Welsh + Major Architects is a design based architectural 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.
- 2017 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Hugh + Eva Buhrich Award - Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions)
- 2017 Houses Awards Commendation, House in a Heritage Context
- 2017 Sydney Design Awards, Residential Architecture, Silver Award
- 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 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
- 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
- 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, Issue 149 - The Garden Project
- 2015 House & Garden, May Issue - Welsh + Major Architects Profile
- 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
- 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 Issue – 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 Issue – Albert Street Residence
- 2005 House & Garden, August Issue – 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
- 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"
- 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