was founded by architect David Ostinga who trained at the University of Sydney. There he studied under and later worked with the Architects Richard Le Plastrier and Neil Durbach. At University David received the Noel Chettle Art Prize for ‘Film and Sculpture’ and won a joint first prize in the Southern Sydney CBD ideas competition with fellow students Andrea Wilson, Dillon Kombumerri and Nicholas Murcutt.
Highlights of he practice to date are:
• 2006 the practice was shortlisted for the Idea Awards in Melbourne and also received the Landcom Civic Design People's Choice award for the project house eight-eight.
• 2006 House eight-eight awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Architect Award in the NSW residential category.
• 2007-2008 received the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship award. The research topic ‘un-extruding the Tower looked at the unexplored possibilities of the tower and the potential to reconnect the typology to the City. As part of the research David visited several international offices and high profile buildings including: Forsters, OMA, Miralles Tagliabue and Carmes Pinos.
• 2008 as part of the Australian exhibition - 'Abundance', the office exhibited a model and text inspired by the Tower research at the Venice Biennale .
• 2010 completed a self published book ‘un-extruding the Tower’.
• The practice has been published in: The sydney Morning Herald's Domain, HOUSES, (inside) Australian Design Review, Architecture Bulletin, ‘Young House Magazine’ Peripherie Germany and GA Architect Japan.
Over the course of the practice David has taught design at Sydeny and UNSW University. The office continues to engage in all scales or work including residential, multi residential, commercial and larger scale competition projects. The practice is founded on the principle that Architecture has a critical role to play in transforming and enriching our everyday collective culture.