Our aim is to uplift the human spirit through design. We do so by our capacity to collaborate with project team members and our enlightened clients. Together we share a commitment to the design and delivery of enduring design of substance. Our integration of knowledge, skill and creativity is founded on the aspiration to create artefacts of appreciating cultural and material value for the generations that follow. We believe that design that is loved by the people and communities we serve has the greatest prospect of minimising carbon emissions over time.

Alec Tzannes


Emeritus Professor, UNSW Built Environment

(Hon) AIA, (Hon) MRAIC, (Hon) FNZIA, FAIB, LFRAIA, DUniv

MS Arch + UD Columbia

BSc (Arch) BArch (Sydney)

Alec Tzannes is the founding Director of Tzannes. He established the studio’s distinctive design philosophy, with its emphasis on intellectual rigour, collaboration, sustainability and a strong sense of ethics. He is central to the strategic direction of the practice, and responsible for all projects, ensuring consistency across all fields.

Design direction within the studio is shaped by Alec’s unwavering commitment to design excellence, and the importance he gives to the role of place centred design and the decarbonisation of the environment.

Alec, with his extensive experience and focus on future thinking, believes that architecture can, and should, make a strong contribution towards improving our environment and lives. He is passionate about research and mentoring – a thought leader, he contributes time, passion and his immense knowledge to the broader industry.


  • 2014 / Member of the Order of Australia

  • 2016 / Emeritus Professor, Faculty of the Built Environment / UNSW

  • 2017 / Doctor of the University honoris causa / UNSW

  • 2018 / Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal

Key Projects

  • Dangrove Art Storage Facility

  • Opera Residences

  • Point Piper Residence