creating beautiful and sustainable built environments

 Environmental Homes


Full Architectural services from feasibility studies to post occupancy evaluations specialising in design of low ecological impact homes and installations. Alexander Symes Architect whilst simultaneously meeting clients brief, budget and desires, aims to use these projects as research grounds to explore environmental designs in the areas of: passive heating and cooling, healthy spaces (daylight - air), low environmental impact materials, spatial efficiency and biodiversity.


Project examples
Austinmer beach house

Little Austinmer beach house

Object Gallery (for Arup)

Western Sunshade

Big World Homes

Multi-unit residential

Specialising in building physics (daylight / natural ventilation / thermal design) and facade sysytem design. Alexander Symes Architect is able to provide integrated design solutions to the multi-unit residential market simultaneously addressing the SEPP65, BASIX, facade access and acoustic requirments that are critical to high-density dwellings. Alexander Symes Architect works in collaboration with partnering Architectural practices to provide a robust design, technical and documentation service for projects of any scale.

Project examples

Barangaroo R8 & R9 - Facades (for Arup)

Aspire - Facades & ESD (for Arup)

383 George Street - Facades & ESD (for Arup) 

Healthcare Envelopes


As a specialist in optimising heathcare facades to aid the healing environment Alexander Symes Architect works as part of multi-disciplinary design teams delivering heathcare envelopes. Alexander Symes brings research developed for Arup that quantifies the life cycle costing of differing facade configurations to assess the appropriate facade for the project. 


Project examples

Optimisation of Health care facades resources/Optimisation.pdf (for Arup) published by world health design http://www.worldhealthdesign.com

Royal North Shore Hospital: Clinical Services Building - Scheme and Detailed Design  - Facades (for Arup)

Northern Beaches Hospital - scheme design  - ESD/Facades / Access (for Arup)