We love Tasmania. We know this place. We understand its diverse moods, landscapes, elements and climate. We work here, live here, and raise our families here. 

Our understanding and connection to this island is the filter through which we see everything we do. It informs every project, and it inspires us to employ the highest design values to create buildings that make a positive difference to this place and the people within it.



Our approach is one of enquiry and curiosity - an investigative process that deeply explores design and function, individual vision, and greater good.

We apply our knowledge of place, climate, landscape, and culture along with our understanding of the materials that will sit in harmony with the unique environments of Tasmania.

We seek out new and flexible approaches to each project, working closely and in partnership with our clients to realise their vision and see projects through to completion. And we have established relationships with skilled local consultants and builders who understand and embrace the values by which we work. 



We create durable, athletic buildings that have longevity and soul. Natural, robust materials embrace the Tasmanian climate and create structures that provide nurture and comfort within, protection and resilience without. 

Our buildings are well informed and intelligent, shaped to exist in harmony within their particular environment to respect and embrace Tasmania’s natural values and cultural heritage. 

We employ new technologies to revive and preserve older buildings and infuse them with 21st Century meaning and functionality. And we design crisp new buildings that dwell easily alongside Tasmania’s precious heritage. 

1+2 buildings draw thoughtfully upon the challenging, complex, and precious elements of our past, while confidently and optimistically expressing contemporary and future values.



Architecture is a creative and collaborative endeavor. We love working with people who share our passion for high design values and who understand the potential and positive impact of intelligently designed and built places. Our clients share our passion for questioning and exploring, and for engaging in the architectural process in a deep, more complex and rewarding way.



The culture and ethos of 1+2 is conversational and inclusive. We have an open, family-friendly workplace that respects and cares for our people and invites and welcomes relationship and collaboration with our clients and colleagues. We contribute to our local architectural community and the broader architectural discourse, and we support the growth and development of our community through our involvement in tertiary education, mentoring, and workplace integrated learning.



Cath Hall
ARCHITECT AIA  B Arch (Hons), BA Env Des , A.Mus.A

Cath is a founding director of 1+2 Architecture. She has over 26 years of experience locally and internationally. Cath is a passionate designer, motivated by opportunities to exercise her skill in exploring beauty and providing memorable spatial experiences. She brings architectural clarity and programmatic efficiency to her design work that routinely exceed expectations. She is a widely experienced Project Director with experience in challenging planning and contractual processes.

Cath graduated from University of Tasmania in 1992 with first class honours and has been a practising registered architect for 21 years. She has travelled extensively across the globe and lived and worked in New Zealand and New York. She ran her own practice for 2 years prior to the establishment of 1+2 Architecture in 2002. 

She has recently been re-elected to the AIA Tas Chapter Council. She was a board member of the Board of Architects of Tasmania for 10 years and continues to be a Board of Architects registration examiner. In recent years she has been a jury member for the RAIA Tas Chapter Awards, a member of the National Visiting Panel to UTas School of Architecture and a guest lecturer at UTas School of Architecture.

Cath is passionate about Tasmania's natural environment and spends as much time “out there” as possible. She has a strong desire to contribute positively to the quality of our built environment.


Fred Ward
ARCHITECT AIA  B Arch (Hons), BA Env Des

Fred is a founding director of 1+2 Architecture, with 26 years of local, national and international experience. Fred's experience has provided the skills to design and co-ordinate multifaceted projects within tight budgets and time constraints. His strengths lie in directing complex and demanding design and procurement processes, working closely with clients and contractors and achieving optimum outcomes.

Fred graduated from University of Tasmania in 1992 with honours, was registered in Victoria in 1998 and went on to practise in London on projects across Europe and the USA before returning to Tasmania. Fred is an active member of the RAIA, has been a visiting tutor and examiner at University of Tasmania School of Architecture and has been a jury member in the Australian Institute of Architects awards programme.


Mike Verdouw

Mike is a founding director of 1+2 Architecture, with 26 years of local, national and international experience. He is a skilled designer with an acute ability to draw together people and place in a meaningful way. Mikes strengths include drawing out inherent and sometimes less apparent qualities that ensure the design intent of projects are extensively pursued, realised and optimised at the highest possible level, no matter what the scale and scope. 

Mike graduated from University of Tasmania in 1992 and worked in Melbourne for Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) on large public buildings before heading in 1997 to work in the UK and then Russia where he assisted in the establishment of the St Petersburg office of DCM. He returned in 1998 to Tasmania, to bring with him the skills and energy to continue his career.

He is an active member of the RAIA and other local community organisations and boards. He is currently involved with the Acumen Content Review Panel, that oversees practice notes with the principle aim of making the practice of architecture better, and in 2018 saw the reintroduction and rebranding of this vital professional interface. In recent years he has been Chair of the AIA Tas Chapter Awards Jury, an invited jury member for the City of Clarence furniture design competition, participated as an invited juror to select an architect for the Kingborough Community Hub, and an occasional visiting lecturer at UTas School of Architecture.