In 2006 I came from Germany to Australia as a young and motivated architect with a strong background in innovative design and prefab building and with the ambition to contribute in the young and dynamic world of Australian architecture. Only after 3 weeks I joined the young team at Pleysier Perkins, a studio focused on residential bespoke architecture based in Prahran, Melbourne, and I have since worked on endless exciting projects across Australia and New Zealand, including a pioneer prefab house in Sydney, which was featured on Grand Designs Australia in 2009. Having since become a director my biggest role is to ensure the studio’s high standard of design philosophy and attention to detail is reflected in each individual project. My passion is creating homes that respond to the place as well as to the needs of the people that live in it, to create happy memories and a sense of place and belonging. I believe that light, material and sense of space plays a big role in creating a home and I love how each project has their own story and individual background which changes the approach on how to achieve the above. I believe in and enjoy working closely with the client and an excellent builder to achieve the best possible outcome within the parameters of the brief, even if might look like a big challenge or even impossible at first. Another passion of mine is to nurture and mentor the new generation of architects, that faces the big challenge of an ever changing housing landscape in Australia and faces dealing with the challenges that come with it. Having always shown interest in broadening my horizon and sharing my expertise I used to teach and lecture at university before leaving Germany and I recently continued this ambition of passing on my knowledge, but also learning from the younger generation by taking up occasional teaching and lecturing at the University of Melbourne.