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About Us

Stanisic Architects was setup in 1990. From the beginning the practice has focused on architecture, urbanism and interiors. It is an energetic, inner city practice with a demonstrated record in the design of intelligent live, work and hybrid environments. The practice is committed to the continuing evolution of urban culture in Sydney, through the transformation of the living and working environment.

The architecture of the practice includes collective housing, offices, auto showrooms, master plans, DCPs, interior design and street design. The practice has designed projects throughout metropolitan Sydney. Most projects incorporate courtyards, slender-line building forms, gallery access, cross-over planning and multi-storey or maisonette plans with sky terraces to achieve a balance between personal comfort and energy consumption. Projects obsessively explore the qualities of space, light, sun and materiality to produce a climatically responsive modernism - Eco-minimalism.

Clients include developers, local council, State Government, institutional and community. The practice has designed and completed major faculty buildings at Nanhui University in mainland China.

Stanisic Architects comprises 20 professional staff: talented and insightful architects with a passion for architecture. Our approach is based on Director and Principal involvement in all projects, close liaison with the client, user groups and local authorities to satisfy the special requirement of each project. The practice is a DIMIA approved training organisation and has employed graduate architects from Germany, Canada and Ireland.

The Design Director of the practice is Frank Stanisic, former Vice President, Councillor and Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects. Frank maintains, professional, practice and teaching commitments. He has been teaching for over 20 years in undergraduate and Masters design studios at Universities of Sydney, New South Wales, Technology Sydney and Newcastle.

Stanisic Architects has received numerous national, state, and local architecture awards, most significantly the AIA Architecture Award for Multiple Housing (2018), AIA Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture (2011), national AIA Frederick Romberg Award (2008) and inaugural AIA Aaron Bolot Award (2008) for residential architecture, RAIA Special Jury Award (2006), the prestigious RAIA Wilkinson Award (2003) and the inaugural Premiers' Award for Excellence in Residential Design (2001) and many industry sustainability awards.

Stanisic Architects has won several invited design competitions, including Mission Haymarket (2008), Park Central Sydney (2003), Rhodes Waterside (2003) and Mondrian (2000). It has won international competitions including Parramatta Road Design Ideas (2001) and the Green Square Urban Design Ideas (1996). The practice completed a proposal for the USYD Faculty of Law, an invited competition, in association with the Berlin office of Axel Schultes Architekten. Frank Stanisic was the Master Planner for Green Square, the largest urban renewal project in Sydney.

Projects have been published nationally and internationally and are extensively illustrated in the recent Residential Design Code, published by Planning NSW, as a primer for residential design in relation to SEPP 65, Stanisic LiveWork, a selection of realised and unrealised 20 projects from the past 10 years was recently published by Pesaro Press.

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