architecture & design studio

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About Us

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.

It is not always possible to achieve synergy between architect, builder and client.
We have had the good fortune to do just that.
— Client, Southern Swan Shop and Dwelling

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)


The Team

Ryan Strating

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.

Ceridwen Owen

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).

Chris Clinton

Chris Clinton

Architect & Maker

Chris spends half his time in the studio and the other half in the workshop. A craftsman at heart, to say he’s obsessive about detail is a bit of an understatement. His design rigour and knowledge of materials provides the finishing touches that make for high-quality architecture.

Chris has worked on projects large and small. His own home, ‘New Town Road House’, won the Peter Willmott Small Project Award at the 2015 Tasmanian Architecture Awards. At the same time, he was part of the design team for the multi-award winning UTAS Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) with Terroir-JWA.

Chris is an active member of Designed Objects Tasmania (DOT), where he produces finely crafted objects, while providing mentor support for emerging designer-makers.

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Emily Ouston

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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