Director & Principal
B.Sc(Arch), B.Arch, RAIA, M.ICOMOS

Alan Croker, founder and Director of Design 5 - Architects has more than 30 years experience working on a large variety of projects involving both conservation and new work and has won numerous awards for his conservation projects. He has recently co-authored a book entitled Traditional Joinery, Sydney Houses 1810-1915 which won a National Trust Award for education in 2006.

Alan has been and continues to be involved with a broad range of projects from the very humble 1790s Dairy Cottage in Parramatta Park to the 20th Century icon, the Sydney Opera House. It is in this area of responding to the context and significance of the place that Alan has been most interested. Within each project he has always aimed to find a solution which not only respects the context and significant attributes of the place, but also celebrates and strengthens it. He has worked collaboratively with many other leading architecture firms to find optimal design solutions for often very challenging issues and sites, including the Establishment Hotel, Jones Bay Wharf, the former Nock & Kirbys Building in the city and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Alan has authored many Conservation Management Plans, some of them winning awards. His experience in understanding traditional cultures and structures and his attention to detail, have enabled him to undertake complex and difficult assessments of places and to formulate sound guidelines and policies to protect their significant values and guide future work and development.