Down memory lane — twenty years of continuous service

Director Cheng Teo with Teo + Perperis' first ever home design from 1994.

Director Cheng Teo with Teo + Perperis’ first ever home design from 1994.

Conscious of scarce office space in our busy practice situated in Collingwood, we were cleaning out one of our archival store rooms one day and rediscovered some memorabilia, including several scale project models from our early years.

One of the models is of the very first home that Teo + Perperis ever designed, way back in 1994! A little the worse for wear after years in seclusion, we dusted it off.

That got us thinking about technological changes in just the last twenty years. Back in 1994, like many boutique architecture firms, we laboriously created scale models with card, scalpel and glue. Every wall, window, door, curve and step was manually hand-crafted and assembled into the whole. It was a very time-consuming process, but served well to give our client a clear idea of what their new home would be like.

The personal computer is now taken for granted in modern business practice, and most of our work is completed using computer-aided design (CAD) on our network of office PCs, and committed to hard-copy on our super-size printers and plotters.

Not all artistic tradition has been lost to the sands of time, though: the elevation and streetscape designs of our sketch plans are still often completed by hand. Like many of our clients, we feel that this approach brings the ideas and vision to life in a warmer and more engaging way than technical, computer-generated images could hope to.

 

The home model opens to show interior detail.

The home model opens to show interior detail.

We’re proud to have provided professional architectural and interior design services to the Victorian community continuously for two decades. A big “thank you” to you our wonderful clients for the opportunity to share in your dreams and aspirations.

Unlike times past, design is now completed largely by computer-aided design (CAD).

Principals John Perperis and Cheng Teo refine a home plan using computer-aided design

Principals John Perperis and Cheng Teo refine a home plan using computer-aided design.

CAD allows much faster initial and revised design turnaround times, meaning you get to make your decisions faster than in the past. There are now also fewer barriers to making important—even if smaller—design changes so that your new home, extension or renovation truly and exactly reflects your lifestyle and needs.

 

Model detail from 1994.

Model detail from 1994.

Our very first house design constructing nearing completion on-site in 1995.

Our very first house design nearing construction completion on-site in 1994.