Fergus Scott Architects is a Sydney based practice.


Our work is reflective of each client, and responds specifically to each site, and its own particular nature.


Our buildings are operable and engage with their surroundings-harnessing passive solar and thermal principles for efficiency and to further creative parameters.


Ensuring continuity and refinement from the schematic drawing to the as - built detail is central to our process, and it is informed by our appreciation of the value and nature of materials.


In addition to central and suburban Sydney, buildings have been completed throughout regional NSW.


Awards include the 2003 and 2012 AIA Wilkinson Award for outstanding residential architecture.


Our recent projects would not have been realised without the talents of Caryn McCarthy and Richard Smith.


"Fergus Scott's design went beyond being a house. Of course it functioned exquisitely and it was beautiful looking but it took you into an area - its going to sound bizarre - of dreams." Professor Tom Heneghan


"We have a universal responsibility toward the welfare of mankind. An Architect must learn to "nurture'' through their work otherwise it is empty. One is nurtured according to faith. the most fundamental being nature itself. Nature of humankind, nature of place. For a building to connect one with nature is a grace beyond comprehension: it is grace itself.


Fergus's home for Sandy on the tip of land overlooking the Southern Pacific takes us to places otherwise dormant in our soul: places that are natural, inspirational but above all of a serenity that allows nature to surface. Through this surfacing we find ourselves'' Peter Stutchbury FRAIA







After graduating from The University of Sydney, Fergus worked for Peter Stutchbury between 1992 and 2000 on a wide range of projects. These included residential works, the Olympic Archery Pavilion, and several major faculty buildings at the University of Newcastle awarded for their innovative passive solar and thermal design.


At this time he also worked on desert buildings for Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona, and studied in detail the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Mayan and Aztec architecture of Central America.


Fergus established his practice in 2000 and it has since built a well-recognised and published portfolio with selected projects featured on the website.


Since 2010, Fergus has tutored design in Professor Glenn Murcutt's regional studio at the University of New South Wales. He has been a guest tutor at the Architecture Foundation Australia and has lectured at the University of Newcastle and the National Gallery of Australia. He has written for Houses Magazine and was the NSW AIA awards residential jury chair in 2015.


Fergus has been a registered architect in NSW since 1996 (reg. no. 6086), and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects since 2001.




CARYN MCCARTHY - associate


Caryn joined the practice in 2004 and has made a continuous and invaluable contribution to the work.  Her breadth of experience has enabled her to assume the role of design, documentation, and project architect and she is highly respected by our clients and builders.


Caryn graduated from The University of Sydney in 2002 and is a registered architect. In addition, she has her own portfolio of high quality residential work.


Prior to joining the practice, she worked for Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Rick Joy Architects in Tucson (2003) and AT103 and TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City where she studied the work of Luis Barragan.






NSW AIA Residential Architecture Award


Houses Awards (Australia) Commendation : House over 200 sq. m.


Houses Awards (Australia) Shortlist. Sustainability


Australian Timber Design Awards. Winner

  Excellence in Timber Design. Interior Fitout - Residential


Australian Timber Design Awards. Winner

  Excellence in the Use of Timber Products - Recycled Timber


Australian Timber Design Awards. Winner

  Excellence in the Use of Timber Products - Timber Windows and Doors


MBA Awards. Winner. Contract House


MBA Awards. Winner. Best use of Rammed Earth


IES The Lighting Society NSW Chapter

  Lighting Design Award of Excellence






International IALD Award of Merit for Lighting Design


IES LIDA International Award of Excellence


Wolf  Subzero Kitchen Design Contest. Australia - first place contemporary


Wolf  Subzero Kitchen Design Contest. Global Winner - contemporary




Houses Awards Shortlist. House over 200 sq m.


HIA Hunter Region Awards Winner



NSW AIA Wilkinson Award for residential architecture

AIA National Award for residential architecture

Australian Timber Design Awards. Winner Residential Class 1.

Australian Timber Design Awards. Best Central Region.

MBA Excellence in Housing Award

HIA Awards Winner

Houses Awards High Commendation. House over 200 sq m.



Houses Awards High Commendation. House over 200 sq m.



NSW RAIA Wilkinson Award for outstanding residential architecture

RAIA National Commendation for outstanding residential architecture