Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA), in 2005 and has since forged a practice recognised in residential, cultural, interior and furniture design. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio’s work celebrates the experience of space and life within it.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community as a mentor, public speaker, committee member, and industry representative. She proactively advocates the many benefits of architecture to the broader community, to ensure that good design is valued in Australia.

Within the institute Clare is involved at state and national levels, elected in 2016 as a Nationally Elected Councillor, and as a Victorian Chapter Councillor in 2014-15. She has also contributed to the AA Editorial Committee (chair), Victorian Small and Medium Practice Forums, Victorian Member Services Committee (chair), Victorian Member’s Forum, Constructive Mentoring Program and Victorian and National Awards Juries. Clare was recognised for her work and professional engagement in 2013 with the AIA Victorian and National Emerging Architect award.

Clare is an inaugural investor in Nightingale, the triple bottom line housing development model celebrated for its social and sustainable benefits for the community and the city. Clare is now undertaking her own Nightingale project.


Photographer: John O'Rourke