The Big Questions

Do you need an architect?

The first decision starts with the question “do you need an architect?”

If your reading this then you either understand the benefits of engaging an architect or you are at least open to expanding your understanding of the process.

Lantern Architecture
Lantern Architecture

What’s the difference between and architect and a draftsman?

It takes a minimum of 7 years to become a fully qualified and registered architect. This is 5 years of university education covering subjects such as design, structures, philosophy, law, culture etc. Once the 5 years of university is completed a minimum of 2 years’ experience must be gained in a professional capacity to qualify to sit professional examinations for registration. If you pass the examination process you are eligible to become a registered architect and are governed by The Architects Act 2004.

An architectural draftsman is NOT an Architect. You do not need any official qualifications to call yourself a draftsman or designer.

What does an architect do?

  • Architecture that enhances identity and branding
  • Considered and meaningful design incorporating natural elements (materials, light and shadow)
  • Building services This can be aligned with the new building company that I’m setting up now
  • Design
  • Evolution of design exploration
  • Architecture intimately connected to its individual context and function

Our starting point for all commissions is always the site and the clients brief, rather than any pre-conceived intent or formulaic response. We are very client centric and flexible. The brief evolves from open initial discussions and every site has opportunities/challenges in terms of context, size/shape, orientation, council requirements etc.

The creative process starts with the exploration of our clients wants, needs and desires meshed with the site and its context. We like to take a playful yet professional rigor to the ideas we explore in order to distil the essence of what is required with the architectural response. In the studio we work collectively with ideas and concept to provide a depth of experiences and knowledge to all design opportunities.

Our building designs manipulate space, flow and natural light to maximize the spatial quality of the project. We also pay close attention to material composition and building proportion. Our building designs evolve with client collaboration thru the design stages.

Whilst our designs are generally contemporary in nature, all designs are prepared individually.

We pride ourselves on tailoring design and building solutions to ensure the client receives the best possible value in the marketplace from a range of builders directly compatible with the project.

Why do you need an architect?

  • To elevate and increase your brand
  • To enhance your Lifestyle
  • The Environment needs innovation within the built environment
  • Appropriate responses to Heritage require trained professionals
  • Architects deliver a unique approach with exceptional outcomes
  • Having their needs understood
  • Creating beautiful, powerful spaces and places

If your happy to accept mediocrity then the conversation around over capitalising is one for you to have with others. In striving to achieve enhanced built environments for habitation we at Lantern Architecture believe the quality of time spent in and around the built environment is something that you cannot over capitalise on Much of Australia’s population spend around 95% or their time in and around the build environment.

Define a realistic budget and size of build.

Is bigger more important to you than better?

Lantern Architecture
Lantern Architecture

We don’t want to OVER Capitalise

This statement is one that can be answered with a few simple questions.

What have you work to achieve? What is important for you? How much do you value spending time in an exceptional space? How long will you spend in the space on a daily basis and into the future?

Few take the time to consider the positive impact of well designed spaces and negative impact of poorly designed spaces on how they feel and function. The making of a place to enhance life experience “Place Making” is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others.

Set a realistic time frame.



  • How do you live? How would you like to live?
  • A Status Symbol
  • Would you like a building that is the envy of your friends. Has exceptional attention to detail, the best finishes, like no other

To Age in Place

Things as simple as designing with wider doors, minimal or no level changes etc.

Environmental Footprint

  • The consideration of what materials to select. Embodied energy. Passive solar and ventilation. Recyclability, efficient foot print etc.
  • What are the audience interested in?
  • Be honest and realistic about time and cost considerations

Our office encourages travel to alternative locations around the world to experience firsthand alternative responses to the built environment. and pushing the potential for the human conditions enhancement through an architectural response