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About

Based in Hamilton, Cooper Scaife Architects operate throughout western Victoria. The practice has an established reputation for producing sophisticated architectural design, whilst maintaining firm control over our clients’ budgets.

Practice Profile

CSA pursue design excellence as a regional Victorian practice. The firm is led by Daniel Cooper and Bianca Scaife and is supported by a dedicated team of professional staff who bring a broad range of skills to every project. Both Daniel and Bianca studied architecture at RMIT, graduating with first class honours. Prior to entering private practice, they spent a number of years working for design offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

Since its establishment in 2003 the range and scale of work undertaken by CSA has grown to include new houses, alterations to heritage homes, commercial, municipal, cultural tourism, education and health facilities.

Design Approach

We take a strategic approach to design and this informs decisions throughout the project, from the ‘big picture’ through to the smallest details. Throughout the design process, we forge close relationships with our clients and collaborate with them closely to achieve their goals.

 

Our buildings are deceptively simple. Every design is a unique and resolved response to our clients’ brief and the qualities of the place that they inhabit. We are interested in the craft of making and in creating a timeless and enduring form of design. Above all else, we seek to make architecture that elevates the enjoyment of everyday life.

OUR PEOPLE

Bianca Scaife,
Director

Daniel Cooper,
Director

Emma Sommerville,
Registered Architect

Georgie Broeren,
Registered Architect

Sustainability

Environmentally sustainable design is a strong focus of the practice. Every project incorporates the principles of passive thermal design and the careful selection of sustainable materials. We use quality local materials wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint and enrich our projects with a strong connection to their region.

Carbon Neutral

As part of our ongoing commitment to addressing the climate change emergency, CSA are a carbon neutral practice. We use 100% certified green power, drive an electric vehicle, minimize our use of paper and creation of food waste. Each year, we purchase a small number of carbon credits to offset the usage we can’t eliminate.

Memberships


Cooper Scaife Architects is a registered architectural company in Victoria. 
www.arbv.vic.gov.au


Cooper Scaife Architects is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects. www.architecture.com.au


The company and its directors are members of the Association of Consulting Architects. 
https://aca.org.au/ 


Giving


Giving effectively. CSA proudly donates annually to Effective Altruism Australia, a non-for-profit dedicated to finding outstanding opportunities for effective altruism to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. https://effectivealtruism.org.au/ 

Careers


Graduate Architect Position
Looking for a tree change? We are seeking a capable and resourceful Graduate Architect to join our team. We are a small, ethical practice located in Hamilton, on beautiful Gunditjmara Country in south west Victoria.

 

As a Graduate Architect:
You will work on a broad range of projects from concept through to delivery. Our work spans residential, education, commercial, public and cultural tourism sectors and we can provide you with an excellent training ground for becoming a registered architect.

 

We’re looking for someone who:
Has a Masters of Architecture qualification; excellent written and oral communication; proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD (Sketchup and VRay are also an advantage); good organization and time management skills; attention to detail; an enthusiasm to learn on the job; and the ability to work in a team.

 

We will provide:
A respectful, friendly and flexible work environment. We provide graduates with the support needed to learn all the essential skills of architectural practice through hands-on involvement in projects. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience. Relocation packages will also be considered.

 

Lifestyle:
This position will suit a person who is seeking not only a new career opportunity but also a better quality lifestyle. Hamilton is a town of 10,000 people, located approximately 300km west of Melbourne in the heart of a prime agricultural district. It is an easy drive to the coast, the Budj Bim World Heritage Landscape and Gariwerd / Grampians National Park. There is a wide range of housing in the town and surrounding district and prices are considerably less than Melbourne and other regional towns. The town is well serviced with a large choice of schooling and excellent healthcare facilities. For further information about Hamilton and the surrounding district please visit: www.sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

If this sounds like you, please email your CV send to: