What We Do

Our team has the ability to undertake a variety of project types and sizes. Projects can range from intimate residential buildings to large scale urban development. We have experience in market orientated design or highly detailed architecture

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Sanguine Estate

Vos Architecture + Design release the design video for the concept to the new Sanguine Estate Cellar Door, one of Heathcote’s leading wineries.

Bayside Building Awards

Vos Architecture + Design at the Bayside Building Awards The brief we of the project was to: Create a light filled, modern family home which…
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Home Beautiful

Vos Architecture + Design published in Home Beautiful FAMILY AFFAIR Located in the heart of Melbourne, this light-bathed home marries timeless style with contemporary ease…
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Testimonials

DAVID YAN, Caulfield North

“I first became involved with Vos Architecture & Design during mid-2015 when we were considering an alteration and extension for our 1930s Art Deco home in Caulfield North, VIC. I had spoken with a “short list” of five architects at that time about their vision for our home and John was the most passionate and...”

JEHANGIR SANDHU, Mont Albert North

“Working with John was a positive experience from the very start. He understood our brief but at the same time he guided us through other options that maximised our project potential. We are now well settled in our new home and the whole family enjoys the spaces we have available to us.”

NED ZAATARI - Pascoe Vale South

“My experience working with Vos Architecture & Design has been excellent. John is a true professional who brought design skill, attention to detail, and management skills to our project. He has thorough understanding of the process with local councils and getting things built.”

PETER AND TRISH HANRAHAN, Clifton Hill

“We chose John (Vos Architecture) after interviewing a short list of other architects. John was realistic in what could be achieved on our inner city block and came up with an interesting functional design that met the prime requirements...”

VAN CAMACHO, Bulleen - New Home

“John has done a fantastic job of designing our 'dream' home. Great service and nice work, John. We are now on the stage of getting a building permit and getting quotations for contract issue.”

DOREEN PARAVIZZINI, Balwyn North

“If you're building a home to live in, we would highly recommend Vos Architecture. We considered other architects and had difficulties with the work they had provided. As our area is governed by restrictive laws, our dream home design was a constant 'back to the drawing board' with council's planning department...”

LES WHITE, Keilor East Townhouses

“John came recommended to us by a family member, as someone of skill and integrity. We provided him with a loose brief for the design of 2 townhouses in Keilor East, that they simply be modern, luxurious and cost effective...”

PETER KARA

“John helped us and our fiends design our home with great detail and care every step of the way. Very down to earth and highly and great at what he does. It was so refreshing to use an architect that that understands the interior design aspect as well as architecture for what we wanted and within budget! More than happy to recommend !!”

THEO SISMANELLIS

“One of the best Architects that I have worked with over the last 25 years or so. Attention to detail, good knowledge of the trade and brilliant detailed drawings. Would highly recommend John and his services. Definitely the Architect I would use for my own property. :)”

GEORGE PASSAS

“Vos Architecture + Design is one of the best architectural practices we've had the pleasure of working with. As a builder there is nothing we like more than a project that has been properly thought out and documented. Their ability to work within their clients budget whilst maximising the design criteria is key to their success. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone for both commercial and residential projects.”

SCOTT & BARBARA HARTHEN Port Melbourne

“John provided us great design concepts, material selections, professional contacts & advice throughout our design, planning approval, build process & beyond, and was always very responsive to our needs & project challenges! We were recommended John by a friend who completed a renovation on a home similar to ours, and have happily recommended John to our friends based on our experience.”

J HOLLOWAY BUILDERS

“I am a builder and I worked on one of John's projects last year and found him to be a pleasure to work with. His drawings are clear and concise, his attention to detail is fantastic but done in a manner that makes our job so much easier to build . He has great creative design ideas so makes the job of building that much more interesting and fun to be associated with. Communication with the owners and ourselves throughout the project was second to none. I would definitely recommend John for anyone who is looking for an architect.”

MESH DESIGN PROJECTS

“I had the pleasure of working with John in the past at a large Architecture firm in South Yarra. Once I knew he had set up his own company, I recommended John to one of our clients that required a registered architect and John was the first person that came to mind. John has the creativity and experience to provide high-end design solutions for your residential project.”

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FAQ

Why chose an architect over a draftsperson?

Why chose an architect over a draftsperson?

If you project is straightforward, a draftsperson or building designer may be sufficient for your needs. Their charge-out rates are usually cheaper and if the additional expertise is not required, then you do not need to pay for it.

To be an architect, you must have at least a university degree and pass a licensing exam. This usually means a higher degree of skill. The architects governing body expects a high standard from their members and that they continually improve their knowledge and skills.

If you project requires a high level of design, is unique, or requires a unique solution, an architect may be a better fit. If you require more than drawings and permits, an architect may better suit. This could be in the form of developing a project direction, budget management, or guidance over the whole project.


Do you have tips on how to achieve a successful project?

Do you have tips on how to achieve a successful project?
  1. Pre-purchase. If you do not own the property yet, have an architect provide some advice before your purchase. They may be able to see opportunities or obstacles that you may not.
  2. Be realistic about your budget. There is a lot of confusing advice on what constructions costs, one reason is that there are many variables in the construction process, many building types, and many different outcomes. Best place to start is to have a professional advise you based on recent experience on a project similar in nature to your project.
  3. Time. There are hundreds of decisions throughout a project. The higher the expectation of quality, the more decisions, the more time required to sort out and decide. Busy clients with little time, or clients that are by nature indecisive, can often get into trouble when trying to manage a project. In this case, we would highly recommend budgeting for an architect to manage your project.
  4. Choose your consultants well. Using a draftsperson is a viable option for many people and for many projects. For instance, development work where the builder is the client and only wants minimal design and documentation because they are used to working out the majority of the project out themselves. If you value design, the additional training of an architect can provide opportunities that you may not have considered, solutions that could save you time and costs, and an outcome much better than you expected.
    We have had many clients come to us and say “I know what I want”, just draw it up. We will follow these instructions but often offer an alternative based on our expertise, consideration of the client budget and the site. Our option is usually the option that is chosen.
    Subconsultants
    Choosing the right engineer, building surveyor and other consultants for your specific project is essential. We can obtain competitive quotes from professionals with a track records that we have a working relationship with. The wrong consultant can cause delays and add costs.
  5. Find the right builder. We have relationships with reputable builders the we can suggest or will be happy to the check the suitability of a builder you are considering. Whichever the case, we ensure the builder is appropriately qualified by:
    – reviewing a recently completed project to check quality and owner’s thoughts
    – visiting a project under construction and gauge the order of the site and relationship with their subcontractors
    – seek references from another owners of architects that have recently worked with them
    The most sure-fire way to have a builder that will perform is by the knowledge that there could be an opportunity to be involved in another project when this one is completed. This opportunity will be based on the professionalism of their construction process and the quality of the finished product. They are running a business. So, if they have a relationship with an architect or someone you know well that may build, all the better.
  6. Manage the costs. We have found great value in having a builder involved in a project from the outset. A builder, at each stage, can review the budget and offer suggestions on how to reduce costs of build better. By the time you are at tender stage, there is very little chance to be surprised by tender submissions 50% over budget. The other option is appointing a quantity surveyor. They can create a cost plan the takes into account each element of the build. But you do miss the different construction options that a builder can offer.

How do you calculate your fees?

How do you calculate your fees?

Each project is different and each client is different. Fees are generally based on the size, complexity and cost of the project. Then a discussion is had with the client on what level and extent of services are required. Based on these areas, fixed fee is calculated. Additional fees may be charges if the brief changes or other work additional to the agreement are requested. We ensure there is a clear understanding on what the expected costs could be right from the start.


How do you manage the budget?

How do you manage the budget?

We will often use past experience and industry benchmarks to inform the budget. We will often recommend the use of a quantity surveyor or reputable builder to provide input along the process, especially if a project is unique or complex.


Do you have a signature style?

Do you have a signature style?

No. We have successfully designed a variety of projects ranging from efficient townhouse developments, classic luxury homes, clean and modern designs, heritage work, passive house environmental homes, restaurant fit-outs, shop fit outs, office fit outs, industrial developments and period homes.


Can you provide references?

Can you provide references?

Yes, we can provide references from home owners, builders and building managers.


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