Breathe Architecture

Jeremy McCleod is the co-founder and design director of Breathe Architecture, one of Australia’s most awarded sustainable architecture practices. Jeremy is also the co-founder of Nightingale Housing, a not-for-profit organisation building apartments that are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable.

In this episode, Jeremy and I spoke about:
  • Why Breathe has always doubled-down on their sustainable design niche, and why Jeremy believes you only need to speak to 1% of the market to attract a high volume of values-aligned clients.
  • How Breathe adjust their message for their different client segments, from developers, to homeowners and superannuation funds–based on the unique needs of each group.
  • Why every big organisation has at least one champion for sustainability, and the unexpected places architects can find them.
  • Why a major setback with Nightingale in 2015 that left Jeremy crying on his bathroom floor turned out to be the project’s biggest marketing breakthrough.
  • The opportunities Jeremy sees for architects to engage with society’s biggest issues, from electrification, to reconciliation, to increasing the share of homes delivered by architects beyond 3%.
If you’d like to learn more about Jeremy, you can visit or follow them on Instagram @breathearchitecture.

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