Keith Westbrook

B.ENV DES, M.ARCH (Hons), Registered Architect VIC & TAS Director & Principal Architect, Melbourne Studio

A Tasmanian salmon farm might sound like an unlikely source of architectural inspiration. But for Keith, his father’s workplace had a pragmatic, raw aesthetic and an inventive approach to problem solving that intrigued him. It fostered a curiosity for design and building in him from a very early age, and inspired him to create detailed technical drawings well before starting his first degree. The salmon farm’s principles of honesty and simplicity still influence his work today.

Keith joined Peter, Todd and Kylee as a Cumulus Studio Director in 2015 and now runs Cumulus Studio’s Melbourne office. His practice has mainly focussed on bespoke architectural projects in the public and institutional sectors. At Architectus, Keith was the project architect for the multi-award winning Loreto Mandeville Centre. Keith is an active member of the profession and has been a Victorian Architecture Awards juror and guest final year reviewer for Monash University. 

Brave but informed, Keith will try anything once, both in life and his designs. It’s Keith’s firm belief that you need a healthy level of risk to avoid repeating what architects have done for centuries. He’s also a big believer in quality over quantity and conceptually driven architecture, when projects have a clear line of design thinking.

Keith enjoys experiencing the outdoors on hikes and runs. Every so often, he mountain bikes and snowboards to let his inner thrill-seeker out too. For Keith, finding time to switch off creates time to reflect. And he’s often found focussing his attention elsewhere is when the best ideas come to mind.