Here at Vincent Chrisp Architects we’ve put together a team who together have over a century of creative and practical experience. We come from broad backgrounds, but we’re specialists in community-minded buildings. Think healthcare and aged care. Science and research. Justice and law enforcement. Education from prep to tertiary. Civic centres, cultural centres, community centres. Whatever the need, our old-hands and young-guns work together with the client to produce something unique, memorable and practical.
I really enjoy when people are happy about the building they’re getting. That’s really why I started the company 23 years ago; I decided I wanted a direct line between the client and myself to ensure their needs were being met. I’m an architect, but I’m also a facilitator ensuring I understand what the client needs. With a diversity of project types, you need to be flexible, inquisitive and interested, otherwise you get caught up doing the same thing each time around. That’s not what we want. We need to talk about the real issues, the real problems, and how the design can overcome these. I think very much that’s the core driver of what we do. We want to make sure the client is happy and they are getting what they want, because they’re the one’s living and working in these buildings. So for me, architecture is an applied art. It’s a passion.
I started with Vincent Chrisp in 2003 after returning from Chicago, where I’d worked for a time. As a principal I do everything to keep the projects rolling along, meeting their budget, time and quality. I tend to do the special projects; one-offs that we haven’t done before. I like my role because you get to meet clients at the outset, learn what they do, learn the problems they have as well as opportunities, then deliver a built outcome that really improves the way they operate. We’re solid and reliable. We park our egos and don’t bring preconceived styles to the table. We know our niches – education, health, justice, police, etc – so we know how to design those spaces & deliver those projects. I love attending the openings of the buildings because you get to see how all the stakeholders see the spaces, and how they go ‘wow’ – it helps you keep sight of what you’re doing and why
I’ve worked here since February 1994, when Vincent Chrisp Architects was just starting out. Since then I’ve witnessed and been a part of the successful growth and evolution of the office to what it is today. Its success and my longevity here can both be measured by the scale, diversity and variety of projects the company is able to undertake. I have developed a niche working on the justice and health side, and as Principal, I run projects from design through documentation through to construction.
I’ve been based in the Shepparton office for about 15 years now. My role is around contract administration, so liaising between the client and builder. The client liaison side of things, you learn a lot about what other people do. No two jobs are the same and I love that diversity, and because of the type of buildings we do, it’s quite a complex range of clients we’re dealing with. Not just who has commissioned the building, but all the user groups. I live here too so it’s a real community thing for me, because a lot of the work we do here directly or indirectly benefits me, my family, my friends, my community. So it’s always pretty important that we pay attention to the detail and get things the way the client wants them to be. It’s really satisfying to do that.
I began my career as an architect in 1962. Later I ran my own practice in Shepparton for 25 years, mainly working on aged-care, until I decided to move back to Melbourne. I wanted to get involved in a practice that was going a little further, so joined Vincent Chrisp in 2001. Since then I’ve looked after a variety of projects. We’ve done a lot of education and TAFE projects, child care, police stations, justice, health – community oriented projects. Another role of mine is as a bit of a mentor for some of the young graduates that come through the practice. I’ve helped a lot of them with preparation for the registration exams and general day-to-day rounding. That’s given me a new passion. I’ve seen the role of an architect change over the past 50 years and I think we’ve done really well to move with the times, but ultimately it’s always been about the clients.
I’m one of the more senior ones here, having started in 2004. I’d been working on commercial multi-storey projects but wanted to get back into the high-tech science and health projects because I have a passion for the challenges that come with them. My skills are in the construction phase of the project. Not so much the design or early phases, but the nuts and bolts end of project delivery. The construction phase of the project relies on good communications to achieve a collaborative effort with builders and consultants to get the project across the line. Anything that needs to be tweaked gets identified early and incorporated to ensure it gets constructed properly. I think in this industry that attention to detail sometimes gets lost a little. That’s why, when revisiting a building two or three years later, I get immense pride from seeing it hasn’t changed – the quality of the built environment is settling gracefully.
As an experienced Senior Associate overseeing the construction of multi-million dollar infrastructure in Victoria’s health, education and justice sectors, it is the variety of projects, people, design challenges and construction issues that always piques my interest. I have a broad range of skills and extensive project and site experience which provides me with the knowledge to foresee and understand construction challenges and in doing so, quickly establish rapport with the project team and builders. Successful project delivery is investing the time in genuinely understanding the needs of the client and each stakeholder invested in the project, be that emotionally or financially – or both, and applying this knowledge when working through the project phases including project programming, team management and consultant coordination.
I joined the Vincent Chrisp family as a graduate in 2006. I have a kind of dual role within the office, with my focus being not just the architecture but also interior design. So that really adds an extra dimension of creativity to my role. I get to think about what products, trends, colour schemes and furnishings will enliven a space and ensure it fits the tone the clients are after. I think clients really appreciate having that kind of building-wide communication of the design – after all, they’ll be the ones who spend the most time in the buildings, so it’s got to suit their needs. It can be a challenge, but being involved the entire way – from the design of the building to how it’s fitted out – really gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of a project.
I joined the team in 2017 and have since found my feet as Interiors Lead and a senior member of the firm. My approach to interior architecture and design, involves dynamically animating all project environments across the full spectrum of project types. I have been working in interiors since 1999, with a committed and multi-faceted goal of crafting vibrantly energised learning environments, through to calming & welcoming health facilities, and engaging community spaces. I believe my adept spatial awareness and sound understanding of architectural building systems, industry standards and an extensive product knowledge, have formed the basis of a proficiency which extends from schematic concept all the way through to documentation and on-site implementation.
I have worked in the industry in excess of 30 years, giving me extensive experience in complex and varied project typologies. This experience has led me to Vincent . Chrisp, where I provide Project Administration as a senior member of the firm. Through my experience in Education & Training, Health, Justice and Commercial projects, I have brought with me my comprehensive construction knowledge across the full spectrum of the design documentation and contract administration process. It has been said that my presence on a project ensures a quality result for the client as I pride myself on my attention to every detail and aspect of a project and not much gets through without my careful oversight.