Hunt Architects

Our people

Hunt Architects is a tight knit multi-disciplinary team who bring a range of specialties and experience to every project – from architecture and design, to landscaping and interiors. We’re small enough to be nimble yet large enough to work with the biggest clients.

We like to take a hands-on approach which means each project’s team is directly involved from beginning to end. No matter how complex a job is, our team’s ability to collaborate closely with clients combined with our expertise has built our company’s reputation as a safe pair of hands.

 

 

Scott McConn

Chief Executive Officer

Scott has a wealth of experience in the design and construction process, delivering many complex and award-winning projects in the UK and Australia. His experience includes executive and leadership roles encompassing HR, quality, strategy, operations, financial and business development.

He has a strong focus on ensuring our project teams are fully resourced and committed to the management and delivery of successful projects. As CEO, Scott maintains strong client relationships to ensure project objectives and expectations are achieved whilst mentoring and developing the professional capabilities of individuals and teams within the practice.

Having worked in both Architectural practices and Construction companies, Scott has experienced the ‘dark side’ and knows that we are all in it together.

Con Lampropoulos

Group Director

Con is an inspiring leader, guiding his team in the successful completion of large health, correctional, sport, recreation and institutional projects. He is a most reliable and experienced facilitator, well-practised in project management, programming, client liaison and negotiation and having extensive knowledge of government protocols.

Con’s personal philosophy about architecture is creating innovative, functional and contemporary “state-of-the-art” facilities, which encompasses the most recent and proven technologies.

Ron Edenburg

Group Director

Ron is passionate about good design and ‘built form’ legibility, in terms of architecture, interior design and landscape, and the contribution each makes to the overall appreciation of ‘notable works’.

 

Ron’s philosophy in respect to design is that, if a project can be clearly underpinned by a philosophical rationale – meaning if it tells a story as to design approach, functionality and aesthetics – it will be clearly legible and understood, and able to be appropriately evaluated.

His most notable project is the WA Police Academy, Joondalup, which was the winner of the George Temple Poole Award.

Graham Hunt

Principal

Graham has extensive experience gained over 25 years working in WA on a wide range of projects varying from Local and State Government commissions to large institutional projects.  He is well practised in client liaison, predesign, brief writing, masterplanning, design development, contract documentation and contract administration. He is skilled in facilitating and coordinating projects of a complex nature such as the Perth Police Complex and the WA Basketball Stadium.

Having a sound understanding of government protocols, he has undertaken the role of Superintendent’s Representative on all Government projects under his control.  His reliability and unflappable demeanour has enabled him to develop sound working relationships with both private clients and Government agencies.

As a project leader, Graham is able to prepare innovative masterplanning and refine concept design ideas and with his knowledge of construction, materials and products, is able to further develop the project into a well detailed, cost and space efficient building solution.

Michael Cook

Principal

As a Principal and senior member of our Studio team, Michael provides leadership not only on projects but to our staff in a process of continual improvement, growth and sense of team spirit.

Since graduation, he has worked in Singapore, USA and Australia on a broad range of unique projects, with his more recent focus being on aquatic sporting and leisure, correctional and justice, and complex industrial projects.

Michael is passionate about seeking design solutions that go beyond the business-as-usual mentality, particularly when this comes to the energy efficiency and sustainability aspects of the built environment.

Brian La Fontaine

Principal

Brian is an Associate of Hunt Architects and responsible as a Project Designer and Project Architect for a range of project types and client groups.

He works closely with clients and is involved from brief development and project definition, concept and schematic design (including 3D visualisations) through to design development and documentation.

Notably, Brian’s design projects include the multi-award-winning Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha, and National Anzac Centre, Albany.

 

Producing exciting concepts is enjoyable, it is even better when they get built, and it’s even more enjoyable when the client loves it too.

Steven Smyth

Principal

Steven is a creative, resourceful, and innovative architect who has led major projects for over 20 years.

His unyielding passion for architecture, sustainability and improving the quality of our shared built environment informs his approach to the practice of architecture. His work is grounded by a considered understanding of the place and its intrinsic ecologies, natural, cultural and urban. He enjoys challenging conventions and questioning established mindsets to unlock the potential of every project.

A consummate team player, he enjoys the creative tension derived through consultation and collaboration. Working closely with communities, clients, and stakeholders to define a brief and collectively realise a shared vision drives his ambitious approach to design.

He has experience in award winning projects encompassing sports and recreation, education, commercial, multi-residential, aged care, tourism, resorts, civic, cultural, urban design, and master planning projects.

Steven has the proven ability to deliver a visionary project that is functional, bespoke, and interwoven with a distinct narrative that is unique to the context of each project.

Damien Sita

Senior Associate

With over 18 years’ experience; Damien has worked on a variety of projects including local and state government civic building, extensive health care, mining infrastructure and camp design, education, sport and recreation facilities. He has gained this experience across multiple states of Australia and has a keen eye for documentation and contract administration.

Undertaking the specification writing for many of the office projects has allowed Damien to gain a broad understanding of many different types of architecture.

Damien believes that architecture has the unique ability to not only allow for the creation of a built form to satisfy a person’s needs; it also provides an avenue to take a client’s desires and make them come to life.

Rechelle Biffin

Administration Manager

Rechelle is our Administration Manager and is responsible for the overall administration and day to day running of the practice. With over 25 years of experience, she has worked for architects and engineers; however, enjoys the challenges and varied workload that every day in architecture has to offer.

Rechelle has a certificate in Business Administration and loves bookwork and an excel spreadsheet.

Colin Cala

Senior Architect

Colin is a Senior Documentation Architect involved in the Developed Design Phase of a Project through to the production of Tender and Construction Documents.

He has gained extensive experience in the special requirements and regulations associated with projects, ranging from residential, residential aged care, sport and recreation, education, police and justice, and mining operations.

Colin’s broad understanding of building construction and its inter-relationship with the building structure and services, ensures good design outcomes while achieving practical overall solutions to the many facets of a functional building.

Amy Jordan

Associate

Amy is one of our project architects who enjoys working on a project from the very first meetings and original concepts, right through to completion.

Since finishing her Masters of Architecture in 2007, Amy has undertaken a wide variety of projects, mainly across her key areas of interest in health and education. In this work, she’s been able to pursue her love of architecture that makes a difference to and has a positive impact on people’s lives.

Her most notable projects include Onslow Health Service Redevelopment, Collie Health Service Emergency Department and Midland Community Mental Health Centre.

Mike Acquarola

Project Coordinator

Mike has around 40 years’ experience, with almost 30 years at Hunt Architects. Mike has excellent construction, documentation and problem-solving knowledge with a wide range of experience in healthcare, recreational, correctional, industrial, municipal and educational projects.

Mike is a project leader, team player and mentor to younger staff members and enjoys problem-solving, construction details and documentation.

He sees great satisfaction in seeing a project from design development through to construction, and final client handover delivered on time.

Penni Sutton

Senior Interior Designer

Penni is a highly experienced and award-winning Interior designer who leads our Interiors team. She has received a number of awards in recent years including AIA CPD Award: Designing for Dementia, DIA and Dulux 2018 Trends Award and the Property Council Australia Retirement Living Award.

Penni has worked for several notable Perth architectural firms as well as operating her own architectural, building design and interior design practice. Over the past ten years, Penni has developed extensive commercial design experience in many salient areas including aged care, health, shopping centre, education and commercial offices.

Simona Pirone

Interior Designer

Simona is an experienced interior designer with experience in health, education, hospitality and retail projects.

She believes that interior design goes beyond selecting beautiful materials and colours. It is about the wellbeing of the occupants and how they physically and mentally respond to the environment.

One of the most exciting parts of the job is witnessing the project come to life. It is an unusual and indescribable sensation seeing the design grow from your screen to built form.

Sinh Duc Hong

Senior Draftsperson / IT

Sinh has strong architectural 3D visualisation presentation and design, and extensive experience in Revit, most of which was gained at Peter Hunt Architect.

 

He has applied his strong BIM and architectural visualisation skills to a range of commercial, multi-residential, aged care facility projects.

Sinh enjoys working with the team in the development of design concepts into built form.

Chantel Rootman

Executive Administrator

Chantel has 25 years’ experience in the banking, legal and architectural industry with the relevant training and certifications for each role. Chantel enjoys learning new things and the satisfaction of ticking off completed tasks at the end of a busy day with good results.

Working in an administrative role in the architectural industry means no two days are exactly the same. You end up being a “jack-of-all-trades”, carrying forward the goals of the company through seemingly small tasks, one at a time.

Jade Liebel

Project Coordinator

Jade is an experienced Project Coordinator and believes that hard work is good for the soul.

Jade holds a Diploma of Architectural Drafting and Building Design, and Diploma of Building and Construction (Management), and has worked on a diverse range of projects including Albemarle Lithium Kemerton NPI Buildings, MRRC Silverwater Prison Expansion, and SCGH Mammography Clinic Refurbishment.

He believes that what we produce as an architectural built form is a true expression of our work for many years to come. It’s visual proof. Therefore, making sure it’s done right from the beginning is our biggest responsibility in the industry.

Zak Irfan

Graduate Architect

Since finishing his Masters of Architecture, Zak has worked on a wide range of projects including health, correctional, arts and culture, and sport and recreation.

Zak believes that with architecture, the phrase “Less is more” perfectly embodies a multitude of scenarios, both real and hypothetical, in just a few words. But because of its visual simplicity, we often underestimate just how impactful this phrase can be in shaping our lives.

Geoff Munt

Project Coordinator

After training in WA, Geoff spent the first half of his career creating award-winning multi-residential buildings in central London. Since returning to Australia, Geoff has spent most of his time improving health care buildings across southern Australia.

What interests Geoff is making good places to be and healthcare design. He believes that yes, the two can, and should, harmonise!

He is also interested in sustainability and believes that everyone else should be as well, for the sake of the next generations.

Geoff values design and is happy to defend the role that well-designed architecture plays in the community.

Hugh Bignell

Senior Architectural Technician

Hugh has over 20 years of experience within the retail, health, commercial, education and retail sector in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

He enjoys unique artistic forms, sustainable architectural designs, environmentally friendly design and purposeful architecture – designs for individuals with special needs.

And gets satisfaction from the involvement through the whole design and construction life process of a project, from initial concept idea sketches through to building completion and operation

Toby Campion

Graduate of Architecture

Toby has worked in both Perth and London and brings over sixteen years of experience to Hunt Architects. At the heart of his skills is a deep understanding of the principles of good design as applied to commercial architecture.

He is fascinated by robust, uncompromising architecture that displays a strong design for permanence while, at the same time, possessing warm and welcoming qualities to create people-friendly spaces.

Alex Godfrey

Alex has recently started at Hunt Architects after graduating from the Master of Architecture Course at Curtin University. He is interested in developing his skills in design, documentation, and visualisation.

Alex has a strong passion for architecture that embraces Australian culture and history. He believes that architecture has the ability to educate people, whilst improving the quality of people’s daily lives. He has won multiple awards during his time studying and is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow at Hunt Architects.