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
- Chair Elect: Association for Learning Environments Australasia (NSW Chapter)
- Co-convener for the Learning Environments Australasian Regional Conference
- Board Director and Chair of the Building & Resources Committee: St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown
- Advisory Board Member: Maronite College of the Holy Family, Harris Park
- 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, Architectural Assistant
- Bachelor of Architecture - 2 years completed
- Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) - 1 year completed
Paul is an extremely motivated and talented architect, 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
ina 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.
Her dedication to construct a highly effective operational environment over a short period of time is testimony to her systematic and time management skills. This mindset has now been applied to developing project management and communication tools for every project.
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. Tina has been influential with establishing a studio culture, focused on design, schools and construction.
Michaela Ikin, Senior Architect
- M. Architecture
- B Arts (Arch)
- B Fine Arts
Micahela is a passionate architect with a vibrant personality and a strong problem-solving ability.
With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Michaela has worked on projects of varying typology and scope. In these roles she has engaged with a broad client base including local government, education, defence and the commercial sector. In each project, she maintains a solid client focus, while producing deliverables that have consistently met specific and collective needs.
Michaela has a strong ability to perform a range of complex project design and administration functions from concept through to construction with the use of highly developed analytical and conceptual skills and a distinct knowledge base acquired through experience, education and travel.
She invests personal and professional energy into her work continually, thereby reinforcing improvements and take responsibility for project outcomes and that of her team.
Lucia Uribe Perez, Graduate Architect
- M. Building Restoration, Technology and Management
- M. Architecture
- M. Architecture. Erasmus Exchange Programme
Lucía is an aspiring talented architect, 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.