AACA Registration 6643
The practice specialises in design of low environmental impact buildings, with a broad and
adaptive palette of materials, structural systems and forms.
The practice also consults extensively on environmentally sound design and construction
techniques for architects, builders and owner builders.
The practice is experienced in such construction forms as traditional joined timber frames (no
nails, screws, bolts or other fixings), straw bale building,
rammed earth works, large section marine grade structural Aluminium Alloy frames, recycled
material and buildings together with advanced electronic
and state of the art technology service systems.
The principal is a qualified building supervisor with extensive investigative experience in
residential construction inspections and reporting for private clients
and Government authorities. The principal has
appeared for clients and given professional evidence in court for a
number of appellants before the Planning and
Appeals Tribunal and the Land and Environment Court.
The principal is also a principal of the licensed building company Wonders Building Company
Pty. Ltd. And has constructed numerous buildings in this role
and is an experienced tradesperson in carpentry, alloy fabrication and
building. The Company also undertakes construction
management roles on larger
programs and for owner builder clients.
Practising Chartered Architect,
Registered with the N.S.W. Board of Architects, Registration No
Qualified Building Supervisor NSW
Registered with the Dept of Fair Trading NSW. License Number 33386S
Principal of Wonders Building Company Pty. Ltd.
Licensed Building Contractor with the Dept of Fair Trading NSW.
License Number 131614C
Accredited Building Practitioner - Architect and Builder in
Licensed with the Dept of Justice tas - Accreditation No. CC4039
Horticulture, Hobart Technical College, 1986
C.A.D. Certificate, Hobart Technical College, 1988
Bachelor of Arts in
Environmental Design (with distinction), 1989
Bachelor of Architecture
(First Class Honours), 1992
Australian Research Council
Post-Graduate Award Scholarship, 1992
Masters of Architecture by
Research , 1994
Topic :- ‘EcoCost’ An ecological evaluation system for building
Principal of Wonders Building
Company Pty Ltd 1991 - 2003
NSW Architects Board
JerraBomberra Better Cities
Design Competition Special Commendation 1995
TDA Timber Design Awards
Special Commendation 2002 for the TeaHouse
TDA Timber Design Awards Highly Commended 2003 for the Balmain Terrace
HIA Greensmart Award for
Resource Efficiency 2004 for the Australia Street Renovation
HIA Greensmart Award for
Energy Efficiency 2004 for the Australia Street Renovation
Formed Wonders Building Company Pty. Ltd. April 1991, as principal.
See attached list of projects.
Research into environmentally
sound architectural design and construction techniques for development of EcoCost environmental impact
Draft for “A Book for Living
Sustainably” currently under final edit.
as Stephen Sainsbury architect in the state of NSW. 2001 - 2013
List of Current Projects attached below
Formed EcoShelta pty Ltd in 2005
to construct prefabricated
alloy framed demountable buildings.
Projects on Flinders Island,
Tasmania, Newtown, NSW, Hellmann Estates, Hong Kong, Tumut, NSW, Nannup, Western Australia, Johanna Beach Victoria (pending)
Terrace House Renovations Inner West Sydney - Design,
Approvals and Construction Contract management for a series of
inner city alterations and additions and new dwellings,
Phelps St Surry hills;
Australia Street, Newtown (x 6); Pleasant Avenue, Erskineville; Angel
Street, Newtown; Denison street, Newtown.
Moongulla - An extensive stand alone rammed earth,
straw bale, stone and zinc residence in eastern Tasmmania based around three vaulted curved roof
Heritage Manor House renovations - A series of
alterations and additions to a heritage listed manor house in the inner eastern suburbs of
Piermont Estate - the development of the estate into a series
of small mediteranean inspired villages dotted along the
extraordinary coastal property.
Forrestville House - An
innovative bushland facing concrete and aluminium alloy frame dwelling flowing down to the garrigal
cliffs and opening 8m high to the bushlands.
Bawley Point House - A
replacement state of the art environmentally responsible Beachfrontage dwelling on the NSW South
Projects completed recently
Johanna Beach Walking Lodge Design, Fabrication
and Erection of an extensive walking lodge for an established tour operator on the south coast
of Victoria, consisting of four
large pavilions and six accommodation cabins using the Ecoshelta bigpod system.
Killarney Heights House Design of a
private four storeyed dwelling on a stone cliff face outcrop
on Sydney Harbour.
Kimberley Research Station Prefabricated
EcoShelta building for an environmental research station on vast station in the Kimberley.
Grays Point House Design and
construction of a private dwelling as a series of interconnected single storey and double storey pavilions on a
large bushland allotment. Using the ecoshelta system
House Design and construction of a private masonry and
timber frame dwelling on a mountainside above a small fishing village in Tasmania.
West End Beachfront Cabins Design and construction of a commercial tourism operation on Flinders
Island, Tasmania using EcoShelta Cabins.
Another Newtown House Design of
a dwelling renovation for a suburban house in Newtown, NSW..
Nannup House Design and construction of a private ecoshelta cabin system dwelling
at Nannup, WA.
Stanhope House. Design of a large rural homestead in the upper Hunter Valley NSW
consisting of four large pavilions grouped around a central courtyard with pool.
West End Beach House, Flinders Island
A pre-fabricated Alloy framed, timber detailed Beach House in a wild and
isolated part of the world. A series of pavilions joined by an enclosed curved timber walkway
Jan 2004 – Nov 2005
Renovations Extensive rebuilding of an inner city freestanding
dwelling including an entirely new upper floor to make a substantial contemporary residence
Nov 03 -
Another Birchgrove House
Renovation Extensive additions and renovations to an Inner City
freestanding Dwelling to create a contemporary resisdence
Cuthbert House Design and
Build project. A Joined Timber frame, Rammed Earth, Straw Bale, passive solar, environmentally low
impact dwelling for an artist and his family in a rural setting, Borenore. Aug 98 – June 00
Ryan and Xue Cottages Design
and Build project. Substantial additions and renovations
to a pair of inner city semi-detached cottages into two storey, high density urban dwellings. Gipps Street, Balmain. Sept ’99 – Oct 02
House. Substantial renovations to a freestanding
suburban house in Five Dock Sydney, Design and Construction
Management. Dec 01 – Aug 02
Cuthbert Artist’s Studio
Design and Build project. A Joined Timber frame, Straw
Bale, low environmental impact Studio for an artist in a rural setting, Borenore. Aug 01 – Oct 02
Old Newtown Morgue. Complete rebuilding and
additions to the old morgue, conversion to substantial dwelling and office space.
Winery. Design and Construction Management of a
substantial new winery building in Murrumbateman NSW,
including straw bale and alloy frame winery, earth sheltered cellar and timber framed cellar door commercial
Mackenzie Davey Bushfire
Re-Build Canberra. Design and Construction of an extensive new house in
many parts around many garden courtyards
replace a bushfire destroyed dwelling. Alloy frame, Rammed earth internal walls, rendered
block external walls, timber detailed.
Lecturing, tutoring and
instructing in Environmentally Sound Design and Construction with the University of Tasmania. 1989- 1994
Building Projects with
Architecture Students from the University of Tasmania with the Hobart City Council. 1995
Caldew Park, Kids Fast Train.
Feb ’95 - Aug ’95
John Dogget Park BBQ Pavilion.
Aug ’95 - Dec ’95
WaterWorks Reserve BBQ
Pavilion Design and Build project. Feb ‘96 – Feb ‘97
Ridgeway House Design and
June ’88 - May
Kentish Haley B&B Design
Aug 88 – Nov 88
Barb and Ian’s Extensions Design and
Build Nov ’90 - April ’91
Badger Box II Design and
Nov ’90 - Feb
PoolHouse Deck and Pergola
Design and Build. Oct ’92 – Dec ’92.
The TeaHouse Design and
July ’92 - June
Tony Brown Pergola Design and
Build. March ‘93 – July ‘93
Aug ’93 – Sept ‘93
Hobart City Council
Street Elevations recording project.
May ’93 – June ‘95
The Boatshed Design
Aug ’94 – Oct ’94 …
Complex Majority Loo Design
and Build. Jan ’94 – Nov ‘94
Andrew Harmer Dwelling Design
project. Jan ’95 - April ’95
James Dwelling Renovation
Design project. May ’95 – July ‘95
Badger Box II Carport Design and Build. July ’95 - Aug
Underwood Hall House Design
Shelton House renovations Design and Build. Jan ’92 - July
The Manning House Design and
Jan ‘96- Nov ‘96
Cindy Hull Deck Design and
Dec ’95 – Aug ‘96
Mal’s Place Design and
Jan ’97 – Aug ‘97
Exhibition. Museum of Sydney Construction.
July ’97 – Sept’97
Sam Marshal Warehouse Conversion Construction. Sept ‘96 - Dec ‘98
Imperial Avenue House
Renovations Construction. March 97 – Dec 97
Library, BlackHeath NSW
Construction. Sept 96 – Sept 98
Exhibition, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Set Building Construction.
Apr 98 – June 98.
Byrne Simpson Dwelling
Oct 97 – June 98.
Nev and Marg’s Place Design
Dec 97 – Aug ’98
Cuthbert Dwelling Design and
Jan 98 – Dec 98.
Gipps Street Dwelling Renovation Design and Building. Dec 98-Nov 2002.
Pavan Dwelling Renovation
Design and Building. Apr 01 – June 02.
Australia Street Renovation Design and Building. Dec 01 – Nov 04.
Yarrh Winery Design and
June 01 – Nov 04 .
Neil Cuthbert Artist’s Studio, Design and Build. Jan 02 – Nov 02.
Mackenzie Davey Bushfire
Re-build Design and Building project. Jan 03 – Dec
Stanhope House and Eco Resort Design Project Oct 02 - .