Directors James Morrison & Yvette Breytenbach migrated to Australia in 1991 and the spectacular World Heritage Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair Overland Track attracted us to Tasmania. We settled in Hobart where we established our architectural practice, which operates from the repurposed Halls Machinery Building and demonstrates our commitment to sustainable design. We bring worldwide cultural and architectural insight and experience to our practice, gained in South Africa, UK and USA.
The practice is pre-qualified with Department of Treasury and Finance for Strategic and Project Services. Both directors and all professional staff are members of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Being an AIA A+ registered practice we comply with AIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, which keeps us informed and inspired by relevant, up to date information and skills.
B.Arch., AIA, RIBA
James Morrison’s all round expertise includes design, documentation and specialist skills in energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable design. In practice since 1987, James is an Australian architect registered in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW, as well as being a registered British architect. He is an accredited Tasmanian Building Service Provider (Category – Architect) #CC1005 U as per the Occupational Licensing Act 2005, and an accredited Green Star Professional in the Green Star Environmental Rating System. He is the Tasmanian Chair of Learning Environments Australasia (LEA). James is happiest sketching en plein air, whether in graphite of the built environment, or in charcoal of Tasmanian rock and landscape formations.
B.Arch., B.Soc.Sci.(Hons), AIA
Yvette is an architect with a passion for people-centred design. She is the Immediate Past President of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. An Australian architect, registered in both Tasmania and Victoria, she has been in practice since 1981 and also holds a Social Science Honours degree. Yvette combines architectural experience with socio-spatial expertise in her role developing big picture ideas, design concepts, and team process that value-add to the brief. She is fascinated by the application of colour and the materiality of architecture. Yvette enjoys “hands-on making” and her love of clay led her to train in ceramics in London in earlier years.
B.EnvD., M.Arch., AIA
Saxon completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania in 2013. His interest in energy efficient, environmentally sustainable design led him to join us in 2017. His role in the practice includes design development, documentation and contract administration and he has excellent computer skills. He is a member of the AIA Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN TAS) and has been a member of their Tasmanian Chapter Committee since 2019. Saxon is an enduro mountain bike rider who enjoys free riding and small competition around the state.
A.A., B.EnvD., M.Arch., AIA
An Associate Degree of Arts (completed in 2010) brought Lachlan to Tasmania whereafter he worked in fine furniture design and stringed instrument making. He subsequently branched into architecture, completing his Master of Architecture in 2018 at the University of Tasmania. He is passionate about sustainable design and architecture which led him join us in 2019. His role in the practice includes design development, project documentation and administration and graphic design. Outside of work, Lachlan is a keen trail runner, climber and bushwalker and enjoys exploring the Tasmanian wilderness.
B.EnvD., M.Arch., AIA
Having initially embarked on Computer Science training, Michael discovered his passion for architecture while traveling overseas. He completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania in 2018. He has a particular interest in place based architecture, sustainability, and parametric design which led him to join us at Morrison & Breytenbach Architects after graduating. Here his role includes design development, documentation and project administration. Beyond architecture, Michael has a broad range of interests, from computers and cars, to martial arts and bushwalking.
Technical Assistant and BIM
B.Sc. Architecture, Dip. BIM
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Far Eastern University (Manila) 2005 and some years employment in Philippines, Gerald moved to Singapore in 2007. There he worked on a range of multi-storey developments adding BIM to his skill set on achieving a Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling at BCA Academy Singapore in 2014. Gerald migrated to Australia in 2019, joining the Morrison & Breytenbach Architects’ team where he fills the role of architectural and BIM technician. Gerald enjoys playing basketball and Eaglehawk Neck is his favoured Tasmanian fishing location.