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TDC Masterclass

Andrew Parr

"The House Made Me Do It"
Saturday 23 July 2022

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In this full day Masterclass, industry icon Andrew Parr will share with us his process for delivering unique, award-winning residences based on the combination of a detailed client brief, and a deep appreciation of the energy and essence of the built form and surrounding environment.


“The house made me do it” references the importance of interpreting and embracing the key elements of the architecture, be it existing or proposed, and allowing the prominent and underlying tones of energy inform the overall design vision.


By studying and reflecting upon the architectural form, environmental features, colouration and fabric of a house, Andrew is able to identify when and how to reference and embrace the history of an existing building and recognise when to amplify its modernity and impression to create a design that is both sympathetic to the client brief and evolved within its surrounds.

Class Details

During the instructional section of the day at the SJB Melbourne office, Andrew will share the following principles about design:


Principle 1 – Research

  • The importance of obtaining a detailed client brief

  • Understanding architectural form and function

    • Existing building – typical period homes and attributes

    • New build / proposed build – environment and materiality cues


Principle 2 – Design

  • Identifying architectural key elements

  • Recognising when to contrast / amplify key elements

  • Blurring the line between architecture & interiors: taking inside out and bringing outside in

  • Applying tone and energy through materiality, texture and colour

  • Adding Andrew’s unique creative imagination to bring to life (see Principle 3)


Principle 3 – Interpretation

  • Understanding your own unique design style

  • How to ‘sell’ your style and take the client on your journey

  • The “golden rules” of design


Following the morning session, we will join Andrew on an exclusive tour through one of his projects to review these principles in more detail.

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About Andrew

One of Australia’s leading interior designers, Andrew Parr has been setting the standard for high-end residential and hospitality design for more than 25 years. Andrew’s unique interpretation of

contemporary minimalist style is particularly suited to clients who value ideas as much as they value longevity.


“On hospitality and high-end residential projects, I’m often asked to bring new ideas into the design. This is something I really enjoy as a designer as it grants me the freedom to experiment and push some boundaries,” he says. “That said, part of being a good designer is ensuring your selections – even the unorthodox ones – are aligned with the client’s vision.”


Andrew founded the interior design discipline at SJB in 1994 and has made it his life’s work to ensure the SJB legacy is a valuable one.


“I want to look back over my work and know my projects have stood the test of time – with enduring quality and design that remains relevant.”


Andrew loves what he does and says the most rewarding part of a project is when it’s nearing completion.


“The adrenalin is rushing, everyone is excited, anticipating the full realisation of the design vision. It’s a good time to be coming to work,” he says.


The Royce Hotel in Melbourne, Adina Hotels in Australia and throughout Europe, Arco Residence and Villa d’ Arte in Melbourne are among Andrew’s most recent work and each showcases his ability to reshape, reinvent and craft beautiful, inviting and enduring places.

About SJB

SJB Interiors brings into being the aspirations of their clients for interiors that might be required to fulfil a range of different qualities and characteristics: bold, stylish, exciting, imaginative, impressive, dramatic, energising, efficient, comfortable, cocooning and serene.


They respond to the challenges posed by each design brief for an original and tailored solution. They cultivate design integrity, creative knowledge and expertise and genuine understanding of style.


SJB Interiors creates imaginative spaces that capture attention and provide comfort and delight. Their multi-award-winning projects achieve a timeless quality and remain fresh and contemporary.


SJB Interiors are renowned design leaders. They have a portfolio of diverse work in Australia and internationally. The practice has an acclaimed team under the leadership of directors Andrew Parr and Ljiljana Gazevic.


Time & Location


Saturday 23 July 2022


9am - 4pm

SJB Melbourne Office
Melbourne CBD

Please note that due to COVID-19, event details may change.


Complimentary E-Book Summary

Tea/Coffee, 2 Course Lunch, Wine/Soft Drinks

(Please advise us of any dietary requirements)


This Masterclass is suitable for:

Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects and Students.


$700 per person


30% of profits go to Andrew's chosen charity, The Alfred Foundation.


This event is now sold out. Stay tuned for our next Masterclass!

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