Our talented team has evolved into a highly responsive collaboration of architects and designers.
Cathi Colla Architects began in 2000 from a small shopfront studio in Carlton North. Cathi Colla Architects is now a well-established practice, specialising in contemporary residential architecture – architecture with a primary focus for creating calm, beautiful, sustainable and healthy environments.
Our practice draws together over twenty-five years of architectural practice, 15 years of art experimentation and exhibitions, and 10 years of teaching (architectural design and construction).
Clients of Cathi Colla Architects benefit from a strong and diverse network of skilled consultants. Our practice is well supported by a team of architects and like minded business professionals. Our consultants are always on hand to assist with the delivery of projects in a comprehensive, attentive and timely manner.
More recently Cathi Colla Architects enjoys assisting and educating those considering building or renovating their homes. The team regularly writes, develops and publishes tips and tricks on the process and benefits of good architectural design, and how to best prepare for a smooth, stress-free design and construction process.
Cathi completed her formal training as an architect in 1991 with First Class Honors. Since then Cathi has passionately forged her career gaining international experience in architecture and urban design whilst working with award winning architects including Peter Eisenman in New York and BV Ontwerpbureau Teun Koolhaas Associates in the Netherlands.
Returning home Cathi has gained invaluable local experience with award winning Architects including Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and Williams Boag (WBa) in Melbourne; and Eeles Trelease in Sydney.
More recently Cathi completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fine Art) in 2003, majoring in Sculpture and Spatial Practice. This provided a great opportunity to explore and experiment with the concept of Space, and to better understand the human body, its physical and psychological response to, and interaction with, the physical and the subconscious environments.
Cathi’s advocacy continues in the field of architecture and achieving sustainable outcomes for our community. In 2012 Cathi became a Director for ArchiTeam Cooperative, providing her the opportunity to support the local community of small architectural practices, and sole practicing architects.
In late 2013 Cathi was also acknowledged as a ‘Fellow’ by the Australian Institute of Architects for her contribution to the practice of architecture over recent years.
Katherine enjoys working closely with clients to see their project needs turned into enjoyable and liveable solutions.
Katherine is a Registered Architect with over 6 years design and documentation experience. Katherine’s design expertise is predominantly within the field of residential architecture, in particular inner city and suburban sites.
Katherine studied a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania, Launceston. Studying and living on an island instilled the philosophy of Sustainability from the outset of her architectural career. It is this thread that she intends to see carried through all her work.
She also holds an Associate Diploma in Interior Design from RMIT.
With a keen interest in the social aspects of architecture, Katherine has volunteered with Architects for Peace for many years, advocating for social justice within the Built Environment and more accessible public spaces.
Katherine has also tutored in the fields of Architectural Design and History (of Architecture) at RMIT University and the University of Tasmania.
Amarinda hails from sunny Queensland where she completed her undergraduate studies at University of Queensland and began architectural work.
She is currently completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Amarinda joined our team in late 2016.
Amarinda loves to experience the great outdoors hiking or cycling. She also enjoys painting and sketching in her spare time and supports the local architectural community by participating in architectural talks and discussions.
Sarah is our new super Office Manager within the Cathi Colla Architects team.
She comes from a management and administration background with a variety of positions in retail and the corporate world. A fresh face in the studio, Sarah brings a new perspective and experience to the team.
In her down-time, Sarah enjoys walking and enjoying the sights of Melbourne or spending time with her family and friends.
Business and practice manager, trusted Information Technology advisor and an all round nice guy.