O’Connor and Houle is an architecture, interiors, and landscape design practice located in inner city Melbourne. We undertake a range of projects from small to large, including houses, gardens, museums, wineries, education facilities and commercial buildings.

Since being established in 1996 by Annick Houle and Stephen O’Connor, our design-focussed practice has won numerous awards and other accolades. Today, O’Connor and Houle is regarded as one of Australia’s leading design practices and is featured consistently in major architectural publications and postings in Australia and abroad.

Each project is led by one of the principals and is assisted by a support team of talented architects and designers, providing a high level of expertise and experience, bringing professionalism and focus to meet our client’s requirements with confidence.

Our work celebrates life and the richness of our culture, history and environment.

With our architecture, we navigate historical, social, environmental, economic and political layers, seeking to extract a simple, clear idea, which encapsulates the essence and individuality of a project.

Once a design direction is established, we meticulously unfold it to guide all aspects of the project, from the gestational phases of the client brief to the finest construction detail.

This results in rich, multi-layered and sustainable environments that communicate simply, clearly and joyfully.

At any scale, our projects seek to stimulate the senses and engage with all facets of human endeavour. We aim to tailor-make spaces that are experienced as well as seen, and environments that ultimately promote a sense of wellbeing and a sense of belonging.

We believe that powerful architecture can brand an organisation, define the identity of a city, or simply, make home a special place to be.

— culture
— collaborative
— craftsmanship
— sensory
— refinement
— culture
— poetic
— bespoke
— light
— flexibility
— warmth
— elegance
— green
— inventive
— history
— timelessness

People

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Stephen O’Connor | Principal
BArch (dist) RMIT
MDS HARVARD
Associate AIA
Registered Architect ARBV

Stephen is a founding principal of O’Connor and Houle Architecture. He holds over 30 years experience in the industry, having worked on institutional, commercial and residential projects in Melbourne, Sydney, London and New York. His interests and experience range from small finely crafted buildings to the implementation of urban scale projects. Stephen is a registered architect and an associate of the Australian Institute of Architects and has lectured frequently at universities and industry-related forums in Australia and abroad.

Annick Houle
BA (hons) McGILL
BFA, BArch (hons) RISD
MDS HARVARD
Grad Dip Landscape Design UNI of MELBOURNE
Registered Architect ARBV, NSWARB

Annick holds over 25 years experience in the industry having worked on a number of cultural projects in Australia and abroad. Her interests range from bespoke residences to larger institutional and cultural arts projects. More recently Annick has developed a particular interest in landscape design and has completed graduate studies at Melbourne University, Burnley Campus. Annick is a registered architect in Victoria and New South Wales and lectures frequently at universities and industry-related forums in Australia and abroad.

Selected Awards

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High Commendation
National Houses Awards 2012
New Houses category
Pirates Bay House

Finalist
Bayside Built Environment Awards 2012
Martin St House

Finalist
Australian Pavilion
Venice Biennale
2008 Distasio Competition

Winner
RAIA 2008 Victorian Architecture Awards
Institutional Alterations + Additions Category
Heide MoMa

Finalist
RAIA 2008 Victorian Architecture Awards
Small Projects Category
Sidney Myer Education Centre

Winner
RAIA 2007 Victorian Architecture Awards
Residential New Category
Courtyard House

Finalist
2007 Victorian IDA Awards
Institutional Category
Heide MoMa

Winner
RAIA 2004 Victorian Architecture Awards
Residential New Category
Grandview Grove House

National Finalist
2007 Interior Design Awards
Residential Interior Design
Courtyard House

Winner
City of Stonnington 2001 Urban Design Awards
Judges Award
50 Argo St

Winner
City of Stonnington 2001 Urban Design Awards
Residential New Category
50 Argo St

Finalist
2000 Competition entry
Sound walls on the Monash Freeway for Vic Roads

Finalist
2002 Competition entry
Docklands Wind Barriers

Winner
1999 Competition entry for Master Plan for amalgamation of Heide Museum of Modern Art with adjoining Banksia Park

Finalist
1998 Competition entry for Andrew Boyd Charlton Competition, Sydney

Selected Press

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‘Light Box’ by Annemarie Kiely

Vogue Living Jan/Feb 2008

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‘The Crucible’ by Anna Johnson

Monument #76 Dec/Jan 2007

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‘Take Two’ by Annemarie Kiely

Vogue Living Sep/Oct 2008

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‘Australia — Living off the land’

A+U Japan Issue 443

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‘Heide & Seek’ by Jenna Burns-Reed

Vogue Living Sep/Oct 2006

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‘Heide: New work at Heide by O’Connor + Houle extends the Reed's vision of landscape, art and place’ by Shelley Penn

Architecture Australia Vol. 96 No. 2 Mar/Apr 2007

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‘Court Ruling’ by Deborah Bartlett-Pitt

Vogue Living Jul/Aug 2004

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‘Quiet Reflection’ by Doug Evans

Monument #81 2007

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‘Open and closed’ by Anna Johnson

Houses Issue 57

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‘Breaking the Box’ by Helen Redmond

Vogue Living Apr/May 2003

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Pirates Bay house feature

Architectural Digest (Spain) Apr 2012

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Pirates Bay House feature

The Sunday Telegraph (UK) 2014

Pirates Bay house

Elle Decoration Country (UK), Volume 4, 2015 pp.146-159

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'Local wood clads every surface of this idyllic Australian getaway’ by Dominic Bradbury/Richard Powers

Dwell Magazine (USA) Feb 2015

'Living in the Landscape’ by Anna Johnson and Richard Black

Thames and Hudson Press, 2016, pp54-63

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