JASON SEMANIC, Owner and Director
Prior to founding The Space Laboratory, Jason graduated from the University of South Australia in 2010 with a Masters Degree in Architecture. He would go on to gain significant experience within some of Australia’s leading architectural practices, being heavily involved with nationally and internationally recognised projects. He has furthered his own personal development as a designer by studying at Harvard University in Boston, and currently as a tutor for final year architecture students.
With a focus on urban, infrastructure and high-rise residential design, Jason is passionate about achieving quality outcomes for his clients. He believes that by listening and facilitating good teamwork and communication between all parties, the design process often leads to unique and unexpected solutions.
MICHAEL CHADWICK, Director
Michael brings significant international experience in the residential sector to The Space Laboratory. Michael graduate from Cambridge University with a Masters Degree in Architecture and Philosophy. After completing his studies, he would go on to gain experience with top architecture practices, Grimshaw and Denton Corker Marshall, where he would play an important part in delivering large scale residential and infrastructure projects.
Michael’s focus within The Space Laboratory are the technical aspects and detailing of our work whatever the size of project. His strict attention to detail and knowledge of international building processes is invaluable to the practice.
HAEHNLE SARRIS, Graduate of Architecture
Haehnle completed her masters degree in Architecture at the University of South Australia however, architecture was found later in life. She has completed a double degree in Media and International Studies, as well as completing a Graduate Diploma in Communications (Public Relations). After working as a Junior Account Manager in Advertising, there was a strong desire to be more heavily involved in the design process, and after her practice was given the chance to do a bar fit out she realised architecture was her pathway into design.
Moving forward, Haehnle completed her internship at Swanbury Penglase Architects in Adelaide and after graduating started contract work at a boutique residential firm. She is also working as a tutor at the University of South Australia.
TIMOTHY FARRUGIA, Graduate of Architecture
Tim is a fifth year student of architecture currently studying at the Melbourne School of Design. He is primarily interested in human centric architecture and is actively pursuing a greater understanding into the psychological and emotional responses we have towards the built environment. During his studies, Tim has participated in an array of research-based studios specifically relating to the areas of multi-residential social housing, Indigenous cultural centres and healthcare facilities.
Tim has also gained a significant amount of experience from working in both large and small-scale practices. By working in the polar opposites of the profession, he has been exposed to many varying projects in both function and scale. These experiences have provided Tim with the necessary skills to contribute to producing prominent works of architecture.
Due to his great interest in construction and carpentry, Tim has also had a great deal of experience in design and construct projects. His most notable project was a small house in rural Victoria, which he designed and built alongside a local builder. Tim has also assisted in the construction and design of a cultural centre hub in the Indigenous community of Wadeye, NT.