with his lateral thinking and futuristic design ideas"

"You are a legend and the design is really fantastic"

"Outstanding result, what a brain!"

"After two architects submitted very disappointing and predicable options, we struck gold with Peter"

"Peter’s design is not only unique but our house has a WOW factor"

'We are delighted with our result and would have no hesitation in recommending him, particularly where elements of ‘spice’ and excitement are needed"

"A brilliant performance"

"You came up with a unique design that was exactly what we wanted"

"Thanks Peter. We absolutely love the design"

"We are completely delighted with the amazing design that you have come up with"

For more information on how I can create one of my original homes for your site anywhere in Australia, please contact me via phone or email.  

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