Neil de la Coeur

Architect, ARAIA ARBV is a founding Director of Bird de la Coeur. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 1985. Neil co-founded BdlC in 1996. Ever since he has been the driving force behind the practice and has been involved in all the practice's major projects including 7-9 Yarra, the Claremont, Roi, UNO South Australia, and Yarra House.

Neil is an expert in urban renewal and has led a great many projects in the new Forrest Hill precinct. He is a Green Building Council accredited member. His work has won the FMA Highest Award, for converting under-utilised Telstra Exchanges, and UDIA’s National High-Density Award for Uno Apartments. Neil has an interest in industrial design and holds international patent on several designs.

Vanessa Bird

Architect, FRAIA ARBV is a co-founder or Bird de la Coeur. She graduated from the School of Architecture RMIT University in 1988 and co-founded BdlC in 1996. She has maintained the design integrity of the office during its growth from individual dwellings to high-density residential buildings. Vanessa has a strong interest in experimental housing models producing major projects such as Atherton Gardens, Roi and adaptive housing such as Wedmore House.

Vanessa is often called upon as a jury member by the AIA, and is involved with Course Accreditation for the Universities. Vanessa has won awards for group housing and housing for retirees, including the Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence, the State Government's Highest Award. She has a personal interest in adaptive and accessible housing having organised and chaired a seminar for the RAIA called Housing for the Third Age. She was an RAIA Chapter Councillor from 2001- 2007 and was made a Fellow of the AIA in 2008.

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