Michael Suttor Master of Proportion

Renowned Australian architect Michael Suttor shows his unique style of architecture with his signature sense of proportion and close involvement in every decision to produce homes of enduring elegance. His work as shown in the book is contemporary, classic, and dateless. Written by Michael’s wife Georgina with images by Italian photographer Luca Villata, the book features 12 showcased homes situated on spectacular harborside sites. Sketches, coloured high definition photographs, and text highlight the sense of proportion that enhances the fine architecture of each building.

As an inquisitive young boy perpetually interested in how things worked, Michael excelled in Euclidean geometry, calculus, and physics. Outside of school, he delighted in building cubby houses, engines, and mini race cars. He originally intended to study structural engineering, but the creative character of architecture and the building of more permanent structures captured his imagination.

Today, the man sometimes called the “Palladio of Australian architecture” is widely recognised as being endowed with a seventh sense – an understanding of proportion that results in a sense of calmness and serenity. People appreciate this nuance but do not always pinpoint why. In many of his homes, he uses the malleability of metal and the crafting of stone to create individual ironwork for each house.

Georgina Suttor comments,

“For Michael, proportion is everything. His homes are never ostentatious; rather the correct proportions explain why his houses are said to harmonise the flow of energy and bring pleasure to those living in them.”

“Michael has that rare quality in an architect – a great aesthetic sensitivity combined with a superb understanding of the building process. Proportion is everything in architecture, whether it’s the elevation of a building or the dimensions of a room. This is sometimes called ‘the golden rectangle’ and I am convinced that Michael has this in his DNA.”

~ Marco Belgiorno Zegna, Client

Georgina Suttor was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She studied science at the University of Sydney, where she received a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She spent numerous years working in Sydney hospitals in the vanguard of medical research. After marrying Michael, she left her hospital work and began documenting the buildings he was creating. Her unique position allowed her to reveal his passion, philosophy, and inspiration for his remarkable architecture.