TALINA EDWARDS: MY STORY
I’m an Architect & a mama, with a love for environmentally sustainable design, healthy homes, and natural living. My Ballarat-based studio is Talina Edwards Architecture.
I was always going to be an architect. Different buildings and how people live always fascinated me. All my childhood play revolved around homes, creativity and construction (you can read more about this here). This early architectural-exploration set the foundations for what would become my obvious career-choice.
I’m not sure when I started loving trees and our natural environment, I suppose it was also instilled in me from early childhood, or perhaps just intuitive. It never made sense to knowingly do something to harm our earth. I chose to become vegetarian in my teen years because “it felt like the right thing to do”… I trusted my instinct about that, before I was fully aware of the ethical, political and environmental weight behind my decision. In my adult years, I became interested in anything considered eco, green, environmental, and sustainable. I care for the future of our planet – especially since having children – and try to make informed decisions to help look after Mother Earth.
Not only do I care for the health of the planet, but also for our health and wellbeing…this is an evolving quest of mine. From choosing natural and healthy food (see more here), trying to avoid chemicals, toxins and pollutants, making ethical selections…both in my personal life and in my architectural practice.
I’ve also always been interested in teaching and helping others…whether informally with friends, tutoring architecture-students at uni, and now with my own kids. I get a lot of fulfilment out of seeing others thrive and learn and often find this exchange is two-way, so we all benefit! This also absolutely applies to my love of sharing things about architecture and sustainability with my community, and helping clients with their dream homes!
So when all of these loves of mine combine in the studio, the culmination is my architectural practice: Talina Edwards Architecture.
TALINA EDWARDS: PROFESSIONAL STORY
Talina started the practice after more than a decade of working as a Project Architect with architecture practices in Melbourne who excelled in sustainable architecture. Talina is a highly skilled and qualified professional, who cares deeply about the interests of her clients, and takes pride in offering quality architecture and sustainable design services.
She gained her Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) and Bachelor of Planning and Design degrees at the University of Melbourne, and became a registered Architect with the Architects’ Registration board of Victoria in 2006. Talina is a member of ArchiTeam, and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. She also has memberships with Big Hearted Business and Ballarat Business Women.