Directors James Morrison & Yvette Breytenbach migrated to Australia in 1991 and the spectacular World Heritage Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair Overland Track attracted us to Tasmania. We settled in Hobart where we established our architectural practice, which operates from the repurposed Halls Machinery Building and demonstrates our commitment to sustainable design. We bring worldwide cultural and architectural insight and experience to our practice, gained in South Africa, UK and USA.
The practice is pre-qualified with Department of Treasury and Finance for Strategic and Project Services. Both directors and all professional staff are members of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Being an AIA A+ registered practice we comply with AIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, which keeps us informed and inspired by relevant, up to date information and skills.
B.Arch., FRAIA, RIBA
James Morrison’s all round expertise includes design, documentation and specialist skills in energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable design. In practice since 1987, James is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, an Australian architect registered in Tasmania (No. 510) and a registered British architect. He is an accredited Tasmanian Building Service Provider (Category – Architect) #CC1005 U as per the Occupational Licensing Act 2005, and is highly experienced in the Green Star Environmental Rating System. He is a longstanding, active member of Learning Environments Australasia (LEA). James is happiest sketching en plein air, whether in graphite of the built environment, or in charcoal of Tasmanian rock and landscape formations.
B.Arch., Hons.Soc.Sci., FRAIA
Yvette is an architect with a passion for people-centred design. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Past President of the AIA Tasmanian Chapter. An Australian architect registered in Tasmania (No. 570), she has been in practice since 1981. Her experience serves her well as the Institute representative on Hobart City Council’s Urban Design Advisory Panel (UDAP). Yvette combines urban design, architectural and socio-spatial expertise in her role developing big picture ideas, design concepts, and team processes that value-add to the brief. As a hands-on maker in clay, her training in ceramics in London translates to her architectural delight in the use of materials, texture and the play of scale in carefully crafted buildings and spaces.
B.EnvD., B.Arch., RAIA
David joined Morrison & Breytenbach Architects in 2019 as a senior Project Architect. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Tasmania in 2007 and achieved his Australian architect registration in 2013. His prior experience includes projects across a variety of scales, budgets and climatic conditions set in diverse locations ranging from the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia to the Hobart waterfront. David is a family man, a keen paddle boarder and enjoys the occasional sailing adventure.
Dana completed her registration as an architect in 2016. She recently returned part time after a maternity break for her two beautiful young children. At Morrison & Breytenbach Architects she previously filled the role of project architect for a number of our residential and educational projects. She has documentation and contract administration experience and a particular talent in architectural illustration. Dana makes slip cast ceramics and is a baker ‘extraordinaire’ of celebratory cakes for special occasions.
B.EnvD., M.Arch., RAIA
Having initially embarked on Computer Science training, Michael discovered his passion for architecture while traveling overseas. He completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania in 2018. He has a particular interest in place based architecture, sustainability, and parametric design which led him to join us at Morrison & Breytenbach Architects after graduating. Here his role includes design development, documentation and project administration. Beyond architecture, Michael has a broad range of interests, from computers and cars, to martial arts and bushwalking.
B.EnvD., M.Arch., RAIA
Josh completed his Master of Architecture (2017) at the University of Tasmania after an industry placement working alongside architects inspired him to progress beyond his TasTAFE Certificate IV in Residential Drafting (2010). Josh’s post-graduation architectural experience and academic excellence at the University make him a valued member of our team. His interest in art, music, literature and film extends to playing and collecting guitars. His family benefit from his culinary skills, particularly in Indian and Asian cuisine.