We’re a team of creative, can-do problem solvers who are easy to get along with.
We take what we do seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. It’s this attitude that will make working with us an enjoyable experience.
We enjoy our lunchtime swims and 3pm muffins from Pilgrims.
“I want to create moments of delight in the everyday… transform something ordinary into something that makes a person feel good to be in that space. Apartment buildings are no different— first light of day, the glow of a sunset, an uplifting sense of space, or an unexpected vista… these are the moments that make the ordinary less mundane.”
— Peter Couvaras
You won’t find many architects like Peter. He’s a registered architect (with 20+ years architectural experience) and he’s business-minded (with 10+ years in business management).
By understanding good design and commercial realities, he can bring to life his client’s vision and unlock real investment value.
As a calm and unflappable leader, Peter inspires the team through his actions. He’s a no nonsense, no ego type of guy who values honesty and authenticity in his clients and colleagues.
Practicality is always at the forefront for Peter, but he’ll never compromise on good design. He believes in getting things right. (This usually means piles of butter paper and lots of trial and error.)
Peter’s happy place is on the water. Whether it’s taking a morning dip at South Cronulla beach or sailing on Bate Bay.
Registered Architect – NSW 7344
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1) – UNSW
“Peter’s strength is his artistic vision— he was able to take our ideas and put them on paper. Nothing is too much of a problem for Peter, he has a rare ability to remain extremely calm and is very reliable. We’d work with Couvaras Architects in a heartbeat.”
— Russell, past client
“Peter is a rare type of architect. He can deliver something that looks good but is still functional. He understands floor space equals value. You don’t have to waste time explaining cost efficiencies—he just gets it. We’ve built 6 multi-residential buildings with Couvaras Architects. And with each project we’ve maximised our returns. Couvaras design for longevity—you’ll be able to drive past one of their buildings in 20 years and it’ll still be relevant. Aside from being a skilled professional, Peter is a really nice bloke.”
— Peter Hickey
You can’t help but like Felix. He’s direct, doesn’t stand for nonsense, and gets the job done without fuss. He’s also passionate about great design and helping the next generation become great architects. Felix is very generous with his knowledge and genuinely enjoys mentoring new graduates and work experience students.
Felix ran his own successful practice for many years before joining Couvaras Architects. So he knows the ropes and maintains our high standards—nothing gets past Felix.
We call him the powerhouse because he takes no prisoners, and makes a mean coffee (short black is his poison of choice). He also dabbles in matchmaking (he found Michael a wife!).
Registered Architect – NSW 7569
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture – UTS
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1) – UNSW
BIM Manager & Architectural Assistant
Chris’s mind works differently. He’s a visual problem-solver and “sees” things in terms of space, volume, texture and materiality. Chris is our Revit specialist and is responsible for developing our templates and 3D objects (a mammoth task!).
If anyone has a problem or question about CAD—we turn to Chris. His technical prowess means he can solve technical problems with his eyes *nearly* closed. And he can find information at lightning speed (seriously, he’s that fast).
On the weekend you’ll find him wrestling his son Oskar on the sand, walking his Italian greyhound named Archibald Wallace or strumming his guitar.
Diploma of Architectural Technology – TAFE
Bachelor of Architectural Studies – UNSW
Master of Architecture (in progress) – UNSW
We call him Austin (because there’s only room for one Chris in the office).
Austin is often mistaken as being “quiet”, but in reality, he’s the master of wisecracks and quick wit. He is perceptive, his listening skills are extraordinary, and his Revit skills are superhuman.
Austin works tirelessly and is always the first one to lend a hand if someone needs help. Before becoming a draftsman, Austin worked in the construction industry and has worked on many high profile projects in the residential sector.
To unwind, Austin enjoys going for a surf and playing 18 holes.
Diploma of Architectural Drafting – TAFE
Advanced Diploma of Sustainable Building Technology – TAFE
Mauricio Diaz Miranda
Originally from Chile, Mauricio brings his South American flare to the team.
Mauricio joined Couvaras with a range of large-scale project experience, most recently having worked as a design leader on education projects for the public and private sectors. While working in Chile, Mauricio contributed to the development of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mauricio can be silent, but he is deadly with his hand sketches, whether it’s a section detail or a concept building, he is passionate about line and colour to bring ideas to life.
Another killer skill Mauricio has to offer the team is his technical ability in the development of construction and façade details.
When he’s not at work Mauricio can be found enjoying a long lazy brekkie, cooking up a storm (with extra Chile!) or completing a DIY project.
Registered Architect – NSW 11559
Bachelor Degree in Architecture –Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile
Jeremy is the youngest in the office, but don’t let that fool you, there’s nothing immature about him. Fuelled by a passion for all things architecture and a severe coffee addiction, Jeremy comes from a residential background and working on boutique homes is what he does best.
Always a team player, Jeremy enjoys the collaborative nature of our work and working alongside consultants and clients to reach the best outcome. He is a party shirt advocate and has a particular weakness for burgers and ramen.
Registered Architect – NSW 11556
Diploma of Architectural Technology
TAFE Advanced Diploma of Sustainable Design
TAFE Bachelor of Architectural Studies
UNSW Master of Architecture – UNSW
We all need a Kim in our lives. She keeps things on track and running smoothly at Couvaras. If Kim says she’ll do something, she’ll do it.
Kim is our resident finance and accounting wizard. She takes care of all invoicing and keeps the IT system under control—and she does it all with a smile.