BVN Architecture

Collective creativity to design a better future, guides everything we do.

We are an architectural and design practice of 95 years experience, with offices in Sydney and Brisbane.

Our portfolio spans across a diverse spectrum of use and scale, comprising of complex public and private sector projects. These include many landmark buildings, spaces and precincts. 

We live in a time that promises extraordinary social, technological and economic change. There has never been a better or more significant opportunity to leverage the power of design to shape a future that maximises human wellbeing, strengthens identity, protects the planet and binds us through place.

“Climate Active certification helps us get one step closer to our vision to be smarter, more creative and better for the planet by providing a robust process to quantify and reduce our own carbon emissions.”

Type of certification


How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since July 2021.

Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?

It is not enough to do less harm – our actions have to be aimed at regenerating the planet and it all starts with getting our own house in order. This is why we decided to go beyond carbon neutral to becoming climate positive - giving back to the planet more than we consume in operations.

What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Climate Active certification helps us get one step closer to our vision to be smarter, more creative and better for the planet by providing a robust process to quantify and reduce our own carbon emissions. This first step is essential to influence clients, employees and suppliers to embark on the same journey.

What offset projects do you support?

A savanna burning project in the Tiwi Islands, Australia and a wind power based electricity generation project in India.

Why did you choose these projects?

As an Australian organisation, it was crucial for us to support offset projects that would support our country and culture.

By supporting the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation we are contributing to their goal to catalyse life-changing community prosperity through carbon farming. Their aim is to “build wealth for Traditional Owners and non-Aboriginal carbon farmers, implementing carbon projects that demonstrate environmental, social and cultural core benefits, through the ethical trade of carbon credits”.

How can your customers support you?

Our aim is for our actions to have ripple effects – hence we hope that our clients, suppliers and employees will also embark on the journey towards regeneration to support not only our organisation, but also the planet on which we live.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

We are running several initiatives to reduce our operational carbon emissions, such as switching to 100% certified green power, introducing an infrequent flyer programme to encourage employees to reduce the amount they travel and giving preference to suppliers who are committed to taking climate action. We are also taking steps towards educating employees, clients and trade partners in ways they can reduce their individual impacts. However, the biggest impact that we can have as architects is through the design of our buildings, which is why regenerative design is at the core of our design approach. It is not only about reducing our emissions to zero, but designing in ways that have a net-positive impact on the environment and society.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Getting your own house in order by undertaking a carbon audit is a good first step towards reducing your carbon footprint. It requires a robust data collection strategy and verification is key – which is why the Climate Active certification has been crucial in this process.

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