Our studio sits on the land of the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge their continuous connection to land and water and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Bird de la Coeur Architects is a boutique firm in South Melbourne specialising in housing, including multi-residential housing ranging from high-end apartments for the private sector, to social housing for government organisations, one-off houses and high-end Aged Care housing.

Founded in 1996 by Neil de la Coeur and Vanessa Bird, Bird de la Coeur have received industry, institute and government awards with our many repeat clients. Over a 25-year period the practice has grown from a 3 person operation to a firm with a portfolio of completed multi-storey buildings across Australia. However our studio-based practice has remained the same. We have a passion for design research, which comes out of the directors’ personal approach to each project. The compelling idea for each project stems from our conversations with clients. Asking questions and listening remain to be basic architectural devices.

Our work has been awarded many prizes including Australian Institute of Architects' Awards, the UDIA SA highest award 2012 UDIA SA President’s Award and UDIA SA High Density Award 2012, the Dulux Colour Awards highest award in 2013, the 'Grand Prix', the State Government of Victoria’s highest Award in the Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence 2004.

We have proudly achieved Carbon Neutral Certification after committing to Architects Declare with the Carbon Neutral Institute.

What our clients say

Bird de la Coeur have a large group of repeat clients. They say we provide them with a personal and a holistic service. They value the knowledge and experience that we apply to ‘unlock’ sites and their potential. They say we are organised and drive the program. We are big enough to provide a quality, knowledge-based service, yet small enough to provide a stream lined personal service. For want of a better term, we call that a boutique service.

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