Profile

CWA is an architectural practice committed to providing design excellence in everything we do, big or small. Since being established in 2004 CWA has strived to develop a discipline focused on iconic innovative solutions with enduring and inspiring qualities. Key aspects rigorously explored in our approach are:

+ Integration of ESD sustainable principles into the fundamentals of the design solution

+ Indentify and optimisation of construction, financial + design constraints into a cohesive outcome

+ Constant research and development seeking precise solutions to the clients requirements and site conditions

+ Striving to capture a sense of place, a belonging, an expression of our contemporariness

CWA considers designing a collaborative process. Working closely with stakeholders, consultants and contractors we procure projects that fulfil and exceed expectations. With a hands on proactive leadership team who oversee the whole design and construction process from workshops / master planning through to detailed documentation we deliver on time and on budget. The collective specialised experience of our senior staff allow CWA to provide cutting edge design expertise for the following:

+ University projects and new learning environments

+ Cultural projects

+ Civic and public buildings

+ Healthcare and hospital facilities

+ Commercial offices

+ Higher education and training facilities

+ Urban design projects

+ Residential projects

+ Multi residential projects

+ Development yield studies / masterplanning

+ Research facilities and specialist laboratories

+ Interior architecture

+ Hospitality

Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) is defined as

“Development that uses, conserves and enhances the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased.” ( Commonwealth Government 1992 )

Architecture faces a number of future challenges when expressing and responding to the ever changing environment both from a climatic perspective and technological advancements. Through Collaborating with engineers and specialist consultants CWA helps to realise the clients aspirational goals for these challenges by implementing strategies early in the design process. Principles of our environmental design solutions which are considered through the life cycle of the building include:

+ Carbon footprint

+ Water usage and storage

+ Building heating and cooling

+ Interface and impact to site

+ Energy creation and usage

+ Future proofing for adaptation

Our approach to design and integration of our ESD strategies have acquired CWA a unique recognition in Tropical Architecture with a number of world class buildings. These striking buildings including the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre and the Stamp House not only demonstrate a concise understanding of the extreme yet sensitive climatic conditions of the tropics, but are an embodiment of our approach in seeking innovative and inspiring outcomes . This reputation is further enhanced through national and international publications of both projects culminating in Charles Wright, the firm’s Director + Design Leader being invited to undertake a PHD @ RMIT university on CWA’s progressive tropical architecture.

The firm has also undertaken a number of other commissions broadening the skill set including large single + multi residential developments in Melbourne both conceptual and under construction. Projects of note include 14 townhouses in Northcote, Master planning + yield studies for
a $35m apartment complex in Moonee Ponds and master planning feasibility design study appraisals in South Morang for 400+ apartment / mix use development. CWA has also been recently engaged as Principal Consultant / Architect for the Kyneton hospital redevelopment in regional
Victoria.

As a national and international design practice, CWA is committed to constant  research and development in all projects undertaken. We seek to innovate, inspire and deliver exemplar world class architecture across a range of scales that express and respond both climatically and culturally to our built environment.