Breathe is a Melbourne-based design studio. We create and contribute to world-class built environments that have an enduring, meaningful impact on communities and the planet.
Breathe transforms built environments into sustainable places to live, work, and thrive.
We work across a range of typologies and building types, from workplace and learning spaces to hotels and hospitality; from multi-residential mixed-use projects to alterations, additions and interior fitouts. We focus on achieving the greatest positive impact in everything we do, so some of our work isn’t form-based at all.
Our goals mean our work is a marathon, not a sprint. We’re in this for the long haul: for our own future, and the future of generations to come.
The Breathe crew are change agents: environmentalists, humanitarians, urbanists and activists. We hold ourselves personally accountable for our work, and we genuinely value its outcomes, so we always push that extra mile to innovate and problem solve beyond conventional approaches. We recognise humanity, value individuality, and work on the understanding that we are always stronger together.
Diversity is an integral part of our history, culture and identity. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive all differences. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as real value for Breathe, our clients and the communities we serve.
A better balance
We value our team members as real people who have personal obligations as well as professional ambitions.
Flexible work arrangements
You can work from home, you can work in the studio, you can work in the park — as long as you have a stable internet connection, you can work from wherever works best for you and the team.
A diverse workplace
We are committed to removing unconscious bias from our hiring process and creating an inclusive environment where each individual feels safe, heard and comfortable to bring their authentic selves to work.
Our core work hours are between 10am and 5pm, with a 37.5 hour full-time work week.
Ongoing professional development
We run monthly in-house CPD sessions on a broad range of topics, and offer Archicad training sessions as needed.
Our annual productivity reviews ensure you have the tools and support you need to do your best work.
A safe work environment
We offer on-demand ergonomic assessment of your workstation.
An allowance of up to $1000 per year for items that enhance your wellbeing, like fitness equipment, mental health appointments, and more.
Most of our crew use their own phones to make and receive some calls. We chip in for their monthly phone bills to allow for extra data and unlimited calls and texts. It’s the least we can do.
The single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is from energy for building operations. We work with our staff to help them ensure they’re getting 100% accredited GreenPower to their homes and we pick up the tab for the difference between bills.
Green transport allowance
We walk the walk (literally). Carbon emissions related to transport are the third biggest contributor to climate change. We support our staff and incentivise them to use sustainable modes of transport with an allowance for their Myki and bicycle repairs.
We collaborate with other leading architecture firms to help partner our future leaders with leaders of today.
If you ride, we’ll cover your insurance. Your health and safety is important to us.
Breathe family policy
Best-in-class parental leave policy, including a reusable cloth nappy service, childcare payments, work flexibility and more.
Hump day hangs
Home-cooked Wednesday lunch and conversation is on us.
A whole lot of fun
Get set for periodic team events, from rock climbing to project tours.
Breathe is carbon neutral. If you work for us, you’re not contributing to climate change.
Dog-friendly Dog-run office
This seemed like a good idea at the time, but with Kodak, Winter, Poppy, Remi, Louis and MacDuff, we’re not sure if there’s room for any more dogs in the studio. If you’re allergic, let us know and we’ll talk about it.