Winwood McKenzie is an award-winning Melbourne and Kyneton based architecture practice founded in 2011. We have extensive experience working on adaptive re-use projects, heritage renovations, multi-residential buildings, office fitouts, gallery spaces, and, experience in the development of strategic masterplans and feasibility studies.
Our purpose is to inspire conversations, pioneer new practices in sustainability and re-use, and find solutions to contemporary issues through architecture. We craft architecture that balances future functionality, sustainability, and beauty, taking care to consider how the lives of the people that interact with the architecture are improved.
Winwood Mckenzie is working towards being a local leader in the sustainable design and refurbishment of buildings. In doing so, we create spaces that are enriched by the layering of existing and new – maximising the potential of what already exists whilst creating spaces for new stories and experiences to be created.
The compiled experience of our team includes the delivery of master plans, feasibility studies, cultural buildings, and the design and documentation of new built projects, renovations, and teaching and learning spaces. Our senior staff members have experience coordinating subconsultants, managing stakeholders and user groups, and liaising with internal and external project and facilities managers. They are also familiar with design standards, risk assessments, safety in design workshops, approval processes, and reporting requirements of different project typologies.
WMA is proud to be part of the Australian Architects Declare group and is committed to advocating for positive changes towards regenerative design practices.
We have set a number of key strategies that we adopt to pro-actively promote positive sustainable environmental and ecological outputs through design for climate, the use of recycled and renewably-sourced durable materials, and re-establishment of native indigenous plants. Our design process integrates key concepts of environmentally sustainable design to ensure our operations and design outcomes are effectively considering the economic, environmental, social, and equity considerations to create sustainable and enduring architecture.
Our business operations take the approach of reductive and restorative sustainability. These approaches ensure minimisation of the amount of waste produced by efficient usage of resources and choosing only recycled or recyclable materials and soft copies.
At the moment we are working with the Carbon Reduction Institute to achieve carbon neutral certification, and are actively promoting carbon neutrality in our operations, while at the same time exploring carbon neutral materials and energy usage for our projects.
WMA is a certified Passiv Haus designer and has embedded the principles for energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability into the practice’s workflow and design methodology. We believe this offers a comprehensive and innovative solution to achieve environmentally friendly building design and construction and is appropriate to the Victorian climate, leading to long-term benefits for both occupants and the planet.