Mark Lawler Architects work in an open office sharing ideas , exploring possible solutions always seeking design excellence.

mark lawler - director

Mark Lawler


Mark Lawler studied at the University Of Newcastle and after gaining experience in Sydney and Newcastle, Mark established his own practice. Mark spent an initial 10 years operating his own office and another 10 years in the partnership of Seymour Lawler Architects. Mark resumed his own practice following the dissolution of the Partnership in 2009. During his career, Mark has competed a wide range of building types including housingcommercial and institutional projects.

Mark is responsible for all aspects of the office and maintains his involvement through all stages of a project. Mark has been actively involved in the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and served as Chairman of the Newcastle Division for five years. Mark was a member of Newcastle City Council’s SEPP65 and Urban Design Consultative Panel for 10 years.

stephen coon - director

Stephen Coon


Stephen completed his Architecture degree with Honours II from Newcastle University in 1992. His first employment was in at Crone Architects in Sydney, where he worked on high-rise apartments, commercial buildings and other large-scale projects. In 1997, Stephen returned to Newcastle where he took up a position as a Project Architect with Seymour Lawler Architects, managing projects at various stages from design concepts to working drawings to site inspections during construction. This exposure enabled Stephen to broaden his skills and gain competence as an Architect capable of managing all facets of the profession. Stephen became a Partner in Mark Lawler Architects in 2013.

Stephen is a registered Architect with the NSW Board of Architects and is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Kate Wilson

Office Manager

Kate originally trained as an Architectural Draftsperson, and worked in Canberra on the Parliament House project until its opening.  Then moved back to Newcastle to take up a position with a large Architectural practice working mainly on large residential projects. After time away having a family, Kate first joined the company as part of the administration team with the previous partnership in 2005. Kate is your first point of contact.

Kate is involved in developing proposals, maintaining our office and management systems to ensure we consistently deliver an outstanding service to our Clients. Kate’s friendly and outgoing nature enhances our public image, her knowledge and commitment to quality, assist the team in performing outstanding results.