‘We are passionate Architects
of high quality social, community
and disability housing and landscapes.
We create environments that are
cleverly designed, lightfilled and a
source of joy and pride.’

 Selected Award Winning Design 

Winner - Best Planning Idea Small Project; 2019 PIA National Awards for Planning Excellence.  
Winner - Best Planning Idea Small Project, 2018 PIA Victoria Awards Planning Excellence

In a first of its kind, a collaborative partnership between VicRoads, Launch Housing, Homes Victoria and Schored Projects, 57 transportable homes, that can be transported to an alternative site with ease,  have been delivered for person's at risk of homelessness. 
These featured cantilevered storage space, mezzanine windows for ventilation and additional light, homes for everything from clothes to cutlery and the much desired capacity for residents to bring their pet. 

Coburg Townhouses >

Winner - Leading Housing Development Project Victoria, 2017 Australasian Housing Institute Awards

“Schored Projects’ Coburg Townhouses buoys optimism and sets a new benchmark for community housing for women.” ArchitectureAU

The design objective was to provide multiple external space options to the residents including the shared walkway designed as a communal open space with seating, productive landscaping and bike storage. It was equally as important that the homes be secure and acoustically separated from the adjacent train line and bicycle path.

A Design Guide for Older Womens Housing >

Winner - Good Design Gold Award 2022

“We hope that this guide will be used as a resource by community housing providers, policy makers and development sectors.” Awards Jury

Schored Projects combined insights from the voices of lived experience with research to provide industry with a detailed, illustrated, best practice design guide for Older Women’s Housing, Co-created with Monash University XYX Lab.

‘We are passionate about enhancing the urban environment, and ultimately people’s lives, through the practice and experience of the design process and its outcomes.’  Sophie Dyring, Director




Our philosophy is to maximise positive design outcomes that cost little to no extra money.   For example: northern light to seamlessly connected outdoor spaces and indoor spaces, a driveway that is simultaneously a productive gardening space, rooftop gardens that give time to reflect, unexpected cathedral ceilings that delight, car spaces that transform into external play areas.

We carefully consider how people use spaces. We add clever details that deliver great amenities for residents and the wider neighbourhood and make houses feel like homes.

Adaptability is central to our designs. This allows people to find joy in their spaces and stay in their homes, and therefore their community, as the household changes over time.

With thoughtful design analysis and considered site and dwelling planning we often find ways for northern light to deeply penetrate internal and external living spaces during winter months and be controlled on hot summer days.  We expand internal space by drawing the landscape inside. Deliberately designing fenestrations and private open spaces with views to borrowed neighbouring landscapes, including mature trees, parklands and distant hills, expands the space beyond its footprint.

We take as much pleasure in the process of creating architectural and landscape solutions as we do in the built outcome. We build relationships with clients through listening, collaboration and a shared enjoyment of the design process. Our work is not driven by a defined aesthetic, we prefer to tailor solutions to the site context and our clients’ needs.

We are motivated by the challenge of avoiding waste during design, construction and throughout the lifetime of the completed project. Schored creates outcomes that make people feel comfortable, uplifted and connected to their surroundings.

As a practice we have a strong remit to pursue a social agenda and regularly contribute our knowledge and skills to charitable and pro-bono projects.

Schored Projects are proud to be actively participating in reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to that end we’ve had our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Please download a copy here


Meet the Team


Sophie Dyring BArch MLA ARBV  RAIA
Sophie is our Director.  A passionate advocate for well-designed affordable housing, Sophie is an accomplished, multi-award winning architect and landscape architect who draws on over 20 years industry experience, including a decade in the social housing sector, to build clever and adaptable designs.

Featured in 100 Women Architects in Practice published by RIBA
Co-author of the 2022 Design Guide for Older Women’s Housing
Design Review Panel member with the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA)
Retired NSW State Design Review Panel member (NSW SDRP) 

Samantha Donnelly BArch PhD candidate
Sam is an architect and academic, working with Schored Projects as a Design and Project architect and lecturing in the School of Architecture at UTS on sustainable and climate responsive practices and social impact projects for vulnerable communities.

Stephanie Burrows

Steph is passionate about sustainability in the broadest sense, encompassing environmental and social responsibilities, both of which are values shared by Schored. Steph is also highly experienced in documentation and her software expertise includes Revit and AutoCAD.

Tim Randall BArch Des MArch
Tim is a registered architect who relishes the opportunity to transform lives through architectural design. He has over 7 years experience specialising in design for people with disabilities, executing projects from inception to completion. He believes architecture should be of its place, honouring a site's natural, built, social and cultural fabric.

Claude Whittaker BArchDes
Claude is a critical team member with incredible visual presentation skills and she is predominantly responsible for Schored's graphic presentation work. As an RMIT Architecture Masters student, Claude brings youth and exceptional software skills to the team.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to ancestors, country and community. 
We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and to their enduring cultures.

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