Profile

 

 

Welsh + Major Architects is a design based architectural practice established in Sydney in 2004 by partners David Welsh and Christine Major. Since then the practice has been 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. 

Their work has been recognised with several awards for design excellence from the Australian Institute of Architects, which include Awards for Heritage Architecture in 2014 and the Greenway Award in 2009, Small Projects in 2014 and 2008 and Commendations for both new houses and residential alterations and additions in 2014 and 2004 respectively. The work of the practice has been published both locally and internationally.

The partners and architectural team of the practice are also actively involved in Architectural education, having taught at the University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of NSW and the University of Sydney.


Awards

 

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  • 2014 National Commendation for Heritage, Australian Institute of Architects
  • 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- A House with Tiles On It
  • 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Awards Shortlist
  • 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 – Fitzroy Terrace
  • 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture
  • 2007 RAIA NSW Chapter, Small Projects Award
  • 2004 RAIA NSW Chapter, Single Housing Alterations and Additions Commendation

Publications

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  • 2015 Houses, Issue 107, Welsh + Major Architects Profile
  • 2015 GA Houses, Issue 149, May 15 - The Garden Project 
  • 2015 House & Garden, Issue 
  • 2014 Dezeen May 17 - Former Rocks Police Station
  • 2014 Australian Financial Review- Life and Leisure, 9-11 May- Upcycling
  • 2014 May Domain, Sun Herald- Venus Bay House
  • 2014 Houses, Issue 96, Venus Bay House
  • 2014 Domain, SMH- More Than One Direction- Comment
  • 2013 DomusWeb- Venus Bay House
  • 2013 Weekend Australian Magazine - Test of Character
  • 2012 Architecture Bulletin- Making It Work- Christine Major
  • 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
  • 2009 Architecture Review, June/July – Fitzroy Terrace
  • 2009 Agenda: Collection of Projects and Essays, Environmental Sustainability with John de Manincor
  • 2008 Abundant Australia Exhibition – Washing Day House
  • 2008 Detail in Contemporary Kitchen Design, Virginia McLeod
  • 2007 Houses Style: Kitchen & Bathrooms, Issue 02 – Albert Street Residence
  • 2007 House & Garden, December 2007 – Fleet Street Residence
  • 2007 SMH Essential Home, July 19 – Fleet Street Residence
  • 2007 Sunday Telegraph, April 21 – Fleet Street Residence
  • 2005 Sunday Telegraph, September 17 – Albert Street Residence
  • 2005 Home Beautiful, November – Albert Street Residence
  • 2005 House & Garden, August – Albert Street Residence
  • 2005 indesign, May – Albert Street Residence
  • 2005 House & Garden, December – Albert Street Residence
  • 2005 SMH Domain, March 3 – Albert Street Residence
  • 2003 SMH Domain, February 12 – Hordern Street Residence

Talks + Exhibitions

  • 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"
  • 2009 AIA NSW Chapter: Terrace Houses Presentation, Tusculum
  • 2009 Sydney Writers Festival: Metaphors of Space exhibition
  • 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion: Abundant Exhibition
  • 2008 AIA NSW Chapter: (Re) Generation, Tusculum
  • 2007 AIA NSW Chapter: Tuesday night talks presentation
  • 2006 Pecha Kucha, Commercial Travellers Association Club
  • 2004 AIA NSW Chapter: Awards Houses, Tusculum
  • 2004 AIA NSW Chapter: 3 Architects, Tusculum
  • 2004 Alts + Adds Exhibition, Year of the Built Environment Programme