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Frank Stanisic, BSc(Arch), BArch(Hons1) Syd, RAIA, is a multi-award winning, Sydney-based architect and urbanist. He was featured in Sydney Magazine’s top 100 Sydney’s most influential people. Born in Sydney, he is committed to exploring the relationship of architecture to the city’s evolving urban life and culture. He founded Stanisic Associates in 1990. Since that time he has designed live, work, hybrids, interiors, streets and master plans. His completed projects are spread throughout metro-Sydney and Newcastle. His buildings have won numerous state and national awards including the RAIA Premier’s, Wilkinson and Special Jury Awards and most recently the inaugural 2008 RAIA Aaron Bolot and 2008 Frederick Romberg Awards. Frank maintains practice, teaching and professional commitments. Frank’s work is fuelled by an evolving interest in the diagram and frame as a basis for architectural invention, and the aesthetics of operability. He has been published extensively, both nationally and internationally.
Emerald Park, Zetland Coda, Rosebery Mondrian, Waterloo
222 Botany Road, Alexandria    
STANISIC ASSOCIATES was setup in 1990. From the beginning the practice has been design-based, focusing on architecture, urbanism and interiors. It is in a energetic, inner city practice with a demonstrated record in the design of intelligent, urban apartments. The practice is committed to the continuing evoltuion of urban culture in Sydney, through the transformation of the living and working environment.

The architecture of the practice is focused on urban housing but also includes street design, urban master plans, DCPs and interior design. The practice has designed apartment and mixed-use projects throughout metropolitan Sydney. Most projects incorporate courtyards, slender-line building forms, gallery access, cross-over planning and multi-storey or maisonette plans wiht sky terraces to achieve a balance between personal comfort and energy consumption. Projects obsessively explore the qualities of space, light, sun and materiality to produce a climatically responsive modernism - Eco-minimalism.

The Design director of the practice is Frank Stanisic, former Vice-President Education of the NSW RAIA. He maintains both professional involvements and teaching commitments. He has been teaching for over 15 years in Undergraduate Design Studios and Masters Programs at the architecture schools at the Univerisites of UTS, Sydney, UNSW and Newcastle. Frank Stanisic was the masterplanner for Green Square, the largest urban renewal project in Australia

The practice has received numerous State and local architecture awards including the BPN/Environ Sustainability Award (2007), RAIA Special Jury Award (2006), UsIA Urban Renewal Award (2006), RAIA Wilkinson Award (2003), several Green Square Design Awards (2002) from the South Sydney Development Corporation and the inaugural Premiers' Award for Excellence in Residential Design (2001)

The practice comprises 20 professional staff; talented and insightful architects with a passion for architecture. Our approach is based on Director and Associate involvement in all projects, close liaison with the client, user groups and local authorities to satisfy the special requirement of each project. The practice is a DIMIA approved training organisation and has employed graduate architects from Germany, Canada and Ireland.

The practice has won several key international design competitions including the Green Square Urban Design Ideas (1996), Parramatta Road Design Ideas (2001), and invited competitions for the Chubb site, 'Mondrian' (2000), Park Central Sydney (2003) and Rhodes Waterside (2003). The practice recently completed a proposal for the USYD Faculty of Law, an invited competition, in association with the Berlin office of Axel Schultes Architekten.

Clients include private developers, Local Councils, State Government, institutional and comunity. The practice has designed and has completed major faculty buildings at Nanhui University in mainland China.

Projects have been published nationally and internationally and are extensively illustrated in the recent Residential Design Code, published by Planning NSW, as a primer for residential design in relation to SEPP 65