About Us

We’re inspired by the Modernists who showed architecture’s power to profoundly improve our lives. A home must be functional of course, but playfulness, simple things done well, elements of surprise – these are the intangibles we strive for.
— Catherine & Daniel

A house is a village, a city, a sanctuary. Its temporal qualities of space and light – how a home feels throughout the day, season to season – are essential to nourish the people who live there. Tactile materials that age gracefully are deeply important. Relating to context and climate is vital. Design must deliver light and shade in a way that balances privacy and connection. Above all else, a home must connect us to a garden and an outlook, so imaginations (and our legs) can roam.

Downie North specialises in uplifting residential architecture, from new houses to additions & alterations and bespoke apartments. Principals Daniel North and Catherine Downie are also partners in life. Their combined 20 years’ experience on award-winning projects in commercial practices, has honed their instincts for the social and performative aspects of a home. Their’s is a collaborative studio where architects, clients and craftspeople co-create.


Nominated architect: Daniel North

Daniel North, NSW Registered Architect No: 8734

Catherine Downie, NSW Registered Architect No: 8818

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