Thoughtful, Considered Architecture – Finely Detailed & Executed


A North Sydney based Architectural firm with a residential emphasis, we are focused on interpreting and translating our clients’ needs and sites into comfortable and inspiring built personal environments which enrich their lives. Our portfolio boasts a series of quietly unique designs, each a response to its particular circumstance.

Principal, Peter Janks, has amassed more than 4 decades of experience across two continents whilst delivering a growing portfolio of thoughtful, considered architecture, finely detailed and executed. Having previously been a partner in an award-winning architectural firm in South Africa before moving to Sydney in 1988, and completed a series of substantial, residential, commercial, educational & religious building projects, Peter now heads up a personalised and focussed boutique practice specialising mainly in quality residential work.

While much of this work has been in Sydney’s E. Suburbs, the practice has also had projects on the North Shore, in the Inner West and as far afield as N. NSW, Killcare and Georges River. Extensive and successful dealings with Councils have included Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches and Lane Cove.

Amongst the practice’s highly regarded completed projects have been a number of architectural collaborations with David Walker Architect and Marianne Halmos Architect.




Star Review

  7 Reviews

Greg Wilkinson Star Review

Relationship: Client   Project Date: Sep 2020

Said by anybody who visits and by passers by, 17 Gilchrist Place, Balmain East is very probably the nicest, most livable house on the Balmain peninsular and it is all thanks to the design and fastidious build supervision of Peter Janks.
I was tempted, once the design was complete and the builder contracted, to dismiss Peter and supervise the build myself. Fortunately I was talked out of this by my neighbor who had spent a lifetime in building design and construction. His comment was "Builders are very good at making things easier and cheaper for themselves, let your architect be the guy who deals with the builder." This was a very sound piece of advice.
Peter is firstly a gentleman, secondly a good listener and very importantly an absolute stickler for detail. At times even I was concerned about how much more time things were going to take to get them perfect but in the end every bespoke detail of this house is perfect.
The entire design and building experience was so enjoyable and if I ever get the chance, I'd do it again.

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Nidzovic Contract Builders Star Review

Relationship: Worked with pro   Project Date: Apr 2019

Peter Janks is the consummate professional. His attention to his project, is consistent, high quality and thorough. This together with his “can do” attitude and close working relationship with builders and clients, make him a pleasure to work with. Fast resolution of any queries related to complicated builds, save time and money for clients and contractors alike.

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Paul Leighton Star Review

Relationship: Client   Project Date: Jan 2002

Peter, is the consummate professional. Very particular in determining the details of the brief. Attention to detail in terms of managing the building contract. Consequently, we were delighted with the finished product.
Over the years we have used him twice for our design & contract professional. Highly recommended.

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Daphne Flax Star Review

Relationship: Client   Project Date: Mar 2015

It was a great pleasure to employ Peter Janks twice to renovate our home in Killara. Peter is an experienced, confident, state of the art Architect. He is a good listener, great problem solver, imaginative and reliable. I trust his judgement implicitly.

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Michael Rakusin Star Review

Relationship: Client   Project Date: Dec 2011

I had the real pleasure of working with Peter over a long time while designing and building a house at Killcare on the NSW Central Coast. Like most people embarking on a new construction, we wanted something "special". Peter had an uncanny ability to listen to my wacko ideas and my wife's far more mundane yet vital concerns and turn these (often conflicting) requirements into practical, buildable but inspired plans. He brought a wonderful vision to the whole scheme. But more than vision, Peter is painstakingly detailed in his thinking. No corner escaped his gimlet attention, no joint was simply a joint.
When construction time arrived, Peter's eye for detail came into its own. As the supervising architect, his site visits took hours. Not even the smallest detail escaped his scrutiny. I think the tradies on site used to roll their eyes when they saw his car draw up. The end result was a beautiful, wonderfully constructed home that is a delight to inhabit and a wow for all who visitor.

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Alvin Gentin Star Review

Relationship: Client   Project Date: Mar 2006

Excellent architect , great attention to detail and hands on approach to overseeing the work. Weekly sight meeting and more when needed.
Our house improved so much after our experience with Peter.
Would certainly use him again and definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a superb architect

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System Builder Star Review

Relationship: Worked with pro   Project Date: Jun 2018

We have done a few projects with Peter and have been thrilled with the results,
but even more so with the friendship that we have developed.
Peter is not only a great architect but a really fine character and a truly decent man.
We would highly recommend Peter.
Neill and Kathy Miller

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