Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker
Head of Architecture
University of Newcastle

What does an ideal home look and feel like to you?
An ideal home has a great sense of space, is well crafted, and vitally connected to the outside - you almost feel like you’re outside. It’s as large only as it needs to be, and uses as few materials as it can. So few, that when you’re standing inside you can still see most of them - nothing is covered up. From the outside, it’s respectful of your neighbours and the country it sits on.

It’s a wonderful place to live, while also being one that you can afford.

What are you looking for in the winning design in our dWELL competition?  
Houses that understand both the place that we live, and how we live. With both of these, it might look radically different to the houses we typically build at the moment. 

What’s your favourite thing to do in Lake Macquarie?
Mountain biking through its wonderful coastline and bushland.

Share a career highlight with us
Winning an international architectural competition in Japan, for the conversion of an existing building for housing.

What are some of the most exciting things coming out of home design and building industry that excites you
The use of digital technology to prefabricate bespoke elements of buildings, and multi-use walls that operate like furniture.

What does wellbeing mean to you? How do you find balance in your life?
Wellbeing means having the time each day to feel like you’re still in control. I find my balance by routinely exercising each morning for at least an hour, usually at sunrise, it’s a wonderful time of the day.