About us

About Us
Playoust Churcher Architects is a privately owned, fast growing architecture firm in Sydney that is redefining the way people live. Our dedication to quality design extends across luxury single residential projects, boutique developments and medium density architecture.

Founded in 1961, with offices in Sydney, Playoust Churcher Architects is led by Brett Churcher, Luke Playoust and John Hooghuis. Between us, our team has over 100 years of experience in design excellence and is driven to provide distinctive, tailored architectural environments that enhance people’s lives.

We listen and work with you – our design approach and proven 6 stage design process ensures your design comes to life.

We have also developed a reputation for commercial excellence in medium density projects. This has been built on our architectural firm commitment to working with developers in a creative way to produce fast, practical commercial results.

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Meet the Senior Team


Since our beginnings in 1961 as John JF Playoust & Co, we have evolved into a dynamic team of design professionals. A combination of natural succession and the introduction of new talent has produced a team that today create inspirational and unique architecture dedicated to changing the way our clients live.

We offer a formidable track record – between us our design team boasts over 100 year’s experience!

The team working on your project will be selected to best suit your individual needs. Our expertise is not limited simply to design; it extends to property development, valuation, documentation, market research, marketing, feasibility analysis, interior design and decoration. We have whatever it takes to deliver a project that is unique and special to you.

Brett Churcher – Managing Director

(Nominated architect 5924)

Brett is an architect and qualified valuer with over 20 year’s experience. Brett has a collaborative approach and is passionate about working with clients to deliver projects that are special and unique.

His extensive experience means that he understands the design process inside out and his strength is guiding projects through this process, keeping his clients informed every step of the way.

Brett's experience encompasses single residential and medium density residential residences, to retail, hospitality and large scale commercial buildings.

Luke Playoust – Director

(Nominated architect 5931)

Luke offers specialised expertise in all types of residential projects involving master planning and design. He has worked on projects ranging from heritage sensitive projects, renovations and restorations, to commercial fit out work and space planning.

Previous projects include retirement villages, apartments, townhouse complexes and individual dwellings.

John Hooghuis – Director

John oversees the design and delivery of projects in his role as design director. His area of expertise is residential projects – whether it is a luxury home, townhouse or medium density project.

His unique skills have been developed working on a wide range of local and international projects including residential, commercial, retail and industrial areas.

John Michael – Associate

John has over 30 years local and overseas experience in both residential and commercial projects that extends to master planning of new cities. His valuable technical skills are an asset on all projects.

His extensive construction experience positions him well for leading teams in design development documentation and site administration stages of both residential and commercial projects.

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