Tribe Studio Architects
247 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 9211 3211
office@tribestudio.com.au

About Us

About Us

Tribe Studio Architects is a Sydney-based practice that is seriously playful about architectural design. We are serious about the responsibility inherent in architectural design regardless of the size or type of project.

We design work that generously contributes to both the individual and collective need. At the heart of delivering to the collective is our obligation to the planet; to design and act sustainably and to use our inventive mindset to pursue innovative responses to the climate crisis.

We pursue playfulness to unlock the potential of each project. We have developed an understanding through 20 years of experience that curiosity, experimentation, inventiveness and creative collaboration deliver the most joyful design results.


We strive to create happiness and pleasure for clients, the community, habitats and environments in which our designs will exist, and for all the people we collaborate with along the way.

Sustainability

Sustainability

With the environmental and economic implications of climate change the challenge of our lifetime, we have a duty as responsible architects to help our communities and clients thrive by reducing the significant carbon and waste impact of the construction of buildings.

We approach the challenge of designing for more sustainable buildings and spaces with optimism and take pleasure in delivering healthy and joyful outcomes.

We currently do some things well in areas such as Passive Design and adaptive re-use of old buildings, but we also know that we can do much better and strive for higher sustainability standards and outcomes in all of our work.

To hold ourselves accountable for doing and not just saying, we’ve signed up to Architects Declare and their commitments, and are aligning our Sustainability Action Plan to supporting those commitments across:

  • How we deliver architecture and design
  • How we run our practice
  • How we lead with capability and advocacy

Our Sustainability Action Plan will be finalised shortly and will be available here

As part of our commitment to a healthier planet we are independently certified as Carbon Neutral. This is to certify that all greenhouse gas emissions produced from the operations and services of Tribe Studio, have been calculated by the Carbon Reduction Institute. Tribe Studio has purchased carbon offsets accredited under the Verified Carbon Standard and Gold Standard carbon credits to offset these emissions.

New starters at Tribe Studio

New starters at Tribe Studio

New starters at Tribe Studio

The second half of 2023 has been a busy 6 months in the Studio and we have welcomed a number of new starters to the team.

Maria Gutierrez Vargas – Senior Architect: Born in Colombia but moving to Australia at the age of 11, Maria has over 10 years’ experience as an architect and is a registered architect in NSW. Maria has worked on a range of residential, multi-res and hospitality projects in Australia , as well as 4 years experience in London leading projects. Maria’s strengths are in building productive relationships with clients, builders, authorities and consultant teams to achieve design excellence in her projects.

John Evans – Senior Architect: John has over 10 years experience as an architect in Australia and China, and is a registered architect in NSW. Having worked across a range of residential and non-residential projects, John brings strengths in technical documentation and on-site design advice, managing complex stakeholder groups and delivery of construction programs at various levels of scale.

Jay Kim – Office Manager: Jay joins Tribe Studio after 8 years managing ticketing operations for the Sydney Opera House where she demonstrated excellent customer service across the SOH events program, as well as leading process improvements for customers and staff. Jay’s passion for ceramics has now become her side hustle and she is also an excellent amateur photographer.

Will Martel – Graduate Architect: Will hails from New Zealand and has moved to Sydney to take up his role with Tribe Studio, having graduated in 2021 from Auckland University. Will’s curiosity in both design and how things are made, has already seen him spend time in architectural practices in New Zealand and Germany, as a Student Tutor at Auckland University, as well as working as builder’s labourer and designing and fabricating public artworks.

At the same time we were sad to say farewell to Luisa Sugawara, our Brazilian rock-climbing Associate Architect who took off to travel the world, and Jules Le Poer Trench, our vivacious Studio Manager who after 5 years has taken an exciting role in the not-for-profit sector. We wish them both all the best.

Sydney Contemporary 2023 – “Creatives at Home - How I Collect” with Hannah Tribe

Sydney Contemporary 2023 – “Creatives at Home - How I Collect” with Hannah Tribe

Moderated by Karen McCartney, Hannah will be joining David Flack and Ronan Sulich to discuss their personal collections and passions for collecting art.

Date: Thursday 7th September Time: 6pm - 7pm.
Where: Sydney Contemporary.
Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Everleigh.

Bronte House – Houses Magazine Commendation

Bronte House – Houses Magazine Commendation

Recently we were awarded a Commendation for Bronte House at the Houses Awards 2023. Thank you Architecture Media for your continued support of Australian architecture.

2023 Houses Awards
Winner/commendation
New House Over 200m2
Tribe Studio Architects for Bronte House

Bronte House is a calm, quiet, private oasis in this popular and densely populated area. There is a strong relationship with the epicness of the coastal landscape. The house is monolithic and elemental, as if it were carved from a solid block of brickwork by sun, wind and time.

Photography by: Rory Gardiner
Styled by: David Harrison
Built by: Robert Plumb Build Pty Ltd
Landscape Design by Dangar Barin Smith Pty Ltd

Bronte House featured in The Local Project (Issue 12)

Bronte House featured in The Local Project (Issue 12)

Out Now! Bronte House featured in The Local Project Issue No. 12 print publication. Thank you The Local Project for supporting Australian architecture and design. Head to The Local Project to order Issue No. 12 now or to subscribe to the tri-annual publication.

Photography by Rory Gardiner
Styling by David Harrison
Built by Robert Plumb Build Pty Ltd
Landscape design by Dangar Barin Smith Pty Ltd

Hannah Tribe interview with Dave Sharp from Office Talk, Marketing for Architecture

Hannah Tribe interview with Dave Sharp from Office Talk, Marketing for Architecture

I sat down with Dave Sharp from Office Talk, Marketing for Architecture. The podcast, episode No. 71, is out now. Thanks Dave Sharp for a warm and enjoyable chat.

Dave and I discussed:
• How we have designed the business to run efficiently and profitably, from a focus on gradual and sustainable growth to succession planning and delegation, and the hires we have made to help focus my time on the studio's projects rather than administration.

• Insights into how residential clients experience the design journey, from their initial sense of overwhelm to their enjoyment of the design process as an act of self-expression of their personality and goals for their lives.

• Why I believe that Tribe does not have a house style, but instead a few key areas of interest that tie our projects together, and why some projects that embody these values tend to resonate more with potential clients than others.

• An approach to public speaking in front of audiences of non-architects, and how speaking has been a valuable opportunity to clarify thinking, engage with peers, and get the general public excited by design and creativity.

• The difficulties small but experienced practices like Tribe face in winning government and public projects, despite their track records in other sectors, but how this is becoming easier as councils like the City of Sydney push for small practices to be included in public procurement processes.

Visit the link, or look for Office Talk on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Bronte House – NSW Institute of Architects Award

Bronte House – NSW Institute of Architects Award

Bronte House was commended in the Residential Architecture - Houses (New) category at the 2023 NSW Architecture Awards. Thank you to our wonderful clients and everyone who worked on the project.

Jury Citation:
"An evocation of Sydney’s coastal escarpments, Bronte House punctuates the streetscape and carefully frames views to the beach and ocean.

With a pared back palette of blonde bricks and concrete, this dwelling navigates complex changes in the levels of nearby homes and the street. The jury loved the detailing and finish.

Tribe’s vision was one of generosity to the neighbours. The home was sculpted to provide views for the owners of the home, without interrupting their neighbours' while avoiding overshadowing.

The carefully curated interior facilitates the needs of a family who work from home and come together in the light filled heart of this home."

Builder: Robert Plumb Build Pty Ltd
Photography: Rory Gardiner
Styling: David Harrison
Landscape: Dangar Barin Smith Pty Ltd
Engineer: Partridge

Architects Not Architecture Event with Hannah Tribe

Architects Not Architecture Event with Hannah Tribe

Hannah, Principal of Tribe Studio, was delighted to be part of the international event series “Architects, not Architecture” at Sydney’s Art Gallery of NSW on 21 March 2023, alongside her architect colleagues Virginia Kerridge and William Smart. Hannah spoke about her personal experiences and the influences that have impacted her creatively in her life as an architect. To watch Hannah’s talk online click here

People

Tribe Studio has a diverse and talented team of design professionals with collective experience across residential, commercial, heritage, education, and public works projects. Learn more about each of them below.

Hannah Tribe

Principal

Hannah Tribe is the Principal of Tribe Studio Architects. Established in 2003, Tribe Studio is recognised for design excellence in its built and conceptual work in residential and urban design, education, commercial, heritage, installation and interiors. Hannah is an energetic and innovative designer and leader, who works across all scales from city planning to detailed design.

Hannah has taught at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNSW. She has tutored in design and lectured in design and design communications. She has sat on the NSW Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects. She has been an invited juror on awards panels, including the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and the IDEA Awards and the Houses Awards. In 2020 she curated the Sydney Architecture Symposium, and she sits on the NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) and the NSW Health Infrastructure SDRP.

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Manu Doeblin

Associate Director

Manu joined Tribe Studio Architects in 2018 as a specialist in high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects. She studied architecture at Technische Universität in Berlin, where she practiced for two years before moving to Sydney in 2007. She leads complex projects from design through to construction, and spearheads Tribe Studio Architect's sustainability initiatives and innovation.

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Malcolm Eadie

Business Manager

Malcolm joined Tribe Studio in 2022 with over 15 years of experience in finance, sales and marketing and people leadership roles, having originally completed a law degree in Scotland. Malcolm’s passion is for ensuring a first-class client experience with Tribe Studio, from first enquiry through to completion of a project.

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Jay Kim

Office Manager

Jay joins Tribe Studio after 8 years managing ticketing operations for the Sydney Opera House where she demonstrated excellent customer service across the SOH events program, as well as leading process improvements for customers and staff. Jay’s passion for ceramics has now become her side hustle and she is also an excellent amateur photographer.

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Ingrid Schreiber-France

Senior Associate

Ingrid has over 16 years of architecture experience both the UK and Australia working across high end single and multi-residential, commercial and education projects. Ingrid was also (quietly) a professional squash player with her squash skills coming to the fore during the Tribe Studio tennis tournaments this summer.

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Maria Gutierrez Vargas

Senior Associate

Born in Colombia but moving to Australia at the age of 11, Maria has over 10 years’ experience as an architect and is a registered architect in NSW. Maria has worked on a range of residential, multi-res and hospitality projects in Australia , as well as 4 years experience in London leading projects. Maria’s strengths are in building productive relationships with clients, builders, authorities and consultant teams to achieve design excellence in her projects. 

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John Evans

Senior Associate

John has over 10 years experience as an architect in Australia and China, and is a registered architect in NSW. Having worked across a range of residential and non-residential projects, John brings strengths in technical documentation and on-site design advice, managing complex stakeholder groups and delivery of construction programs at various levels of scale.

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Matthew Argent

Associate

Matthew joined Tribe Studio Architects in early 2020 after completing his post-gradutate studies in Sweden. A great collaborator and excellent communicator, he has exceptional design and technical skills and loves a creative challenge.

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Aine Dowling

Associate

Aine, originally from Ireland, has also got experience in residential, commercial and education work, and has just passed her exams to become a registered Architect. Aine has been a champion swimmer and is looking forward to the first Tribe Studio swimming carnival.

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Elise Vanden Dool

Graduate

Graduating 2 years ago from Sydney University (including a stint studying in Denmark), Elise brings experience in residential architecture as well as excellent understanding of how to leverage technology in the practice. In her spare time Elise is a touch footy player and also had her own jewellery making business.

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Will Martel

Graduate

Will hails from New Zealand and has moved to Sydney to take up his role with Tribe Studio, having graduated in 2021 from Auckland University. Will’s curiosity in both design and how things are made, has already seen him spend time in architectural practices in New Zealand and Germany, as a Student Tutor at Auckland University, as well as working as builder’s labourer and designing and fabricating public artworks.

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Vito Erson

Graduate

Vito is an architectural assistant at Tribe Studio Architects, working across administration, production and visualisation. In addition to his architectural education, Vito has experience as an artist's assistant and in event planning for rock concerts.

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Tony Tribe

Consultant

Tony is a Senior Architect and advisor to Tribe Studio Architects, bringing knowledge, expertise and vision to the Studio. Tony’s pragmatic ability to isolate, prioritise and creatively address issues is invaluable to the young team environment.

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Selected Awards

Bronte House

2023, Houses Awards, New House over 200sqm, Commendation

2023, AIA NSW Chapter Architecture Awards, Residential Architecture (New), Commendation

2023, Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design, Shortlist

Bronte House

Dulwich Hill House

2023, Grand Designs Australia, House of the Year awards, Shortlist

2021, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition over 200sqm, Shortlist

Dulwich Hill House

Glebe House

2021, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition over 200sqm, Shortlist

Glebe House

Bundeena House

2021, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition under 200sqm, Shortlist

Bundeena House

Clovelly House

2021, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition over 200sqm, Shortlist

Clovelly House

Darlinghurst House

2019, Houses Awards, Alts and Adds Under 200sqm, Winner

2019, Houses Awards, House in a Heritage Context, Winner

2019, NSW Chapter AIA Awards, Heritage Category Francis Greenway Award, Winner

Darlinghurst House

Queens Park House

2019, Houses Awards, Alts and Adds Over 200sqm, Shortlist

Queens Park House

Roseville House

2018, Think Brick Awards, Horbury Hunt Residential Award, Winner
2017, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition under 200sqm, Commendation
2017, AIA NSW Residential Architecture Houses, Alterations and Additions, Commendation

2017, Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design, Shortlist

Roseville House

Lindfield House

2017, AIA NSW Residential Architecture, Winner

2017, Houses Awards, Alteration and Addition over 200sqm, Commendation

2017, Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design, Shortlist

Lindfield House

Eskimo Design

2016, Dulux Colour Awards, Shortlist

Eskimo Design

Tribe Studio Architects

2013, IDEA Awards, Designer of the Year, Winner

Tribe Studio Architects

McMahons Point House

2011, AIA NSW Heritage Architecture, Creative Adaption, Commendation

McMahons Point House

Willoughby House

2010, Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design NSW, Winner

2010, AIA National Residential Design, Commendation

2010, IDEA Awards, Single Residential Award, Winner

Willoughby House

Bardwell Park House

2010, AIA NSW Residential Architecture, Small Projects, Winner

2010, Houses Awards, Alts and Adds under 200sqm, Highly Commended

Bardwell Park House

Rose Bay House

2009, Waverley Council Design Awards, Highly Commended

2009, AIA NSW, Residential Architecture Houses, Highly Commended

2009, Houses Awards, Best House under 200sqm Winner

2009, Houses Awards, Sustainability Award

2009, Australian Interior Design Awards, Highly Commended

Rose Bay House