People

Robert Caflisch

A childhood love of playing with wooden blocks, building Lego houses and scribbling plans, along with a standard teenage dose of ‘whatever, lead Robert to studying Architecture at Melbourne University. Three years were spent with minimal engagement in the architecture course while learning to socialise, work at McDonalds and play the drums. A gap year of working and enjoying a European Grand Tour created a more motivated and mature student who managed to graduate in 1986.

Rob then worked for over 12 years in a variety of Melbourne architectural and interior design practices, ranging in size from sole practitioners to national firms, gaining experience in residential, education and retail architecture. He took leave of absence from his position as a senior project architect at Cox Architects in 1999 to be a house husband for a year, an experience his eldest daughter fails to remember. Rather than return to the larger corporate office he formed Caflisch Architects concentrating on small to medium sized projects with a commitment to personal service, a collaborative approach & attention to the details. With the contribution of a small team of dynamic architects he has established a practice where members participate at all levels of a project. This may also be code for getting others to do things he is not as skilled at – like colour selection. Rob is colour challenged but that does not stop him having an opinion.

In hand with his extensive experience Rob embraces the process of continuous learning and sees his strongest skill as the ability to listen to clients, consultants and builders to gain a greater understanding of life, design & construction.

Aside from work Rob can be found walking, cycling, reading, watching sport, talking politics, indulging in a rock snob’s passion for music & associated trivia, enthusiastically embracing the wonderful vagaries of family life or struggling with DIY projects.

Chris Voss

Born in Germany, Chris first encountered Australia as a traveller in 2008 where he also lucked upon work in both Sydney & Kununurra as a labourer on the film set of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’

Finding a strong passion in building and creating he started studying architecture with a growing interest in sustainable development, natural building materials and low-tech solutions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Wuppertal in 2012. After finishing his bachelor degree he was able to integrate some of his ideas in a retrofitting project in Germany, being involved in clean planning and dirty work.

He then broadened his perspective on sustainability during his master studies at the Laboratory for Sustainable Architecture Production at the Umeå Arkitekthögskolan in the cold of Sweden’s north, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Architecture in 2015.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2015, he has gained experience in small offices working on residential and educational projects and trying to combine the Northern European view with Australian conditions. He participated in the Australian Earth Building Conference 2015 in NSW and volunteered for the International Straw Bale Conference held in Methven, New Zealand. Chris joined Caflisch Architects in 2016 and his calm, methodical & quietly humorous presence has quickly become an asset to the practice.

Chris is a keen traveller and amateur photographer who loves the outdoors, enjoys cooking and following sports of all kinds.

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  • Caflisch Architects

  • 1st Floor, 120 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079
  • (03) 9499 5919
  • 0408 548 927
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120 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia