NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects
Architects Registration Board #7860
Australian Institute of Architects [ AIA ] member #31919
B. Architecture [ 1st class Honours ]
B. Arts [ Architecture ]
B. Engineering [ Structural ]
2014 NSW Emerging Architect Prize Winner
Shaun is the founding architect of Carterwilliamson Architects. He is the Principal Architect of the practice, overseeing all projects, large or small.
Shaun came to architecture with a Structural Engineering degree and many years working in the construction industry. In his Architecture studies he won a Board of Architects Award and the Alexander Lloyd prize for design. By the time he graduated with 1st Class Honours in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney, he had a comprehensive understanding of design, structure and construction. Shaun brings this knowledge to every design project.
This experience provides the anchor points for Carterwilliamson’s architectural expression to be fully explored. Shaun believes architecture is the construction of ideas represented as sequences of space illuminated by natural light. These ideas form the spaces we live in, move through, and make us feel better for having been in. Architecture should make our lives better.
Shaun loves the making of buildings. Where the evidence of human hands are always present in the design and built fabric. He believes it connects us to who we are and what we are capable of. It allows us to understand that we are imperfect beings and that we can soar when inspired. He feels our buildings are the embodiment of these ideals.
At Carterwilliamson, Shaun is inspired by the wonderful colleagues he is fortunate to work with. The studio environment encourages wide-ranging conversations that broaden and strengthen everyone’s approach to architecture.
One of the founding ideas of Carterwilliamson was direct personal engagement with clients for their project. We believe our role is to interpret the conversations of the way the client wants the building to work and to sit emotionally, and then to transform these conversations into architecture: their architecture. Carterwilliamson’s architecture is contemporary, warm and above all, human.
In 2012 Shaun won a place on the Dulux Study Tour [ DST2012 ] visiting the architects and architecture of London, Berlin and Dubai. This prize acknowledges the best and brightest of the generation of eligible architects. Later that year Shaun won a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship [ BHTS ] for Carterwilliamson’s GRID lightweight, transportable, relocatable, flat-packed Housing project, visiting disaster sites in Asia and America, culminating in meetings in New York with the UN.
Shaun has been shortlisted in several design competitions and shortlisted in both HOUSES and the Australian Institute of Architects [ AIA ] NSW Chapter awards programs. Recently winning AIA Architecture awards for residential Architecture and Sustainability, as well as a commendation for Innovation in Steel Colorbond Award.
Shaun believes we need to give back to the same architectural community that has afforded him and Carterwilliamson the wonderful opportunities of education and critical thought. He has tutored at the University of Technology Sydney [ UTS ], The University of Sydney [ USyd ] and the University of NSW [ UNSW ]. He regularly presents lectures at the Australian Institute of Architecture, Architecture on Show, and local government-run initiatives on architecture and sustainability.
Shaun has been the NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects (2015 – 2017), and sits on the Awards, Design Culture, Large Practice Forum and CPD committees. These roles allow Shaun to be involved in associated meetings with the Institute as well as chairing juries for the Student Awards and the Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism.