It’s quite simple. The more you understand at the start, the better.

We want to understand the complex requirements and functionality of each building we design, how people will use the space, the landscape setting, material preferences, technical requirements (and constraints), what objects and art will be contained within the space and the desired “effect” of the building itself.


Powell & Glenn has been commissioned to create groundbreaking public projects for clients across hospitality, education and media including Clemenger BBDO, RMIT University, Monash University and the Marc and Eva Besen Foundation –which has resulted in the TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Ed Glenn
B. Arch Melb
Registered Architect (ARBV)

Powell & Glenn Design Principal and Director Ed Glenn has worked closely with Allan Powell on the design and delivery of projects since 2001. The collaboration with Powell has evolved with Glenn being appointed Design Director in 2008 and Principal in 2014 when the practice was renamed Powell & Glenn as part of the new partnership.

Allan Powell
B. Arch Melb, M. Arch RMIT
Registered Architect (ARBV)
Life fellow, AIA

Award-winning architect Allan Powell established his architecture practice in 1980. For almost four decades, Allan Powell’s has been designing critically acclaimed buildings for commercial, institutional and private clients. Allan’s work has been acknowledged with a Life Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Architects.


Powell & Glenn like to rehearse living in each space, to imagine the experience and, throughout the project, is completely dedicated to thinking about what it is like to live/work in the spaces being realised.

An awareness of the effect Architecture and landscape have on one’s state of mind.

The use of handmade materials and building forms that will improve with age.

A strong connection to landscape which allows spatial continuity between internal and external areas – both visually and physically.

The arrangement of forms to provide poetic spaces that are workable and house people, objects and art in a convivial way.

Applied Arts
An interest in, and understanding of the visual and fine arts, working in association with renowned artists.

An interest in both conventional and accepted sustainable design and cutting edge approaches to reduce the impact of the built form on the environment.

Awards & Publications

  • 2012 Architecture AU ‘Trocadero’
  • 2012 Architecture AU ‘South Yarra House’
  • 2012 Architecture AU ‘RMIT Bundoora West Lecture Theatre’
  • 2012 Australian Design Review ‘Trocadero’
  • 2012 Habitusliving.com ‘Trocadero’
  • 2012 Architecture Australia RAIA Awards Commercial Commendation