About Shared Space Architecture
The company has been originally set up to facilitate the architectural registration process for recent architectural graduates to gain experience and to help sole traders, micro and small companies to develop the skills they need to move forward in the industry. We have continued further on our journey and now offer a range of skills, mainly in energy efficiency consulting and detailed construction documentation.
We find working together is the best way to facilitate the architectural partnership and holistically recognise the impact on our future in the most adaptive way.
Fundamentally engagement with an idea happens only after an awareness of something which you can improve. This awareness is what drives us to work with others and improve the relationship between good design practice and energy efficiency in the built environment.
By collaborating with other architectural firms, builders, other consultants and our own clients we provide a shortcut to the awareness we have gained from our professional experience and allow each to make an informed decision with this shortcut.
By encouraging other architectural firms, builders, other consultants and clients to adopt practices in their projects we close the circle. However, the decision ultimately lies in the hands of the client and we strive to provide the right information so that that this encouragement is viable.
We have extensive combined experience in the residential sector. Our experience also includes schools, churches and other community buildings.
Our services range from Concept Sketch to Contract Administration and you are able to pick and choose from most of these. Ideally however, for design consistency working with us throughout all stages is preferred.
The Green Dot
We have an underlying interest in sustainable design and have worked with mutiple tools to ensure buildings meet standards of energy, economic, environmental and social efficiency.
For us it is not about labelling a building. There are some things you need to do to pass building requirements and others you do just to make sure you are doing the right thing.
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Construction and Workshop Detailing
We office share in Melbourne with Global Consulting Engineers and work with them and software designed to communicate and finesse structural solutions to help you realise your project before construction commences.
With detailed workshop drawings and construction advice, you can be more certain that there are going to be less issues on site. This service is particularly helpful with Passive House consulting to mitigate poor planning of airtightness.
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Providing peer review for small and sole practices allows us to collaborate together and potentially seek additional advice on project specific queries.
Sole practitioners and small companies often find the collaboration aspect of the design process difficult to undertake. If you are in this situation and would like to talk through your solutions, feel free to get in touch.
What can we offer other design and building professionals?
We have experience in running small practice companies and have available systems to assist you in running and setting up your own. Along with this is infrastructure and knowledge in IT office systems.
Connections with in-house consultants, conversations on top of the already mentioned peer review on projects (particularly helpful in sole and small practice).
For the financial year 2019-20 Shared Space Architecture has made a contribution to Greenfleet in the act of offsetting our carbon emissions which we as Australians contribute to the environment. We do this voluntarily and do this because there are projects out there...
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