About Us

BHI was founded in 1981 and we are now an integrated design practice covering architecture, urban design, interior design, heritage and research + planning. BHI has offices in Sydney and South Coast NSW, and internationally in China, working across all sectors including mixed-use, commercial, multi-unit and single residential, industrial, cultural facilities, public buildings, seniors living, tourism developments, and infrastructure.
Our relationships and understanding of the brief, together with our research and analysis, allows BHI to meet the expectations of the client and achieve successful outcomes.
BHI is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, registered with the NSW Architect’s Registration Board and utilizes Environmental Management System – ISO 14001-2004 and Quality Management System – ISO 9001-2008.

Philosophy

Our approach is about the synthesis of context, functionality, and sustainability having a specific vision and design approach to each project. We have a culture of designing for economic, environmental, cultural and social sustainability providing innovative and cost effective solutions.
The work of BHI Architects is based on design excellence and close communication with the client, directors, and the design teams through all stages of the project.
The 30-year experience of BHI, coupled with core sustainability knowledge and research ability, forms the focus of the integrated design process that drives BHI Projects from concept to project delivery. We manage the project in a collaborative manner as a single team including consultants, client, specialist designers and other stakeholders.

People

MARK HITCHCOCK – B Sc(Arch) B Arch (hons) AIA PIA GSAP

Mark is a Registered Architect with over 30 years’ professional experience and is a director of BHI Architects. Bishop + Hitchcock commenced operation in 1981, with 2 partners, Mark Hitchcock and Paul Bishop, with the main office located in Nowra, NSW, with a primarily residential base of work. The practice demonstrated a sustained growth in turnover and projects to result in a total capacity of 8 offices and 60 employees by 2006. This company then had 5 directors and a practice manager working through offices in Sydney, Canberra, Nowra, Wollongong, Kiama, Batemans Bay, Brisbane, and Dubai. Mark Hitchcock as a Director and Principal, was instrumental in expanding the practice into new markets and winning numerous competitions and architectural awards.
Mark Hitchcock as a director of BHI Architects ensures a continuity of service, employment of staff, and commitment of resources to clients through the offices of Sydney, Kiama, Wollongong and internationally in China. The Diversity of experience, and range of project scales continues to define the broad spectrum of BHI Architects, architectural, interior design, urban design and master planning experiences.
BHI Architects with its resources and depth of experience has the following core principles:

  • The focus for BHI’s work is based on producing ecologically sustainable design.
  • BHI is practiced in using an integrated design method for architectural design in order to access the optimum talent and experience capabilities of the project consultant team.
  • Design issues management is a core feature for delivering the client brief and being used as a basis for project status reporting to our clients.
  • Project management systems deliver effective projects that are within budget and programmed parameters.
  • The continuing demand of meeting many different project types has fostered a design attitude that is used to working with innovative solutions in order to optimize project performance.
  • While designing in the present time frame, BHI teams are acutely focused on the long term future life and performance of their projects. Project priorities are tracked through all stages of project delivery with design management systems ensuring design quality and optimisation of the client brief.
  • BHI offices work with integrated BIM software for the documentation of projects.

Awards

2016

  • Xuecheng Executive Service Centre
    Sidta: Shanghai Interior Decoration Association
    The building area is 14,818m2 and developed as an integrated design combining urban planning, architecture, landscape + interiors as a wholistic approach for a certified green building. The project has a low construction cost, however with a high level of functional efficiency and low carbon, low energy building.

2014

  • AUGUST – Jade Emperor Temple – Xuecheng, finalist in the International WAN Civic Awards

2013

  • MARCH – Jinshui Wan Housing, Xuecheng – shortlisted for the International WAN Residential Awards
  • OCTOBER – 6th International Urban Design Conference – Sustainable Urbanism Paper
  • Green Awards Presentation – Sustainable City Development Paper

2012

  • AUGUST – Eco City Changxing – “Highly Commended” prize for Urban Regeneration, awarded by WAN 2012
  • AUGUST – MOSS International Green Awards – Sustainability Summit – Paper
  • DECEMBER – Xigong Mountain Cultural Precinct China – International Urban Design Competition

2009

  • AUGUST – Eco City Changxing – “Best Concept Design” for the China Human Habitat Model 2009, awarded by the National Architecture Institute of China

2008

  • Conjola Lakeside Van Park – Winner Shoalhaven Building Design Awards

2006

  • Mariner Luxury Unit Development – Wollongong City Council Architectural Design Awards Commendation Multi-Storey Mixed Use Developments and Residential Apartment Buildings
  • Bevans Real Estate Corrimal – Wollongong City Council Architectural Design Awards Comendation for Multi-Storey Mixed Use Developments and Residential Apartment Buildings
  • Kirsten / Bolt Dual Occupancy – Wollongong City Council Architectural Design Awards Commendation – New Dual Occupancies, Villas and Townhouses

2005

  • NOVEMBER – Wollongong Kirsten / Bolt Units – RAIA Country Division Award Best Multi Residential

2004

  • SEPTEMBER – Rimanic Luxury Units – RAIA NSW Multi-Unit Award
  • SEPTEMBER – Rimanic Luxury Units – Shoalhaven Council Design Award

2003

  • AUGUST – Addecco Office Fit-Out Wollongong – Architectural Design Awards Interior Design/Fit-out

1998

  • DECEMBER – Postman’s Tavern – Shoalhaven Building Awards Adaptive Re-use of Heritage Building
  • DECEMBER – South Coast Medical Centre – Winner Civic Building Design Award
  • “Dolphin Watch” Cruises – Shoalhaven Building Design Awards – Best Commercial Building

1993

  • DECEMBER – Shoalhaven Memorial Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium – Engineering Excellence Award Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia, NSW Division

1992

  • MAY – Terralong House Professional Suites – New Development Award Kiama Municipality Tourism Service Award

1991

  • MARCH – Nowra Mechanics Institute and School of Arts – Commendation Dulux Colour Awards
  • JULY – Dominelli Volvo Dealership – Annual Civic Design Award Sutherland Shire Council
  • OCTOBER – Group Seven Leagues Club – Building Achievement Award Kiama Municipal Council