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.
BArch, 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.
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.
Dana completed her registration as an architect in 2016. She has filled the role of project architect for a number of our recent residential and educational projects. She has documentation and contract administration experience and a particular talent in architectural illustration. Dana makes slip cast ceramics and is a baker “extraordinaire” of celebratory cakes for special occasions. She is currently on maternity leave.
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.
Sebastian has a practical background in the construction industry and completed his Master of Architecture at UTAS in 2012. He joined the Morrison & Breytenbach team in January 2018 where his role includes design development, documentation, contract administration and illustration. Sebastian makes multi-media artworks in his spare time and keeps fit running and surfing in Tasmania’s pristine environment.