Nick and Jane, clients of the Hide House in Venus Bay

“We’re looking for a result that is practical, aesthetically pleasing and distinctive. As we had carefully selected a site with unusual features, we sought a design that would draw them out.  We’ve been delighted by Antony’s capacity to do exactly that, while keeping us closely involved in the process. We were thrilled with the final design.  We also hope that our architect would shield us from the project management process while respecting our budget and keeping us in the loop. Antony managed town planning and then the selection of the contractor very well, ensuring both quality and realistic pricing. We are now half-way through the build and are very pleased to see that the process is working smoothly due, to a large extent, by his skill in communicating with both the builder and ourselves.”

“At the practical level, we sought an architect who was experienced in building for the conditions on the coast, who was linked to local contractors, knew the local planning and building scene, and understood the local community and the rhythm of coastal life. We wanted a small firm where the principal was hands-on in both design development and the management of the project. We were also pleased to find in Antony someone whose professional work had been shaped by working in a large, disciplined firm in Australia and also in the tough New York apartment market, with its notoriously demanding clients. We were attracted by his success in bringing an international design perspective to the Australian context, demonstrated by the recognition he has won from his profession.”

“We recognise that designing and building a home is an intensely personal project requiring an architect to add the skill of mind-reading to his or her repertoire. Antony has demonstrated that he has this skill and, with his excellent team, has been a delight to work with. He understands our own golden rule of ‘no surprises’ and has been graciously accepting of our particular idiosyncrasies. Construction of our house is now entering its final phase and, thanks to Antony’s work, we’re looking forward to a very pleasing result.”

Paul Hoffman, President of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club

“Antony has really been the ‘rock’ for our club going through this build process. We are a club of volunteers and we have really drawn on Antony’s knowledge to not only lead us through but also introduce us to other stakeholders who have been able to assist us. Antony has also been extremely generous in opening his network and leveraging his relationships to assist the club to move the project forward in the most cost effective way possible.”

“I recently attended a council meeting with Antony about the planning for the proposed redevelopment. Organising the meeting was quite an ordeal and we were advised that we would be meeting three council representatives to discuss the project. On arrival, we were informed that there were further stakeholders who wanted to be included in the meeting and we would be meeting with a further eight representatives of council. Antony was extremely well prepared for the meeting. He was composed and, even when there were some outrageous comments, he managed them with a level of professionalism that you don’t often see today.”

“As a club we have absolute confidence in Antony, he brings a calm, level head to the project and has been able to turn the building and development jargon into simple English, which goes a long way to instil confidence across any stakeholder group.”

“Our lifesaving club building has been in existence for over 30 years… the first person the Board thought of to drive the process was Antony. We knew his reputation for excellence and had seen the work he had done at Smiths Beach. He understands the local issues and has an outstanding ability to convert the building and development jargon into simple English. The redevelopment could be an intimidating process, but stepping it through with Antony has simplified it down to a point where we always know what the next steps are.”

“With Antony, what you see is what you get – he is a man who truly sticks to his word. If he says he will do something, he always does it… always to a high standard and he stands behind what he does. As part of the process he has undertaken for the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, he had to consult with different groups in the club to develop our solution. Most of those groups have differing needs and all of them reported an extremely positive experience and were happy with the outcomes. Antony’s ability to manage stakeholders and foster positive relationships I believe is second to none.”

Miles, client of the Skenes Creek House

“Antony went into bat for us in a really difficult situation. It wasn’t all smooth sailing but he handled things incredibly well.”

“The house was two and a half hours away so we couldn’t get there very often. The stakeholders were two generations of the family and we were on edge given numerous frustrations with the project, in terms of things like flame zoning, engineering and technical difficulties. Antony was an excellent intermediary, coming in with some very necessary micro managing.”

“Antony went above and beyond. He achieves results with superb, entirely realistic management of expectations – and sticks to the budget.”

Damian Iles, Director of Urban Planning at Hansens

“Ant is a highly experienced architect and great bloke who’s really easy to access and communicate with.”

“Antony is a true collaborator, allowing us to work and talk through challenges, evolve potential options and ultimately find the right solution.”

“Antony is tremendously versatile in style, form and context.  One minute we are talking about the nuance and complexity of a remote coastal location and the next, it’s the challenges presented by inner Melbourne.”

“The level at which Antony delivers is really impressive.  He had to navigate a narrow inner urban block, with tricky interfaces and heritage issues.  His ability to stitch a building together has a timeless quality to it, as if it was always meant to exist in that way and in that place.  I find his work always respects the place and nature, and I love that he gives his buildings a place to breathe and ensures they are deeply appreciated inside and out.”

“A master delegator with highly strategic navigation in project management.”

“Antony helped create my favourite residential projects, which has become a signature build for MRTN Architects.  Antony honoured the rich mid-century period of Australian architecture with honest materials, heaps of access to natural light and a positive engagement with the garden – which is such a key part of modern family living… ”

Stephen Mowlam, Principle of Mowlam Structural Engineers

“Ant and his crew are collaborative. They bring in quality consultants and builders who work through feasibility early so we all have a clear understanding of what’s achievable, or not within the budget and site constraints. The MRTN collaboration puts everyone on the same page right at the start, with realistic expectations and delivering a result with far less stress.”

“Ant’s collaborative approach achieves the right result for our clients in the best possible way. And to be honest, it’s a lot more enjoyable working with people with a good attitude… in fact there are only a few architects and designers I work with, Antony and co are at the top of that list.”

“MRTN projects run seamlessly. They do the work early in a collaborative way, they are simply good at their job and surround themselves with good people you can trust… Ant has not had to save the day because he’s so prepared and on top of things there is never a day that needs saving!”

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