Arena Design Architects : Our Design Process
In each project we believe in developing a strong dialogue with each client as the basis for the fullest exploration of the design brief and other parameters. This is then expanded using early design studies to fully determine the requirements of the project and gain feedback and clarification. At this point we then develop a full 3D CAD model of the proposal to further explore and discuss with clients and stakeholders. This modeling allows us to effectively communicate the full design intent including form, materials, colour and sun-studies.
Architectural documentation is developed from this model for building approvals and construction. We generally provide a full architectural service including submission for DA and Construction Approvals as well as Issuing Tenders and undertaking Project Administration & Management on behalf of clients.
Our ultimate goal is to uncover the creative spark within each project on behalf of clients and to produce appropriate, well considered and skillfully developed solutions to meet desired project outcomes.
Colin M Brown , Director Arena Design Architects P/L
BSc. (Hons) B.Arch RAIA (Australian Institute of Architects) Reg. No. 22386 NSW Architects Registration Board No. 6120
Born in Kenya, East Africa and educated in Glasgow, Scotland at the University of Strathclyde, after graduation Colin worked on the International Garden Festival in Liverpool, England, a major celebration of architecture, landscape design and horticulture. In 1984 travelled to Australia and worked on the benchmark State Bank of NSW HQ project before returning to the UK to work in London on major office interiors, and a marina development on the south coast of England. During this period he was also invited to teach in the Extension Studies programme at the Architectural Association, the UK’s leading School of Architecture.
Migrating to Australia in 1988, he established Arena Design Architects shortly thereafter in addition to teaching Architectural Design at the Universities of Sydney, UNSW and UTS. Colin has also travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa and has completed projects domestically and internationally. The practice has been fully CAD based for 15 years, employing a state of the art 3D Building Simulation software system to enhance all aspects of the design process, assist clients in the best possible understanding of an evolving project and to encourage an interactive client/architect dialogue.
Notable projects with a strong environmental component have been the Award Winning ELF Environmental Learning Facility for Orange City Council and the High Street Community Library for Strathfield Council in suburban Sydney as well as a wide range of interesting residential and commercial projects.