architecture & design studio

Core Collective Architects is an architecture & design studio, operating in Tasmania and Victoria with a commitment to sustainable, elegant and robust architecture. We have an ingrained love of the natural environment and appreciation of local craftsmanship, which we instill in every project.

We work closely with consultants and clients, as well as construction and creative industries, delivering projects that achieve excellent functional, ecological and sociological outcomes balanced with a cohesive design aesthetic.

The studio works across a range of project types and sizes from small scale residential and commercial, to master planning and multi-residential. We take a rigorous approach to all projects, including strategic planning, client briefing, research, analysis and attention to detail. Our projects not only improve the value of a property, they also work towards improving the broader urban realm.

Our Services


Project Management

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Brief Development

  • Master-planning

  • Contract Administration

Product Development

  • Building Materials

  • Designed Objects

  • Furniture

  • Lighting

  • Joinery


  • Single Residential (renovations, extensions, new builds)

  • Multi-Residential 

  • Heritage & Adaptive Re-Use

  • Commercial  

  • Tourism   

  • Education  

  • Landscape Design (including Green Roof design)

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The Team

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Ryan Strating

Founding Director & Architect

Ryan is devoted to making architecture that has a low-environmental impact and provides a healthy and beautiful environment for its occupants.

To every project he brings a wealth of knowledge of thermally efficient construction and sustainable building materials, demonstrating the value added through investing in high-quality and high-performance architecture.

Ryan is the founder and technical developer of Clinka, a sustainable building materials company bringing European technologies to Australia. Ryan’s vast knowledge of renewable energy systems, construction materials, thermal performance, and energy life-cycle design ensures our projects are both sustainable and a joy to engage with.

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Dr. Ceridwen Owen

Founding Director, Senior Academic, School of Architecture, UTAS

Ceridwen specialises in the advancement and implementation of sustainable development principles in architectural practice, theory and education.  She has substantial residential architectural experience and has consulted on commercial developments, coordinating large project teams and developing best practice sustainable solutions including materials selection and construction methodology.

Ceridwen is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania. She teaches in design and research in the Master of Architecture and researches in the fields of sustainable architecture and inclusive design, with a particular focus on design and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Emily Ouston


Emily strives to produce architecture that empowers people to live a happy and healthy life with a connection to the natural environment. She believes that when functionality and beauty coincide: that’s great architecture! She looks for the ‘hidden’ opportunities in a client’s brief that need teasing out in order to be realised. In other words, that life-changing design element you didn’t know you needed.

Emily has led a range of projects, including residential (individual and multi-residential), commercial and public buildings.

In 2012, Emily was a recipient of the National Dulux Study Tour award for emerging architects, flying Emily to Europe to visit some amazing buildings and their designers. It was an experience that changed her outlook and pushed her work in bold, exciting directions. 

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Erica Proud

Graduate Architect 

Erica is an avid city cyclist and tarmac treader, which gives her an on-the-ground perspective of the public realm. She’s forever curious about new ways that our built environment can be improved to further enhance daily life.

She had a unique experience in 2015, working at the Universidad de Ibagué in Colombia developing educational projects in rural and disadvantaged areas. Her passion for people-orientated cities was further expanded during an internship at the Hobart City Council where she carried out research for the proposed Public Transport Corridor.

Out of the office, Erica is expanding her skill set in craft and trade, including welding and jewellery-making.  

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