Bourne Blue Architecture was established full time
in July 1996. It’s directors are Rachael Bourne and Shane Blue, both
of Sydney University in 1991 and 1990
respectively. They moved to Canberra to
design and then build the Fadden Hills house. They obtained a builders
and sought to compliment their theoretical education with practical
Using a diverse team of furniture makers, boatbuilders and young
the project was completed within eighteen months. Both directors worked
practices in Sydney, Canberra and London before deciding to settle in
Newcastle. In 17 years, 165 projects have been built, ranging from
domestic projects up to a $5 million multi purpose performance hall and
centre for the Hunter Valley Grammar School.
Bourne Blue employs two architects, Claire Lavis
Bourne Blue in 2006 after 3 years experience with other practices and
accreditation exams in 2009 to become a Registered Architect.
Manners started with Bourne Blue in 2005 after graduating from
University. Sarah passed accreditation exams in 2008 and is also a
The practice is design based, and small, so that all projects
have substantial director involvement, and a project architect who
project from beginning to end.
The Practice has completed work from Canberra to
Port Macquarie, including Sydney, Newcastle, Pokolbin, Wollombi and
Palms. Our work has been published locally, nationally and
office is 100% solar powered with a rooftop 2kW photovoltaic array.
power is generated daily and is sold back to the grid. 6000L of
storage tanks collect rainwater for toilet flushing and garden use. The
car is a diesel VW Polo which emits only 135grams of CO2 per km and
average of 5 litres of fuel per 100km, thus assisting the practice to
it's impact upon the environment.