Who we are
Our team is energetic and dedicated to crafting spaces for learning. This passion draws reference from a range of sources to ensure our team remains on the pulse of Teaching and Learning. Our team is backed by the guidance of our Director, who has extensive experience with school and community buildings and is supported by experience and a strong technical understanding.
Simply put, we are passionate architects, with a love of the learning environment.
Daniel Smith, Director
Architect: B Arch (Hons), B Sci (Arch), NSW Reg. 7776
Board Director and Chair of the Building & Resources Committee: St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown
A+ Member: Australian Institute of Architects
Daniel Smith has developed a significant portfolio of public and education projects completed over the past fifteen years. This experience coupled with a natural affinity to building relationships with various stakeholder groups makes Daniel a personable and experienced architect and leader.
Daniel’s passion is in Educational facilities, having spent his career concentrating on this sector with a comprehensive research and development focus. With his research in to Teaching and Learning, together with tours of many leading schools around Australia and New Zealand is built further upon an intimate knowledge of current education trends makes Daniel an inspiring education architect. This passion is furthered by his role as a Board Director of St Patrick's College, Campbelltown.
Paul Droney, Project Leader
Paul is an extremely motivated and talented designer, with a passion for design and crafting inspiring spaces.
He has studied in Belgium's Université Libre de Bruxelles, whilst gaining international experience within Europe's design culture. Paul has worked on buildings of many different typologies, including schools, fire stations and residential projects. Each project received a level of attention to detail beyond his years.
Tina Goodberg, Practice Manager
Tina is gifted with organisational and process based refinement which enables and supports the core team objectives – to design beautiful spaces to live, work, learn and play.
Tina has been instrumental in establishing the systems behind Leaf Architecture whilst providing back-up support to ensure the team can deliver work within the client’s requirements. As Leaf Architecture has grown, Tina’s future focused systems delivery has provided a solid platform for company growth and development. Tina’s past experience has been within practice management of a law firm. This backing provides a strong insight into an efficient and agile working environment.
Her approach to system integration has been inclusive within the studio, thereby reinforcing a tight knit team with a focus on collaborative and professional development.
Vanessa Truong, Accounts Administrator
Vanessa is an exceptional accountant with over 15 years experience. Vanessa keeps our accounts flowing and our administration organised. After coming from leading multinational manufacturers, Vanessa has been establishing financial processes and procedures to ensure the stead and continual growth of our practice. She has been an invaluable member of our team since joining the studio.
Rob Fraser, Design Director
A+ Member: Australian Institute of Architects
Rob is an engaging and inclusive operator with a strong track record in leading successful, diverse teams in the delivery of complex projects and services. As our Design Director, Rob has a strong eye for detail and a natural ability to lead, strategize and guide project teams to be able to perform to its best ability.
Coming from a senior role in Schools Infrastructure NSW, Rob has oversaw the redevelopment of the school standards to create a dynamic cloud based tool which informs every public school project delivered.
Furthermore, Rob’s enjoys intrinsic ability to discern a client’s needs, communicate in a manner that builds on their understanding while navigating multiple, often conflicting stakeholder needs, to a mutually satisfactory outcome.
As an experienced design professional, Rob has led, designed and documented architectural for over 30 years. His interest in architecture expands from the granular detail through to big picture master planning.
Lucia Uribe Perez, Project Leader
M. Building Restoration, Technology and Management
M. Architecture. Erasmus Exchange Programme
Lucía is an aspiring talented designer, with a passion for creating beautiful and memorable spaces for people.
She has benefited from over five years of experience on a variety of projects and constructions on urban design, residential, renovation building and mixed-use projects. As an architect, Lucía has managed projects from the initial design stage right through to completion.
Lorenzo Paolieri, Project Leader
Lorenzo is a project leader with a passion for architecture and design. His accurate and genuine approach to environmental sustainability, combined with his Italian charm make Lorenzo a strong fit for any project.
Lorenzo has significant experience in Early Learning and a strong interest in primary and secondary education. The community sensibilities within education and the learning environment draw Lorenzo to work to a higher level, thereby leaving the next generation with something special.
Having delivered construction documents for numerous projects, Lorenzo’s experience enables him to synthesize the divergent needs of various consultants while maintaining a strong eye on the bigger picture.
He is also a passionate visual artist interested mostly in Concept Art and Interior Design and an enthusiastic landscape photographer.
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