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Stea is a multi award-winning boutique architecture firm based in regional NSW and Queensland. Our focus is on function and enduring economics that maximise your return. Our commitment is to astute architecture that continually delivers.

We focus on connecting with both the environment and human emotion, where form & function hold equal ground with elegance and simplicity.

Our services and

Stea offers a complete range of architectural services encompassing planning, design and construction to deliver timeless designs that complement the natural and built environment. We specialise in bespoke solutions that deliver optimum value. We listen and beginning with the end in mind.

We continue to innovate and adopt new technologies and materials as they become available. Long before it was fashionable we were integrating evironmentally sustainable design to reduce ongoing energy and operational costs.


Begin with the end in mind.  Our years of experience have taught us that today’s solution can easily become tomorrow’s problem.

We have developed and refined, through extensive implementation, a comprehensive master plan methodology. Adopting this methodology prior to design, addresses not only today’s needs, but your future demands without requiring significant and costly modification.  Our process encourages extensive key stakeholder consultation.  Our master planning process results in exceptional, enduring, adaptable, economic, and well accepted building solutions.


Stea has a track record in delivering creative functional design excellence. We have competed in excess of 2000 projects over the last 40 years. Our process includes confirmation of a comprehensive project brief.  We develop a detailed understanding of the individual project site encompassing its physical attributes and features, its relationship to it surrounding precinct and the climatic influences. Preliminary concepts are investigated and analysed, prior to presenting early broad-brush sketches and recommendations  for comment and review. This process continues until the best possible concept is identified.

Construction & Build

All aspects of the construction detail are documented along with a comprehensive materials specification.  This documentation is used for the construction of the building and for the seeking of competitive tenders.

Contract Administration

In this phase, we prepare and administer the construction of the project.  This includes ensuring the building is constructed in accordance with the documentation, as well as managing all queries, variations and extension of time requests.

Our practice and

Stea has been operating for over 40 years. During this time, we have provided a comprehensive range of architectural services encompassing all aspects of building, planning and design and construction to a wide range of clients. From our roots as a regional practice we have successfully expanded our portfolio, winning commissions across Australia.

Our Practice is headed by Steve Turner. We are a corporate member of the Australian Institute of Architects. The practice and Steve are currently registered with the Australian, NSW, QLD and WA Board of Architects.  We  are a pre-qualified supplier under Local Buy BUS265 Planning,  Surveying, Design and Architectural Services.

Our clients describe us as ‘contemporary and innovative but balanced with relevant industry experience’.

We believe that this is the perfect combination to deliver the best result for you.

Awards + Recognition

Meet Steve Turner,
practice principal

Steve is the Practice Principal and owner of STEA.  He holds an honours degree in Architecture a Bachelor of Design Studies from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Steve has a particular interest in climatically appropriate and sustainable architecture, commencing with his architectural studies and continuing with his published thesis in Architectural Science Review. His forte is the creation of buildings of architectural merit within limited budgets.  His designs have been recognised through numerous awards in the areas of design, construction, tourism and operations.

Steve’s innovative design upgrade for a major aged care facility significantly reduced the number of reportable incidences involving dementia patients. As a result of this he was invited to present at the World Alzheimer’s conference in Barcelona.

Steve has extensive experience in facilitating consultation, liaison with stakeholders and the preparation of master plans and reports. Our implemented methodology for a regional library resulted in great public acceptance and staff ownership of the final building.

As a result, Steve was invited to present a paper at the Queensland State Library conference. He has been invited to give presentations on various aspects of airport terminal design at Regional Airport Terminal conferences as well as the Australian Airport Association’s National Conference.


Steve changed our way of thinking about what we could do with our old church. He stretched us while taking on board our feedback and requirements and we were delighted with the outcome.. we found the process of working with STEA very easy and would thoroughly recommend Steve and his team.

Andrew Logan - Logan Residence

The (sometimes competing) requirements highlighted by the user consultation sessions presented quite a challenge. The concept Steve proposed to us was perfect for what we need and used our sites particular situation to great effect in order to minimise cost. The end design resulted in all the boxes being ticked.

Solomon Kloppers - Airport Manager, Emerald Airport

We have worked with STEA on five designs leading to three completed projects over 15 years including a new build for a low-budget farm shed and container residence. Our Hydeaway Beach house makes you appreciate the natural world in all seasons. STEA’s commercial background in large projects has been invaluable in presenting innovative and cost-effective solutions.

Alan Clarke - Hydeaway Bay Residence

Steve’s designs have a strong response to the site landscape and climate including protection from searing summer sun and blasting winter winds, orientation to warming winter sun and cooling summer breezes. Investigations into energy-efficient building materials resulted in buildings requiring minimum energy for heating and cooling. Each project is always very pleasing spatially and aesthetically.

Alan Clarke - Harrisville Container Farmhouse

As an artist I was impressed with Steven ability to think outside of the square and to make my vision reality. My guests are constantly awestruck by the design. The time Steve took to study the local climate has created cooling airflows while having a significant impact on my day to day costs. I can’t recommend Stea (and Steve) highly enough to design your next project.

Jo-Anne Allen - Villa Balen, Byron Bay

I have had numerous residential and commercial projects developed with STEA from conception through to project management and completion. Steve Turner and his team are highly efficient, lateral thinkers, accommodating, proactive and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that my needs were met. I have no hesitation in recommending Stea.

David Kitchen - The Grange & Zilzie

Crediton Hall Recreation Club was impressed by the comprehensive Masterplan that STEA facilitated. Their professionalism and thoroughness helped us win a Bushfire Grant to start implementing our community’s vision. The Masterplan was also utilised to secure further funding to move onto Stage Two.

Mandy Tennent, Secretary - Crediton Hall

Thank you Steve for designing our home…you truly deliver everything anyone would ever want from an architect-passion; superior style; careful consideration of lifestyle and location..we have peace of mind that our home will be as unique and appealing in the far future as it is now.

Samantha Percival - Percival Residence

STEA’s experience and skill ensured a high quality, best value for money building. Our project was challenging on every front. It was an outstanding success due to the skill and wisdom of the design and construction team. Our terminal has been incredibly well received by the community.

Jenny Symons, Project Manager - Merimbula Airport