BUILDgruppe is a platform for the investigations of housing architecture in Australia and Europe by Graduates of Architecture David Houston and Margarita Simpson.
As a research platform, BUILDgruppe desires to help provide solutions that enhance the affordability, social sustainability, community engagement and urban integration of housing developments in Australia.
BUILDgruppe Maylands is also resident-led apartment development in the heart of Maylands, that will seek to provide affordable and socially and environmentally conscious housing.
David Houston began his education in architecture at Curtin University in 2013 graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) in 2015 and then completed the Master of Architecture in 2017. David was shortlisted for several awards upon graduation including the Hassell Prize, the E.G. Cohen Medal and the Peter Hunt Travel Prize. David was also shortlisted and chosen as the recipient of the Architects Board of Western Australia prize in 2017/18. Using this, David has been given the opportunity to explore housing development models and architecture in order to initiate discourse and thought on different ways of living in Perth and Australia. David is also a designer at WHY Studio.
Margarita Simpson (Rita) completed both the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) and Master of Architecture at Curtin University in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Upon graduation, Rita spent time travelling abroad in China and Europe as well as tutoring design at Curtin and Open Universities Australia, specialising in Rhinoceros 3D modelling. Rita has a keen interest in all facets of the building process, from design to administration, and an opportunity to get involved with Project Management meant Rita joined AMR and Associates in 2017 as an Assistant Project Manager. More recently Rita has worked on the METRONET transport expansion project since May 2018. Rita is also a designer at WHY Studio.