Welsh + Major Architects is a design based architecture and urban design practice established in Sydney in 2004 by principals David Welsh and Chris Major. Since then the practice has grown to be involved in a wide range of innovative projects and has established a reputation for delivering responsive and engaging architecture in the public and private realm.
Welsh + Major’s portfolio of work spans across public spaces and private homes, restaurants and bars, galleries and shops, workplaces, and the reinvention of historic buildings. Their work seeks an artistic resolution of programme and detail with a focus on context and landscape, memory and material.
Their work has been recognised with numerous awards for design excellence, including National and NSW awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for Residential Architecture, Heritage and Small Projects. They have also been the recipients of the BDP Sustainability Award, Houses and ThinkBrink awards. The work of the practice has been published both locally and internationally.
The principals of the practice are actively involved in Architectural education, having taught at the University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney. The practice is an A+ member of the in the Australian Institute of Architects and Chris and David are involved in numerous professional bodies including participating in awards juries, Co-Chairing the Medium Practice Forum and sitting on the National Committee for Gender Equity.
We are modern-ish architects. We consider our work with a broad modernist sensibility; using a rigorous approach that is not constrained by the dogma of materials or austere functionality. We respond, rather than react, to the programme and context, and where possible look to introduce the atypical, the unexpected.
We look for clarity in the process of making buildings and spaces. We enjoy the spectacle of the ordinary - the delight of well designed things no matter how small ‐ a handle, a light fitting, a window opening or even a dog kennel.
And in all of this we are concerned about the social and environmental repercussions of how we make architecture. The consumption of our cities, the size of our homes, the quality of our public spaces, and the resources we use. We use our skills as architects to explore the ideas that drive our cities, the models of housing and city making, and how we can challenge the prevailing paradigm to make things differently.
2019 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Award for Heritage Architecture - Creative Adaptation
2019 National Trust Award for Adaptive Re-Use
2019 Houses Award for House Alterations and Additions under 200m² Shortlist
2019 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Residential Alterations + Additions Shortlist
2018 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Newcastle Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations + Additions)
2017 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations + Additions)
2017 AIA NSW Chapter, Hugh + Eva Buhrich Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions)
2017 Houses Awards Commendation, House in a Heritage Context
2017 Sydney Design Awards, Residential Architecture, Silver Award
2017 Eat Drink Design Awards Shortlist
2017 AIA NSW Chapter, Small Projects Award Shortlist
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, National Commendation for Heritage
2014 Houses Awards, Outdoor Winner
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter Small Project Architecture Award
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter Heritage (Conservation) Architecture Award
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter Single Housing Commendation
2014 Think Brick Awards Roof Tile Excellence Award
2014 Houses Awards House Alteration + Addition over 200 sq.m. Shortlist
2013 Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter Single Housing Category Shortlist
2012 World Architecture News (WAN) Adaptive Re-use Longlist
2012 Houses Awards High Commendation, Heritage
2012 AIA NSW Chapter Awards Shortlist - Residential Alts and Adds
2011 Australian Institute of Architects, Single Housing Category Shortlist
2011 Houses Magazine House of the Year, House Alteration under 200m² Shortlist
2009 Architecture Australia AA Prize for Unbuilt Work, Special Mention – “The Urban Worm”
2009 BPN Sustainability Awards, Highly Commended
2009 Australian Institute of Architects Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture
2007 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Small Projects Award
2004 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Single Housing Alterations and Additions Commendation
2019 GA Houses 164 - Twin Set
2019 GA Houses 164 - Darling Lane
2019 The Material City - Former No.4 Police Station
2019 Houses issue 126 - Darling Lane
2018 Homes For Our Time - Annandale House
2018 Houses Issue 122 - Horden St
2018 Urban Sanctuary - Pavillion in the Garden
2018 Green Magazine - What i Like About You
2018 Landscape Issue 158 - Wild Senses
2017 GA Houses #154- Annandale House
2017 Green Magazine - Annandale House
2017 Houses, October Issue - Annandale House
2017 Domain, July 14-15 - Annandale House
2017 Dezeen, May 30 - Annandale House
2017 Architecture Bulletin, April Issue - Favourite Room
2015 Domain, Sun Herald - Toxteth Road House
2015 Architecture Australia, May/June Issue - Welsh + Major Architects Profile
2015 Houses, Issue 107 - Welsh + Major Architects Profile
2015 GA Houses #142 - The Garden Project
2015 House & Garden, May Issue - Welsh + Major Architects Profile
2014 C+A Issue 22 - The Garden Room
2014 Elle Decor Italy - Fitzroy Terrace
2014 Dezeen, May 17 - Former Rocks Police Station
2014 Australian Financial Review - Life and Leisure, 9-11 May - Upcycling
2014 Domain, Sun Herald - Venus Bay House
2014 Houses, Issue 96 - Venus Bay House
2014 SMH Domain - More Than One Direction - Comment
2013 DomusWeb - Venus Bay House
2013 Weekend Australian Magazine - Test of Character
2012 Architecture Bulletin - Making It Work
2012 Houses, Issue 89 - A House With Tiles On It
2011 Steel Profile Magazine, November 2011 - House6
2011 Home, Daily Telegraph, July 30 - Fitzroy Terrace
2011 Houses, Issue 77 - Fitzroy Terrace
2010 Facing Design, Issue 04 – Fitzroy Terrace
2010 Vogue Living, Autumn/Winter – Fitzroy Terrace
2010 Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture, Virginia McLeod
2010 Affordable Architecture: Great Houses on a Budget, Stephen Crafti
Talks + Exhibitions
2018 National Gallery of Australia Contemporary Architects Speaker Series
2017 Marrickville Medal: "Architecture on show"
2017 About the House, Surry Hills Library
2017 UQ Architecture Public Lecture Series, State Library of Queensland
2017 Brickworks DoubleTalk, Adelaide
2017 Newcastle University Open Lecture: "The Practice Matters: Women in Practice"
2017 Young Women's Leadership Seminar, NSW Parliament
2016 Deerubbin Conference: Keynote speaker
2016 Sydney Architecture Festival: Tools of the trade
2015 Newcastle University: "The NEWcastle School: Past, Present, Future" exhibition, Christchurch Cathedral
2015 Architecture on show: Think small v.2.0: Public Domain in Marrickville
2015 Sydney Architecture Festival: HOUSING REINVENTED: Discussions on new models of home.
2014 AIA NSW Chapter: Practice, Alterations + Additions talk, Tusculum
2013 AIA / University of Newcastle: Design Lecture Series, Welsh + Major
2012 BDA National Conference Speaker: Adapt and ReInvent
2011 AIA NSW Chapter: TNT Ideas and Propositions - Welsh + Major
2011 Architecture Talk Series/City of Sydney: "Reinventing Heritage"
2011 Art + Architecture 11: Real/Ideal Exhibition, Boutwell Draper Gallery
2010 AIA / University of Newcastle: Design Lecture Series, "S / XS / XXS"