MASQ is a practice that fuses experience, innovation and a commitment to pursue each project with an intelligent and responsive mode of working. We believe in specificity and originality. Our schemes are characteristic of these notions and we do not adopt fixed or preconceived ideas. We are not interested in trends or fashion and do not view projects in formulaic or prescribed ways. We see each project as an opportunity to enhance a particular circumstance, providing a new overlay and reading of place and program.
We have a long standing interest in residential architecture including individual private houses, medium density and urban scale projects. We believe that the places we live in are of paramount importance to our well being and have profound influence upon greater social structures. Much of our effort is invested in producing residential buildings that enhance the built environment and that hopefully can be seen as an exemplary.
Our ideological framework is critical in maintaining congruence in the work we produce and the ability to critically assess, rethink and question is pivotal to the success of the practice.
B.Arch (Hons), Registered Architect (REG NO 6880) RAIA
Ted obtained his architectural qualifications with Honours in 1997 from the University of NSW. He worked in Neville Gruzman's office for several years before travelling abroad, working with leading firms in Israel and England. He established Quinton Margalit architects in 2002 with Harry Margalit which evolved to Quinton Margalit Smuskowitz Architects (MASQ) in 2008.
Ted has broad experience as design and project architect across a range of built projects ranging in scale from domestic to large educational and commercial projects both in Australia and overseas. His involvement in projects from inception to completion ensures that the design intent and quality of projects is maintained and ultimately achieved.
He also tutors in Design across various years at the University of New South Wales, has previously contributed to Houses magazine, written for Architecture Australia and is widely traveled in Europe and the Middle East. Current research interests include studies into the Arts and Crafts houses of Sydney and urban development in Istanbul, Turkey.
Alan brings a unique range of experience to MASQ. In South Africa, he worked with internationally renown architect Jo Noero on some of that practices most notable projects as well as running his own firm for several years.
In Australia Alan has worked at a range of scales and building types, undertaking significant commercial and residential projects in fast developing areas of Sydney such as Rhodes and Sydney Olympic Park. He has extensive experience in medium density housing both at a masterplan and detail planning level. He also has particular skills in initiating and facilitating developments, from initial client contact and feasibility stages through to the development approval process.
He plays a crucial role in the practice's strategy of diversifying into large scale commercial, mixed use and residential work.
B.Arch MA PhD Aff.RAIA
Harry Margalit obtained his architectural qualifications in 1983, followed by a number of years in architectural practice in Cape Town, Sydney and Brisbane. In 2000 he returned to academia, graduating with a Master of Arts and a PhD in Australian Modernist architectural history in 1997. Harry continued his involvement in architecture alongside an academic career. He is currently Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of over 30 books, articles and conference papers on contemporary and Modernist architecture.
He is currently researching Urban Development and Urban Energy issues and consults to the practice on these as well as on general design issues.
PEOPLE (PAST AND PRESENT):
JORDAN SILVER, MILES DEAN, WILL STEPHENSON, FELIPE TORRES, MIGUEL PAREDES, PAUL DESAILLY, LIN QIAN, KEVIN CAI, BRAD HUANG, FELIPE LUIS, BAO LONG TRAN, GALINA KOUSNETSOVA,GEORGIA BRENNAN, KRISTINA TODIK, FERNANDA DIAZ, ERIK BJELLAND, JUSTIN HOLLY, FANNY BRASCH, ALAN SMUSKOWITZ, HARRY MARGALIT, TED QUINTON