Michael graduated from Sydney University Architecture School in 1984 and subsequently worked for 5 years with John Andrews International and Ridley Smith and Partners before establishing Michael Robilliard and Associates in 1989. It is a sole practice.
At the heart of every commission is a client who is looking for a building that will fulfill certain needs. The commission comes with a particular site and a budget.
However there is also a desire to be delighted. The delight can be in the well ordered solution to the brief and how well it fits the eventual user. The delight be a harmony and joyous surprise in how the house relates to its surroundings and how the light enters and is reflected within the building. The desire is based upon a belief that a well designed building can charm and delight the occupants and visitors. These houses attempt to confirm that belief. How successfully that has been achieved we all have to judge for ourselves.
I am very interested in Persian and Arabic architecture, courtyard houses and houses of earth. The development of masonry structural systems in domes has long fascinated me. The Baroque architecture of Borromini and Guarini in Italy are high points for me in European architecture. In the C20th the clarity and didactic quality of Louis Kahn's buildings in America inspires me, as do the freedom of forms in Aalto's Finnish buildings.
In many of the projects shown here much the houses are supported by and linked to thoughtful gardens.
I have enjoyed working closely with Landscape designer Graeme Greenhalgh of Tropic of Sydney.
Builders Tim Rooney of the Construction Connection and Geoff Markezic of Markezic Constructions have built most of the houses shown here.
Birzulis Associates Structural Engineers have provided invaluable advice for many years. There are many simpler ways of fulfilling building needs that designing a one-off house, but when a building sings to the client the results can be delightful.