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 housing, commercial 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.

annie murphy - architectural graduate

Annie Murphy

Architectural Masters Graduate

Annie joined the company in March, 2017 and has currently completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of Newcastle with Distinction. During her studies Annie received scholarships to study Architecture in Europe, Morocco, Philippines and Peru.

Outside of work Annie enjoys travelling and pursues a variety of sporting activities.

christine pidutti - architect

Christine Pidutti


Christine Pidutti studied architecture at the University of Newcastle and graduated in 1989. As a graduate Christine worked for Mark Lawler Architects and became a Registered Architect in 1993. She gained valuable work experience in a wide variety of building designs before moving onto a long term goal to travel overseas.

After travelling through various parts of the world experiencing many cultures and studying the built as well as the natural environments, Christine returned home to start her own practice working as a sole practitioner designing many prestige homes in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle area.

With strong family commitments and having spent time exploring other business interests over the past few years, Christine returned to the field of Architecture with renewed enthusiasm now working as Project Architect for Mark Lawler 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.

Hannah Lennon

Architectural Technician

Hannah joined the company in August, 2020 and recently completed her Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at the University of Newcastle. Just beginning her architectural career, she is enthusiastic and eager to learn.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys leading an active lifestyle, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She often travels, and believes it enriches her architectural flare.