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.
Breathe’s family policy is reflective of our core values, bringing together aspects of financial and social support with environmental considerations. We want our staff to feel supported to take time away from work for the birth or adoption of a child and be encouraged and empowered to return to work on their own terms, in whatever way is right for them and their family.
We value our team members as real people who have personal obligations as well as professional ambitions.
We happily support our staff to work flexibly when needed.
We are committed to an inclusive environment where each individual feels safe, heard and comfortable to bring their authentic selves to work.
Our core work hours are between 9am and 5.30pm, with a 37.5 hour full-time work week.
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.
We offer on-demand ergonomic assessment of your workstation.
An allowance 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 make a financial contribution to ensure staff are supported to do this.
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.
Home-cooked Wednesday lunch and conversation is on us. (of course with COVID safe principals in place)
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.
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.