We Create Simple, Meaningful & Enduring Architecture.

We are an award-winning, boutique Architecture practice based in Melbourne. Our focus is simple; how can quality design provide a template for you to live better lives.

We believe in design that resists trends and arbitrary shape making, instead pursuing restrained, timeless and sustainable principles with an emphasis on quality and ease of living.

What we can help you with:

  • Full architectural delivery of custom new homes; city, country & coastal

  • Renovations, alterations and additions

  • Interior design

  • Town planning applications, including heritage sensitive & complex inner-city sites

  • Bushfire compliant design in rural & coastal areas

“The house has met all of our aesthetic dreams.

But is also functional, comfortable and feels like the home we had always hoped to create. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Field Office Architecture’s services.”


– Fred C, Camberwell House Client

“The ambiance feels so good here. It’s calm, quiet, and aesthetically beautiful.

It just felt like we’d always lived here, straight away.”


– Amaryll P, Clifton Hill Terraces Client

Our clients are at the heart of every decision in a process that is transparent, open and without ego. Our role is to understand and design for you; your lifestyle, priorities, stresses and desires.

By putting you at the centre of our approach, we create spaces that meet your budget and reflect how you want to live.


  • Chris Barnes

    Chris is an award-winning architect with over 15 years of experience. Prior to founding FOA, Chris was a Senior Associate at internationally recognised practice, BVN Architecture, and led a number of high profile public projects. He has a passion for design that seeks to simplify, with an emphasis on the users’ experience and ease of living.

  • Ashlea Hughes
    Project Architect

    Ashlea is an architect with over 10 years of experience. She believes the best architecture is not just beautiful – it is refined, considered and responsible. People thrive in well-designed spaces and Ashlea is committed to playing her part in those transformations.

  • Bonnie Robin
    Landscape Architect

    With experience across a broad range of projects from hidden laneway gardens to large scale urban parks, Bonnie brings a unique holistic approach to each project with particular emphasis on the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Nicolas Gutierrez
    Senior Project Architect

    Nic’s passion lies with residential architecture through having designed, documented and administered construction contracts for homes of all sizes and budgets for over 15 years. As a human-centric designer, Nic has a very deep level of empathy and strongly believes in a holistic ‘exterior informs interior informs exterior’ approach to design.


2020 Finalist – Phoenix House Grampians
Residential Architecture New Build – Sustainability Awards

2020 Finalist – Brunswick East House
Residential Additions + Alterations – Sustainability Awards

2019 Commendation – Clifton Hill Terraces
Residential Architecture New Build – ArchiTeam Awards

2019 Finalist – Clifton Hill Terraces
Residential Architecture New Build – ArchiTeam Awards

2019 Finalist – Clifton Hill Terraces
Multi Residential New Build – Sustainability Awards

2019 Winner – Clifton Hill Terraces Sustainability Awards Yarra City Council

2018 Finalist – Mount Macedon House
Residential Architecture New Build – Houses Magazine Awards

Let’s talk

If you have a project that you’d like to discuss or are even just bouncing around some ideas, we’d love to chat about it. Please give us a call or fill out the form below and we’ll organise a free 30-minute consultation.


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