ABOUT office of regional ARCHITECTure
Office of Regional Architecture is an accredited architectural practice offering a full range of architectural and planning services to our clients in regional Western Australia.
The practice, based in the heart of the Wheatbelt at Brookton has completed a variety of building and planning projects across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West regions over the past decade
Our specialisations include:
- Retail, Cafés, Galleries & Offices
- Planning Applications & Negotiation
- Landscape Architecture Projects
- Community & Not for Profit Projects
- Heritage Projects
Office of Regional Architecture has a contemporary approach to design. We undertake a holistic exploration of all the relevant issues to arrive at appropriate design solutions which are functional, sustainable and beautiful.
We do this by leading family, small business and community Clients through a detailed and thorough planning, design and construction process in order to create an architectural solution, which not only meets their budget and suits their functional needs, but also improves the quality of their daily life and brings delight to all its inhabitants through their use of the building, garden or urban space.
We specialise in providing appropriate solutions to complex design problems and for difficult sites, and are experienced at negotiating intractable planning and building compliance issues with the regulatory authorities to mutually satisfactory resolution.
Rosalie Pech Eva – Director & Principal Architect
Grew up in the Great Southern region on a farming property near Gnowangerup – Educated at St Mary’s Anglican Girls School in Karrinyup.
As an undergraduate studied Arts & Law, which has given her a useful understanding of property and contract issues.
Graduated from the University of Western Australia with Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), with 1st Class Honours in 1991.
After several years of experience in Metropolitan firms and in Local Government, gaining architectural and statutory planning experience, became Registered as a Practising Architect #2150 by the Architects Board of Western Australia.
Created the practice Rosalie Pech Eva Architect in 2010 in order to share the benefits of high quality architectural design with regional clientele.
Lives on a farming property outside of Brookton, Western Australia with husband Gary Eva and son Henry, enjoying all the benefits of a rural life.
Rosalie is passionate about all aspects of Architecture, Art and Design, focusing on contemporary projects suited to the current needs of regional people and local communities, incorporating considered design and reflecting the joy and uniqueness of living in regional Western Australia.
Alexandra Mackenzie – Project Architect
Alex is a registered Architect. She graduated from Curtin University with a Master’s of Architecture in 2010.
Since graduating Alex has spent time living in Europe on a travel scholarship. She has also worked for Local Government coordinating conservation projects, undertaken design tutoring at Curtin University, worked in the Office of the Government Architect, and worked in various architect practices in Melbourne, Perth and Regional WA including Colin Moore Architect and Bernard Seeber Architects.
Alex currently lives in Northam, WA where she is building a small house with her partner. She has a 1 year old Kelpie dog called Jaffa.
brad wetherall – Project Architect
Brad is a registered architect who grew up in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt, before moving to Perth to finish school. Graduating from Curtin University in 2015, Brad has a passion for delivering projects of all kinds across remote and regional Western Australia. He has worked with private clients, local governments and community organisations. Before beginning his career in architecture, Brad was a Primary School teacher, and he brings with him an interest in community, communication, and education to his approach to architecture.
Away from architecture Brad helps run a small livestock company with his dad, leasing some land just outside of Donnybrook. Although Brad lives in Perth, he enjoys the regular visits to the regions.
Lee Yang YaNG – Project Architect
Described by his friends as a super nerd architect, Yang Yang is an emerging architect active in all areas of architecture. Other than the Office of Regional Architecture, he also works at Philip Stejskal Architecture. He has also been teaching architecture at Curtin University and University of Notre Dame, and is the drawings subeditor for the Architect magazine.
Yang Yang is also active in EMAGN, Emerging Architects and Graduates Network, which had organised site visits, talks and mentoring.
In his spare time, he participates in numerous competitions and architectural/installation art, most recently built a lookout at Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea.
Natalia Hall – Practice Manager
Natalia has worked as part of the ORA team since May 2017. Her role varies from general office admin duties to assisting with project tasks, marketing and HR. Natalia loves following the progress of the projects as our Clients work with their Architect to realise what is possible and bring the Client’s ideas to life.
After living in the regions for many years, Natalia has followed her two sons to the city for their high school years, but still enjoys regular trips to the ORA office.
Natalia has always been involved in community groups and now volunteers her time at her son’s school when time allows.
Living near the beautiful Perth Hills, Natalia enjoys exploring the surrounding areas through hiking and cycling. She also enjoys cooking, good coffee and regular trips to the beach in summer.
marco pansini – undergraduate
Marco trained in fine furniture making and antique restoration in Venice, Italy. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architecture) at Curtin University and has an interest in heritage restoration and architectural conservation. Since moving to Australia Marco has been fortunate to have worked on a number of significant heritage restoration projects, both within the built environment and those involving significant antiques.
Marco has lived in Europe and Africa, and now lives in Popanyinning with his fiancée, where he has a workshop building bespoke furniture and architectural models. He undertakes furniture restoration by appointment.
Marco is involved with the restoration of St Werburgh’s Chapel in Mount Barker WA built in 1873. It is a fine example of Victorian Rural Gothic Architecture and it has been placed on the Heritage Council of WA’s Permanent Register.
SERVICES & SOLUTIONS
To get the best results for our Clients, we have developed a straight-forward, easily navigated process:
- On contacting us, we interview you, either over the phone or via our online Project Enquiry Form, to obtain sufficient information about you and your project in order to assess how we can find solutions to the particular issues you face. If we cannot assist you with your particular project, we undertake to refer you to alternative service providers who may specialise in your area of need.
- If we assess that we are able to make a valuable contribution to the success of your project, we develop a Scope of Services outlining all the tasks that are involved to arrive at an appropriate solution for it, together with a Fee Proposal setting out your financial investment in that solution and the terms and conditions by which we undertake our work.
- You then consider our no-obligation proposal, and if satisfied that we are able to assist you, we sign a Client-Architect Agreement setting out everything that is involved for both parties.
- We undertake the work involved as set out in the Scope of Services, with your approval obtained at every stage of the process.
- The stages involved are as follows:
- Feasibility Study
- Concept Design
- Schematic Design
- Design Development
- Construction Documentation
- Contractor Selection
- Contractor Administration
- Post Construction Services
- Additional services may be provided if necessary by arrangement
- We co-ordinate any specialist consultants required (structural, mechanical or hydraulic design, Building Code of Australia compliance, land & quantity surveying) and deal with any local Shire authority requirements including Planning Applications and Building Permit documentation.
- We obtain competitive tenders for the building work from qualified Builders and administer the Building Contract during the construction period and beyond
This process works well because it is detailed, comprehensive and thorough, all due diligence investigation is done and no regulatory or compliance issues are overlooked. We provide you with checklists and regular updates to show you how your project is progressing, and you will always know what is coming next, the timeline and the costs involved. Furthermore, we work to an agreed budget for cost of the building work at every stage, so certainty is assured.