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Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) was established in 1994. The work of the practice encompasses architecture, interiors, landscape and urban design. Our work is extremely varied and ranges in scale and program, from Art and Design Schools for Universities to multi-residential developments, museums, police stations, primary schools and commercial fit-outs.

We have a significant portfolio of individual and multi-residential projects including Napier Street housing: a benchmark for medium density housing included on the Victorian Government’s Good Design files. Other projects include House at Big Hill, House at Hanging Rock, and heritage apartments in the former Channel 9 studios in Bendigo Street, Richmond.

Projects completed for public sector clients include Marysville and Carrum Downs Police Stations, the Visitors Center for the Australian Garden at RBG Cranbourne, Monash University Museum of Art & Ian Potter Sculpture forecourt. Other clients include the MFB, DHS and DEECD.


We like to think of our projects as portraits; unique and particular to the clients, environments and purpose at hand, with a focus on an enjoyment of place, sustainability and integration with landscape and community.

The practice focus is on architecture as a civic endeavor; buildings that forge connections with their surroundings and the people who inhabit them. Design is necessarily integrated, multi-disciplinary and based on intensive collaboration between client, consultants and contractors.


KTA has experience in all stages of project delivery – from feasibility and masterplanning to contract administration– and across a variety of building types including institutional, educational, residential, commercial and infrastructure projects. Strong interpersonal skills are complimented by years of experience involved in the building and procurement process to provide an in-depth understanding of construction methods, buildability and maximizing design value within stringent cost targets.

We have a proven ability to navigate successful paths through client and community groups, university, local government and VCAT bodies. Our projects have been used as case studies of Good Design by the Victorian Government’s Department of Planning and Community Development. Kerstin Thompson is also a member of the Design Review Panel formed by the Victorian Government’s Office of the Government Architect, an initiative to review and improve the built environment.

Hand in hand with our proven design strengths is KTA’s capacity to deliver projects on time and to budget.

Traditional Owners

KTA acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our studio is located – the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the East Kulin Nation. We recognise the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of the lands and waterways across the Australian continent with histories of continuous connection dating back more than 60,000 years and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

KTA offers expertise in the following areas:

  • Master planning & Feasibility
  • Design for heritage / environmentally sensitive sites
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design
  • Reporting and briefing including Client and User group liaison
  • Consultant team establishment, leadership and coordination
  • Establishing strategic principles for design
  • Presentation techniques including physical models, photomontage and 3D computer rendering
  • Community Consultation
  • Town planning & authority negotiations and VCAT presentations
  • Value management
  • Post occupancy services
  • Marketing drawings and images
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