About us

Our vision is to transform ideas, through an engaging creative process, into quality architecture that supports, inspires and delights, for positive environmental and community impact, and a sustainable future.

Enriching lives, enriching place

Our design process applies creative enquiry and analysis to ideas that explore and express unique project, lifestyle and business opportunities, challenge the norm, and develop appropriate architectural solutions, through an interactive collaborative methodology. We combine vision, innovation and value with creative problem solving, efficient planning, rigorous technical detail, and responsible use of materials. Our core design values of sustainability, access and equity are integral to our process.

Our principles

Our design principles uphold, respect, respond to and enhance our clients’ unique needs, desires and aspirations and the opportunities presented by the site, the brief and the budget. They address context including topography, flora and fauna of the natural landscape; scale, density and amenity of the urban environment. They adhere to best practice conservation or adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and environments. They apply the aesthetics of harmonious visual proportion, form, materials, and the interplay of scale, space and volume.

They integrate energy efficient, environmentally sustainable design (ESD) through passive / active solar design, passive house design, low toxic healthy environments, appropriate storm / wastewater management, recycled buildings and materials. They include socially sustainable design that reinforces culture, a sense of place and identity, and builds community.

Our practice

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.

James Morrison, Director, BArch AIA RIBA

James Morrison


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.

Yvette Breytenbach, Director, BArch BSocSci(Hons) AIA

Yvette Breytenbach

BArch, BSocSci(Hons), AIA

Yvette is an architect with a passion for people-centred design. She is the current 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.

Saxon Hall

Saxon Hall

MArch, AIA

Saxon completed his Master of Architecture at UTAS 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. Saxon is an enduro mountain bike rider who enjoys free riding and small competition around the state.

We welcome Lachlan Taylor and Michael Bamford to the Morrison & Breytenbach team. Both are 2018 graduates from the University of Tasmania where they achieved their Masters in Architecture.

Our practice, located in the old Halls Machinery Building in Hobart, which has been adapted for re-use by inserting conference room, library/staff room and work stations into the open volume workshop at street level.