About Us


THREE STORIES MAKE AUSTRALIA: the Ancient Indigenous Heritage which is its foundation, the British Institution built upon it, and the adorning Gift of Multicultural Migration - Noel Pearson.

These words frame our decisions and propel us forward. They remind us of our deep interest in other people’s stories and the privilege of working with diverse communities.

We are a practice of creative consultants and built environment experts with a dynamic approach to how we deliver work. Our team has extensive experience in community engagement, participatory planning and communications design. We can deliver across a broad range of built environment typologies – from infrastructure and large-scale settlement planning, to bespoke design outcomes.

Our team is supported by dedicated researchers, with backgrounds in design, environmental science, sustainability and pedagogy.

We work in community and remotely and have developed systems for communicating in the most challenging of circumstances.

 

 

Kieran Wong

Co-Founder & Partner

Bio

I think the big thing really is this idea around social and community impact – it’s a fundamental part of what we’re trying to work out through the Agency. How to measure the work we do and be able to assess the work that we’ve done in terms of its long-term impacts in communities. It would be interesting to know if the way we work could change or not if developed through the lens of social impact, it might change the design process itself – the kind of spatial response might be different – the way in which we engage with clients might be different – or the way in which we collaborate might be different. So, the difference I think is that we’re trying to leverage something else out of the architecture – to open up an opportunity within the realms of work that we do, to make a greater impact. That might be not doing a building at all but doing something else.

Kieran is a co-founder and Partner at The Fulcrum Agency and uses his skills in design, research and advocacy to deliver positive outcomes for communities.

Kieran’s portfolio includes urban design and architectural projects that have been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects across commercial, public, urban design, interiors, education and residential categories, as well as winning the Australian Award for Urban Design and an International Award for Public Participation. His writing has been published on topics covering urban renewal and densification, Indigenous housing and new models of practice and procurement, and he is regularly invited to speak on these issues.

Kieran is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and Industry Partner for the University of Sydney’s Health Habitat Incubator. Kieran has a Bachelor of Architecture from Curtin University and is a regular contributor to university programs in Western Australia.

Andrew Broffman

Principal - Sydney

Bio

If we are fortunate, each of us will stand before a building or in a public park or at a train station and we will be moved by the beauty and comfort of the space. We will marvel at the effect it has on our bodies and our souls, and on those around us. We will feel as if this place was made for our benefit; that someone was concerned with our well being, with our humanity. The joys of architecture and landscape can be felt in many places: at home, in our neighbourhoods, in our towns and cities. It can help to soothe our health, and allow us to thrive in socially cohesive and culturally mindful communities. My desire is that this experience is open to us all.

Andrew is a Principal at TF.A and leads our Sydney agency, reinforcing our national presence and ability to deliver projects in diverse locations. For fourteen years, Andrew was Managing Director at Tangentyere Design Architects in Alice Springs, one of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal owned, not-for-profit architectural businesses.

To us he brings considerable experience in cross-cultural engagement, strategy, policy making and advocacy. He has a reputation for excellence in client management and brokering positive relationships with all levels of government and bureaucracy. Andrew always works for the benefit of community – sustaining culture first and foremost – whilst delivering award-winning projects.

Emma Brain

Head of Communications

Bio

I’m really interested in the concept of agency, both as a model of practice and sociological tool. We seek to embody both definitions. Our structure is more akin to an advertising agency in that we are comfortable looking to experts outside the practice for input into our projects. I love that the work we are pursuing seeks to empower and build capacity.

As Head of Communications, Emma is responsible for conveying the work and ambitions of the practice through our digital platforms and printed publications. She is also our go-to ‘money person’, writing government grant applications for projects in First Nations communities across Australia.

Having worked in architectural practice for fifteen years, Emma understands the complexities of working in the built environment. This role enables her to combine her love of language and design with her desire to contribute to a more just and equitable Australia. In 2020, Emma completed a course at the University of Sydney entitled Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney, which gave a more truthful account of Australian history.

Emma is also the National Marketing, Advocacy and Policy Coordinator at the Association of Consulting Architects and is a Board Member at DesignFreo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Italian from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Certificate in Arts Marketing from Deakin University and is partway through a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia.

Heather MacRae

Associate

Bio

What do I like most about the work that I do? The opportunity it’s providing to work with communities to help them become more self-sufficient. We’re trying to find a way to change the path so that there is an impact where there might not otherwise be one with a standard outcome.

Heather is an Associate and Registered Architect at The Fulcrum Agency with experience delivering complex projects in metropolitan Perth as well as remote communities in the far-north of Australia.

Heather brings to the practice a belief in architecture’s potential to enhance lives and empower communities. Through her leadership on a series of innovative housing and community infrastructure projects on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, Heather has developed skills in consulting with diverse stakeholders and complex multi-disciplinary teams.

As a recipient of the University of Western Australia’s Ferguson Travel Scholarship, Heather lived in Santiago de Chile and worked at esteemed social housing ‘do-tank’, ELEMENTAL. She is an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction and tutors in the Architecture program at Notre Dame University.

Akira Monaghan

Architect

Bio

I am particularly interested in how tFA seeks to advocate for self determination in remote communities. Through rigorous engagement and design process for housing and community facilities, our intent is to improve existing conditions and support future growth.

Akira is a Registered Architect with skills across architecture and urban design. She was the first point of contact in our role as Estate Architect for the residential developments at Perry Lakes and White Gum Valley, overseeing the approvals process for new homes on these sites. This role has given her a thorough understanding of the complexity of the built environment, in particular regulations, guidelines and the permeable intersection between architecture, urban design and landscape.

Akira is committed to working on projects that deliver social value as one of their key performance indicators. She has worked on numerous education, innovative housing and master planning projects across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, having travelled regularly to Groote Eylandt. In 2013, Akira participated in a construction project in Nepal as part of Architects Without Frontiers.

Akira graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Master of Architecture with High Distinction.

Frances Silberstein

Graduate Architect

Bio

Using design thinking for advocacy in everything that we do, communicating across different ways of thinking, and being a part of deepening our collective knowledge and compassion for the place we live, and the people we live with.

Frances is a Graduate Architect and PhD Candidate at Curtin University. Her thesis is titled, ‘Loving Waters: honouring and respecting Indigenous water knowledge for recuperation and coexistence with healthy waters in Whadjuk Nyoongar Country’.

Frances graduated from UWA with a Master of Architecture in 2019. In her final year, she received the Hassel Dissertation Prize. Frances is profoundly interested in our work with First Nations communities and travels regularly to remote townships in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She enjoys the challenge of combining technical knowledge with the cultural requirements of local communities.

Prior to joining TFA, Frances worked at With_ Architecture Studio on everything from urban masterplans to more refined and smaller-scale design projects. She has interned in Switzerland and worked as an arts support worker with DADAA, taught at university and as a volunteer English teacher.

Emma Williamson

Co-Founder

Bio

In February 2024, Emma was appointed as Western Australia’s Government Architect and relinquished her role at TFA. Read more about this appointment here.