ROBERT MARSHALL   ARCHITECT
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ROBERT MARSHALL

Justice of the Peace
Bachelor of Architecture
Diploma in Town & Regional Planning


Robert graduated as an architect from the University of Melbourne in 1968.

He then worked with Alistair Knox in Eltham until early 1973, punctuated with an extensive overseas trip.

In 1973 Robert set up his own architectural practice (Robert Marshall P/L).

In the mid 1980s Robert set up a building company (Hurstbridge Design & Construction P/L) and ran this in tandem with his architectural company.

Staff numbers varied, rising at one time to a total of 23.

After designing numerous houses (and building approximately twenty of them), designing more than a dozen schools, designing several churches and designing many commercial developments, Robert ceased employing architects, draftspersons, builders, tradesmen and apprentices during the mid 1990s.

Robert now works as a sole practitioner from his home office, concentrating on design, documentation and architect's administration of construction.

Robert is able to handle design, documentation and architect's administration of projects from approx $50,000 to approx $5,000,000 construction value. For larger projects, Robert is able to work in association with others.

His design business is no longer a company, but is known as "Robert Marshall Architect".



ROBERT MARSHALL

Farmer
Politician
Architect

I believe that most people's happiness and satisfaction with life are influenced by their physical surroundings. As an architect, I endeavour to create physical environments which provide opportunities for greater happiness and greater enjoyment for individuals. This enhanced lifestyle can be created with a single room, a whole house, a garden, a neighbourhood. For instance, a dark and sunless living room is unlikely to encourage enthusiasm for life; isolated compartmentalised rooms are unlikely to enhance family communication and "growing together". By contrast, a sunny, light and airy living room will most times produce a similar mood in its occupants; an "open plan" house will usually build stronger bonds between family members.

I am a romantic designer, loving simple, soft, textured shapes and spaces intended to fit with the scale and emotions of the human body. I am not sharp and clinical. I design for people's enjoyment of their surroundings, not for glossy photographs for fashion magazines. I am influenced greatly through growing up in the textured, integrated beauty of the bush, where all is in natural harmony .... not for me the harsh concrete and metal of the cities.

A good building results from a good team. The "team" is a cast of many .... my clients, the builder, the sub-contractors, the labourers, myself and more. Therefore, I strive to create good relationships with my clients and with the construction team. Design and construction is an enjoyable experience; every day I come into contact with clients rich & poor, famous & ordinary, infamous & unknown, with builders organized and unorganized, with tradesmen talented & confused, with people I enjoy and seek as friends & with people I hope never to see again.

Life as Mayor was hectic and exhausting .... meeting after meeting, always another meeting; little privacy; endless phone calls; both abuse & praise directed at me; lobbying and being lobbied; no time for "smelling the roses". But thrilling also .... as an architect who happened to be Mayor it was great to bring good design to the community, in many ways, whether it was through the purchase of parkland, design of footpaths, construction of town squares, selection of good architects for design of municipal buildings, tree plantings, and more.

And for relaxation I love my farm and the bush .......


Robert Marshall was a Councillor (and twice Mayor) of the Shire of Eltham from 1974 to 1994 and a Councillor (and inaugural Mayor, two terms) of the Shire of Nillumbik 1997-98.



Statement

Much to the chagrin of my university lecturers, for many years I've said "I learnt everything I know" (about environmental building design) from Alistair Knox and other Eltham identities when I worked in Alistair's Eltham studio and on his building sites back in the 70's. These days I work from the old rambling family weatherboard home in Panton Hill and design mostly houses, half in the Nillumbik area and the other half across the eastern states of Australia. I design in many "natural" materials, but energy efficient mud brick houses are my forte and the designs I enjoy most.
ROBERT MARSHALL    Architect
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