CWA is an architectural practice committed to providing design excellence in everything we do, big or small. Since being established in 2004 CWA has strived to develop a discipline focused on iconic innovative solutions with enduring and inspiring qualities. Key aspects rigorously explored in our approach are:

-       Integration of ESD sustainable principles into the fundamentals of the design solution
-       Identification and optimisation of construction, financial + design constraints into a cohesive outcome
-       Constant research and development seeking precise solutions to the clients requirements and site conditions
-       Striving to capture a sense of place, a belonging, an expression of our contemporariness


CWA considers designing a collaborative process. Working closely with stakeholders, consultants and contractors we procure projects that fulfill and exceed expectations. With a hands on proactive leadership team who oversee the whole design and construction process from workshops / master planning through to detailed documentation we deliver on time and on budget. The collective specialised experience of our senior staff allow CWA to provide cutting edge design expertise for the following :


-        University projects and new learning environments
-        Cultural projects
-        Civic and public buildings
-        Healthcare and hospital facilities
-        Commercial offices
-        Higher education and training facilities
-        Urban design projects
-        Residential projects
-        Resorts & Multi-residential projects
-        Development yield studies / masterplanning
-        Research facilities and specialist laboratories
-        Interior architecture
-        Hospitality


Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) is defined as;

“Development that uses, conserves and enhances the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased.” 

Architecture faces a number of future challenges when expressing and responding to the ever changing environment both from a climatic perspective and technological advancements. Through Collaborating with engineers and specialist consultants CWA helps to realise our clients aspirational goals for these challenges by implementing strategies early in the design process. Principles of our environmental design solutions which are considered through the life cycle of the building include:

-         Carbon footprint
-         Water usage and storage
-         Building heating and cooling
-         Interface and impact to site
-         Energy creation and usage
-         Future proofing for adaptation

Our approach to design and integration of our ESD strategies have acquired CWA a unique recognition in Australian Architecture with a number of world class buildings. These striking buildings not only demonstrate a concise understanding of the extreme yet sensitive climatic conditions of the tropics, but are an embodiment of our approach in seeking innovative and inspiring outcomes. This reputation is further enhanced through extensive national and international publications of projects.

As a national and international design practice, CWA is committed to constant research and development in all projects undertaken. We seek to innovate, inspire and deliver exemplar world class architecture across a range of scales that express and respond both climatically and culturally to our built environment.




Charles Wright leads a contemporary design practice with offices in Melbourne Victoria and Port Douglas Queensland. He possesses award winning major project experience. Working at the forefront of environmentally sustainable design (ESD), he is an architect with specialist technological capabilities to develop iconic and sustainable solutions to complex problems.

As director of a well established architecture firm utilising cutting edge technical & specialist resources, Charles is able to provide the highest level of service and attention to deliver a world class sustainable outcomes. With multi-award winning experience combined with national and international publication CWA are widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading architecture firms.  

With over 20 years of experience, Charles will be the main point of contact for all projects and will personally lead all facets of the design and documentation. He will make sure that all aspects of the design are adequately understood by clients, consultants and managing contractor.  He will ensure that the building is appropriately benchmarked in regard to standard of facilities, ESD initiatives as well as cost. Charles has been able to consistently achieve a high standard of excellence and will add tremendous value with a “hands-on” approach to any project.







Tel: +61 3 9663 1166


Tel: +61 7 4099 4965

Melbourne Office:

Level 9, 180 Russell Street 

Melbourne VIC Australia 3000

Port Douglas Office:

PO Box 492 

Port Douglas QLD Australia 4877

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