Our Story


Established in 1987, Stewart Architecture is an award-winning design practice with specialised expertise in urban design, architecture, and interior design. Founded by the late Colin Stewart, a visionary architect and urban thinker, the practice has been shaping cities for over 30 years. Stewart Architecture has played a significant role in the transformation of Canberra over the past several decades, contributing to the built environment through strategic urban design and landmark architectural projects. We have studios in both Canberra and Sydney and are working on projects in cities and regional communities across Australia.

 

City-Making


We apply global scale thinking to human scale outcomes. We strive for positive change in all our projects and believe that good design can make the every-day extraordinary. We look to the big picture and have gained a reputation for our ability to apply strategic thinking to all our projects, expanding and unlocking potential. We recognise that architecture is not always the answer – the spaces between buildings are just as important and play a crucial role in city-making. We create spaces and architecture that contribute to and support the public realm. We believe that all scales of design matter and we constantly oscillate between the finer detail and the big picture creating a wholistic and well-rounded design.

 


Collaboration


At Stewart Architecture we believe in the power of collective thinking. Across our studios we work as one team, striving to design a better future. To us, the design process is a shared journey and we know that the best outcomes stem from a positive, cohesive and dedicated team. We pride ourselves on working strongly with the broader project team and our clients and make ourselves accessible both to our clients and the communities in which we work.

 


Experimentation


Throughout the design process we interrogate preconceived ideas and test new possibilities. We pursue a fascination with materials and construction and appreciate that well-crafted outcomes require rigour, passion and an open mind. Every project is a learning experience as no site or brief is the same. We relish problem-solving as innovation often comes from tight constraints.

 


Acknowledgement of Country


Stewart Architecture acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of our nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We acknowledge that our Canberra studio is on Ngunnawal land, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region. We also acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation whose country is home to our Sydney Studio. We continue to evolve our understanding of designing with Country.

 

Carbon Neutral


Sustainability underpins all decision making in our studios, both in our work and in our business operations. Stewart Architecture has been certified Carbon Neutral since June 2021. The emissions produced from our operations, products and services have been calculated by Green Fleet. Stewart Architecture has purchased carbon offsets contributing to the planting of biodiverse forests in Australia. We continue to strive for lower emissions in our operations and in our projects and encourage our clients to explore sustainability throughout the design process.