Business profile: Chan architecture

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Chan Architecture copyright Tatjana Plitt

We talk to Anthony Chan of Chan Architecture, a small boutique architectural firm in Collingwood.  Anthony says his motivation to start his business in 2007 was "a strong passion for design." He and his colleagues "wanted the opportunity to explore our own ideas through architecture."

Like many Yarra businesses, he initially chose Collingwood due to its proximity to transport, the CBD and other creative businesses. He adds, "After 10 years in Collingwood, I feel like we are now a part of a thriving local business community who work together and are very supportive of each other."

"I love the diversity of the area, there is such a wide range of people and businesses from all cultures, ages and backgrounds, which makes it such an interesting and inspiring area to work in."

Living in Collingwood, you also may find yourself unexpectedly inspiring to others. He says, "Before we moved to Johnston St, we used to have a studio on Keele St in Collingwood, where we were upstairs from an art gallery.  As well as a place to display art from young local artists, the red brick building itself was often used as a canvas for street artists, which was constantly changing."

"One day we found one of the artists had done an illustration of what looked like architects hanging out of the upstairs windows, which I couldn’t help but think was a reference to our architectural studio upstairs and the long hours we used to work.  The lesson learnt is that if you’re in Collingwood, it’s good to have an open mind and a sense of humour!"

Anthony recommends The Abbotsford ConventEveryday Coffee and N.Lee Bakery as his favourite local venues.

Find out more about Chan Architecture.


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