We creates spaces for cultural exchange

Architecture Associates believe that all of society benefits from environments that are inclusive and reflect the communities they serve. We do this by embedding stories of culture, place, and ecology into our buildings.

We work collaboratively with other storytellers to produce transformative projects that foster and strengthen social values.

Our practice spans all building types and scales, but we are specialists in delivering projects within the cultural and educational sectors – designing galleries, museums, libraries, learning environments, community centres, theatres, workplaces, studios and living spaces for private, public and institutional clients.

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Architecture Associates takes an inclusive approach often engaging with those external to the profession to deliver projects that encompass architecture, interiors, public realm, landscapes, media and exhibitions.

The practice is directed by Danielle Peck and Samuel Hunter.

Engaging with Us

Architecture Associates is a unique design practice led by a passionate hands-on approach and bring to the table an extensive professional portfolio of innovative architectural projects and substantial academic background.

Our directors play a pivotal role across all phases of each project, both offering integral expertise with unique and complimentary technical skills. With 15 years of collaboration, both inside and outside the practice, Danielle and Sam have fine tuned a holistic design service and are responsible for leading all projects.

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At the core of our creative process is the ambition that our design proposals make meaningful contributions to community. The community within your organization and the community you serve.

The office employs talented architects, draftspeople and graduates who are available to assist with projects as required, making the practice flexible to respond to project needs as they arise. At Architecture Associates you get complete dedication to your project from inception to completion.

People

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Danielle Peck RAIA
Danielle established Architecture Associates in 2016, she is founding-Director, practicing architect and educator. She is interested in ideas embedded in the socio-political issues of contemporary cities and cultural phenomena. Her broad approach and ability to grasp complex city-scale systems is at the core of her passion for design, and she pursues projects that consciously participate in and promote social cohesion.

Danielle understands the importance of communication and has valuable experience in community, client, and stakeholder engagement which she believes central to achieving exceptional design outcomes for all.

She has worked across a wide range of types and delivered projects within the cultural, educational, community and residential sectors. Danielle leads projects from concept phase all the way through to the completion of construction, translating design ideas from broad contextual concerns to detailed moments.

Prior to establishing Architecture Associates, Danielle gained experience at some of Australia’s most respected and awarded practices in leadership roles. She received her education in Australia and the United States and has taught within the Master of Architecture programmes at both RMIT University and the University of Melbourne.

Danielle currently holds a position as Industry Fellow at Monash University, School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Samuel Hunter RAIA
Sam joined Architecture Associates as co-Director in 2022 after wrapping up a pivotal role as Principal at celebrated Australian practice Lyons, where he worked for over a decade. Sam is a practicing architect and has a deep interest in the cultural value embedded in architecture. He explores a range of contemporary ideas in our projects, through the lens of cultural engagement, the visual arts and research about the city.

He has extensive experience in projects for both the public and education sectors and has a particularly strong background in delivering projects within institutional settings. He has experience leading design teams on projects that range from small cultural entities to large-scale campus redevelopments.

Sam’s unique ability to translate a client’s aspirational brief into new and exciting forms of architecture with an innate functional understanding is paramount to his success as a design leader. His design process is informed by hand-drawing, physical model-making, computational experiments, and a thorough conceptual drive that he shares with clients, collaborators, and students.

Sam currently holds a position as Creative Practitioner in the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.

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