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Whether you are looking for an Architect to undertake your next project, or simply wanting some design assistance with your existing project, Lea Design Studio is your solution.

With extensive experience gained over 30 years working as an Architect, an Architect Developer, and a Developer’s Architect, Lea Design Studio is uniquely positioned to provide the services you need with a solid understanding of the fundamental aesthetic, financial, marketing and buildability imperatives of any project.

Having been directly involved in designing many prestige houses and award winning multi -residential projects, Lea Design Studio has a track record of success.

At a time when many projects compete to express form over function, you need an Architect who understands that the key to successful design is the ability to marry functional planning with aesthetic form. Lea Design Studio delivers these results.

A customised architectural service offering innovative bespoke design solutions, comprehensive construction documentation, and assistance with the building procurement process to ensure delivery of the highest quality finished product.

A comprehensive design management service, working closely with the developer and their management team to provide optimal design solutions whilst also considering the financial, planning and sales constraints of the project.

A customised architectural service offering innovative bespoke design solutions, comprehensive construction documentation, and assistance with the building procurement process to ensure delivery of the highest quality finished product.

A comprehensive design management service, working closely with the developer and their management team to provide optimal design solutions whilst also considering the financial, planning and sales constraints of the project.

A customised architectural service offering innovative bespoke design solutions, comprehensive construction documentation, and assistance with the building procurement process to ensure delivery of the highest quality finished product.

A comprehensive design management service, working closely with the developer and their management team to provide optimal design solutions whilst also considering the financial, planning and sales constraints of the project.

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JOHN LEA

JOHN LEA

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

Raised on a farm some distance from the nearest town, from a very early age I was taught the importance of invention and innovation to solve everyday problems utilising what we had at hand.

This fostered an interest in design, and my passion for Architecture was ignited whilst attending Boarding School in the city where I was exposed to a wide array of architectural styles from historic colonial to contemporary modern. I also quickly learnt the importance of self-reliance and discipline, which provided me with the foundations to excel in my tertiary studies and to graduate with Honours as an Architect.

I began my career working overseas, embarking on numerous trips through Europe exploring the many classical architectural styles that ultimately informs all design, whether it be through appreciation of proportion or the complimentary use of varied materials.

Returning to Australia filled with inspiration and enthusiasm for design, after a brief period I established a successful Architectural practice with a partner on the Gold Coast.

Over time we began undertaking our own Property Developments, which ultimately resulted in us restructuring the business to focus fully on developing prestige properties. As Design Director I was responsible for managing external Architects to undertake our projects and to ensure the best design and development outcomes were achieved.

In addition to property development, we also established a construction division developing new flatpack and modular construction technologies applied to remote housing, mining and infrastructure projects, and emergency shelters for international disaster relief.

Ultimately my love of design has led me back to Architecture, and the establishment of my new venture to capitalise on the extensive experience I’ve gained in all facets of the Industry.

Welcome to Lea Design Studio!

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

Raised on a farm some distance from the nearest town, from a very early age I was taught the importance of invention and innovation to solve everyday problems utilising what we had at hand.

This fostered an interest in design, and my passion for Architecture was ignited whilst attending Boarding School in the city where I was exposed to a wide array of architectural styles from historic colonial to contemporary modern. I also quickly learnt the importance of self-reliance and discipline, which provided me with the foundations to excel in my tertiary studies and to graduate with Honours as an Architect.

I began my career working overseas, embarking on numerous trips through Europe exploring the many classical architectural styles that ultimately informs all design, whether it be through appreciation of proportion or the complimentary use of varied materials.

Returning to Australia filled with inspiration and enthusiasm for design, after a brief period I established a successful Architectural practice with a partner on the Gold Coast.

Over time we began undertaking our own Property Developments, which ultimately resulted in us restructuring the business to focus fully on developing prestige properties. As Design Director I was responsible for managing external Architects to undertake our projects and to ensure the best design and development outcomes were achieved.

In addition to property development, we also established a construction division developing new flatpack and modular construction technologies applied to remote housing, mining and infrastructure projects, and emergency shelters for international disaster relief.

Ultimately my love of design has led me back to Architecture, and the establishment of my new venture to capitalise on the extensive experience I’ve gained in all facets of the Industry.

Welcome to Lea Design Studio!

Raised on a farm some distance from the nearest town, from a very early age I was taught the importance of invention and innovation to solve everyday problems utilising what we had at hand.

This fostered an interest in design, and my passion for Architecture was ignited whilst attending Boarding School in the city where I was exposed to a wide array of architectural styles from historic colonial to contemporary modern. I also quickly learnt the importance of self-reliance and discipline, which provided me with the foundations to excel in my tertiary studies and to graduate with Honours as an Architect.

I began my career working overseas, embarking on numerous trips through Europe exploring the many classical architectural styles that ultimately informs all design, whether it be through appreciation of proportion or the complimentary use of varied materials.

Returning to Australia filled with inspiration and enthusiasm for design, after a brief period I established a successful Architectural practice with a partner on the Gold Coast.

Over time we began undertaking our own Property Developments, which ultimately resulted in us restructuring the business to focus fully on developing prestige properties. As Design Director I was responsible for managing external Architects to undertake our projects and to ensure the best design and development outcomes were achieved.

In addition to property development, we also established a construction division developing new flatpack and modular construction technologies applied to remote housing, mining and infrastructure projects, and emergency shelters for international disaster relief.

Ultimately my love of design has led me back to Architecture, and the establishment of my new venture to capitalise on the extensive experience I’ve gained in all facets of the Industry.

Welcome to Lea Design Studio!

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John is professional, courteous, clever, hard-working and is unique in the Architectural services he provides to his clients.  I could not recommend John Lea any higher to potential new clients.

David Higgins
Residential Project Specialist, Higgins Advisory

Having purchased a 2 level 4 bedroom Penthouse off the plan in a new boutique beachfront apartment building on the Gold Coast, John acting as Design Manager for the Developer, worked closely with us to customise the design to suit our specific requirements. We would highly recommend working with John Lea.

Nick & Andrea Gordon
Founder – Zintel Group

John’s innate design skills combined with his first-hand Development experience has resulted in a product offering that we are excited to be presenting to our discerning buyers.

James Adam
Managing Director, Portfolio Group

I have always found John to be a very practical Architect considering all aspects of design including constructability and economy, a necessity in ensuring the successful delivery of development projects for the clients and end users.

Graham Goldman
Managing Director, Eastview Australia (Project Managers)

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending John to other clients looking for a dedicated and talented Architect to design their new home.

Tony & Terry Bawden
Joint Founding Director, Villaworld

Easily some of the finest homes I have filmed. All, with a timeless design that stand the test of time. Contemporary Queensland architecture at its best.

Brett Clements
Founder and Creative Director, Platinum HD
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