Atelier Red+Black firmly believe that Architecture is for Everyone. Hence Public engagement on design and architecture matters is a core concern of ours. We practice this engagement through multiple channels.


The Red and Black Architect Blog

Our co-director Michael has been writing the Red and Black Architect Blog since 2012. The personal Blog is a collection of his thoughts, critiques and opinions of Architecture and the built environment.  The blog aims to make architectural discussion more accessible to the general public whilst also providing an insight into the design process and the construction industry.

Articles and Commentary featured in:

Both Michael & Sonia have provided architectural commentary and discussion on current events for the following publications.

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Public Engagement – Projects + Competitions  :

Atelier Red+Black have collaborated with community groups as well as participated in high-profile local design competitions. By adding our voice to the conversation, the discussions around built environment issues can be enriched.

(Click on images to view the projects in greater detail)

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Safety Net : Western Portal alternative proposal

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Safety Net for Royal Park : Better East-West link proposal

The above Projects won us wide-spread acclaim and were featured in :





Design Competition : Lodge on the Lake

Design Competition : Flinders Street Station

Rate My Building is a research project we are currently undertaking.

Architects often rely on their own observations and experiences when imagining new buildings for the public to use. The objective of this research project is to draw a better picture of what Australians think of their existing buildings, be it their homes, or their work places and to share the insights with design community.

Every day architects across Australia are designing the next generation of buildings for our cities, suburbs and towns. Whilst these buildings are being designed for everyone to use and hopefully love, a large question remains over what people like and dislike about their current buildings. Are they the right size? Are they functional? What functions do they perform well and how can they be improved?

Our research aims to unearth answers to questions like these so that architects can design even better buildings in the future.


Perhaps Australians are unhappy with how difficult their homes are to keep at the right temperature? Perhaps we need larger apartments or smaller houses? Unless we ask, it is difficult to know for sure. With the internet and social media tools now available, there has never been a better time to find out.

So go ahead, try Rate My Building today!


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