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



ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE


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 put 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.

 

2021 NSW Architecture Awards – Emerging Architect Prize

 

Citation from The Institute of Architects NSW

 

“Since graduating from the University of New South Wales in 2006, Alexander Symes has been a part of many forums, conferences and mentorship programs, while also producing a diverse portfolio of projects.

 

He has focused on creating a body of work that highlights his personal mission, to advance sustainable architecture and is now a qualified Passive House Designer.

 

Alexander shares his passion for sustainability through lectures, committees, and panels including working with other industry leaders, sharing his wealth of knowledge with future generations to come.”



AWARDS

  • 2022 – Pepper Tree Passive House | Institute of Architects NSW Awards | Sustainable Architecture | Award Winner
  • 2021 – People Parkers | Sustainability Awards | Public, Urban & Landscape | Winner
  • 2021 – Light House | Sustainability Awards | Single Dwelling (Alterations) | Winner
  • 2021 – Emerging Architect Prize | Institute of Architects NSW Awards | Winner
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Institute of Architects NSW Awards | Residential Architecture – Houses New | Commendation
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Institute of Architects NSW Awards | COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture | Commendation
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Habitus House of the Year | House of the Year 2020
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Sustainability Awards | Single Dwelling (New) | Winner
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | INDE Awards | The Living Space | Honourable Mention
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Housing Industry Association NSW | GreenSmart Sustainable Home | Winner
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Housing Industry Association Australian | GreenSmart Custom Built | Winner
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Housing Industry Association Northern NSW Region | GreenSmart Sustainable home | Winner
  • 2020 – Upside Down Akubra House | Master Builders Association NSW | Energy Efficiency – Housing ($800k-$2m) | Winner
  • 2019 – L-house | Lysaght Australia Awards | Lysaght Zenith Cladding Award | Winner
  • 2018 – L-house | Master Builders Australia | Environmental Management Award | NSW Winner (In association with Blue Eco Homes)
  • 2017  – L-house | Housing Industry Association Australian | GreenSmart Awards, Custom Built | Finalist
  • 2017 – L-house | Housing Industry Association NSW | Housing Awards, Custom Built | Finalist
  • 2016 – Sustainability Awards | Best Newcomer Award
  • 2015 – Short Film Co-Winner of Sydney Architecture Festival short film competition |  NSW Architects Registration Board
  • 2014 – Butterfly House | Master Builders Australia | Boral National Environment & Energy efficiency Residential Building Award | National Winner (In association with Matt Jolly Builder)
  • 2012 – Austinmer Beach House | Master Builders Australia | Boral National Environment & Energy efficiency Residential Building Award | National Winner (In association with Matt Jolly Builder)
  • 2012 – Austinmer Beach House | Think Brick | Reuse Award