Craig Tan – Director

Craig Tan studied at Melbourne University, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours in 1998.  During his time there he also won several awards including the Castle Stephenson and Turnbull prize for leadership and promise in architecture and multiple Dean’s honours awards.  Since then he has accrued 15 years of experience in the industry, working for a variety of architects both in Melbourne, Australia and London, UK.  These include Gregory Burgess, Fender Katsalidis Architects and David Adjaye in London, where he was a Project Director.

During this formative period, Craig was privileged to work on a diverse range of building types, ranging from single houses, medium density and high density residential, offices, performing arts centres, interpretive centres, libraries, galleries, temporary art fairs, hotels and schools.  Spread across a range of countries, such as the UK, Europe, U.S.A, China, United Arab Emirates, and of course Australia, these projects have offered an insight into how buildings can contribute and participate meaningfully in a diversity of cultures and climates.

In March 2011, Craig established Craig Tan Architects in his home city of Melbourne, and is particularly relishing the excitement and fulfilment of working closely with a diverse range of Clients to realise their architectural dreams and aspirations.

During his spare time, Craig enjoys playing hockey, dancing, reading, and drawing and painting the human body.

Further information on Craig’s experiences prior to establishing Craig Tan Architects can be found here.


Katie---Pat-Portrait-crop-web_bwKatie Checken – Graduate of Architecture

B.Envs (Architecture)


Katie Checken completed her architectural studies at The University of Melbourne in 2013. Here, she spent her degrees exploring two different schools of thought; sustainability and phenomenology in architecture. Her thesis project ‘Ethereal’ tied these two ideas together, exploring the phenomenological value of nature, how architecture can enhance this value and what this means to everyday life.

Since finishing her degree, Katie has spent her time learning about a broad range of topics, such as philosophy, anthropology, psychology and mythology in order to gain a deeper understanding of people. Katie also takes classes in ballet, woodwork and Japanese joinery, with an interest in the role of the body and hands in creating experiences of focus and mindfulness. She hopes all this knowledge will combine at some point and help inform her to create thoughtful, well-designed architecture, that’s in every way sustainable.

Within the office she sits firmly in the cat-obsessed circle of the Craig Tan Architects Venn diagram. She has a kitten named Leo, who is in the process of growing from a prince into a king.



Jack-Monte_portrait_bw_webJack Monte – Architectural Assistant

Jack Monte is currently finalising the undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural design at Monash University.
Previously he has studied Architecture as part of the Melbourne University Environments program where he was awarded two Deans honour awards and a scholarship upon the completion of first and second years. Jacks strengths lie in conceptualisation and creative problem solving based on a rigorous understanding of architectural history and theory.
Prior to engaging in the architecture Jack studied a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Monash University which has driven an interest in the phenomenological understandings of spatial conditions.
He also likes dogs, guitars and long walks on the beach.