Colling + IPS

design partners / australia

Robert-Trakken.jpg Robert Trakken
B.Arch (Hons), QUT
AR:2 Studio
In October 2004, Robert co-founded AR:2 architecture with Ben Parker. The establishment of the practice formalised a collaborative design focused partnership that originated at university.

Robert graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1998 with 1st class Honours and received the Royal Australian Institute of Architects QIA Medallion.

He has a specific interest in architectural design process and is currently a Doctoral Scholar at Queensland University of Technology undertaking research on the influence of indeterminacy on architectural design. Robert has an ongoing interest in architectural education and been associated with the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Westminster in London in teaching architectural design, technology and research. Robert has also received both international and national awards for residential housing.

Robert is committed to the joint development and evolution of built outcomes for clients through the application of a rigorous design process grounded in strong conceptual frameworks and building detailing.
Ben-Parker.jpg Ben Parker
B.Arch QUT
AR:2 Studio
Ben Parker was born in Ingham, Queensland in 1969. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Queensland University of Technology in 1999. In October 2004 he established AR:2 with university colleague Robert Takken.

Ben brings a rigorous design sensibility to every project, from conceptual framework to detail resolution and procurement. His commitment to ongoing evaluation and evolution of practice philosophy and output ensures he remains personally involved with every commission.