Unlike other professions such as medicine where clients come to you through necessity, or accounting where they return annually, Architects deal with clients who often only need architectural services for one specific project.

Consequently, the reputation of an Architect is the most valuable marketing tool to continually generate new clients through referrals.

Having been in the position of appointing other Architects to undertake projects, I understand better than most the importance of testimonials and references in helping to select the best Architect suited to the specific project.

Therefore I am very appreciative of the positive testimonials provided by past and present clients and professional colleagues, and am more than happy to provide their contact details should you require any further endorsement of my ability to assist you with your project.

I have known John since he first joined Pacific Projects Group as principal design Architect 25 years ago.  At this time, together we developed a successful architectural practice undertaking a diverse range of projects including prestige residential homes and resort projects throughout Australasia. This practice eventually transitioned into a high end property development company where John was responsible for both designing and managing other Architects in delivering award winning projects throughout Australia.

John has a rare combination of skillsets for an architect with the wonderful ability to produce highly creative and innovative designs that are at all times functional and cost effective.

As a loyal colleague and trusted friend, I’d highly recommend John to any client looking for a highly skilled architect to turn their aspirations into an exciting reality.

Peter Madrers

Peter Madrers
Joint Group CEO &
Managing Director

We have worked with John Lea on many projects for the past 5 years and John’ s approach to his designs, along with his full appreciation of his clients “needs and wants” provides a refreshing change to the industry. His early collaboration with builders to provide input to functional constructability, Project costs and value engineering initiatives ensure that he gives that extra level of service to his clients throughout the project.

John has a wealth of experience and his designs are as much innovative as they are impressive and one of John’s key strengths is that he co-ordinates between his client’s and the builder’s to ensure that the scope is fully understood and delivered to the brief.

Paul Maddison

Program Director,
PM Concepts

John has done an outstanding job in designing two homes for us. His ability to marry stunning architectural form with exciting yet functional internal planning maximising the potential of our riverfront sites, has resulted in houses that have been a joy to live in. 

We are regularly complimented on the spectacular design of our current home by visitors experiencing it for the first time. They often have trouble believing the house was built 14 years ago.

We now count John and his wife as good friends whom we keep in touch with on a regular basis. 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,

My wife Di and I commissioned John to redesign our waterfront entertaining area to incorporate a 15m lap pool, spa and BBQ pavilion on a difficult sloping site. We had a few attempts to find an Architect who would listen to the brief and interpret the style and design that we liked.

We engaged John who took into full account the attributes of the home and blended it in seamlessly with the prominent north facing waterfront block where our home is located.

John throughout the entire process has been proactive in not only the design, but also in co-ordinating and hastening the structural engineer and other consultants to guide it successfully through the complex Council approvals process. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending John for any project.  

Chris Otley-Doe


I engaged John to custom design a new multilevel house for my family on a large riverfront block on the Gold Coast. He produced a design that ultimately exceeded our expectations, and which proved to be a wonderful comfortable home to live and play in.

I’d highly recommend John to anyone looking for an easy going yet professional architect to come up with an innovative and stylish design for their new home.

Craig McDermott


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.  He developed alternative design layouts for our consideration, and then co-ordinated the Architects and Interior Designers to incorporate the detailed design and finishes selections. 

John’s assistance ensured that despite us living overseas, the redesign process was well co-ordinated, and will result in a stunning apartment design that we will be very excited to see completed in the near future. 

We would highly recommend working with John Lea.

Nick & Andrea Gordon

Founder – Zintel Group

Northcliffe Residences Penthouse Purchasers

We engaged John in a Design Management role to assist us in refining the design of Cerulean, our latest high-rise residential project. John has undertaken a detailed review of the internal planning, and working closely with our Sales and Marketing team, has developed  more saleable layouts for the individual units and the penthouse.

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

Over the years I have been involved in many projects with John where he has been engaged either as the Principal Architect, or in a Design Management capacity.  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 client and end users.

Graham Goldman

Managing Director,
Eastview Australia
(Project Managers)

I have worked closely with John for over 10 years on numerous prestige Development Projects throughout Australia. He is an extremely talented Architect creating award winning designs in his own right, but also skillful at directing and refining the work of other Architects where required to ensure the very best design outcome for any project.

He is an excellent listener, understands his brief and is attuned to working with Developers or Property Purchasers to establish a clear understanding of their specific needs, and then translating them successfully into well resolved design solutions.  He has been very successful in working with us in conjunction with our builders to ensure we deliver the quality and cutting edge design to suit the clients. 

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

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

We have worked with John Lea intermittently for the past 20 years. Over a number of apartment projects John has provided design advice and produced detailed documentation to provide a design resolution that satisfies our requirements both from a design and cost point of view.

He is a pleasure to work with as he listens to our requirements and then translates them into practical construction detail. One of John’s great strengths is that he has the experience to understand both the developers and the builders objectives and this has a very positive contribution during the construction of a project.

Simkin Holdings Group & Ros Dwyer Consulting Group

Property Developers

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