Katsieris Origami is an architecture and urban design studio based in Melbourne.
We design in a forward-looking, optimistic manner believing that excellent architecture and urban design enrich individual and collective human existence.
Our studio is unique in that we design small and large-scale projects simultaneously.
From modest houses to large civic buildings to major urban designs, we find that robust designs take on an inevitable quality, willing themselves into reality irrespective of scale. Our designs start from our client's brief, their particular stories and the specifics of their site. We weave these elements together and often cross-fertilise them with narrative or abstract elements to achieve equilibrium between the poetic and the rational.
Designing and building are pure, cultural activities; both disciplines manifestly enriched by engaging constantly with the other. Through the design and construction of our projects, we have established long-lasting relationships with our clients, construction contractors, specialist workshops and dedicated material fabricators.
We are committed to the championing of local manufacturing expertise.
Our design process involves the early input of specialist fabricators and construction contractors. This gives our studio greater capacity to refine design ideas, ensure designs are workable, sustainable and also capture the poetic potential often inherent in ever-evolving construction techniques.
We work to deliver exemplary, responsible buildings, large or small; urban spaces, micro or macro, that provide long term, life-enhancing experiences. Ones where our client’s brief, form, space, place, technology, construction science and art, all fuse to the enduring benefit of all.
Paul Katsieris, Founder
Paul is the Principal and founder of Katsieris Origami: Architecture & Urbanism.
A respected Architect of over 30 years of design experience, he graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne. After graduation, he received a Greek Presidential-Australian Commonwealth Award to study the work of contemporary architects in Europe and Asia. In 2000 he featured in Episode One of the accalimed ABC Television documentary series ‘In the Mind of the Architect’.
Prior to founding Katsieris Origami; Paul was an Equity Principal of Hassell and was with the firm for 21 years. During this time, he led the architecture discipline in Melbourne and was the national design quality principal. Paul was the Design Principal for the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne; the Government Services Offices, Dandenong; the Sunshine Magistrates and Children's Court, Sunshine; and was Design Principal/collaborator on the designs for the Urban Workshop Office Tower at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne; The Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts, Adelaide; “The Age” Print Centre, Tullamarine; one40 William Street Office Tower, Perth; The Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth and on major projects in China and across Asia.
Since founding Katsieris Origami Paul has been the Government Architectural Design Advisor for a number of major Victorian Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects. These include the new Royal Children’s Hospital Project, Parkville; the new Bendigo Hospital and the First Tranche of the new State Government Schools PPP Projects. He is currently commissioned to provide Independent Design Advisory services for the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project (Office of Independent Reviewer) and is an Urban Design Advisor for the Suburban Rail Loop Authority.
Paul is active in architectural design education and has led thesis-level design studios at the University of Melbourne's School of Design and Deakin University for a number of years.
He is a foundation member of the Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP); a body administered by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. The VDRP overviews the design-quality of major public and private infrastructure across Victoria.