ORA (Optimum Resource Architects)

Practice Profile

Practice Name

ORA (Optimum Resource Architects)








ORA (optimum resource architects) is a practice which has developed an established tradition in the design of housing, the beginnings of which can be traced back to Peter Overman at Overman and Partners with whom Paul Odden worked from 1975 to 1982.

After Paul Odden left Overman & Partners the practice evolved during the 1980s with the successive addition of partners including Ross Coulter, Murray Etherington and Paul Jones.

Etherington Coulter and Jones left the partnership in 1987 to form an association with Philip Cox.

Simon Rodrigues worked with Paul Odden from 1982 and became a partner in Odden Rodrigues Architects in 1992.

Simon Rodrigues left to form his own practice in 2006 and ORA (optimum resource architects) was formed thereafter.

ORA consists of Paul Odden, Mark Petley & Michal Pyrchla.

The practice undertakes work in three main areas – residential, hospitality and commercial.

  • Curtin Avenue Residence

    Located at the southern end of the beachside suburb of Cottesloe, this new residence is sited on a long thin lot running east-west between two converging streets. The eastern elevation is modest and reserved in nature, its roof form curved at both the northern and southern sides to reduce its mass in relation to its […]