Vos Architecture + Design was initially established in 2003.


What We Value

  • To reach the optimum balance between design brief, site context, sustainability, time, and budget for each specific project.
  • We are driven by the search for creating beauty, a sense of place, and a sense of home.
  • Sustainability is integral to all of our design work. We have a duty to care for our planet, and sustainable designs help to keep projects cost-efficient.
  • We appreciate the past and look to the future. Our concepts are generally clear and confident. But we celebrate the quality architecture of the past. Having the old and the new contrasting against each other can result in something greater than if they merely existed separately.
  • As highly trained designers who value imaginative and sophisticated design, we recognise that the result is meaningless if it does not more-than-meet the client’s expectations.

Why Choose Us

  • We will take the time to get to know you and understand who you are.
  • We will then take the time to understand your individual requirements and how to best have them realised.
  • Our focus is on the owner or client. It is about you, not us.
  • We have glowing reviews. Our promise is to deliver the brief, both on time and on budget.
  • VAD has expertise and experience in all aspects of the building process. This includes design, construction, and project management.
  • We are qualified professionals. You will be appointing an Architect who is university educated, well trained, and approved by the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).
About The Director


  • Bachelor of Planning and Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture (University of Melbourne)
  • Registered Architect in Victoria

John has experience in all facets of residential projects that spans 25 years. He has also been the designer and project architect on retail, education, hospitality and office building projects. He has previously held senior positions in some of Melbourne’s leading architecture practices.


Why did I become an architect?

At the end of primary school, I discovered that drawing came easily to me. I realised that I had a natural ability to visualise and understand spatial relationships. In high school, I discovered that I was also strong in mathematics and sciences. It later became apparent that there could be no better way to express myself than the pursuit of architecture, which bridges these disciplines.

What inspires me?

  • I am a city dweller, so I take joy in the day and night energy of urban life.
  • I am fascinated by people, accepting of difference, and I appreciate the varying behaviour each person has when experiencing the physical world.
  • I look forward to contrasting experiences relative to my day-to-day life, whether it is enjoying simple living on the beach, the organised chaos of travelling in Hong Kong, or appreciating the view of a snow-capped Mount Hotham.
  • I love design, cars, motorcycles, fashion, and travel.

What else?

  • I love my family.
  • I have a keen interest in psychology.
  • I believe in a calm mind and healthy body.
  • I have a black-belt in Taekwondo.
  • I love sport, cycling, and keeping fit.
  • I have a broad range of music tastes.
  • Love cooking…and eating.

What our clients say

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34A Carrathool Street, Bulleen

4.7 11 reviews

  • Avatar David Yan ★★★★★ 7 years ago
    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 … More with a “short list” of five architects at that time about their vision for our home and John was the most passionate and considered architect we had met. He has since exceeded our expectation throughout the project.
    I provided a tough brief to John to introduce significantly more light and space and seamlessly link the modern sleek living space with original 1930’s home. I also had a modest budget to work with so all costs had to be contained. John came up with a creative and innovative design for our home that we would never have thought of. John’s design for a two storey Art Deco inspired pavilion joined to the original home is sympathetic to the original home and its surrounds whilst providing a modern home with all rooms full of light and space. The house featured a wide hallway running through the original home which opened up into a large, open-plan living area flooded with natural light. Despite the modest land size, three new spacious bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows are also added while maintaining a fantastic size backyard. John’s attention to even the smallest details was incredible. I now have an extremely beautiful, totally unique, and functional home with many synergies.
    It is clear from the above that I am extremely pleased with our new home. John always listened to what we were wanting to achieve and I had complete faith in John. John also provided us invaluable advice at each stage of the project from design to construction, and made sure our concerns were always addressed with the utmost professionalism. Every part of the house was carefully considered.
    We give John and Vos Architecture and Design our strongest recommendation and we wish them every success in the future.
  • Avatar Peter ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    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
    … More that that understands the interior design aspect as well as architecture for what we wanted and within budget! More than happy to recommend !!
  • Avatar barbara harthen ★★★★★ 7 years ago
    John provided us great design concepts, material selections, professional contacts & advice throughout our design, planning approval, build process & beyond, and was always very responsive … More 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.
    Scott & Barbara