Hi. We’re Field Office Architecture.

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

We believe in design that resists trends and arbitrary shape making, alternatively pursuing simple, restrained and timeless principles with an emphasis on user experience and ease of living.

With a focus on the natural environment, our projects are seamlessly connected with nature, well crafted and built to endure.

 

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 our clients at the centre of our approach, we create spaces that reflect how you want to live.

We work transparently and collaboratively. We want you to ask questions, share ideas and deeply explore the elements that matter most to you. We also work with other makers, designers and creatives to develop work that matters.

Get in touch.

 

We offer full Architectural services from the start of your project to finish. We work on:

  • Bespoke new homes; city, country & coastal
  • Renovations, alterations and additions
  • Small to mid-scale public and commercial projects
  • Interior design
  • Town planning applications, including heritage sensitive & complex inner-city sites
  • Bushfire compliant design in rural & coastal areas

 

Chris Barnes
Principal

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 passion for design that seeks to simplify, with an emphasis on the users’ experience and ease of living.

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 strongly believes in a holistic ‘interior informs exterior’ approach to design.

Ashlea Hughes
Project Architect

Ashlea is an architect with 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 15 years experience in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design with a passion for harmonious relationship between nature and built form.

2020 Finalist – Clifton Hill Terraces
Multi Residential Excellence in Timber Applications – Timber Design Awards

2020 Finalist – Chris Barnes
Merit Rising Star Award – Timber Design Awards

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