People

We are a small design based studio located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Richard Cole completed his Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and Bachelor of Architecture degrees, both with First Class Honours, from the University of Sydney in 1990. He worked with Peter Stutchbury, Paul Berkemeier, Hassell and MFA before starting up Richard Cole Architecture in 1998. He currently tutors at the University of Sydney. Through his projects he pursues the poetics of construction and the ways in which we choose to dwell. Richard is a registered architect and member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. He has a keen interest in woodwork and fine furniture making and is also a patrolling member of Avalon Surf Life Saving Club.

Penelope Gibbs completed her Bachelor of Arts in European and East Asian History in the USA in 1998. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2004. Prior to moving to Sydney, Penny worked with Peter Elliott Pty Ltd in Melbourne. Penelope is a registered architect and member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Karla Wilford graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours in 1994. She has worked at fjmt as a team leader on high profile projects such as the University of Sydney law building, 1A Rose Bay Avenue and The St Barnabas Church Competition. Karla has also completed a number of her own projects. Her interests include mountaineering, rockclimbing and trekking and she recently climbed the highest mountain in South America.

Charlotte Francis completed her Bachelor of Architecture with honours at the University of New South Wales in 2013 and her RIBA part One at the University of Nottingham in 2009.  She has worked with Danny Broe Architect, Landini Associates, Surface Architects in London and GSS Architects.  Charlotte has taught English on a remote island off the coast of Tanzania and is a keen traveller and open water diving enthusiast.

Cilla Cole graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney in 1988 and a Graduate Diploma in Travel from James Cook University in 1990.  She is responsible for office management, accounts and financial planning.