Collins Caddaye Architects is a well established Canberra firm specialising in medium-sized projects and offers the full range of architectural services including master planning, brief development, feasibility studies, contract documentation and contract administration. Our core project typologies include public & community buildings, residential architecture (single and multi-residential) education and aged care. We have successfully delivered a wide range of award winning projects in Canberra and the surrounding region and have a reputation for excellence in design delivery.
Founded in 1985, Collins Caddaye Architects is a design practice that strives to achieve high-quality and innovative architecture. Our approach is to pursue and identify the precise nature of each project and create a design response that matches the aspirations of our client, the context of the selected site and achieves an environmentally sustainable outcome. We are client focused. We understand that this approach often involves a number of key interest groups and we recognize the importance of working within project governance structures. We are strong advocates for our projects on behalf of our clients and are well known for our ability to communicate design ideas to a wider audience.
Projects in this category have been the core of our design expertise since the practice was established. Our residential experience ranges from public housing to student accommodation to investor driven developments up to luxury apartments. We have completed projects under numerous different procurement methods, including tender, design and construct and project management. These projects demand a high level of understanding of construction programming and often complex site conditions all requiring co-ordination with a range of stakeholders. CCA have been instrumental in leading a subcommittee within the ACT chapter of the Institute of Architects for explorations into housing typologies. We have secured ministerial support for the scheme including the granting of land to help guide future planning rules for multi-residential living.
CCA are passionate about houses. Both new homes and renovations and extensions remain a prominent part of our portfolio. Working through minute detail with owners allows an extraordinary relationship to develop and we seek to surpass all expectations from day one. We understand how decisions that are made in the early stages of design impact on both the budget and aesthetic outcomes, this allows us to proceed through stages meticulously while maintaining the initial integrity of the project.
CCA has a strong focus on education as a building typology. Our detailed understanding and interpretation of new directions in pedagogy and workplace practices have underpinned the success of projects we have completed. We have delivered to our clients remarkably unique products that enhance the teaching spaces and provide flexibility for multi-use in otherwise spatially poor institutions. Our ability to materialize clients’ visions, goals and needs on both small and vast scales has led to strong relationships with both the public and private education sectors. CCA are active members of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and have been awarded multiple architectural accolades through the Australian Institute of Architects for education projects including the Canberra Medallion, Public Architecture, Interior Architecture and Sustainable Architecture awards.
CCA has a strong portfolio of projects delivered in the public and community sector. We understand the complexity and sensitivity that accompanies dealing with multiple stakeholders and community interests, not only in the early consultation phases but throughout the delivery of the project. Our holistic approach to design ensures effective management of the triple bottom line economic, social and environmental and we regard it key to successful outcomes. CCA is accomplished in delivering all stages from feasibility studies and community consultation through to master planning and detailed documentation.
CCA carefully assesses each site for its constraints and opportunities, then prepares multiple options for the client’s consideration to achieve the desired outcome. For a large site where numerous developments are planned over many years, a thoughtful master plan establishes the foundations for future decision making.
In order to provide high quality, safe and child friendly environments that meet the licensing requirements for children’s services, our practice implements the relevant requirements set out in the National Quality Standards for Early Childhood Education and Childcare, in particular the Standards and Elements for Quality 3: Physical Environment and the ACT Childcare Services Standards (2009). To ensure that a project is fully compliant with all the relevant standards and requirements for licensing, regular consultation with the licensing unit for children’s services (Children’s Policy and Regulation Unit) is undertaken during all design stages. Through this process of consultation the opportunity for additional or project specific requirements can be identified and incorporated into the design proposal. At the completion of each stage of service a Design Compliance Checklist is completed verifying that the design proposal meets both the functional brief and all relevant licensing requirements. Recently completed early childhood projects include St Nicholas Greek Australian Pre-School & Childcare in Yarralumla and Holy Trinity Early Learning Centre in Curtin which won a Public Architecture Award in 2011.