Shane O'Brien – Bachelor of Architecture

About Shane

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What are the reasons you should consider Shane O’Brien to design your building?
Read on…
  • Experience
  • Shane holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture, offers over 20 years experience in building design and a lifetime of being around construction. He has managed demanding residential and commercial projects, knows how to get plans through relevant authorities (ACTPLA, Council) and liaises effectively with a network of established surveyors, engineers, sustainability consultants and interior and landscape designers.

    Shane has designed and overseen construction of grand and heritage homes in the Southern Highlands, modest and outrageous coastal houses, and unique suburban homes. He’s worked in London, Sydney and the South Coast of NSW and has contributed to Parliament House. He’s renovated his own homes and designed alterations and additions for many valued clients.

    As well as running his own practice, he’s worked with high profile architectural practices on award winning developments and assisted in small boutique operations.

    He shares his wisdom not just with clients, but also by teaching future architects to design and build for a sustainable Australia.

  • Principles
  • Get it right from the start – the creative process doesn’t begin until a thorough brief is established with you. Listening, testing and tempering your ideas, needs, dreams and realities and documenting the outcome for your sign-off sets a solid foundation for the project.

    Keep within limits – the process of sustainable design imposes limits through the need to constrain such factors as the extent of the building footprint and the variety of materials used in construction. The outcomes are constrained building cost, lower ongoing energy bills and reduced maintenance. Best effort is made to keep designs within the constraints of budget and time.

    Future-proof – plan for future needs such as an evolving family, rising energy costs, changing economic climates, an aging population, re-sale…

    Listen and collaborate – listen to and collaborate with all parties involved in the design and construction process.

    Attention to detail – considered, careful detailing of your home and precise, thorough documentation explained to and approved by you at each stage of the process.