About Us

To build a house has become an adventure. It requires patience, courage and enthusiasm…The design is to the architect as a character from a novel is to the author: it constantly outdoes him or her…But design is a character with many authors
— Alvaro Siza

Downie North is a partnership between Catherine Downie and Daniel North. Following 20 years of combined experience on award-winning projects, Daniel and Catherine established their practice in 2015, principally designing homes for families around Sydney.

As a small, bespoke practice, we selectively focus on the three or four projects per year. This scale of practice has enabled us to work on the things that matter to us: creating honest, enduring friendships with our clients, doing simple things well, taking our time and enjoying the process and journey of each new project. Our sensitivity for our clients and the site, and belief in the importance of approaching the design as a partnership, underpins the positivity with which we approach each project.

Our clients come to us because they want to live in a home that is conscious and responsive to their needs, of the landscape in which it sits, and ultimately delightful. Our homes are meticulously put together, yet aren’t precious. How a home feels through the day, the experience season to season, are experiences essential to nourish us. Tactile materials that demonstrate the hand of the maker and which age gracefully, grounds us. The balance of privacy and connection, particularly to the landscape, nurtures us. 

As we only take on a limited number of projects each year, we plan out the commencement of each project many months in advance. This works well for our clients, because, just like us, they don’t think great architecture should be rushed. They also believe that a strong, trusting relationship is the foundation of a successful project. We are always looking to meet clients who share our values, and trust in our ability to guide them through the process at their own pace. We invite you to begin the conversation by using the form below. We will then be in contact with next steps and more detailed information about the process.


+61 2 83862043

Downie North Architects PO Box 354 Mosman NSW 2088 Australia


Nominated Architect: Daniel North

Daniel North, NSW Registered Architect No: 8734

Catherine Downie, NSW Registered Architect No: 8818

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