eoghan lewis architects
Our work ranges in scale and scope encompassing architecture, interiors and furniture design. We have experience across many project types including private houses, public buildings, apartment buildings and the design of small studios. We are fortunate to have worked successfully with some amazing clients including Stockland, Blacktown City Council, Sydney Opera House and Inner West Council. However, the majority of work to date has fallen into two categories: contemporary additions to buildings and the design of private houses.
The aim of the practice has never been to court the commercial sector preferring instead to seek the opportunities of design and craftsmanship that exist in bespoke architecture. The experience of designing ambitious buildings with limited resources has given the practice a constructional intelligence borne of enthusiasm and pragmatism.
ELA is actively involved in furthering design excellence through conference presentations, lectures, design competitions and our public research project - the Sydney Architecture Walks. Our work is widely published and has received numerous awards.
ELA is one of a select group of firms that is pre-qualified under the NSW Government Architect’s Strategy & Design Excellence Prequalification Scheme for ‘Architecture’ and ‘Emerging Design Practices’.
We ascribe to a simple and rigorous design methodology. Issues concerning planning, orientation and siting, landscape integration, passive design, social interaction and material selection are key to every project and for us are at the heart of all great architecture. Once these aspects have been adequately addressed and we feel like the building has good bones, only then do we allow ourselves room to explore the poetic possibilities and detailed resolution that make a project sing!
Our approach is personal, inclusive and collaborative. Over time, each project becomes a portrait that is particular to our clients, to place and to purpose.
As your architect we tailor our services to meet the specific requirements of your project. Typically, this includes feasibility and project option studies, architectural design, consultant co-ordination, detailed design, tendering to builders and administration of the building contract during the construction phase. Some clients like us to manage the entire process while others prefer to be more involved. It all begins with a conversation and working out what works best for you and your budget.
The majority of our work sits in the $500K to $3M construction cost range but occasionally we do projects larger and also smaller than this.
We understand that delivering your project on budget is of the utmost importance to most of our clients. During sketch design we work with square metre rates based on recent project experience to roughly estimate the cost of construction. During the design resolution and construction phases, we work closely with you, a quantity surveyor (a construction pricing professional) or preferred builder to keep your project on track and continue to check the project against your budget keeping you informed of any decisions that could lead to cost increases.
We operate right across Sydney, the NSW South and north Coasts and interstate. The majority of our work, however is in and around Sydney and in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and the inner-west.
Over the years of we have successfully navigated Local and State planning controls to secure planning approvals for our clients, whether via Complying Development Certificates (CDC) or the Development Application (DA) process.
We work across all LGA's including City of Sydney, Inner West Council (formerly Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt), Randwick Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Council, Northern Beaches Council (former Manly, Pittwater and Warringah), Eurobodalla Shire Council and North Sydney Council.
We are located in "Marlborough House" in Surry Hills. This is a relaxed environment where project management happens in parallel with designing, thinking and exploration through model-making, prototyping, loads of iterative drawings and experimentation with ideas, materials and manufacturing often in collaboration with creatives around us. The process is messy but at the same time precise. We abide by Renzo Piano’s motto; ‘if you work well, the work turns out well, every time’
how do we get started?
Regardless of where you are, call us for a chat. If we feel like your project is one we can do and do well then we’re happy to meet you on site or in our studios to discuss your Brief, talk you through the process, share our design approach and some of our work with you and answer any questions you may have.
Before we meet we ask you to respond to this questionnaire. Your responses helps tease out some of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of your Brief so we better understand what you want to achieve with your project.
Eoghan Lewis is a registered architect (registration no 8993) and founding director of Eoghan Lewis Architects. After graduating from the University of South Australia, he lived in Germany for several years and worked for a variety of prominent international firms including Zvi Hecker (Berlin) and Auer and Weber (Stuttgart) before moving to Sydney and working with Engelen Moore, Collins +Turner, Hill Thalis and BVN.
Eoghan founded Supple Design in 2000 which evolved into ELA in 2012. Eoghan is also the founder of the Sydney Architecture Walks which has run in parallel to practice since 2000.