This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Pushing Against The Status Quo As A Creative Professional, With Designer Timothy Moore

Words From The Wise

Dream jobs can be few and far between, especially in the time between finishing your studies, and finding your first paid gig after uni. The pathways are often vague and unclear, especially when it comes to creative careers. The best way to learn is to find someone who has tread the path well before you, and ask them everything you can.

In this instalment of Words from the Wise, recent graduate of Master of Architecture at Monash Art, Design + Architecture Haroula Karapanagiotidis does just that, with director of Sibling Architecture, Timothy Moore. The established architect imparts some refreshing advice about leaning into your enthusiasm, not waiting for permission, and shooting for the stars.

20th January, 2022

Timothy Moore, director of Sibling Architecture, a Melbourne-based architecture practice that cares about making the people’s lives better. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The Glass Book Home in Sydney by Sibling Architecture, a home designed around a retired literature academic’s extensive book collection. Photo – Katherine Lu.

Timothy Moore of Sibling Architecture and recent graduate of Master of Architecture at Monash Art, Design + Architecture Haroula Karapanagiotidis. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The Family Framework House in Melbourne by Sibling Architecture. Photo – Christine Francis.

‘Don’t wait to be asked. Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Don’t wait for government to catch up with policy. Architecture trains you to think through action – so get on with it’, says Timothy. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

An excellent sneaker situation. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

What drives me is an interest in how the world is constructed and how to intervene to make the world more socially and economically equitable. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Timothy and Haroula chatting in the Caulfield Library (designed by John Wardle Architects) at the Monash University Caulfield Campus. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The Glass Book Home by Sibling Architecture. Photo – Katherine Lu.

Timothy chats to Haroula about his words of wisdom in the field. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Haroula Karapanagiotidis
Thursday 20th January 2022

‘Don’t wait to be asked. Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Don’t wait for government to catch up with policy. Architecture trains you to think through action – so get on with it.’ – Timothy Moore

Challenging the way people live, work, and practise architecture seemingly comes as second nature for Timothy Moore – a renowned Melbourne designer and director of Sibling Architecture. With polymathic experience across architecture, arts, and commerce, Timothy demonstrates a refreshing, critical-thinking approach to making spaces more equitable. A bold and compelling visual language emerges in the work of Sibling, which approaches each project as an opportunity-finding exercise. They use architecture as a tool for transformation.

As a recent graduate of a Master of Architecture at Monash Art, Design + Architecture, now working in practice, I’m inspired by Timothy’s creative enthusiasm and dynamic approach to considering new ways of engaging with architecture and society.  Undoubtedly, I believe many other students and young professionals will benefit from Timothy’s candid responses and insight into the complexities and joys of the field!

What did you study at uni and why?

I’m a perpetual learner. I have studied degrees in architecture, arts and commerce, which culminated in completing a PhD in architecture during 2021. What drives me is an interest in how the world is constructed and how to intervene to make the world more socially and economically equitable.

Study in architecture provided me with multi-scalar and -temporal skills – thinking across time and space – which are translatable in many careers in the built environment, and perhaps many careers yet to be invented. In particular, building becomes a way to think through complex ideas that have tangible impacts in the world, from the scale of the building to the scale of the city.

What was the first job you had after uni, and what valuable lessons did you learn there?

I began working in an architecture office in my third year at university, and since then, I have worked in several offices – in Amsterdam, Berlin and Melbourne – before working as a director at Sibling Architecture.

The most valuable lesson, and an obvious one, is to show self-initiative. Don’t wait to be asked. It’s also the same in practice. Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Don’t wait for government to catch up with policy. Architecture trains you to think through action – so get on with it.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given?

Aim high for the position you want – even if you feel you are not qualified. Put your CV, and face, in front of people, even if you don’t want the job or feel like it is not the right timing. It may lead to opportunities down the track.

How did you build your professional network?

I was a bit of an extracurricular fanatic at architecture school. I co-founded an architecture talk series at university (which is still going), made my own publication, volunteered for professional bodies, and enthusiastically went to a zillion talks and presentations. I met a phalanx of professionals at these events, but I also met a lot of peers who would be future colleagues in the industry.

How did you establish a professional style?

Sibling was founded by its directors while all studying at architecture school. We shared a studio in Mitchell House in Melbourne, so I think our style developed from spending countless hours (over years) teaching each other how to ‘architect’.

Our style is a manner of thinking rather than an aesthetic style. We are interested in social opportunities in architecture, which is, places and spaces where people come together, whether this is in civic or residential architecture. Each project has a fresh approach to this.

What key values underpin your work?

Sibling is interested in civic-ness, that is the places, buildings and things that we all share and the rituals and meaning that stems from them. We are keen in each project to inject social moments because we believe that different people coming together for purposes larger than themselves strengthens society through mutual understanding and respect.

Do you have any kernels of wisdom for emerging graduates?

Are you looking for a pageant answer? [Laughs] Don’t accept the status quo in the industry. Challenge it.

What excites you the most about the work you do?

The challenges that are faced by architects and designers are immense: all of the complex problems that encircle us – such as climate justice and spatial inequity – play out in each project. This is exhilarating: thinking through urban design, spatial planning, building works, interior architecture and policy to transform lives is invigorating. Every day has a new problem to solve. That’s the beauty of architecture – the role of it as an intermediary and connector on the issues that intersect our lives, to solve these issues, in order to transform how we live.

Haroula has just completed her Master of Architecture at Monash Art, Design + Architecture. Learn more about the course here.

This Week

Architecture

An Architect + Interior Designer’s Coastal Home, Grounded In Nature

This Sydney family home is like a private treehouse by the beach, with views at every turn, and unexpected interiors.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Contemporary Brunswick Addition That Contorts Out Of Sight

A major Brunswick home extension by Lisa Breeze Architect takes its cues from the surrounding neighbourhood and its Edwardian facade.

Interiors

A 1915 Horse Stables Turned Family Home In The Adelaide Hills

SpaceCraft transformed a circa 1915 horse stable into a family’s elevated version of a traditional farmhouse in the Adelaide Hills.

Interiors

The Central Coast Home Of The Block Alumni Kyal + Kara

The Australian coastal meets Mediterranean family home of former The Block stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich, on the NSW Central Coast.
Amelia Barnes
  10 hours ago

News

See Ethiopian-Norwegian Artist Olana Janfa's Colourful, Debut Solo Show!

The Melbourne-based painter’s first solo show is opening tonight, exploring themes of language, race and status in his playful works.
Christina Karras

Creative People

Meet The Small Melbourne Brand Reinventing The Humble Gumboot

From a humble farm in South Gippsland, Merry People has grown from a grassroots start-up, to a successful brand sold across the globe!
Christina Karras
  18 hours ago

Architecture

A Floating House Entangled In Brush Box Trees On North Stradbroke Island

The tree canopy takes precedence over ocean views in this holiday home for three families, designed by Conrad Gargett architects.

Sustainable Homes

‘Future Ready’: Inside One Of Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Developments

Mirvac are hoping to encourage sustainable living with their innovative 'future ready' display home in Melbourne's inner west.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Tiny Slice Of Japan Inside A Pink Darlinghurst Terrace

Ceramicist Laura Butler shares her 1890s Darlinghurst pink terrace, renovated by Trias in accordance with Japanese design principles.

Stays

Escape To This Magical Tiny Home In The Gold Coast Hinterlands

Step inside an adorable, off-grid getaway on a farm, with 'no distractions', limited phone reception and a wood-fired hot tub.
Christina Karras

Interiors

How To Turn Home Inspiration Into Reality, With Style Sourcebook

This free web-based mood board tool is the perfect place to refine your interior design vision. We show you how it's done!

Gardens

A Sensitively Built Coastal Garden, Designed To Look ‘Untouched’

The Garden Social carefully designed a garden, built into waterfront sand dunes on NSW's South Coast, where the serene seascape beyond takes...
Christina Karras

Shopping

Say Hello To Your New Favourite Summer Shoes With This FRANKiE4 Giveaway!

Everything you need to know for your chance to win one of five pairs of shoes (of your choice!) from Australian label FRANKiE4!

News

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

News

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Words From The Wise

Chelsea Hing's Pearls of Wisdom On Building A Successful Career in Interior Design

Words from the Wise is a new series of career inspo from Australia’s leading creative makers, thinkers and professional practitioners -
Megan Phillips

Words From The Wise

Finding Your Groove In A Creative Career With Artist + Professor Callum Morton

Renowned artist Callum Morton's brilliant wisdom for emerging artists and creatives - in partnership with Monash University.
Grace Slonim

Architecture

A Striking Sydney Home Designed For Book-Lovers

This contemporary extension to a Federation-era cottage was created by Sibling Architecture for a client and her vast collection of books!
Sasha Gattermayr

This Week

Gardens

A Sensitively Built Coastal Garden, Designed To Look ‘Untouched’

The Garden Social carefully designed a garden, built into waterfront sand dunes on NSW's South Coast, where the serene seascape beyond takes...
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

‘Future Ready’: Inside One Of Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Developments

Mirvac are hoping to encourage sustainable living with their innovative 'future ready' display home in Melbourne's inner west.
Christina Karras

News

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

Architecture

A Floating House Entangled In Brush Box Trees On North Stradbroke Island

The tree canopy takes precedence over ocean views in this holiday home for three families, designed by Conrad Gargett architects.

Interiors

How To Turn Home Inspiration Into Reality, With Style Sourcebook

This free web-based mood board tool is the perfect place to refine your interior design vision. We show you how it's done!

Architecture

An Architect + Interior Designer’s Coastal Home, Grounded In Nature

This Sydney family home is like a private treehouse by the beach, with views at every turn, and unexpected interiors.
Christina Karras

Stays

Escape To This Magical Tiny Home In The Gold Coast Hinterlands

Step inside an adorable, off-grid getaway on a farm, with 'no distractions', limited phone reception and a wood-fired hot tub.
Christina Karras

Creative People

Meet The Small Melbourne Brand Reinventing The Humble Gumboot

From a humble farm in South Gippsland, Merry People has grown from a grassroots start-up, to a successful brand sold across the globe!
Christina Karras
  18 hours ago

Homes

A Tiny Slice Of Japan Inside A Pink Darlinghurst Terrace

Ceramicist Laura Butler shares her 1890s Darlinghurst pink terrace, renovated by Trias in accordance with Japanese design principles.

Shopping

Say Hello To Your New Favourite Summer Shoes With This FRANKiE4 Giveaway!

Everything you need to know for your chance to win one of five pairs of shoes (of your choice!) from Australian label FRANKiE4!

Interiors

The Central Coast Home Of The Block Alumni Kyal + Kara

The Australian coastal meets Mediterranean family home of former The Block stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich, on the NSW Central Coast.
Amelia Barnes
  10 hours ago

Interiors

A 1915 Horse Stables Turned Family Home In The Adelaide Hills

SpaceCraft transformed a circa 1915 horse stable into a family’s elevated version of a traditional farmhouse in the Adelaide Hills.

News

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

News

See Ethiopian-Norwegian Artist Olana Janfa's Colourful, Debut Solo Show!

The Melbourne-based painter’s first solo show is opening tonight, exploring themes of language, race and status in his playful works.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Contemporary Brunswick Addition That Contorts Out Of Sight

A major Brunswick home extension by Lisa Breeze Architect takes its cues from the surrounding neighbourhood and its Edwardian facade.

Similar Stories

Words From The Wise

Chelsea Hing's Pearls of Wisdom On Building A Successful Career in Interior Design

Career inspo from Australia’s leading creatives in conversation with recent grads from Monash University’s Art, Design + Architectur...
Megan Phillips

Words From The Wise

Finding Your Groove In A Creative Career With Artist + Professor Callum Morton

Renowned artist Callum Morton's brilliant wisdom for emerging creatives - in partnership with Monash University.
Grace Slonim

Architecture

A Striking Sydney Home Designed For Book-Lovers

This contemporary extension to a Federation-era cottage was created by Sibling Architecture for a client and her vast collection of books!
Sasha Gattermayr

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net