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Meet our Director Design & Delivery, Julian Venning, based in Sydney.

After a number of years working with the multi-award-winning Tzannes Associates, Julian worked his way up at Mirvac to become a Design Director in this highly regarded multidisciplinary company.

Since joining WMK in 2016 to lead our residential architecture team in Sydney, he led our entry for the City Of Sydney Ashmore residential design competition.

We decided to take five minutes to get to know him a little better, and to understand what makes him tick as an architect... 


What inspired you to become an architect?

Growing up in six countries and numerous homes meant exposure to a range of living environments and houses. I became interested in those lifestyle differences and the houses and gardens of different countries and climatic environments. 

How would you describe yourself as an architect?

Very connected to the environment and the context. I think nature has a significant role in our lives and therefore should have an equal role in our built environment.

If I wasn't an architect, I'd probably be a...

An author, although I believe it is more difficult than the other creative pursuits. Maybe the idea of being one’s own client is appealing.

Tell me about your biggest career highlight to date.

I have had a series of highlights. In many ways I think your latest project is always the biggest career highlight, which makes your work always interesting and I hope progressive.

What is your biggest design influence?

Many influences with nature and people being at the centre.

What is it about residential architecture that fascinates you?

How the home influences people’s lives and enjoyment and how we can always strive to make our built environment special.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Camping and being in remote places with my family such as the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.


Posted by Marianne Fessl

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