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Ken Down commenced practice on the Sunshine Coast in 1978 expanding into Brisbane and the Gold Coast with self-sufficient offices in each centre as Down & Neylan. Ken commenced private practice in 1976 based in Manly.


Since 1999 Ken Down has consolidated his architectural practice on the Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba employing 20 full time staff. With several projects underway on both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach, Ken Down returned to Airlie Beach to re-establish his early association with the area. This led to the opening of the Ken Down Architects Airlie Beach office. Later Ken moved his office to Mooloolaba and is currently situated on the Wharf Tower.


The office provides building project delivery services with a highly experienced and skilled team, over a century of collective knowledge.


Services offered include site master planning, interior design, urban planning, multi-unit residential design, resort accommodation, project design, retail projects, retirement village projects, exclusive residence design, educational institutional projects, worship centres and ancillary buildings, sports club facilities and associated food and beverage club facilities, hotel projects and marina developments.


The Sunshine Coast region in Australia is recognised for its innovative design excellence of which Ken’s architectural practice has been at the forefront for 35 years.


Part of the practice’s design process includes incorporating best practise of ecologically sustainable design. Ecological sustainability is an integral part of the design process and needs to be considered at every stage of the building process. Ken’s extensive national and international ocean racing attributed to his understanding of the local environment.


Each project is designed considering the primary principles of sustainability. These principles include the contribution to the quality and sustainability of the natural and built environment, minimising the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimising the pollution of soil, air and water and maximising the health, safety and comfort of the building user. Passive solar design for example, can achieve a significant decrease in energy consumption over the life of the building.


View our Projects page for a sampling of the work we do.

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