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As signatories to the Climate Action group of The Australian Institute of Architects, we are working towards zero-carbon footprint in 2021 including fully offset power providers. As an office we aim to reduce waste and paper use and are working towards reusing or recycling 90% of our waste. With no food collection in City of Port Phillip, we are members of South Melbourne Sustainability Group and we collect our food waste in bokashi bins for burying in the community garden – where we also enjoy gardening and watering – and hanging out with the residents’ canine friends – at lunchtimes.
As a studio we have committed to donating to local and international charities that we feel passionate about. We currently have commitments of between 1%-5% of our profit since 2015 to;
Following the inspiring call to action at 2018’s National Architecture Conference in Melbourne, we have committed as a practice to increasing cultural competency and engaging with Indigenous Reconciliation, which we believe is something every design practice can do on projects large or small.
Since 2020 we have commenced seeking traditional owner knowledge sharing to embed in design responses with Wurundjeri Elders on our university studio projects, talking with the next generation about the importance for truth-telling and Indigenous engagement in our built environment . We are planning to embed traditional owner engagement across all our new studio projects going forward
To help our clients work towards minimising their carbon footprint and achieve over 6-star energy ratings in their homes or equivalent in commercial buildings, we have developed processes for embedding sustainable design in all our work. These include checklists and costing processes to assist with incorporation of;
We believe in giving back to the profession; in an ethical care for the generation of young architects to follow, and setting examples to help a diversity of young people become our future architectural leaders. We commit to teaching at university in Melbourne and are regularly teaching at;
We also regularly assist with design critiques at;