About Xsquared Architects

Professional, Creative, Sustainable

Xsquared Architects is Tasmania’s leading architecture and sustainability practice, and we are proud to be Tasmanian-based and consciously focus on delivering the majority of our work in Tasmania, albeit for a range of local, national and international clients.


Our Values

Our Values

To be professional, profitable and to act with integrity.

To constantly seek to create new relationships and maintain and improve existing ones, both internal and external.

To put environmental, cultural and financial sustainability at the centre of our work and activity.

To make the health and wellbeing of employees a key consideration in decision-making.

Our Mission

To provide leadership to clients and our community.

To be creative, committed, passionate, professional and ethical.

To deliver environmentally, culturally and financially sustainable architectural solutions.

Our Team


We make technical simple

Our team of design and technical professionals has many years of experience within the building industry. In an environment of increasingly technical legislative demands, especially in the areas of planning, universal access and sustainable and energy efficient design, this experience ensures that we are particularly well placed to help navigate the complex building procurement process and turn ideas into fully realised projects.

In addition we are constantly extending our capacity for, and knowledge of, innovation in design and building activities to enable us to provide comprehensive advice to underpin the many important decisions that need to be made about buildings and building works. Well informed decisions minimise risk and help to assist and expedite the procurement process.

Xsquared Architects has two directors, Peter Scott FRAIA and Alex Newman RAIA, who have extensive practice and management experience, not only in Tasmania, but from interstate and overseas as well. Their breadth of experience is central to the efficient delivery of master planning, planning, design, documentation and built outcomes.

Peter Scott


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Peter graduated from the Liverpool School of Architecture (UK) in 1989, having also studied as an exchange student at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts (USA) during that time. Having practised in the UK and USA before establishing an architectural practice in Tasmania, and then co-founding Xsquared Architects with Keith Drew, he brings extensive international experience of design, construction and sustainability issues and has specialist knowledge of innovative and sustainable design at both large and small scales.

Peter has been an active advocate for sustainability in the built environment for more than two decades and has been involved with the Australian Institute of Architects at national and local levels, having chaired the Institute’s National Sustainability Committee for more than four years, and having chaired the Institute’s Tasmanian Chapter Sustainability Committee for eight years. He has led the design of key sustainability-focussed projects including the 5 star Green Star certified Hopkins Street Affordable Housing and Ibis Styles Hobart Hotel projects.

Peter is currently Vice President of the Property Council of Australia Tasmanian Division and chairs the Division’s Urban Renewal Committee.

Alex Newman


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Alex trained and undertook his early career in England with over ten years experience working on a variety of projects from multi-residential housing to high profile boutique retail shops in London.  He has been with Xsquared Architects for ten years and has recently joined Keith and Peter as a director.

During his time at Xsquared Architects he has had a lead role on some of the Practice’s most complex and challenging projects.  These include being project architect on the Hobart Ibis Styles Hotel, the Risdon Prison PIRP D1 infrastructure project, the Hopkins Street Affordable Housing project and, most recently, the Austin’s Ferry Primary School Redevelopment.

He is a strong believer in good communication and in an iterative design process where the skills of all project members are harnessed to deliver the best possible project overcomes.  Alex has extensive multi-residential, office fitout and correctional architectural experience, having worked on many projects from inception through to completion on site.  He prides himself on building great client relationships on every project.

Erin Rockliffe


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Erin is an Associate and registered architect.  In her role as a Project Architect is responsible for projects from commencement to completion covering design, documentation and contract administration. Erin is a committee member of PCA – Events, Membership & Future Directions.  Erin is the recipient of the 2019  Future Leader Award presented by the Property Council

Jason Wallom


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Jason is an Associate and building designer with many years of experience and an extensive knowledge of construction technology, in particular in the areas of residential,  multi-residential and commercial projects. Jason is also involved in the implementation and transitioning of Xsquared Architects, to the emerging BIM (Building Information Management) technologies.

Paul Dickman

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Paul has over 30 years in the design and construction industry, with experience across a diverse range of projects; including affordable/social housing, seniors living, hospitality, residential and aged care; he has worked both within Australia and internationally.

Paul is skilled at managing the complete project delivery process and has extensive expertise in architectural design, documentation, and project administration, including leading groups of multi-disciplinary professionals, client liaison and consultation, design development, documentation, and construction.

Rob Ford

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Rob graduated from UTAS in 1994 and moved to WA to work with Cameron Chisolm & Nicol the following year.  He remained with CCN for 20 years, being appointed Associate Director in 2004 and worked on a range of major retail and commercial projects. Returning to Tasmania, Rob joined Xsquared Architects in 2016, and is currently project architect for the 36 Argyle Street Mixed Use Development where his skills in resolving complex projects are particularly well utilised.

Kate Morrow

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Kate is an Architectural Technician with a broad and comprehensive knowledge-base of construction technology in large projects. She also manages our IT, CAD and BIM systems as well as our in-house CAD training.

Cyrus Chan

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Cyrus is a Design Architect, now taking on as much as he can in order to learn the ropes of our complex industry. He has a particular interest in Green Star principles and drives a yellow mini.

Harriet Kossmann

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Harriet is both a graduate Interior Designer and Architect from UTAS. Harriet enjoys delving into the structural and functional side of things while simultaneously applying a bold aesthetic flare. Harriet was awarded the Barry McNeill Graduate Award for Master of Architecture 2018. Her next endeavour is to become a registered architect.

Outside of work, you can find Harriet consuming and doing all things food and drink at the latest hot spots. Contrary, Harriet makes up for overindulging by partaking in all physical activity to keep in peak performance.

Anna Labuda

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Anna is a Graduate Architect who comes to us from Poland.  Anna completed her studies in Germany and Poland and has experience in residential housing projects. Anna is working towards gaining registration in Tasmania. She is interested in sustainable architecture, graphic design and yoga.

Matt Mappin

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Matt is an accomplished Architectural Technician with a multidisciplinary background and holds strong relationships with sub-contractors. Matt’s experience within the field of design has spanned over 20 years and has led to an involvement in a diverse range of large-scale projects within most of Australia’s capital cities.

Karen McManus

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Karen keeps the Xsquared office in order, applying her administration and accounting skills to make sure everything runs smoothly and that the bills are paid on time.