atelier Luke is an architecture and design studio led by Australian architect Luke Hayward and Japanese interior designer Junko Nakatsuka. Founded in 2013 in Osaka, atelier Luke has broad experience in architecture and construction in Japan, Australia and South East Asia.
atelier Luke collaborates closely with clients and local craftspeople to create uniquely personalised and culturally sensitive designs. Based in both Australia and Japan, the design team is currently working with clients on a range of projects in both countries.
how we work
We are a hands-on design practice, but with international reach. Balancing time between both Australia and Japan, our small team works directly with clients and collaborators to ensure a local approach for all projects, whether in Byron or Kyoto, Brisbane or Osaka.
Every brief, site and client is unique and successful projects are always the result of collaborative participation between client, architect and builder. For every project we believe there's no substitute for the first hand experience of place and the personal connection of meeting face-to-face.
Luke established atelier Luke in 2013, after gaining broad professional experience in architecture over the previous decade.
In the few years since establishing his own practice, Luke's residential work has been broadly praised with projects published globally in newspapers, magazines and online.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Luke worked at a number of notable design firms, gaining demonstrable experience in all aspects of the architectural profession, throughout brief development, design, documentation and procurement.
Following completion of a Master’s Degree with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania, Luke spent several years working at the design focused practice of renowned Queensland architect Richard Kirk. Working closely with Richard, Luke gained extensive experience designing high quality residential, education, commercial and community projects for clients in Australia, China and south-east Asia. During this time, several joint venture projects also provided the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medalists Lindsay and Kerry Clare.
Junko is an interior designer with extensive experience in design and construction both in Australia and Japan.
Following graduation from RMIT in Melbourne, Junko worked with architects and suppliers in Queensland and Tasmania, focusing primarily on commercial and residential design.
In Japan, Junko has worked with the nation's largest residential building contractor, gaining invaluable experience in the local construction industry.
With this diverse background in all aspects of building design, procurement and construction in both Australia and Japan, Junko brings a unique perspective and a valuable skillset to her work with atelier Luke.