The impact of architecture on our lives

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | 2 Comments
The impact of architecture on our lives

Most of us take for granted the impact architecture plays in our lives, yet nearly every moment of every day is influenced by it. You are constantly in and surrounded by buildings, and these spaces affect how you feel. A dark space can leave you feeling cold, dampening your mood. The size and layout of […]

Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

“One Melbourne or two?” The title of a report released last week revealing half the amount of jobs available for those in outer Melbourne compared with those inner; less schools, less access to public transport, and one third the number of hospital beds… The direction of peak hour traffic has long told us this; did […]

Energy efficient houses versus the great Australian dream.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Opinion | 4 Comments
Energy efficient houses versus the great Australian dream.

Happy new year to you all. I hope you had time off to relax, and you are recharged and excited for what 2013 holds in store. It’s great to get back to my blog after a couple weeks off; I’m so excited about continuing to share and discuss all things architecture with you. Today’s blog […]

Melbourne planning at its worst.

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 2 Comments
Melbourne planning at its worst.

Saturday morning: coffee in left hand, croissant in right hand, The Age newspaper in front of me. It’s a good Saturday morning so far. What I didn’t expect was the front page and page 5 to contain two articles on separate debacles in the Melbourne planning system. I felt a mixture of frustration and disbelief […]

Fear of Rejection – Planning Permit Applications

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 11 Comments

This week I got rejected, and it hurt. No self-help books, large tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, or trip to a psychologist will help me with this one. This time only my friends at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – VCAT will be able to make me feel better. The council refused a […]

What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Designers of any discipline, who are passionate about their craft, work hard and hope their creations once released into the world, will be admired and appreciated as great design. We know our work has the ability to influence a positive emotional response to those who will interact with it. I aspire to create houses my […]

What is inappropriate development?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 16 Comments
What is inappropriate development?

Over the last two weeks my letterbox has been filled with more than just the latest bargain offerings from Target, and menus from my local restaurants. As a result my evenings have seen me do more than enjoy take away in the comfort of my new Pyjamas. I also perused about 12 different flyers received […]

Welcome to the DN Architecture Blog

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | 16 Comments
Welcome to the DN Architecture Blog

I’m excited about connecting with others who love architecture as much as I do. My experience tells me there are many of you out there. Whenever meeting someone new, and that favourite of get to know you question comes up: “what do you do?” I still, after being an architect for 15 years, love how […]