The homes we live in and the spaces we prescribe to keep us safe, comfortable and sheltered,

should be just as responsive and adaptable as the inhabitants that occupy it.

AMAO_Team

Our shared view is that each project site provides the best influences and constraints which we lean on for conceptual cues. Not only does this provide a basic framework, from which we can build upon, but also instructs the design to take full advantage of its existing surrounding context. Which enables the prospect of uniqueness to be easily achievable, for every project based on this principle, which is inherently predefined/preset for us.

 

The homes we live in and the spaces we prescribe to keep us safe, comfortable and sheltered, should be just as responsive and adaptable as the inhabitants that occupy it. Which is why we take the view that any residential home or dwelling (town house or apartment etc.), be built as if it is a living entity with the ability to naturally ‘breathe’. These homes which we reside in, should be constructed in a manner that affords opportunities to breathe, adapt, contract, and become alive. Essentially an extension of ourselves.

 

The importance of passively cooling and naturally ventilating spaces, is ingrained within our core design values and is at the forefront of how we approach each design. It is our belief that a healthy building, will in turn contribute to the health and amenity of its inhabitants. In just the same way that every day, climatically, is not the same as the previous or the next, and anything is able to change on a dime, we implore our clients to actively engage in this ritual of connecting their spaces with the climate and surrounding context, daily. The most obvious being the use of large solid sliding, hinged or pivot doors, in order to create immediate privacy, and to also bring down costs. But above all to ensure inhabitants are actively engaging with the building envelope in order to take in their surroundings and outlook, on a daily basis.But regardless of whether a project is for a commercial or a private client, our belief is that every building, be it big or small, should be afforded the opportunity to breathe. In keeping with a with this sensitivity to sustainability, we aspire to reuse and reaffirm existing dwellings where possible (whether it is of character or not). Commemorating the old is just as important as celebrating the new. Similarly, with the use and application of materials, we prefer each material in its simplest form, unadorned with frivolities; yet applied in the most unconventional way.

 

Above all else, we enjoy the ability to create wonderment for our clients, and their guests, in the hope that these whimsical ideologies transcend into their daily lives, transforming their future projection and outlook on life.

Alcorn Middleton Team Members

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Joel Alcorn

 

Registered Architect (NSW & QLD)
Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies)(Hons), QUT
Diploma of Architectural Technology, GCIT

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): A+ Member
Design Institute of Australia (DIA): Practice Member

 

Creative Director

Joel Alcorn is the Creative Director and co-founder of Alcorn Middleton Architecture Office (AMAO), having previously established and headed other design studios with mentors of his. Joel’s early experience with builders, building designers and architects in the design industry has fuelled the passion, depth, and diversity in his work ethic.

With more than 19 years industry experience Joel has worked on a vast array of projects, revelling in the challenge and commitment to producing design work of a high and creative standard, be it large scale commercial projects, or refined boutique spaces. During the initial discussions surrounding a new project and brief, is when Joel is tuning into the descriptive and emotive conversations, to begin formulating a creative vision in his mind, drawing upon several innovative measures to achieve the required design brief outcomes. Joel does not confine his thinking to fads, fashion, or pre-existing architectural designed solutions, but garners inspiration and delight from items, materials and solutions that are grounded and individualistic to each project.

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Chloe Middleton

 

Registered Architect (QLD)
Master of Architecture, QUT
Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies)(Hons), QUT

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): A+ Member

Design Institute of Australia (DIA): Practice Member

 

Managing Director

Chloe Middleton is a Director and co-founder of AMAO. Chloe undertook a Bachelor of Design in Architectural Studies (with Honors in 2011, second majoring in Interior Design) and completing her architectural studies with a Master of Architecture (2012) at Queensland University of Technology.

Chloe’s beginnings in the industry started with Bernard Penhey, of Maxwell Penhey, an architectural practice that harmonised both architecture and interior design throughout every aspect of a project. The invaluable knowledge Chloe gained in this role, saw her assisting alongside the registered Architect and sole business owner, in projects such as large-scale office and educational fit outs; smaller consultancy tenancies; commercial, retail, and real estate refurbishments; and residential property developments. Chloe’s experience gained in these early years, has exposed her thinking and mindset, to satisfy the assorted needs expected of small practices. This has greatly enabled her in solidifying a key role, as Managing Director for AMAO.

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Joel Sim

 

Registered Architect (QLD)
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tasmania
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of TAS

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): A+ Member

 

 

Associate

Joel Sim is an experienced registered Architect and Associate at AMAO. His passion for architecture lies in creating holistic designs that celebrate culture and context, but also buildings that passively thrive in the environment they are located in. Caring deeply about the changing climatic conditions, Joel is always considering how the built outcome of a building contributes to this, and where possible, how to mitigate the impacts.

With over 15 years of experience, Joel brings to each project an innate interest and attention to detail, which strengthens his intricate understanding of the detailing and construction process. Joel’s opportunities within the design and construction industry, has enabled him with the skill set to successfully lead projects and teams of varying building typologies, which include institutional buildings (primary and secondary schools), community and sporting facilities, and residential projects. Joel understands the importance and value of the collaborative process, and revels in coordinating and bringing together the knowledge of specialist consultants to a project and collating this to achieve a common goal.

About A&M

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Alcorn Middleton was founded by Directors Joel Alcorn and Chloe Middleton in 2019, after having worked together for close to a decade prior.

 

Joel and Chloe share between them 30+ years of experience having both studied Architecture & Interior Design at Queensland University of Technolodgy. There kinship is evident through their work. Harmoniously melding the female and male rationale through conceptual framework through to execution, and exploring this intricate balance within every design avenue.

 

We love what we do and our shared ethos is based around the idea that each project presents an opportunity to tell a story. That story might be it’s location, the client, the brief or a combination of all three. This is an important part of our process, which helps to fortify the meaning in the work that we do. It’s important our clients know that there will be challenges, but we do our very best to make the ride as fun and enjoyable as possible. Our duty is about doing the right thing by our clients, and we do take that very seriously.

 

Awards

 

2021 AIA Brisbane Regional Commendation – Houses (Alterations & Additions), Toowong Lighthouse.

2021 Australian Interior Design Awards Shortlist Residential Design

2020 AIA QLD State COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture, Peakaboo House.

2016 BDAQ State Award New Home ($500-750k), Nundah House.

2014 QANTAS Competition winner, Community Garden HQ.

2012 AIA National William Hodgen Award for Building of the Year, Murphy’s Creek Real Studio.

2012 AIA QLD State Award for Small Project Architecture, Murphy’s Creek Real Studio.

2012 AIA QLD Darling Downs Regional Commendation, Murphy’s Creek Real Studio.

Press

 

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architecture au – Walan Apartmnet, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD

Curvaceous forms combine with warm-toned custom joinery and thoughtful transitions in this delightful adaptation of an open-plan Brisbane apartment.

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yellowtrace – Toowong Lighthouse, Toowong, Brisbane QLD

A surprising textural tableau unfolds at the rear of this classic California Bungalow home.

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Houses Magazine – Walan Apartment, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD

AMAO’s clever ideas for injecting colour, introducing “delightful obstacles” through joinery and fine-tuning the adaptability of functional spaces demonstrate the power of subtle design shifts and strong signature moves.

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Australian Institute of Architects – Q+A with Alcorn Middleton Architects

Find your mentors and begin building that foundation of contacts that you can rely on to ask the hard questions. These people are generally seniors in the industry, and come with a plethora of knowledge, experience and unbelievable stories. 

 

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Queensland Homes Magazine – Nundah House, Nundah, Brisbane QLD

Using a curated range of materials and colour, Alcorn Middleton borrowed traditional elements and applied them in an imaginative tour de force. This home has a powerful but understated presence which mixes the very best of old and new.

 

 

 

A Grecian-Inspired Update For A California Bungalow

The Design Files – Toowong Lighthouse, Brisbane QLD

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Houses Kitchens + Bathrooms – Toowong Lighthouse, Toowong, Brisbane QLD

As the conversation settled on the family’s close ties to Mykonos in Greece, the team was inspired by visions of blue-topped cathedrals, white cement-render walls and strong ocean and sky connections. “We really tuned in to that,” Joel explains. “And we found a connection to a distant place that the family is tied to.” While avoiding pastiche, the architecture creates a “resort-style” setting in the subtropical, suburban landscape.

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The Local Project – Walan Apartmnet, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD

Through an alternate approach, Walan Apartment beautifully navigates the issues of space creation without the need for more permanent or significant structural changes.

Houses Issue 136

Houses Magazine – One to Watch

Joel Alcorn and Chloe Middleton, have followed a less conventional route.

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Grand Designs Australia Magazine – Nundah House, Nundah, Brisbane QLD