Practice

Sullivan Skinner is an architecture practice based in Brisbane, founded in 2018. Our design approach focuses on end-user experience and emphasises the interrelationship of building, interior, street and landscape.

We provide architectural and interior design services for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Our services are typically structured to include design, documentation, contractor selection and contract administration.

Our contribution to the architectural profession has been recognised through invited lectures and involvement in the Architecture Schools and the Australian Institute of Architects.

Prior to establishing Sullivan Skinner directors Tahnee Sullivan and Christopher Skinner each worked in the architectural profession for over ten years, contributing to numerous projects recognised by local and national design awards and publications.

Directors

Sullivan Skinner was founded by Tahnee Sullivan and Christopher Skinner.

Tahnee is skilled in resolving complex spatial and technical briefs and various stakeholder priorities throughout the design and delivery process, while maintaining the clarity of the design intent and core project values. She prioritises strong client relationships and values clear communication.

Prior to establishing Sullivan Skinner as co-director she was an Associate at Richards & Spence. In this role Tahnee was the Project Architect for The Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley, a landmark development comprising commercial, retail, hospitality and leisure uses.

In 2019 she was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour Prize in recognition of her contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. In 2010 she was a national finalist in the Glenn Murcutt Student Prize and winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Christopher’s design approach balances reasoned insight and empathic imagination. He believes that clear and robust design strategies are essential, and that subtle differences in detail can make a significant difference to user experience.

Christopher trained in cabinetmaking before studying architecture. He received the Karl and Gertrude Langer Memorial Design Prize upon graduation from the University of Queensland with a Master of Architecture, following undergraduate awards including the Head of School Design Prize. He was awarded a student scholarship to study at the Technical University of Berlin and undertook travelling studio programs in Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Before co-founding Sullivan Skinner, Christopher contributed to several private residential projects that were awarded and recognised at state and national level while working for others.