About

Breakspear Architects is an ideas-driven office that offers services in architecture, interiors, landscape, urban design and masterplanning. The practice embraces the collaborative nature of design to produce work with material and intellectual coherence. We revel in both the practical and abstract sides of architecture by thinking strategically with our clients about social, environmental, technological, economic and spatial issues whilst also developing construction details that optimise standard and innovative fabrication processes. The combination of our generalist approach with a sensitive awareness of individual client aspirations and site conditions is the key to finding unexpected ideas and excellent solutions for any project.

We seek complexity not from architecture itself, but from the reciprocal relationships that emerge when architectural fundamentals are attuned to the surrounds in a rich ecology of life. The ‘bush’ as Australia’s soul is an alluring myth that we intend to reconcile with the reality of a highly urbanised society by asserting architectural principles of scale, proportion, enclosure, order and materiality.

Breakspear Architects are pre-qualified for the Government Architect’s Strategy and Design Excellence Scheme. The practice caters to a broad range of government, institutional, corporate and private clients as specialists in design rather than a particular building type. Our work to date includes apartment buildings, houses, pavilions, masterplans, town centres and a library, gallery, museum, theatre, brewery, lifeguard tower, community hub and sports facility. Current and recent clients include Blue Mountains City Council, Northern Beaches Council, Waverley Council, Lendlease, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, University of Sydney, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Belvoir St Theatre, Hill PDA, Stockland, Winten Property Group and Abacus Property Group.

In 2015 Breakspear Architects, collaborating with Kann Finch, received first place for a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for the design of oneA, 180 apartments in Erskineville since built in 2018. In 2014, Poly was selected for installation at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Together with CHROFI, Breakspear Architects are leading the new Echo Point Visitor Information Centre at the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, scheduled for construction in 2019. Breakspear Architects are also currently developing a 50 year masterplan for the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

People

Informing the work of Breakspear Architects are the team’s diverse backgrounds and expertise in architecture, interiors, landscape and urban design. Breakspear Architects is directed by Toby Breakspear. Toby worked with CHROFI from 2006-2013 where he was the project architect for the national and international award winning pair of buildings; the Lune De Sang Sheds. Toby graduated from the University of Sydney (USYD), receiving the Graduate Award for Architecture History and Theory from the AIA NSW Chapter and the Ethel M Chettle Prize in Architecture. His entry in collaboration with Lucy Humphrey was a finalist in the 2G International Ideas Competition for Venice Lagoon Park, which was subsequently exhibited at the Venice Arsenale and the European Landscape Biennale in Barcelona. Toby has taught architectural design and communications at the USYD, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Toby Breakspear, director
Ciaran Acton, associate and interiors
Julia Manrique, landscape architect and urban designer
Matt Argent, architect
John Kang, architectural graduate