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We believe projects must be environmentally sustainable and economically feasible, with a focus on social responsibility. We recognise the essentially social nature of architecture should meet the needs of a community and enhance their daily experience.

Our research-based approach is unique, designed to respond to the distinctive challenges and context of each project. Though collectively our range of skills and experiences are diverse, we share a commitment to a research-led approach — guided by a sense of empathy and curiosity that seeks to understand the interaction between a building and the people it will serve.

Suite 7.04, Level 7, 1 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Phone + 61 02 9310 1135


ShakeUp Architecture offers design and management services in architecture, interior architecture, urban design and master planning. From the areas of Education, Sport and Recreation, Affordable and Social Housing to private, commercial, and multi-residential developments — including their associated requirements of integrated accessibility. Collective sector experience also includes aviation, industrial and commercial.


Since launching in 2011, Shakeup Architecture has been committed to a simple, consistent set of beliefs. Firstly, that project constraints can actually inspire the best outcome for clients. And secondly, that striking results are possible within this framework if every detail is attended to.

Project limitations are where we start. Success happens when budgets, geography, accessibility, timelines and other criteria are met. Getting those details right also gives our clients the confidence to make the right decision, every step of the process. We support all our analysis with the latest visualisation and documentation tools.

Next, we probe deeply into the possibilities so that all objectives are linked. A stately façade can also have thermal properties, an access ramp can be beautiful, a wayfinding system can be playful, by listening to the communities we serve.

Our style is deeply consultative, ensuring everyone is completely happy with the outcome.


Education, defence, health, multi-residential development, retail and commercial are some sectors in which we have special expertise. They’re ambitious projects, delivering beautiful, fit-for-purpose buildings where entire communities can live and work.

We also enjoy shaping bold personal projects that uncover the full potential of a site. All of our work is guided by the deep conversations we have with the people who will ultimately live, work and relax there.

We’re based in Sydney, but deliver projects much further afield.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.