2016 - Present    Ken Down Architects | Director

2007 – 2016    CORE Architecture, Sunshine Coast Office | Director

1998 – 2007    Ken Down Architects | Director 

1979 – 1997    Down & Neylan Architects | Director

1977 – 1979    Ken Down | Architect

1975 – 1977    Heathwood Cardillo Wilson Pty Ltd | Senior Architect 

1972 – 1975    Cullen Fagg Hargraves Mooney & Cullen | Student Architect

1967 – 1972    Edwards Bisset & Partners | Student Architect





After completing secondary schooling at Church of England Grammar School, Ken completed his Associate Diploma in Architecture at QIT in Brisbane, then gained registration as an architect in 1974.  He was elevated to Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture in 1984.   Ken has directed practices in Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Caloundra, Airlie Beach, Hervey with his current directorship in Mooloolaba.

Extensive international travel has further developed his passion for architecture and its direct impact on his fellow beings. 

Creating successful spaces for our community in the regions in which he has worked is the most rewarding experience for Ken.  Sharing the professional development that he is fortunate to experience on a daily basis with his professional colleagues and staff adds to the fulfilment that he gains from his day to day work.

Further fulfilment has been the receipt of many architectural awards from hispeers and the building industry for buildings that his various teams have produced.

Being a Sunshine Coast Resident for over thirty years has enabled Ken to enjoy participation in an acknowledged architectural style while significantly contributing to it.

Personal involvement with all of the projects he has contributed has enabled him to enjoy the immense personal satisfaction from the profession of architecture.

Ken is committed to creating successful people spaces that contribute positively to the development of our society through the provision of architecture reflecting his passion for mankind.

Various expert witness commissions relating to his broad knowledge of the design / development / construction industry in all areas of building types has also  punctuated his career over the last 38 years.




  • Corbould Park Racecourse Development

  • Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre Riverwalk and Cinema Precinct

  • Australia Zoo, Entry Building Crocoseum and Food & Beverage Pavilion

  • Childers Backpackers, Childers

  • Immanuel Lutheran College Buderim – Masterplan, Childcare Centre, Church, Early Learning Centre, Ken Thamm Resource Centre, Prep School, GPLA’s , Administration Buildings.

  • University of the Sunshine Coast – Auditorium, and Food Court, Science Building, Health & Sports Precinct, CPO Building, Stadium

  • Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club

  • Bondoola Apartments, Mooloolaba

  • St Malo Apartments, Mooloolaba

  • Buderim Ginger Factory Masterplan for Tourism precinct

  • Sunshine Coast Grammar School – Centre for Science Excellence, Sports Centre, Masterplan, Industrial Technology Building, Administration Building

  • Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club Redevelopment

  • Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club Redevelopment

  • Marcoola Surf Lifesaving Club Redevelopment

  • Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club Redevelopment

  • Coolum Beach Bowls Club Redevelopment

  • The Lakes College Northlakes Resource Centre

  • Gemini Towers – 60 Units Golden Beach, Caloundra

  • Casablanca – 24 Holiday units Kings Beach Caloundra

  • Various home unit projects (approx. 100). Caloundra

  • Golden Beach Tavern, Caloundra

  • Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra

  • Various Commercial projects (approx. $50M) Caloundra

  • Monte Carlo units Surfers Paradise

  • Masterplan for Daydream Island (redevelopment)

  • Heron Island Holiday Villas

  • Prep Year State Schools – 12 two storey buildings, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville

  • Oxygen 12 Residential Units, Mooloolaba

  • St Catherine’s Church of Siena, Siena Catholic College Sippy Downs

  • Marina Shores Residential Units, Airlie Beach

  • Shoreline Residential Units, Airlie Beach

  • The Edge Residential Units Hamilton Island (Stage 3, Shoreline)

  • Various residences, Hamilton Island

  • Oasis Residential Units Hamilton Island

  • Freycinet Lodge Tasmania

  • Beach Retreat, 60 holiday units Coolum

  • Pacific Paradise Bowls Club new premises

  • Green Beginnings Child Care Centre x 2

  • 69-73 Primary School Court, Commercial, Maroochydore

  • Sunshine Coast Independent Living Service Inc. Headquarters

  • Philbrick Residence, Coolum Beach



Associate Diploma in Architecture QIT

Registration – Board of Architects – 1974

AACA Registration – 1974

Fellow Australian Institute of Architects since 1984

Honorary Life Member Yachting QLD


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