iredale pedersen hook architects is an internationally acclaimed design practice based in Perth and Melbourne, Australia.
The studio is renowned for its innovative approach across a very broad range of projects that are underpinned by critical thinking, stakeholder engagement and comprehensive project research.
Actively led by Founding Directors Adrian, Finn and Martyn, each with over 28 years of experience, the studio is driven by design excellence and is passionate about how architecture can make a positive impact on people’s lives and contribute to Australian communities, towns and cities.
Since formation in 1999, iredale pedersen hook architects has created an expansive and significant body of work throughout Australia. Working in urban, regional and remote locations, each of our projects embodies a unique design response to the landscape and to the context it occupies.
We are motivated by a belief that all people should have access to excellent affordable design in their homes, workplaces, schools, recreational and cultural precincts and have built a reputation for delivering projects with a focus of triple-bottom-line sustainable design - that is, environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Our architecture is drawn from a landscape that is dominated by the horizon. In Australia the desert and the ocean operate as constant counterpoints to the occupation of land by built objects and our work shares an understanding of landscape within the pragmatics of context. We reject the idea of a ‘signature style’ to our architecture and seek to make a considered response to the specific and unique conditions that are presented by each project.
Each Director brings a particular approach to their work, however it proves to be a very complementary assemblage due to the collaborative skills of all the partners. Underpinning the collaboration is a mutual commitment to produce architecture that is responsive and compelling. After almost 20 years together the refined combination of the three partner’s talents supplemented by a strong, ambitious team provides iredale pedersen hook architects with a unique depth.
Our ambition for design excellence is most effectively demonstrated through our consistent recognition in National and International Architecture Award programs and the ongoing presence of our projects in the global architecture media.
Over the past 20 years iredale pedersen hook have won over 200 awards for our projects, our work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Toronto, New York and London, and we have been selected to represent Australia on numerous occasions at the pinnacle of international architecture exhibitions; The Venice Biennale.
The awards the studio receives are a rich mixture of ‘Peer Review’ through the Australian Institute of Architects AIA, Global awards programs such as the World Architecture Fesitval and peoples choice or consumer/user voting.
Our design work continues to be published internationally in significant architectural magzines including A+U (Japan), The Architectural Review (UK), Abitare (Italy), Domus (Italy), Architecture Australia, and Habitus. We are also a constant feature on the world’s most read architecture media blogs ArchDaily, Dezeen and ArchitectureAU. Adrian, Finn and Martyn are regularly invited present the work of the studio at international and national conferences, symposiums and at Universities around the globe.
The Walumba Elders Centre has been particularly successful including recently being awarded 2017 American Architecture Prize in Healthcare Architecture, 2016 Architecture of Necessity award (Sweden), the AZ Awards for ‘Social Good’ (Canada), 2015 BPN National Sustainability Awards (Australia) “Best of the Best” and the 2015 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Health Award effectively declaring it the “best health building in the world”.
Also West Kimberley Regional Prison won the 2013 National AIA David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture (with TAG Architects) and most recently the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Facility was presented with the 2017 World Architecture Festival Color Award, Highgate Primary School received an honourable mention at the 2018 World Architecture Awards and Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (with ATC Studio) won the 2019 Architecture of Necessity Award.
Of particular note, the Architecture of Necessity Award is an international triennial competition for sustainable community building. It is open to buildings or city and community planning projects of all sizes, especially concerning regenerating townships, upgrading of housing estates and projects which discourage abandoning the countryside, more flexible housing and where social issues are addressed. Winners of the award fulfill the manifesto of an ‘Architecture of Necessity’ that is, they are responsible, diligent, sustainable, just, and open.