Project Talks kick off in 2015!

We’re very excited about the first two Project Talks that we’ve got lined up this year! Stuart Vokes from Brisbane architecture firm owenandvokesandpeters will be first up on Thursday 29th January, followed by Trent Woods, from fellow freo firm Officer Woods on the 26th March. Our talks kick off at 6pm on the dot in our kitchen at CODA. Stuart’s project talk is titled #doublecourtyardhouse.

Stuart is an engaging chap, always dapper and with a fine sense of humour- and has been a welcome guest at CODA over the past few years. He previously presented to the office  on OVP’s investigations into the typologies of houses in Brisbane, and in particular their work on the Peninsula Room. Here’s a picture of their recent Mt Pleasant walled garden – a parklife idyll…complete with miniature greyhound…


In March we’re looking forward to Trent’s talk in which he will speak about the lure of a design competition for the team at Officer Woods and how it can be a testing ground for a number of interests, fantasies and compulsions. Here’s their title slide, and oh..look – it’s another parkilfe greyhound moment.


If you would like to be added to the invite list for these and more great project talks held at the CODA office, please email your details through to 

Project Talk 14: A Review

Phil Stejskal presented his delightful Bellevue Terrace Alterations, which recently won the WA Institute of Architecture’s Small Project Architecture Award.




The project is an exciting exploration of transitional space between the existing 1890’s house interior, and the garden. Folding openings, some obscure others translucent, allow inhabitants to finely tune their environment according to the season or time of day. This new veranda is not counted as part of the house’s interior under the building codes. It is not fully sealed nor airconditioned in keeping with traditional verandas. Phil’s enthusiastic clients came along and shared with us what a delight living in the house has become. They reported a complete change to the way the house is inhabited, that the new space has become a very comfortable, flexible space to work and relax.


Phil is a Fremantle local, and prior to starting his own practice, he worked at CODA. Amongst other projects, he was responsible for the design and contract administration of a number of local houses. Kieran commented that Phil’s work demonstrates a fine understanding of specific conditions often associated with residential projects here, such as level changes, tight budget, ensuring privacy along a shared boundary, narrow site and the desired interaction axis with the garden having a westerly orientation. He also has successfully exploited the site’s proximity to a beautiful neighbouring green space, with views to it’s mature trees. The project also managed to fit a new bathroom, which has a view to the garden. We all were quite inspired by what is possible to achieve with such careful detail and innovation plus imaginative and supportive clients.

We were thrilled with the number of people who joined us for the talk and also with Frazer Macfarlane’s images of the night.


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Project Talk 14: Philip Stejskal on Bellevue Tce


A diminutive project measuring 15 square metres that seeks to improve the relationship between an existing 1890’s duplex and its backyard. The response is a series of loosely defined spaces that transition from inside to outside. Walls pivot and slide open, providing playful glimpses to the world outside and ventilation during Perth’s hot summer months.

Bellevue Terrace received a Small Project Architecture Award at the recent AIA (WA) Awards.

WHEN: Thursday 7th August, 6pm

BYO: Beverages + Friends!

WHERE: CODA, 10 Elder Place, Fremantle WA 6160


Hope to see you there!

Project Talk 13: VittinoAshe

Katherine Ashe and Marco Vittino will be here in our studio on Thursday night to discuss their recent project, Dalkeith House. Despite its name, this project is a commercial fit-out of a heritage building on High Street and is situated in Freo. Let Sarah know if you’d like to attend by emailing Hope to see you here!


Nic Brunsdon on MANY 6160

Nic_TalkA nice crowd joined us for Project Talk 12 to hear Nic share his architectural philosophy and the steps that led him to take on this ambitious project.

Email your details to to join our invite list for future events.

Project Talk 12: Nic Brunsdon

Nic Brunsdon, Director at Spacemarket will kick start our Project Talk programme with a discussion on MANY 6160, the project now filling the old Myer building in Freo.

The talk is at 6pm on Thursday 13th February in our studio. Bring mates + BYO beverages!


An Eventful Studio!

There has been a lot happening around the studio over the last couple of weeks with projects, awards, talks and even a little bit of gardening keeping the CODA team very busy.


We’d like to start off by congratulating Sarah Besly and Dianna Ingram on achieving their Australian registration! Both were extremely committed to the process and we’re very proud of their achievement!


Most recently the IAP (International association for public participation) awards were held and we were very happy with the news that CODA, in association with the City of Fremantle and Creating Communities, had been awarded the West Australian Project of the Year for our involvement in the King Square Urban Revitalisation Project.

Affirmative Architecture  

Over the weekend Affirmative Architecture was held at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum; this is an annual event that brings together Australian and international architects. CODA was one of many great speakers involved in the symposium, with Kieran talking of ‘Imagining the City’, and more specifically the greater involvement that the studio has as part of Fremantle at an architectural, urban and community scale.

Open House

Open House was held on the 2-3rd November and we were delighted that Foundation Housing was amongst the many wonderful destinations open to the public for this inspiring event. Open House is an excellent addition to the Perth events calendar in its effort to bring to light the wealth of great architecture, interiors and design that enrich our city and urban experience.

Kings Square Competition

Back in the studio everyone is busy with a variety of projects, Bunbury Catholic College has gone to tender and there has been a real buzz following the announcement that CODA has been selected as one of three architects to progress to stage 2 of the Kings Square design competition. This was fantastic news and now all available hands are on deck to work on our final submission.

Project Talks  

Project Talks are an important event here at CODA and the most recent was presented by Ahmad Abas, of Gresley Abas, who spoke about their Yanget House Hostel in Bunbury. Emma B and Sally are planning an exciting line-up of speakers for 2014. Email the studio if you’d like to be added to our invite list!

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And finally, the CODA patch is getting ready for the warmer months with garden bed preparation and planting of summer vegetables taking place, we’ll all hopefully be thriving of its produce in a month or two.

Finally, We’re also quite excited to be welcoming Sarah Blangiardo to our studio next week. Sarah replaces our much loved Patricia, who has returned to the UK with her husband. Sarah will balance CODA with her business Feast Your Eyes, which facilitates art and design events through our city.

Phew, that’s a lot to get through! Thanks for reading; we look forward to sharing more news with you as we head towards the end of the year!


Urban Impacts: CODA Studio

The 2013 Interstate Speaker series held at Tusculum in Sydney focused on the theme “urban impacts.” Invited presenters were asked to discuss projects within the realm of their work and the work of other architects in the context of their respective city.

CODA’s Emma Williamson presented the third talk of this four part series on the 13th August 2013.

At a time when Perth and the greater state is undergoing a major shift spurred on by continual population growth and urban sprawl, the needs for density, community, activity and well articulated architecture and urban design moves are back on the agenda.

With the use of the 1980’s WA vehicle number plate slogan “WA – State of Excitement” Emma presented three CODA projects alongside three pivotal urban defining projects by Donaldson and Warn, Kerry Hill and ARM.


The argument was simple;

  1. The ability for architecture to benefit the lives of many rather than a few.
  2. The ability to work behind the scenes to engage with the way precincts and towns are formed and revitalised.

Emma presented these six projects against the backdrop of community, density and activity. The lecture cleverly connected these notions against the respective projects discussed, articulating how the design moves have either strengthened or created the opportunities and potentials for urban impact.

The moral of the story here was; CODA are small players in a much bigger picture, but we are happy to be having conversations, collaborating and working on projects that will continue to contribute to the urban life of our city.


Tusculum is home to the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
The Urban Impacts lecture series will conclude on the 8th of October with the final lecture presented by Andrew Maynard.


Link To CODA Tusculum Lecture Article: