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Local homeowners who are interested in making their homes more environmentally-friendly can ‘speed-date’ an architect at a special residential design event scheduled for Thursday 7 June 2018 at the Margaret River Library.

Event attendees can meet up to two architects for 10 minutes each, and use their ‘date’ time to ask questions about sustainable design, get feedback on prospective plans, or seek inspiration for a future project with no obligation to see the designer again.

Participating architects include:

·        Tom Dowling – Dowling Architects

·        Paul McDonald - Matthews McDonald Architects

·        Michael Sorensen - Sorensen Architects

·        Paul O'Reilly – Archterra

Sustainable design advocate and volunteer event organiser Susan Elton encouraged all prospective homeowners and renovators to attend the free event.

“There’s a perception that sustainable design is expensive and is really only ever applied for bigger budget homes,” she said.

“My hope is that this event shows people how small, simple changes can reduce the environmental footprint of the home, reduce running costs, reduce build cost and make for more comfortable living.

“We hope people who wouldn’t necessarily engage an architect pop in a have a quick conversation on their new home, renovation or future project.

“It will just put them in a position to consider advice about sustainability, design and functionality from industry professionals and hopefully adopt some of the recommended measures.”

‘Dating’ timeslots start from 6.30pm and bookings to be made at

‘Speed-dating’ an architect is the first of five monthly sustainability workshops to be held at the Margaret River Library, that focus on different ways we can each live a little lighter on this earth.

Other sessions topics include: 

  • Waste not, want not,
  •  Make your own food
  • An introduction to beekeeping
  • In the garden

This is a community initiative proudly supported by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

For further information please contact Susan Elton on

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