Established in early 2007, idw architecture + interiors are a creative practice that integrates the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture and design.
Andrew Williamson Architect
Combining over 25 years of practice experience and a passion for art, architecture and design, Andrew Williamson has formed a dynamic, creative and professional studio.
Our practice undertakes a wide range of projects including corporate, retail, hospitality, educational, tourism, industrial and residential .
idw architecture + interiors is a creative studio with the capacity, and experience, to design and manage your project from overall conceptual design through to the resolution of the smallest detail. OUR APPROACH
idw is a dedicated integrated design practice. Our objective is to identify, explore and maximise design opportunities by employing the combined skills and diverse experience of the idw team. By considering a project holistically from commencement, we believe we can deliver unique and exciting design solutions that break the traditional boundaries of inside and outside.
An open studio environment and our unique practice methodology, encourages and promotes team communications and project efficiency.
Our clients are our primary inspiration. Using the project brief as a generator, our design solutions go beyond the pragmatic to engage the less tangible qualities of space, light, comfort and beauty essential to contemporary living and working environments.
The design approach of the practice is distinguished by a desire to create crisp, clean and exciting contemporary forms inspired by the unique qualities of our Tasmanian environment – landscape, climate, light, colour and texture – and way of life.
idw is committed to environmental and cultural sustainability. Our integrated approach ensures that important issues such as building siting, energy use, method of ventilation, waste-water treatment, lighting and appropriate materials are considered by the entire team from the inception of the project resulting in optimal solutions without the need to compromise other design objectives.
We encourage our team to research and investigate new technologies and materials whilst always acknowledging the wisdom in ‘tried and true’ methods and techniques.
Underpinning all our work is essentially a desire to create design solutions that delight and enchant.
idw holds policies for Public Liability, Workers Compensation and Professional Indemnity Insurance. Full details can be provided on request.
idw employs a combination of PC and MAC operating systems, utilising both AutoCAD and Vectorworks documentation packages, dependant on the requirements of particular projects.
Graphic / Signage Projects and Reports are created utilising Adobe PhotoShop, Indesign and Illustrator. A range of software is utilised in the day to day management of the practice and our projects.
Tasmanian Government Prequalification
Idw is currently qualified to undertake Tasmanian Government projects to the value of $1,000,000.
As at October 2011, the idw team consists of directors: Andrew Williamson, Architect Reg. No. 499
and our talented and dedicated staff: Mark Dawson , Graduate Architect Belinda Fails , Administration
Andrew Williamson Architect BA Env. Des. B Arch RAIA
Andrew brings his incredible energy and unending enthusiasm to the idw team. An impressive portfolio of projects clearly demonstrates Andrew’s experience in the areas of new building development, corporate and retail fit-out.
Andrew’s passion is budgets and creative solutions, bending and twisting every last dollar to create the very best results for his clients.
After completing his architectural education at the Tasmania State Institute of Technology, Andrew spent a number of years in Queensland where he acquired valuable experience on large scale residential and tourism projects. In 1990, he returned to Tasmania where he quickly became a well respected member of the design and architectural community.
In his former roles as Design Manager for two of Hobart’s leading architectural firms, Andrew has been behind many significant projects including Kingborough Council Chambers (RAIA, Tas. Chapter, Commendation) and the Hobart offices of Legal Aid RAIA, Tas. Chapter, Interior Architecture Award Commendation 2005). The architectural rebranding of the TOTE throughout Tasmania was designed and implemented by Andrew within critical timeframes. The Departments of Economic Development; Tourism Arts and the Environment; Premier and Cabinet as well as Health and Human Services have all benefited from Andrew’s space planning, design and project management skills.
His residential projects include a unique home for a steel fabricator that received the HIA Most Innovative Use Of Steel Award in Tasmania 2002 and was a national finalist in the same category in 2003. Andrew has also worked with Housing Tasmania to design universally accessible homes.
idw - Director
Lauderdale Primary School - Multi Purpose Hall
Cunic Constructions Offices Mornington
St John’s School Richmond New Early Learning Centre and Classrooms
Imbros Warehouse Office Conversion, Cambridge
Mackillop Catholic College Gymnasium upgrades and additions
Mackillop Catholic College classroom building campus master planning
Insolvency and Trustee Services Australia - Office Fit-out
KPMG - Office Fit-out
Geilston Bay High School – Office and Computer Lab.
Leo’s Coffee Lounge - Upgrades, Eastlands
Mazbah Coffee Lounge – Commercial Kitchen & Takeaway Bar
Edge of the Bay Resort Accommodation Units
Hillborough Road Multi Residential Development
Smith House Davey Street
Yardley St Houses
Mark Dawson b. env des m.arch
Mark is a graduate architect at IDW and brings a practical and considered approach to the project team, with outstanding all-round skills in design with clarity and efficiency, 3D visualisation and a rigorous approach to project documentation.
Before joining idw architecture + interiors, Mark worked for the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture and has work as a student architect for Carawah Environmental Design. Mark graduated from The University of Tasmania with a Master of Architecture in 2009 receiving a Dean’s citation for academic excellence.
Mark has experience in all areas of architectural practice and has worked across a diverse range of project types, with extensive experience in sustainable architecture, gained through his work with The University of Tasmania.
At IDW, Mark has been a key team member on a number of projects – most notably, The Albuera St Primary School Refurbishment, Friends School Courtyard Redevelopment and refurbishment for the Master Builders Association at their new Bathurst Street offices.
Idw architecture + interiors / Mark Dawson Graduate Architect
Friends School – Courtyard infill and common room faculties
Iluka, Coles Bay - Guest kitchen and activities room
Albuera Street Primary School – New library, whole school refurbishment.
St Johns Catholic School Richmond – New Classrooms and school refurbishment
Cunic Constructions Offices – New office and administration building