About Us

We are a small design focused practice of architects and interior designers offering a fully integrated design and project management service specialising in residential and smaller scale commercial projects.

We enjoy projects specifically when we are working directly with our clients in collaboration. Together, we work towards finding innovative, elegant and sustainable design solutions, often to specific and unique requirements, which inherently respond to place and environment.

Floate architecture was established in 2000 to focus on the design and delivery of smaller scale projects. Through the scale and nature of projects undertaken, we continually seek to develop an interactive process between architect and client, promoting high caliber design content and a refined methodology geared towards elegant problem solving.

Established by Mark Floate, the practice continues nearly 30 years of architectural experience in a broad range of projects in Edinburgh, London, Sydney, Brisbane and now based in Lismore, in the northern Rivers of New South Wales.

Born in 1963, Mark studied in both Edinburgh and London, graduating in 1987 with distinction. He commenced his professional career in London in the office of Evans and Shalev Architects known for their innovative approach to public and civic buildings. In 1992 Mark moved back to Edinburgh to work with Richard Murphy Architects on a range of intricate projects. Here, Mark developed his interest in smaller projects demanding a high level of client interface, and all round ability in architectural process and an emphasis on finely crafted design within tight time frames and cost constraints.

In 1994, Mark moved with his family to Australia, joining Bligh Voller Nield, firstly in Sydney and later in Brisbane. Mark became a Practice Director of the firm in 1997 and joint office manager of the Sydney office in 1998. The office grew from 4 to 100 people, with a series of award winning buildings and completed projects. Mark later established a dedicated project team within the office clearly focused on particular project types, generally smaller in scale and often with unique or special requirements.

Floate architecture was established in 2000 to continue this work in a more direct and collaborative way…

Services Offered

We are always happy to meet with you to discuss your specific requirements and as a guide we offer the following services:

Architects and Designers

Concepts, Ideas and Strategies
Detailed Architectural Design
Design and Project Management
Sustainable Design Strategies
Co-ordinated Documentation
Planning and Building Approvals
Contract Negotiation and Administration
Post Contract Services

Interior Design

Commercial Fit-out Design
Specialist Medical Practices
Home Renovations
Project Management
Equipment Procurement
Specialist Lighting
Furniture and Fitting Selection
Signage and Branding
Internal Landscapes

Project Planning and Management

Library Planning and Design Consultancy
Feasibility Studies and Reports
Community Projects (Pro bono options available)
Sustainable Design Advice