According to Annraoi, strong designers are a balance of rationalism and intuition. This balance is echoed directly in his professional background: after starting architecture on more traditional projects in Dublin, he moved to Amsterdam where he worked on speculative and creative design solutions, before moving to Australia. A brief flick through Annraoi’s notebook also hints at this dichotomy – it’s a glimpse into the workings of a highly creative mind wired to problem-solving.
Specialising in the early stages of a project – feasibility, 3D renderings and models along with sketches – he believes the limitations help form the solution. It makes sense that he finds projects that must balance multiple outcomes – for example, the project’s impact on the urban fabric, how it works within the goals of the city and the community it serves, while adhering to a budget and stakeholders’ requirements – the most satisfying.
Annraoi also genuinely appreciates engaging with clients and sees the relationship as symbiotic. Regarding his team, he navigates each member as they are and finds the right way to get the best out of them – as with his designs, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Park One - UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence
Category: High Density Residential Result: Commendation Year: 2020
Park One - Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards
Category: High Density Metro Apartments Result: Winner Year: 2020
"The Esplanade has it all. Adjoining a lake next to a shopping centre it is also a renewal of the old ice rink site. The high quality residential tower is complimented by a lower rise commercial office building over lakeside restaurants. Good architecture displays the two connected buildings appearing separate. The Judges were particularly impressed with the integration of the public waterfront and the buildings entry and forecourt. Almost fully occupied this fine development is a great example of mixed use success. It builds well on the success of Norwest mixed community."
- The UDIA NSW Awards Jury
Category: Mixed Use Development Result: Winner Year: 2021
Landing - Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards
Category: Highrise Residential Metro Result: Winner Year: 2021
This mid-rise residential development in Queensland takes cues from the beachside locale with soft and flowing forms and a coastal palette of colours and materials.
East Side Quarter
October 12, 2023
The ESQ masterplan will be delivered over five stages with waterfront dining and retail, contemporary residents and resort-style amenities such as the lagoon pool.
September 15, 2023
The two residential towers of Park One adopt a clear and legible design approach, with a strong connection to landscape and evocative curved forms.
Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley
August 28, 2023
A luxury resort in the Blue Mountains, surrounded by national parklands and containing 40 villas, a homestead building, gym, spa, stables and tennis courts.
March 09, 2023
The slender tower form of Lighthouse makes a distinctive presence on the skyline of Burwood. Located close to bustling Burwood Rd this residential tower has embraced its site constraints to create a unique apartment tower and public space.
March 08, 2023
The masterplan represents the next stage of the Wentworth Point urban renewal program, providing a vibrant mixed use precinct on the riverside site.
March 06, 2023
A waterfront mixed-use hub creating a place for the growing community of Norwest to live, eat, work and play. Esplanade offers waterfront restaurants, a retail precinct and commercial offices with views and winter gardens.
85 Macquarie Street
March 06, 2023
This commercial development responds to its heritage context, whilst playing a key role in the future development of Parramatta as an urban centre.
Hills Showground Village
March 06, 2023
An activated mixed use precinct in Castle Hill featuring residential, retail, commercial and open communal spaces for current and future communities.
The Landing Sanctuary – Stage 1
February 10, 2023
The first stage of the Sanctuary Masterplan, The Landing features apartment living that celebrates the riverside location of Wentworth Point. The strong connection between architecture and landscape reinforced the theme of "one with nature".