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Is 2021 the year of the Passivhaus?

Passive House is gathering momentum down under. Late last year Sanctuary’s editor Anna Cumming chatted with two expert practitioners (Talina Edwards and Sven Maxa) about the benefits of the building standard and whether it’s poised for a great leap forward in 2021. The question was posed; “Is 2021 the year of the Passivhaus?” No prizes…

Future Thinking Lunch

FUTURE THINKING (live event): Casual Convos with Design Industry Experts

Come join us for a a future-focused lunch experience (a real live event will be a treat!) in beautiful South Gippsland. An event inspired by MELBOURNE-DESIGN WEEK 2021. Based on similar themes,  to come together and imagine together how we do want our futures to be (from the perspective of visionary architects).  Design the world…

Dear Architect Architects Declare Australia Climate Action

#DearArchitect Chapter 4: IT’S YOUR CALL(ING)

#DearArchitect is an open-letter from Talina Edwards to the architecture/built-environment profession, in response to the #ArchitectsDeclare movement. What started as a call-to-action, ended up being more of a mini-manifesto. Written during the intense summer bushfire season of 2020, one year later the message is the same (if not more) important than ever before… chapter 1…

Dear Architect Architects Declare Australia Climate Action

#DearArchitect chapter 3: TECHNICAL+TRANSFORMATIONAL

#DearArchitect is an open-letter from Talina Edwards to the architecture/built-environment profession, in response to the #ArchitectsDeclare movement. What started as a call-to-action, ended up being more of a mini-manifesto, so is now presented as four easily digestible chapters. chapter 1 THE (CO-)MISSION chapter 2 MY (RE)ACTION chapter 3 TECHNICAL+TRANSFORMATIONAL chapter 4 IT’S YOUR CALL(ING) (or read…

Dear Architect Architects Declare Australia Climate Action

#DearArchitect chapter 2: MY (RE)ACTION

#DearArchitect is an open-letter from Talina Edwards to the architecture/built-environment profession, in response to the #ArchitectsDeclare movement. What started as a call-to-action, ended up being more of a mini-manifesto, so is now presented as four easily digestible chapters. Written during the intense summer bushfire season of 2020, one year later the message is the same…

Dear Architect Architects Declare Australia Climate Action

#DearArchitect chapter 1 THE (CO-)MISSION

#DearArchitect is an open-letter from Talina Edwards to the architecture/built-environment profession, in response to the #ArchitectsDeclare movement. What started as a call-to-action, ended up being more of a mini-manifesto, so is now presented as four easily digestible chapters. Written during the intense summer bushfire season of 2020, one year later the message is the same…

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THE BALLARAT COURIER – Talina Edwards is driving the passive house movement in Ballarat

      Rochelle Kirkham from the THE BALLARAT COURIER  came to visit us at the studio a couple of weeks back and we sat down to chat about Passivhaus and comfortable homes that don’t cost the earth! Thanks to Rochelle Kirkham for the great article and covering the ever growing interest in Passivhaus as…

National Sustainable Living Festival 2021, Talina Edwards, Architects Declare, Ballarat Architect

Check out the recorded Session of us at The National Sustainable Living Festival 2021

Check out the recorded session HERE of us at The National Sustainable Living Festival 20th FEB I am excited to be invited to speak at the National Sustainable Living Festival 2021. Thanks to Australian Architects Declare and the Australian Institute of Architects Sustainable Architecture Forum for organising this series of events. Check out all the…

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2020 – end of year reflection

These images were our most popular posts on instagram this year and have become our end of year reflection…. 1. I’ve been reflecting about this most challenging, but also most rewarding year ever (both personally & professionally). I’m so very grateful for all the incredible people in my life – BIG THANKS to all my…

Ballarat Business Podcast

Ballarat Business podcast: Award-winning architect for modern living

  Do you remember early in 2020 before we went into lockdown #01? I can hardly remember either – it feels like a lifetime ago! We were able to meet face-to-face, including this opportunity to be interviewed in the recording studio for a brand new podcast celebrating Ballarat businesses, focusing on local stories and insights.…

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WINNER! Sustainability Awards 2020

I was thrilled to recently announced as a finalist in two categories at the national Sustainability Awards 2020 Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer Women in Sustainability I was very grateful to WIN what we like to call the “rising star” award (a.k.a. the Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer!) The other finalists all do inspiring work, so I was surprised…

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WINNER! BDAA National Design Excellence Award 2020

We were absolutely thrilled for Owl Woods Passive House to win not once, but twice at the BDAA 2020 Awards! This was completely unexpected, as entering awards is still new to us, so it was a big surprise to win not only our category, but also take out the BIG prize of the night, winning…

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WINNER! Design Matters National Awards 2020

Wow!! We were so surprised & honoured to WIN an award for our Owl Woods Passive House at the Design Matters National Awards 2020! (Formerly the Building Designer’s Association of Victoria). WINNER: 2020 Design Matters National 25th Annual Building Design Awards – Residential – New House Up to $500K-$1M: Owl Woods Passive House, Talina Edwards,…

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#SPPHC2020 Passivhaus Conference Wrap Up!

Thanks so much to the Australian Passive House Association for recently asking Talina if she’d write a conference ‘wrap-up’ following the #SPPHC2020 (South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020). This article was originally posted on the APHA website here.   Wow! What a week of inspiring learning at the South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020! This…

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Passivhaus in Australia – Book Launch #expectmore

Both I (Talina) and my colleague Mia are passionate advocates and ambassadors for Passivhaus* in Australia. In early 2019 we headed across the seas to Wellington, New Zealand for the South Pacific Passive House Conference 2019 #SPPHC2019 for a big dose of inspiration and to geek out on building science with other kindred folk in…

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Sustainability Awards 2020 – we’re shortlisted!

What lovely news for our architectural practice – it’s been an emotionally-turbulent year, so it’s important to celebrate our small wins! Talina is honoured to be on the official shortlist in two categories in the 2020 Sustainability Awards: Women in Sustainability & Emerging Sustainable Architect/Designer A big Congratulations to all those who made the shortlists…

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Conference Presentation: Owl Woods Wisdom

We’re excited to be presenting at the virtual South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020 #SPPHC2020 in just a few weeks time! The annual conference is hosted by the Australian Passive House Association #APHA and the Passive House Institute of New Zealand #PHINZ . “Owl Woods Wisdom” is a Case Study of one of Australia’s first…

Australian Architects Declare Strategic planning Statement

Australian Architects Declare – Strategic Planning Statement

Prepared by Talina Edwards in collaboration with the Australian Architects Declare National Steering Committee Feb 2020   The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having…

Australian Architects Declare one year anniversary

Australian Architects Declare – one year anniversary

Architects Declare is a network of architectural practices committed to addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency. The Architects Declare movement was launched in the UK in May 2019. Under the wider banner of ‘Construction Declares’, or ‘Built Environment Declares’ it has now spread to more than 20 different countries, with over 5,000 signatories, and has…

We are Hiring

We are hiring!

*UPDATE* Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this role.   JOIN OUR TEAM!  Position Available: Architectural Graduate / Building Designer   Who are we? We’re an emerging, award-winning architectural practice located in Ballarat on Wadawurrung country, recognised for our leadership in sustainability.  We share a passion for creating healthy, beautiful, functional, comfortable…