WHY HIRE US?
We are a prestigious design-led practice that operates with sensitivity, respect and professionalism towards all of our clients. In larger firms, the key design work and day-to-day running of a project is often relegated to other staff, creating various degrees of separation between clients, directors and the production team. The decision-makers become somewhat removed from the actual design process. But hiring Stephen Collier Architects guarantees that the principal architect will control and lead the evolution of the design throughout the life of the project; both setting and closely monitoring the design objectives as the project develops. And you as the client, will benefit from close access to the whole team.
We are good listeners. We understand that employing an architect can be a daunting task, one that should not be rushed or taken lightly. We are kind and curious and respectful. We thrive when we empower our clients to choose good design that is liveable, sustainable and durable. We value the investment you make and work hard to ensure results exceed expectations.
We have worked around the world, learning along the way to be humble, open and inquisitive. Many of our clients are women, minorities and non-profits; reflecting the diversity of our society. Stephen Collier Architects is a small but successful firm that has grown on its own terms, working with clients as true collaborators.
“It has been refreshing for us to be able to work collaboratively with Stephen and his team, to have them understand the requirements of our organisation and to have been able to work on the various iterations of design planning in our own timeline. They have achieved this within the parameters of a very tight budget. The end result of this has been a design that suits all of our needs, functionally, architecturally and financially.”
– Daniel Potter, CEO, Shopfront Community Arts Centre
HIRING AN ARCHITECT FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Our first consultation is always free, a chance to get to know one another. We’ll give you initial ideas about your site, or visit a property you have your eye on, with no obligation. You might decide to hire an architect tomorrow, or three years from now. Either way, we’ll help you understand the process and the benefits.
You care about design and you know that architect-designed homes are highly sought-after, more energy-efficient, cheaper to live in, easier to maintain and adapt. At the same time, building a new home or extending an existing one is likely to be the single biggest expenditure you will make.
It is important for you to feel comfortable working with us, and to build trust. You should take your time to make the initial decision. We are fully transparent about our fees and the time a project might take. You are in control of the project throughout.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We can’t tell you that upfront, and we’d be dishonest if we said we could. After the initial visit, we’ll send you an information pack that describes the likely stages of the project, from design to documentation and construction. It outlines both parties’ responsibilities at each stage, and explains the process in simple terms. It also describes the fee structures you can choose: we charge either an hourly rate or a percentage of the cost of work.
Each step of the way, we’ll help you understand what you’re looking for and shape the brief, to save time and money later. We’ll offer ideas and options so you can choose what to prioritise – speed, quality, affordability, durability, sustainability, liveability, resale value – at every decision point.
“I have known Stephen Collier for over 15 years. During this period of time I have had the great pleasure of working with his office on several significant state heritage-listed projects in NSW. I have also engaged him to renovate two of my own homes, the most recent being in Byron Hall which is a heritage-listed apartment building in Potts Point. I have the highest respect for Stephen Collier and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending his office.”
– Stephen Davies, Past Chair, NSW Heritage Council & Director, Urbis