Meet your Canberra architects: Maria Filardo + Can Ercan

Maria Filardo

With a passion for design and a commitment to quality, award winning Canberra based architect and interior designer Maria Filardo has an impressive array of projects to her name. A local designer with 20 years of experience in both disciplines, Maria offers a full range of services covering both interiors and architecture in all aspects of project delivery in Canberra.

Maria is skilled in residential, commercial and hospitality design and her portfolio speaks volumes for the variety, complexity and range of projects she has worked on. When it comes to expert design and architecture, you get the best of both worlds when you work with Maria.

Maria puts her heart and soul into the spaces she creates. Her careful analysis of the needs and wants of her clients, coupled with her multi-skilled ability to design in an artistic and innovative way has created a huge demand for her services.

She knows true architecture is an art form that should fit the individual tastes and preferences of her clients. This is why she takes the time to listen with precise detail to her clients’ ideas and wishes, so the end result not only meets the practical needs of every client but is also at the forefront of architectural design.

Maria enjoys spending her free time baking, eating her baked goods and hanging out with her furry monochromes – her black cat and white dog.

Qualifications, experience and affiliations

  • Registered architect with 20 years’ experience in architecture and interior design
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Associate Diploma in Architectural Drafting
  • Certificate IV in Training Assessment
  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects
  • Member of Housing Industry Association
  • Member of Master Builders Association
  • Association of Consulting Architects
  • Guest lecturer at CIT
  • ACT Registration: 2300 Nominated Architect

Can Ercan

Can Ercan is an award winning, registered senior architect and heritage consultant with extensive experience in commercial and heritage conservation projects in the private and public sectors. Over the past 20+ years Can has led the design, documentation, tender and contract administration of a range of medium to large scale architectural projects in the ACT and NSW.

Before co-founding Filardo and Ercan Architects, Can worked as an associate and senior architect with leading architectural firms in Canberra and Sydney. He has also worked as a heritage architect and advisor for NSW Heritage Office and ACT Heritage and provided advice on major heritage conservation projects.

Can enjoys the challenge of striking a balance between function and aesthetics, and restoring the integrity of heritage sites to give them a new lease on life and ensure they are retained for future generations. He is passionate about adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, and creating impressive new spaces to enjoy within a historic context.

He is an active member of the Institute of Architects and has served as the Chair of the Heritage Committee for over 3 years, and is also a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Can enjoys the Australian bush, art of photography and fly fishing.

Qualifications, experience and affiliations

  • Registered architect with 25+ years of experience in architecture and heritage conservation
  • Masters of Project Management
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects
  • Member of International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Member of Institute of Architects, ACT Chapter Heritage Committee
  • ACT Registration: 2606 Nominated Architect
  • NSW Registration: 11428 Nominated Architect
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