Patrick Nicholas

Patrick Nicholas

Director, B. Arch, AIA, AAA, DEP0001385, ARB NSW 6672

Patrick’s architectural career includes working with a variety of prominent architects in Sydney and Darwin before founding Patrick Nicholas Architects in 1995 and AN+A in 2012.

Involved comprehensively in the design, project management and delivery of AN+A projects, Pat calls on 30 years of local experience. This encompasses extensive client, council and builder understanding overlaid with ten years of experience in the hospitality industry and the experience gained building two houses for his family.

Pat is a creative and logical designer with a collaborative style. Working directly with clients he explores every opportunity within the brief to its fullest potential, achieving memorable outcomes each time.

Pat has a reputation for the architecture and interior design of residential, heritage, coastal and hospitality projects. His passion for art, landscape, detailing, construction and the environment drives his creative and practical approach.

Recently, Pat has been voted in as a new ‘council member’ of the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel. The Planning Panel is an independent body, making decisions on ‘regionally significant development’ that is valued over a capital investment value (CIV) of $30 million. This appointment is a significant acknowledgement of Pat’s expertise in the fields of architecture, planning, heritage, and urban design.

Vanessa Edema

Vanessa Edema

Associate Director B.Arch. Hons

Vanessa co-founded AN+A in 2012 with Pat Nicholas after 25 years of creative partnership together at AN+A and Patrick Nicholas Architects. Vanessa’s expertise in delivering residential, hospitality and interior detailing projects is a testament to her close working relationships with clients and attention to detail.

A keen observer of landscape, places and spaces, Vanessa is creative, thoughtful and environmentally mindful in her work.

Vanessa applies her fine grained and incisive approach to the design, authority consent, documentation, project management and construction of AN+A projects.

Vaishnavi Bopiah

Vaishnavi Bopiah
B.Arch, M.Arch UNSW

Vaish is an architectural graduate from India and has been with AN+A since 2018 working on highend residential and commercial projects from design through to construction participation.

Developing her conceptual and 3D visualisation skillset at the front end of the design process has been bookended with her architectural photography of completed AN+A projects.

Vaish is an avid traveller, and has participated in design workshops in Auroville, India and at the Architectural Association, London.

With a keen interest in photography, she has been exploring residential architecture in Australia for an ongoing personal research project.

Wenda Xu

Wenda Xu
B.Arch, M.Arch UNSW, ARB NSW 11374

Wenda Xu is a highly skilled architect with over six years of experience in the industry. She received her Master of Architecture from UNSW in 2016, where she was nominated for both the Urban Design Award and the Master of Architecture Prize in Sustainable Highrise Architecture.

Wenda has worked on a diverse range of projects from concept to construction, including single and multi-residential, education, health care and hospitality. She has demonstrated her ability to work collaboratively with clients and team members to achieve high-quality results.

Wenda’s proficiency in Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3D rendering, combined with her strong coordination skills, make her a valuable team member. Her thorough understanding of sustainable design principles further enhances her ability to create innovative and environmentally responsible designs.

Tim Hauptman

Tim Hauptman
Project Co-Ordinator
B,Arch, UNSW

Tim graduated from the University of New South Wales with Distinction in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree.

Passionate and meticulous by nature, his design approach is underpinned by a focus on sensitive spatial planning, mindful material selection and fine construction detailing in order to create spaces of enduring quality.

His professional experience has bridged architectural and interior design disciplines within the premium private and multi-residential sector. Having worked alongside leading industry professionals, he possesses the necessary insights and knowledge to deliver projects of the highest calibre with care given to resourcefulness, responsibility and respect.

Tim helps lead design studios part-time in the Design & Architecture School at the University of Technology Sydney.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor
Graduate Architect
B.Arch USyd

Graduating from the University of Sydney, Katie has three years of experience working on residential and commercial projects, with a strong focus on sustainable, detail-oriented architecture and joinery. She possesses a versatile skillset that includes CAD and BIM-based software, architectural visualization, robotics, and digital fabrication. Katie’s robust foundation in design and people-oriented mindset equip her with the adaptability and insight to navigate complex architectural challenges.

Having studied abroad in Aarhus, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden, Katie has an enriched perspective of the global design landscape. Her designs, research and written work have been published by the University of Sydney and The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. In 2023, her research work led by Pritzker Prize laureates Lacaton + Vassal was exhibited as part of the Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership. She was also founding member of CIRCA – the University of Sydney’s Journal of Architecture and Design.

Her spare time is often spent experimenting with analogue art mediums such as painting, printmaking and film photography.

AN+A Office

The Studio

AN+A is a Sydney based design firm established in 2012 by Patrick Nicholas and Vanessa Edema. Our team of six architects and designers operate from our Marys Place, Surry Hills Studio.

We employ all methods of creative communication, from hand drawn sketches, CAD and plywood models to 3D modelling.

AN+A is an A+ Practice Member of the Australian Institute of Architects and is a registered Architectural Practice with the NSW Board of Architects. Patrick Nicholas is an NSW Registered Design and Building Practitioner (DBP Act).

Our Approach

As principals we lead a team of architects and designers driven to deliver creative spatial experiences and places that belong.

We work with our clients to deliver buildings that satisfy their key objectives and exceed their expectations. We offer innovative thinking, versatile solutions, value for money, agile problem solving, environmental realism and an inclusive collaborative experience.


We value the notion that robust working relationships with our clients are the key to successful project delivery. We call this benefit the ‘creative dividend’ and are proud of our referral and repeat business rates.


Our aim is to meet present needs without compromising the stock of natural resources remaining for future generations by being resource efficient, minimising energy usage, designing flexible spaces with utility, and designing for long life.

We look forward to forging a creative relationship with you.