B Build, B Arch (Hons) FAIA
Simon holds degrees in both Architecture and Building. Following several years in the construction industry he returned to University to study architecture. On completion he worked with some of Australia’s leading design firms before founding Swaney Draper Architects in 1987.
The practice became highly respected working in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors. The practice’s philosophies were based on thorough research leading to design solutions that respond to the aspirations and dreams of owners and occupants. The work sought to avoid the excesses of fashion by creating timeless quality through the honest expression of structure and materials. During its 17 years the practice received numerous awards for its work. Simon joined Bates Smart in 2004 and has since led numerous projects including 420 George Street, Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and Grill and Spice Temple and Clayton Utz’s new offices in No.1 Bligh Street. He is focussed on environmental outrcomes arising through durable design and economy of means.