Warren J Foster Architects
+ 61 3 9593 6232
5 Inkerman Grove, St.Kilda
Melbourne 3182 Australia
After graduating in 1979, Warren went to work under the supervision of
Graham Gunn with Gunn Hayball in the early 80s.
Warren's exposure to the early design work by Gunn, Karl Fender and other designers, helped inform his design philosophy and early work with the Mallacoota design office of John Grunden introduced him to the use of a vast array of natural products and finishes. He expanded on this interest with his work in the USA, mainly in the Arizona area and a study of the work of Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright and other Californian architects has formed a design style that helps identifies WJFA work immediately.
Warren has worked with Nonda Katislidis, Wood Marsh Axis and many other design orientated firms.
In 1998 he undertook design work with Lab Architects on Federation Square.
Warren has travelled extensively - spending time in Mexico, South America and Africa.
|A keen naturalist born into farming culture, Warren leans towards using natural materials in his architectural practice. An early relationship with the Mallacoota Design Group required him to work with natural timbers, pole housing, mud brick and
rammed earth, further nurturing this sensibility.
One of the first things you will notice when viewing a WJFA design is the absence of decorative color. Instead the peaceful, serene use of natural materials imbues the space with the vibrancy of black stained timbers, rich stone work or blackened steel. The extensive use of white paint on plasterboard allows the featured materials to radiate their natural colors. The architects study in Arizona reinforced the desire to use these materials in high-end design solutions and forms.
The practice maintains a list of tradesmen at the peak of their trades. Stone masons, boat builder/carpenters, joiners and masons et al, all bringing luscious timber detailing, rustic stone walls and detailed joinery to life in work destined for longevity.
Warren also believes that architecture should be affordable to all.
An extensive education in the use of reinforced concrete and structural steel multi level buildings; Hyatt Hotel, Franklin Street Apartments and the Drewery Lane Apartments, has given WJFA a rounded experience in Apartment and Commercial Building Design.