Alexander Symes is a registered architect who combines a scientific approach to sustainability with a practical and poetic understanding of crafting a building.


Alexander Symes Architects was founded in 2014 with a mission to advance sustainable architecture. The world’s climate is changing and we believe that architecture must lead the way in changing how we utilise resources to contribute to a sustainable future. This vision for sustainable architecture is layered through all aspects of our practice and through all the stages of a project. This starts with the examination of a project brief to ensure the grounding principles of a project support a sustainable way of life. As the project takes shape, Alex deploys his depth of technical expertise to realise the project to its full potential.


Alex’s technical expertise in building physics and facade system design is built on the experience he gained working in Arup’s Building Physics and Facade Engineer teams from 2010-2014. He has hands-on experience with construction and design for manufacture assembly (DFMA) and a passion for how buildings are out together. Alex has specialist training in the design and delivery of passive houses which we believe offer a pathway towards exceptionally comfortable and healthy homes. Alex loves to collaborate with like-minded individuals and to test the boundaries of how we can challenge the status quo to advance sustainable architecture.


  • 2020 –  Institute of Architects NSW Awards | Residential Architecture – Houses New | Commendation
  • 2020 – Institute of Architects NSW Awards | COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture | Commendation
  • 2019 – Lysaght Zenith Cladding Award | L-house | Lysaght Australia Awards
  • 2018 – NSW Winner Environmental Management Award | L-house | In association with Blue Eco Homes | Master Builders Australia
  • 2016 – Sustainability Awards | Best Newcomer Award
  • 2015 – Short Film Co-Winner of Sydney Architecture Festival short film competition |  NSW Architects Registration Board
  • 2014 – National Winner Boral National Environment & Energy efficiency Residential Building Award | Butterfly house | In association with Matt Jolly Builder | Master Builders Australia
  • 2012 – National Winner Boral National Environment & Energy efficiency Residential Building Award| Austinmer beach house | In association with Matt Jolly Builder  | Master Builders Australia
  • 2012 – Reuse Award | Austinmer Beach House | Think Brick