We believe great design makes life better.
With many years experience practicing locally, nationally and overseas, we established our practice on a shared passion for beautiful, well considered architecture and the creation of great places for people.
Our backgrounds in both commercial practice and government have helped us to develop an alternative perspective and approach to our work and relationships. We balance design ambition with commercial realities, we have strong relationships and we understand how to get things done.
As individuals, we complement each other, with different strengths combined in a tailored approach to address project needs.
We believe in the potential for design to enrich the lives of its users and society. We recognise that the places we create now will be with us for a long time and so if they are going to be built, they should be worthy of the long ride.
We're passionate about what we do.
We believe great design should be both beautiful and work well, and we work hard to achieve this on every project.
2019 AIA Commendation for Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions)
2019 UDIA National Award for Excellence - Medium Density Development
2018 UDIA SA Award for Medium Density Development
2018 Shortlist, AIA National Awards - Multiple Housing
2018 AIA The Newell Platten Award for Residential Architecture- Multiple Housing
2018 AIA Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions)
2018 Shortlist, Houses Awards - Alterations + Additions
2015 SA Emerging Architect Award - Matt Davis
2013 2nd Place, Henley Square Urban Design Competition (Matt Davis with Tridente Architects + Sharon Mackay)
2010 3rd Place, Design Festival 2010 Competition, AIA with Adelaide City Council
2008 Special Jury Citation, 'Line of Site Competition, Northern Lights Observatory', Svalbard Norway
2007 2nd Place, AR Propositions Competition, Ningaloo Reef Eco-Resort
2007 People's Choice Award, AR Propositions Competition, Ningaloo Reef Eco-Resort
When you work with us, you do just that -
work with us.
Working with us
Davis + Davis Architects is a small studio committed to providing personalised service and working collaboratively.
We believe great design comes from an inclusive and cooperative process founded on committment, trust and communication. We understand your trust is placed in us. And you want the confidence that your vision will be achieved, your budget taken seriously, and the risks well managed.
Great design needs a good client as much as a good architect. Your project is unique and the outcome will reflect you as much as us.
"Thanks Matt and Sally - Davis + Davis Architects, for helping us turn our house into our home. We always knew your design would look great, but the surprise at the end of the project was just how relaxed and truly at home we feel in our new space. In fact, we are really happy when we know we have no plans, and we can spend time at home to enjoy being a part of it."
"It is a credit to your vision, hard work and ability to interpret the 'language' of the council guidelines that this has been such a smooth process."
"Looking at the plans more closely on the weekend I continue to be impressed by how clever your thinking is, in so many aspects of our atypical home."
"Davis + Davis have partnered with Commercial & General for the last 12 months on both our masterplan and visioning for the WEST project and our very first premium apartment complex, in addition to bespoke residential detached homes. In all of the work D+D have partnered with us over this period we have found that their level of professionalism, quality of produced design work and in particular their processes and strong ability to keep stakeholders engaged and pre-empt future community issues by offering thoroughly tested detailed solutions, to be outstanding. D+D designs have achieved a truly beautiful design outcome in both the project overall but also the individual homes and apartments, all whilst maintaining high levels of functionality. Matt + Sally have shown that they can work at any level, both within a large scale organisation and project and then down to the minute detail within a bespoke family home. We look forward to a long relationship with the D+D group."
Commercial & General
Director. Architect + Urban Designer.
Matt is an architect and urban designer with a rare combination of experience in private practice, academia and government. Coupled with his key leadership roles shaping significant past projects and urban strategies, this background has afforded Matt a unique perspective and capability. As a strategic thinker and compelling communicator, Matt's strengths lie in client relations, stakeholder and consultative negotiations and workshops, and as a talented designer, he has a particular interest in finding creative approaches to difficult problems.
Matt is a strong advocate for the value of design. He is currently a member of the Capital City Design Review Panel and Strategic Design Advisor to the NSW Office of the Government Architect. He regularly presents at allied discipline events and workshops, and participates as juror for the AIA + AILA Architecture and Landscape Architecture Awards. Matt was formerly an inaugural member of the South Australian State Planning Commission, Principal Urban Designer at Renewal SA, Design Leader with the Integrated Design Commission SA, and Lecturer at UniSA.
Matt received the 2015 South Australian Emerging Architect Award in recognition of his contribution to practice, research and education.
Key projects, prior to establishing Davis + Davis:
Bowden Village Masterplan Review, SA
5000+ an Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide, SA
Balfour Park Urban Regeneration Project, Sydney NSW
Government Service Centre, Queanbeyan ACT
Rhodes Waterside Apartment Development, NSW
420 George Street Commercial + Retail Development, Sydney NSW
Miller Street Strata Commercial Development, Pyrmont NSW
John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU Canberra
Liverpool Street Apartments, Sydney NSW
Holden House Commercial + Retail Development, Oxford Street, London UK
Halifax Street Community Housing, Adelaide SA
Thebarton Senior College Science Facility, SA
MLC North Sydney Commercial Additions, NSW
101 Hindley Street Gallery + Offices, Adelaide SA
Heritage Survey, Mid-North, SA
Sally is a highly regarded and accomplished architect who has worked in leading design practices in London, Sydney and Adelaide prior to establishing Davis + Davis Architects. She is well known for her strengths in design, detailed planning and the development of projects and her thorough and structured approach results in strong management and leadership at both the project and practice level.
With particular interests in high quality residential and boutique projects, Sally is passionate about creating beautiful spaces and places that bring joy to the everyday. Sally offers a rare attention to detail that ensures projects are well designed, well managed and well executed. This translates into architecture that is elegant, functional, beautiful, and enduring, and tailored to the needs of people.
As co-director of Davis + Davis Architects, Sally is actively involved in most projects within the studio and her responsibilities span across all aspects of the practice management. Her design focus has been instrumental in the ongoing development of the studio's visual identity and communications.
In 2017 and 2018, Sally co-hosted national television series Australia by Design, contributing to the public recognition of design and its value.
Key projects, prior to establishing Davis + Davis:
The Terraces, Kalyra Village Aged Housing, Belair SA (awarded AIA Commendation 2017)
Morphettville Townhouse Development, SA
Balmoral Beach Residence, NSW
Cove Penthouse Apartment Interior, Sydney NSW
Surry Hills Terrace Development, NSW
Residences (4) at St Patrick's Estate for Lendlease, Manly NSW
National Art School Studio + Gallery Competition, NSW (awarded 1st prize)
Spanish Ambassador's Residence, Canberra ACT
Centrepoint Tower Redevelopment, Sydney NSW
Pyrmont Social Housing, Sydney NSW
Civic Centre + Offices, Jindabyne ACT
McCann Erickson Office Fitout, London UK
Stannary Street Office Conversion, London UK
City Social Housing, Adelaide SA
Police and Star Force Complex, Netley SA
Tafe Campus, Kadina SA
Woodville High School, SA
Graduate School of Management Interior, University of Adelaide, SA
Gouger Street Upgrade, Adelaide SA
Central Market Precinct Urban Development Strategy, Adelaide SA
Beehive Corner Facade Restoration, Adelaide SA
Sally was also a member of the Salisbury Urban Design Advisory Panel, 1997-2000.
IVY was featured on television series Australia By Design, on Channel 10.
The television series showcases contemporary architecture from around Australia in a series of nine episodes. Acclaimed architecture is presented by architects and judged by industry leaders.
See Matt Davis, Director of Davis + Davis Architects, and Suzie Hunt show us around.
Watch the full episode here:
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