Stephen Petrie

Bachelor of Architecture [Hons.] – UTS
Nominated Architect No: 4231

Stephen Petrie grew up and was educated in Scotland before moving to Australia and studying architectural at the University of Technology. Most of his career was spent working for small to medium size firms in Sydney with projects ranging from individual houses to the National Gallery in Canberra. Most of his experience was gained in commercial and residential projects of a broad range of sizes.

In 1990 Stephen was working as a director administering multi-million dollar projects for developers and companies when he realised he would prefer to concentrate on designing smaller, residential architecture, rather than managing even larger projects. He started his own practice in Mosman to shift his focus toward designing and houses for people. His experience and connection with a broad range of clients, projects, consultants and firms has equipped him to understand and find innovative solutions to clients needs and aspirations.

The Practice

Stephen Petrie Architects was established in 1990 with the intent to focus solely on residential design, and in particular houses. The architect, Stephen Petrie, has since completed dozens of in the Sydney’s Lower North shore, including a multitude of differing styles, locations and types of house ranging from small renovations to large new dwellings. The practice takes a modern and innovative approach to design, and seeks to design spaces relevant to modern lifestyles and merge seamlessly with any existing buildings on the site.

This approach is carried into new houses, with every home suited to the specific client and site. Particular emphasis is placed on orientation, light, ventilation, external/internal relationships, privacy and views. The practice has completed high profile architecturally designed houses, including the 2004 winning entry for the “Mosman Green” architecture competition. This project was an open competition to architects to design a ‘green’ house in Mosman, sponsored by Archicentre, the Architects Advisory Service arm of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and was completed in 2005.