Matt Carlisle

Carlisle Architects is a design focused architectural practice based in Sydney, Australia and was established by its director Matt Carlisle in 2009.

Prior to this Matt was a lead design architect and Senior Associate at HOK International in London and Warsaw for 9 years, and an associate at Hassell Architects in Sydney for 4 years.

Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sydney and over 25 years of experience as a practicing architect. He is a fully registered architect in both NSW and the UK.

Matt has extensive experience in the design and construction of a multitude of complex building types gained from working at HOK and Hassell; two of the world’s most successful leading architectural design practices, and brings that experience to his work at Carlisle Architects.

He was the lead designer for a new $150m addition to Jorn Utzon’s Kuwait National Assembly building in Kuwait, designed a series of Urban Entertainment Centres in Poland, and worked with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry on a large residential development in the UK.

At Hassell Architects in Sydney his design for a new 15 storey office building won council’s design-excellence competition.

Design Philosophy

Carlisle Architects work is inspired by the natural elements of each particular site, by the sense of place, and by a desire to extract the aesthetic, spatial and poetic potential of each project whilst being firmly grounded by a sense of timelessness and by the commercial realities and possibilities presented.

Each project is a regarded as a journey with the client. Their requirements and preferences are sought and respected. Ideas are generated, explored and developed to provide architecture which is refined and thoughtful and with an end result which aims to both surprise and delight.

A passion for the qualities of light, spatial volume, formal composition, connections, materials and details are combined with a practical understanding of contemporary construction methods to produce architecture which aims to exceed the client’s expectations both aesthetically and commercially.