Four 18 Architecture

We explore, discover & intergrate new methods in order to express our creative passion and flair to the contemporary design requirements accordingly.

HISTORY

In 2009 Darren Hall and Richie Schultz left senior roles with GHD Pty Ltd and established an Insite Architects Office in Geelong. The practice successfully delivered numerous community and private projects and earned a reputation as an Architecture firm who worked with their client to ensure both the functional and aesthetic requirements were achieved by the end product.

Darren and Richie first worked together in 1999. Darren had worked in Melbourne CBD practices since graduating from Deakin University in 1993 and returned to Geelong due to family commitments, joining Richie @ CLD Architects where Richie was employed as a drafter whilst completing his Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) at Deakin.

On leaving CLD, Darren established Darren Hall Design Architects focusing on small commercial and residential projects. Richie completed his degree and moved to Melbourne where he worked with Vincent Chrisp focusing on Aged Care and Justice Projects.

By 2014 the Geelong Insite office had consolidated its position as a well-respected local practice delivering high quality architectural solutions across Victoria and a decision was made to disassociate the practice from Insite Ivanhoe.

The practice has continued to grow, as the size and complexity of projects increase, since embarking on our journey as Four18 Architecture whilst maintaining our focus on client engaged design outcomes.

PEOPLE

Richie Schultz
Richie Schultz
DIRECTOR
BA(Arch) NPrA (AACA)

Richie is a registered Architect with more than 20 years experience in the architectural industry both locally and nationally. With extensive experience in residential, commercial, educational, public and institutional commissions, Richie has a proven track record in producing high quality concepts and developing these into the spaces and buildings we use today.

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Darren Hall
Darren Hall
DIRECTOR
BA(Arch), B.Arch

Darren is a registered Architect with more than 23 years experience in private practice. He has an exposure to a broad range of project types and scales having previously been employed by large practices Buchan Group and GHD as well as smaller, boutique style firms. Through this exposure he has a broad understanding of the strategic planning, architectural and building processes on projects that vary in value from $100,000 to $650m.

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Jesse Lewis
Jesse Lewis

BLA, BArch, MArch, AIA

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture and Master in Architecture. Jesse has worked with Four18 since 2014. His primary role is handling the project administration, project documentation and concept design.

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Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

Adv Dip of Building Design

Brian holds an Advanced Diploma of Building Design. Brian has worked with Four18 since 2017 and works as a drafter using Revit. He primarily works on the design development and documentation stages of projects.

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Rosa Lam
Rosa Lam

Adv Dip of Building Design

Rosa holds an Advanced Diploma of Building Design and has worked with Four18 since 2017. Rosa works as a drafting designer using Revit and is involved in the design development and documentation stages of projects.

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Trudi Henry
Trudi Henry
INTERIOR DESIGNER
Dip of Interior Design & Decoration

Trudi holds a Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration. Trudi has worked with Four18 since early 2018. Her primary role is Interior designer handles space planning, kitchen and bathroom design, product research and material selection. Trudi has a background in architectural documentation and has considerable knowledge of Revit BIM software.

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Jackson Mortelliti
Jackson Mortelliti

BArch, Student MArch

Jackson has a bachelor of Architecture and is currently completing his masters of Architecture. Jackson has worked with Four18 since 2017. His primary role has been assisting in early site planning, concept design and presentation drawings within the practice. Jackson prepares the 3 dimensional rendered drawings utilising the Octane Render plugin within Revit.

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DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

As Architects we are in the privileged position of shaping the built environment to influence and enrich the lives of people on a daily basis. The most primal function of the built environment is to provide shelter and comfort - the metaphorical cave. In modern times our buildings and the spaces around and between them have become much more than shelter. Our houses have become a reflection of our dreams, status and belief systems. Our lives are impacted daily through the spaces in which we live, the education facilities in which we learn, the workplaces that support our industry and the hospitals in which we heal. The primal cave can be transcribed into a modern simple box - four walls, roof and floor. Our ultimate aim, as architects, is to transform this simple box into Architecture and our Architecture into Art.

The well detailed box.

Our design philosophy is underpinned by the modern, simple box - the functional spaces defined within a client’s brief which will describe the specific use and preferred spatial size. How we respond to his brief through enriching the functional space with the emotional and sensory requirements is how we are defined and critiqued as Architects. The way spaces connect and how this journey can enrich the experience within building is an important aspect of our design process which informs the final form and detail of the facade. This fundamental philosophy is applied from a micro to a macro level of experience. How do buildings connect with each other, how do people move through our buildings, between our buildings and how do people connect along this journey. The consideration of how we connect through a precinct, between precincts and across cities determines whether the built environment has a negative or positive impact on our lives.

A building, a precinct and a city can therefore be considered a series of interconnected boxes with physical and emotional connections between. High level interactions can provide a sense of place and community whilst low level interactions provide a sense of isolation and loneliness.

The Architecture of Four18 is a complex series of functional, emotional and sensory spaces. These spaces are expressed through simple and complex shapes articulating the form of the building. The forms speak to the environment in which the building is situated and the material selections provide reinforcement of our sense of place and environment. The connection of buildings to streetscape and the interface within a precinct underpins our design ethos.

A well detailed box.