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Sam Crawford Architects

Profile of the Australian architecture firm Sam Crawford Architects.

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Profile of Sam Crawford Architects

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Sam Crawford Architects

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Sam Crawford


Sam Crawford (born 1971)

  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Sydney University, 1993
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Sydney University, 1997
  • NSW Architects Registration Board # 6498

Sam Crawford graduated from Sydney University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and in 1997 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Before establishing his own practice in 1999 he worked with the multi-award winning practice of Stutchbury & Pape Architecture & Landscape, as well as Crosling Associates and Michael Fox Architects. He has been a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects since 1996 and was registered with the Board of Architects NSW in 2000. Sam has been a director of Architects Without Frontiers since December 2006. His work has been widely published, nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of several state and national awards including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards in 2003 and 2006, and Australian Timber Design Awards in 2002 and 2005.He lives in Sydney with his wife, architect and urban designer Jane Crawford, and their four children.


Established in 1999, Sam Crawford Architects is a young, innovative, design-driven practice, focussed primarily on residential design - including new houses, apartment buildings, and alterations & additions to existing dwellings - as well as community projects. We have extensive experience in heritage conservation, interior and furniture design.


We approach each brief, each client and each site as a unique opportunity. We believe that successful buildings, whether large or small, are designed to enrich people's lives and the quality of their environment.Service

We provide a complete architectural service, from design concept, to council approval, detailed design and documentation, contract administration, and project management.


Our clients are the basis of our practice. Many return to us, and refer us to friends, again and again. A successful design is that which meets our clients' needs and exceeds their expectations.


We understand that not delivering a building on budget is the number one reason for the architecture profession's negative public image. We make it our priority, from the start, to deliver every project on budget. To this end, each project is independently costed at sketch design, and reviewed at each stage to completion. We do not see budgetary constraint as a limit to innovation, but rather as a generator.


Attention to detail is the hallmark our practice, and our service. No query goes unanswered, no concern ignored, no problem left unsolved.


Our body of experience spans from small interior refurbishments and alterations and additions, to large luxury houses and boutique apartment buildings. We have extensive experience with heritage and conservation, and have dealt with more local Council's than we care to number.


We take a long term view of sustainability and conservation. Ecologically sustainable design underpins our work and educates our entire decision making.


We believe that great buildings result from great clients. Design is an interative process. We encourage our clients to be involved in design decision making throughout their project. We endeavor to clearly communicate with, and educate and assist our clients throughout this process, so that the experience of designing and building a home or other project is a rewarding and satisfying one.


Practice and design director, Sam Crawford is intimately involved with each stage of every project undertaken by the practice. In addition, each job is assigned a project architect to deal with the day to day running of the project.


  • Founded: 1999
  • Offices: 1
  • Design team: 7

Key projects

  • Avalon Beach House, Sydney, Australia, 1996 - 1999, single family house
  • Substation House, Sydney, Australia, 1998 - 2002, bachelor pad/ gallery
  • Pittwater House 1, Sydney, Australia, 1999 - 2002, holiday house
  • Pittwater House 2, Sydney, Australia, 2002 - 2003, holiday house
  • Harbour House 1, Sydney, Australia, 2002 - 2006, single family house
  • Bundeena Beach House, Bundeena, Australia, 2002 - 2005, single family house
  • Caristo House, Sydney, Australia, 2002 - 2004, additions to single family house
  • Margaret Street Apartments, Sydney, Australia, 2003 - 2008, 3 apartments
  • FOCHTA Youth Centre & Library, Thyolo, Malawi, 2006 - 2009, youth centre and library for children orphaned by AIDS
  • Steel House, Sydney, Australia, 2007 - 2009, holiday house

Key publications

  • Substation House, Architecture Review (Australia), Residential Issue, 2002
  • FOCHTA Youth Centre & Library, Architecture Plus (Dubai), Issue 13, Nov 2006
  • Bundeena Beach House, Architecture Bulletin (Australia), July/ Aug 2006
  • Avalon Beach House, Beach House 2, Images Publishing, 2003
  • Substation House, New Australian Style 2, Thames & Hudson, 2003
  • Caristo House, Extensions, Lawrence King Publishing, 2007
  • Wake Murphy House, Indesign #22, August 2005
  • Substation House, 100 Amazing Houses, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2003
  • Avalon Beach House, Domain Houses - Inside & Out, 2002
  • Bundeena Beach House, Houses (Australia), Issue 51, 2006

Key awards

  • 2006, Colorbond Steel Award, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney, Australia
  • 2006, Commendation, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney, Australia
  • 2005, Winner Residential Class 1, Australian Timber Design Awards, TDA, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2005, Highly Commended - Major Award, Australian Timber Design Awards, TDA, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2003, Architecture Award, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney, Australia
  • 2002, Winner Residential Class 1, Australian Timber Design Awards, TDA, Sydney, Australia

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