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John de Bruyn - Principal Consultant

John de Bruyn [BEnvDes, BArch (Hons), GradCertEEM] is a Building Sustainability Assessor, Passive Building Designer and ESD Consultant based in Newcastle, NSW and servicing projects Australia wide.

With a background and experience in Architecture, Building, Project Management, and Sustainable Design Consultancy John has the skills and industry experience to provide the full range of sustainability design and consultancy services, from BASIX certificates to ESD (Ecologically Sustainable Development) planning; from Passive House Design to Environmental Management.

Experience and Qualifications

  • 2013 to Present: Sustainability Assessor at Building Sustainability Assessments.
  • 2009 to Present: Principal Consultant at John de Bruyn Building Sustainability.
  • 2007 & 2009 to 2013: Architectural Design Tutor at the University of Newcastle.
  • 2008 to 2009: Senior Designer - Sustainability at Syrinx Environmental, Perth, WA.
  • 2007: Graduate Certificate of Environmental Engineering Management. GradCertEEM. University of Technology, Sydney.
  • 2005 to 2007: Project Architect at Schreiber Hamilton Architecture, Newcastle.
  • 2004: "Architecte Collaborateur" various firms in Paris, France.
  • 2003 and 2008: Architectural Graduate for Morrell Architects, Newcastle.
  • 2002: Bachelor of Architecture. BArch (Hons). University of Newcastle.
  • 2000: "Architecte" on the Chateau de Masclat in Le Lot Region, France.
  • 1998: Bachelor of Environmnetal Design. BEnvDes. University of Tasmania.

Building Sustainability in New South Wales

John de Bruyn Building Sustainability is based in the Hunter Valley, NSW, with an office in the Newcastle city centre. A lot of recent design work has been in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, and John has also had building and design experience to the south in the Hawkesbury region outside of Sydney and north to Scotts Head in Northern NSW.

John is proud to call Newcastle home and is an active member of various local community groups. Most recently John and a few other like-minded colleagues set up Hunter Sustainability Designers + Consultants, a small sustainable business cooperative through the Renew Newcastle scheme.

New South Wales Projects:

  • Vacy Bakery House (Design)
  • Tanilba Bay House (Design)
  • Gloucester Farm House (Design)
  • Scotts Head Beach House (Design)
  • Origma Creek Land Management (Consultancy)
  • High Street Flat (Consultancy)

    Building Sustainability in Western Australia

    John cut his teeth on the sustainability industry in Western Australia, working in Perth on urban renewal projects there from with Syrinx Environmental as their Senior Designer - Sustainability, on EPRA (East Perth Redevelopment Authority) and other land development projects.

    Living in Fremantle was perhaps as instructive as the professional work, as it was there John experienced grass-roots community activity in action.

    John and his family still have strong personal ties to Fremantle and WA, and we like to compliment that with the ongoing professional relationships there.

    Western Australia Projects:

  • Hilton House Thermal Performance Analysis (Consultancy)
  • Riverside [under Syrinx Environmental] (Design and Consultancy)
  • Capel House Sustainability Inspections (Consultancy)
  • Wray Avenue Terrace (Design)

    Building Sustainability in Tasmania

    John completed high school and graduated from his first Architecture Degree (Bachelor of Environmental Design) in Tasmania, and still has significant family based there.

    As well a learning about the natural environment through a brilliant outdoor education at school, John worked as bushwalking guide's assistant in Freycinet, and was part adventures around the state such as surfung on the beautiful East Coast and exploring the Tarkine Wilderness of the north-west.

    Tasmania Projects:

  • Southport Shack (Consultancy)
  • Relbia House (Design)