Craig Cassie started his studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture (what is now called a Masters in Architecture) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2002.
During his student years, he won both the “Greenhouse Peoples Environmental Centre” competition and The Gauteng Institute of Architecture Award in 1998.
While studying, he worked at HTP Architects (London), Charles van Breda Architects (Johannesburg), the Dept. of Public Works and Services (DPWS) (Sydney) and Kennedy Associates Architects. He was involved in housing schemes for the elderly, retail, apartments, office complexes and single residences. He worked on a renovation of a house in Clovelly, Sydney that showcased new technology in sustainability, which is often quoted and published as a case study for Sustainable Architecture.
In 2004, Craig moved to Ireland where he worked with NBK Architects Ltd (Dublin, Ireland) and became an Associate Director/ Design Architect.
Notable work at NBK:
Ailesbury Road house, a sustainable family home utilizing a prefabricated housing system. Published in House Magazine
Park Lodge apartment development
EBS Building Society fitouts, new design role out throughout Ireland
Smyths Pub refurbishment and Apartments Dunloaghaire
In 2008 Craig moved back to Sydney where he worked at Altis Architects until 2011. He again become an Associate. He was mainly involved in the Mon Komo development in Redcliffe Queensland. Mon Komo was a mixed use development consisting of Bar and function room, shops, office space, short stay apartments and owner occupied apartments in two 12 storey towers on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Craig also led the design teams for Newcastle RSL and Nelson Bay RSL refurbishments
Kalene Cassie completed her Bachelor of Architecture (that’s what the Masters in Architecture was called back then) in 2001 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. As a student she worked at Tower Architects (now Entity Architects and Blue Planet Design) doing warehouses and factories. She then worked for Kate Otten Architects on the Rosebank Craft Market and various private residences with Kate’s unique African flair in her design.
Kalene graduated and worked at Messaris Wapenaar Architects on large scale residential complexes and a few small apartment blocks. She took on a challenging role with MMA Architects where she had diverse projects that dealt with sensitive socio-economic issues as part of the architecture.
Notable projects with MMA:
The Maropeng Cradle of Humankind Visitors Centre- Tourism
Helen Joseph Hostel transformation into self-contained units
In 2004, Kalene moved to Dublin, Ireland in the height of the housing boom, where she worked for Fitz-Gerald and Associates Architects mainly documenting heritage/conservation buildings and then OMP Architects doing residential developments. She spent most of this time working on a large Residential Estate called Carrickmines Manor, in Dublin’s southern suburbs.
Kalene moved to Sydney, Australia in 2008. She worked at Architectus, and a little contract work with Altis Architects, before parenthood took her on a different path – starting Cassie and Cassie.
Notable projects with Architectus and Altis:
New Brighton Hotel refurbishment, Manly