People

We’ve gathered an eclectic band of partners and proteges that make Become. an inspiring, happy, encouraging space to create and build.

Investing in our people is one of our core values. We want our people to become the best they can be

Ben ReidFounder + Director

Our founders

Andrew Talbot and Ben Reid – two sides of one coin; sunrise to sunset; the yin to the yang – like a perfectly balanced chemical reaction their individual skills work perfectly together to ignite something special.

Founder + Director

Andrew Talbot

"To me, buildings are simply shelters or sculptures unless they fully respond to place, purpose and real human need - then they become Architecture".

To me, buildings are simply shelters or sculptures unless they fully respond to place, purpose and real human need – then they become Architecture.

I have over 25 years experience as an Architect in the UK and Australia. From boutique practices to multinational firms as well as client side in property development. This means I understand what makes a project successful from an end-user, design and financial perspective.

At Become. I use my passion and strengths at the front end of our projects. Firstly, I listen to fully understand every client’s mission and objectives, then put myself in the shoes of the people who will use the building to guide my design thinking.

The first time I met an architect was in my late teens when my parents were building a new house in the country. I expected the architect to show a large portfolio of impressive designs, instead, he asked If they took delight in being woken by the sun in the mornings. He went on to ask how they wanted to live and so designed a home that suited them. I thought this was an inspiring example of the power of architecture to enrich people’s lives and it led to me becoming an architect.

 

 

andrew@become.com.au
0400 442 541
Founder + Director

Ben Reid

"Some people strive for being award-winning architects, but it's positively affecting people’s lives that gives me the most enjoyment in architecture".

Some people strive for being award-winning architects, but it’s positively affecting people’s lives that gives me the most enjoyment in architecture

I’m a Technical Director and have 20 years industry experience in Australia and Dubai, focused on Coordination & Construction of projects in both architecture & interiors.

I’m conscious that every dollar counts with Community and Social projects. It’s about spending money on the right things and being realistic about where that money should be spent. I prefer to provide better amenity for the people who will use that place, rather than details that perhaps only my industry colleagues will ever notice.

It took me a long time to find an actual passion in architecture, I liked it, I appreciated it, I enjoyed it, however the passion didn’t hit me until the moment we were standing out the front of our newly completed Boarding House for Mission Australia Housing where the facilities manager said there were 4 women moving in on Monday who were survivors of domestic and family violence and this was their opportunity to be safe. This made me realise that I wanted to positively contribute to people’s lives, in particular those that are doing it tough, not through creating architecture, but through helping facilitate the creation of places.

 

Project Architect

Daniel Quach

“I put the experience of people as the primary consideration in any design.”

I put the experience of people as the primary consideration in any design.

I’m a Project Architect with 8 years of experience across a wide range of Architectural projects and have strong design, coordination and documentation skills.

I communicate through Visuals, Models, Drawings and Virtual Reality to show how a place can be transformed and how it will work for the end user.  Some claim I am a wizard.

I’ve just always known that I wanted to become an Architect because I wanted for my life to have a positive impact on the world and to leave It better than I found it.

Senior Architectural Technician

Mark Vasco

“Being a single parent, I’ve put myself into different roles and I look at these roles and apply it to how to design for better living. Not a design that just looks beautiful, but is practical daily.”

Being a single parent, I’ve put myself into different roles and I look at these roles and apply it to how to design for better living. Not a design that just looks beautiful, but is practical daily.

I have over 30 years experience across residential, commercial shopping centres and major infrastructure projects.

As a Senior Architectural technician I’ve learnt one important thing: put yourself In the end user’s shoes and ask what would make their experience better living in this environment? I’m passionate about researching the latest tech that is important to our touch, smell, audio and visual elements that make a difference mentally how we live our lives.

My dad had a Practice designing nursing homes and private hospitals, on site I’d see how limiting it was for these patients to have something to call home. Thankfully, the environment has dramatically changed over the years. They’re places for people to enjoy and be taken care of in home-like environments. Joining Become. has given me an opportunity to improve on helping people in need and wanting a place of welcome and safety.

Architectural Technician

Ben Swift

“I enjoy being part of a team creating a space that positively impacts the user. Both practically and mentally.”

I enjoy being part of a team creating a space that positively impacts the user. Both practically and mentally.

I’m technology focused, having worked in multiple countries across the globe on a wide range of Architectural projects which has given me vast experience in design, construction, documentation and delivery.

At Become. I try to improve how people live through personal interaction and consideration for the wants and needs of our end users.

I’ve set myself a goal of cycling around Australia, starting in August 2022. This is a mental challenge for myself, however, it’s also in aid of mental health awareness and the money raised will be going to a mental health charity. This personal test was sparked by my belief that people face challenges every single day and you can overcome them. I believe that everyone has the capability of overcoming any challenge that either they set themselves or that life sets them. By achieving this I want to show other people they can do it too. It is not going to be easy but it wouldn’t be called a challenge if it was.

Project Architect

Lois Morgan

“It’s about understanding the design of buildings as an act of 'placemaking' that not only creates physical spaces but has an opportunity to fundamentally impact on the way people live their day to day lives.”

It’s about understanding the design of buildings as an act of ‘placemaking’ that not only creates physical spaces but has an opportunity to fundamentally impact on the way people live their day to day lives.

I’ve been a Registered Architect in NSW since 2013, leading a wide range of Architectural projects, and bring strong technical knowledge and management skills to Become.

I bring understanding and empathy to my client relationships and translate that into purposeful, efficient and practical design solutions. I aim to bring elements of delight into building design by incorporating the cycles of nature as much as possible. I’m passionate and knowledgeable about passive solar design and strive to make environmentally conscious and climate-resilient places and spaces.

At university I had the opportunity to Interact with socially disadvantaged residents of public housing In the local area which helped me to understand what truly matters to people who need safe, accessible and livable housing. I’m fortunate to have a backyard with veggie beds and chooks. The little moments of calm and contentment that I get when standing in the sun cuddling a chook or pulling out some lettuce makes me want to design into my buildings those same, simple moments of pleasure for my clients.

Architect

Benny Zheng

“The space we create is in essence an observation and interpretation of how we live or should live our lives, and how we can improve or elevate people's livelihood.”

The space we create is in essence an observation and interpretation of how we live or should live our lives, and how we can improve or elevate people’s livelihood.

I’m a recently registered Architect with project experience across numerous projects including community, education, residential and multi-use sectors.

I  bring a can-do and can-deliver attitude to Become. and use my friendly, easy going, sympathetic personality when approaching every project.

I believe our mantra of creating places for people is the fundamental purpose of an architecture/building. People are the heart and soul of every project. Buildings should provide a sense of belonging for people.

After reading Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and hearing Barack Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ speech I’ve wanted to make a difference to other people, whether through my skills as an architect, or in the community through supporting charities or as a United Nations Volunteer.

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Suite 9, 35-36 East Esplanade,
Manly, NSW 2095

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Andrew Talbot | Director 0400 442 541

Ben Reid | Director 0438 235 429