Matthew Turner - Building Designer

Bachelor Architecture (hons)
Registered Building Practitioner DP-AD 41299
Member Building Designers Association of Victoria

Matt was awarded an honours degree in Architecture from Deakin University in 2004 after also completing a year of architectural studies at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Prior to that, Matt’s formative years were spent studying archaeology, Indian philosophy and literature, before embarking down the vocationally sensible, yet perilous route of architecture. Matt first knew he had taken a different fork in the road than most when he lumbered in a straw bale and hand puddled mud-brick to the university studio as props for a design presentation, much to the derision of his peers.

Lust for adventure and knowledge later led to numerous overseas expeditions to study traditional built environments across Asia and Europe, and six months as part of an international team building a straw bale house, or ‘maison ecologique in a traditional fishing village on the coast of Brittany, France. It was an important lesson in discovering how and why different cultures from different climates had evolved their buildings in a certain way, in order to suit their climate and serve physical, cultural and emotional needs.

Matt has been working in architectural practice since 2001 for both small and large scale firms in Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat and Daylesford on a range of projects from small town amenities facilities to city block sized mega-developments. Amassing a broad scale of experience in design and project management, founding Enduring Domain allows Matt to share his expertise with a focus on environmentally sustainable building projects.

Matt and wife Rachel are slowly renovating a late 19th century cottage into a more comfortable energy efficient home suitable for another generation.