Haydn Cattach

Approach —

We create design experiences that contribute to a better quality of life. We make spaces for families to grow and live better together and develop products that connect with the environment they are a part of. We collaborate – with each other, our clients and other makers – to find solutions specific to the process we are engaged with.


Background —

Over the past eight years, we have designed, documented and delivered a diverse range of projects. Our holistic design practice is not focused on specific sectors – if it’s an interesting project, we’re interested in discussing it. To date our architectural work encompasses residential, commercial (hospitality and workspace), public and private landscape projects, whilst our product side is focused on the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture and lighting.

Our directors have over 25 years of combined experience working on award-winning architectural projects. We were drawn together to create an inclusive practice that is truly outcome orientated. We strive for affordable and responsive architecture that contributes to the public domain through innovative design that focuses on material honesty, thermal performance and constructability.


Directors —


Chris Gilbert
Design Director, MArch, BDes(Env)

Chris is a founding director of Archier with extensive design experience in award winning residential and commercial projects. Material research, construction and procurement methodologies sit at the core of his design approach.

His agenda is one of procurement of quality design through the technical simplification of sustainable advanced construction methodologies. He is also actively involved in education through the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University as a design studio leader.

Chris Haddad
Product Manager, RA, MArch, BDes(Env)

Upon graduating from RMIT with Distinction in 2010, Chris began his architectural career at award winning practice Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. Working at JCBA, Chris was involved in a range of award winning projects with varying scales and budgets.

As a Director at Archier Chris has developed a strong product and material focus through his architectural practice. He is embedded in the design processes of the studio whilst also furthering our industry and manufacturing partnerships to deliver custom architectural products.

Josh Fitzgerald
Technical Director, MArch, BDes(Env)

After completing his bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania, Josh worked in a Hobart architecture practice before moving to Melbourne to complete his Masters of Architecture at Deakin University. Demonstrating his interest and analytical knowledge of multi-residential
dwellings, Josh was employed by an awarded practice moving into this typology.

Over the past 5 years he’s been refining the systems-based architectural process employed by Archier. Josh returned to Tasmania in early 2013 where he established the Hobart studio of Archier.

Jon Kaitler
Studio Manager, MLA, BDes(LArch)

Jon is a Landscape Architect with extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors. His work
includes projects across a range of scales and phases; from concept design through to documenting and delivery.

His project experience includes commercial and mixed use development, public parkland, residential development and health. Much of his work to date has an urban focus and he is particularly interested in how people occupy the landscape.


Process —

Our process is an evolving framework, enabling us to work toward your goals. It has been developed to reduce risk and maximise opportunity.

You define the goals that we work together to achieve. We engage those goals to clarify a long-term value and outcome for the project.

During the concept phase, we look at the building from the outside-in, focusing on key areas and relationships. The detail phase is about how things work, from the interior to the exterior. The resolution phase is about the nuts and bolts, getting everything we need for the builders on paper. Finally, we engage with contractors directly, working with them to make their job easy and the building process simple.