Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

Alex is the Managing Director of the Practice and graduated from the University of Sydney with distinction in 1990 receiving the Sir John Sulman Prize for Architectural Design. Alex has contributed to the design of many significant public and educational projects over 25 years. In addition to management tasks, Alex is Project Director on a wide range of Commercial, Educational and Public projects and contributes to design and management review of all projects in the practice.


For me,  Architecture is an enduring art which brings with it a responsibility for honesty and integrity. It should be based on fundamental ideas of space, representation and construction.

This is a philosophy that draws from the discipline itself and responds to the real demands of the practicing architect. It is not necessarily pragmatic, for there is often a need to include the poetic and spiritual within our work. At its heart it has a belief in the transformative power of architecture and its ability to change our surroundings in a positive and responsible manner.

The idea of the public project underpins much of my work and I see this as an important role for an architect – places for learning, discourse and meeting, buildings that bring people together and transform their perception of the world.

Any successful project must have ideas that respond to need, vision and function. It is the architect’s role to understand and synthesise these often competing demands into a new expression. Ultimately it is the ability to transform these demands from abstract concepts into a physical entity that lies at the heart of the architect’s responsibility.

Robert has worked with the Practice since 1990, became a Director in 2002. Robert graduated from the University of Sydney and has since contributed to a wide range of projects throughout the years at TKD Architects. Robert has particular interest and extensive experience on educational and institutional projects from a wide range of clients throughout NSW and ACT. He has worked on new learning hubs as well as educational extensions that align with new pedagogies. The transformation of many educational spaces has been influenced by Robert's ability to work with clientele and develop projects that surpass clients expectations.

Mel is a Principal of the Practice and has led our Interior Design Team for over 9 years. Initially studying Architecture, Mel moved to Interior Design after a couple of years when she realised her interests were in the impact that well designed and beautiful interior spaces can have for individuals, families and communities. Since graduating with the University Medal in 1996, she has been involved in all aspects of interior design - client liaison, design, documentation and contract administration on various sized projects. After working in London and Sydney for differing sized firms and on different project types, she ran her own practice for 15 years. It was the interesting variety of project types and scales as well as a desire to practice collaboratively that made her decide to wind down her company and join TKD Architects. She is an active communicator and has over 20 years experience working with stakeholders and clients to successfully deliver projects.


Interior Design within Architecture
It is a strong belief of mine that the architecture and interior design of any project should be one integrated solution and seamlessly considered from the start of any project. Interior design should be humanistic in approach and focus on a sensory, wellbeing and functional outcomes whilst meeting the brief. The blurred lines between what is architecture and what is interior design is exciting, dynamic and where great design happens. It is where TKD as an architectural company with a strong interior design focus has an advantage and can deliver well considered, holistic projects that are beautiful to experience.

George Phillips has over twenty-five years’ experience in heritage architecture and has worked on many significant historic buildings and sites in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. His experience includes adaptive reuse, building fabric conservation, building refurbishment works, the preparation of conservation management plans, urban heritage studies, feasibility reports and heritage assessments.

I embrace history as a creative resource. I find inspiration in the history and significance of each place to achieve creative solutions that give it a living and sustainable future. I always tailor our approach to respond to the unique qualities of each site and our clients’ needs. I enjoy working collaboratively with our clients to help them realise the potential of their historic properties.

Lachlan is a Principal and project lead on many of our residential projects. Joining the practice in 2004, Lachlan has been responsible for the delivery of a range of residential projects from the compact and intricate to the broad and complex in both urban and regional settings. Lachlan contributes to all aspects of the practice including mentoring, training, social events and marketing. He is also an avid architectural photographer capturing many of our finished projects.


Design and building have been a passion of mine since childhood and there are no better opportunities for synthesising these two than in the practice of architecture. Whether it was my early, childhood experiments in cobbling together a go-kart or a major building today, the joy of taking ideas and drawings through to a living, functioning reality has not diminished.

Architectural design is not to be created in a vacuum but comes from a relationship with and understanding of the client, their brief, the character of the site and any other influences on the project all of which contribute to a bespoke, sustainable and quality outcome. I seek a collaborative and inclusive process as it is my experience that this collective curation of ideas and expertise leads to the most-considered and enduring result for the project. I’ve had the privilege to work with great clients on their exciting homes and look forward to every new possibility and the continuing process of the design and building of architecture.