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Surroundings ensure buildings and public spaces are made for people. They design, facilitate and run workshops that help people clarify, articulate and realise their ideal environments.





Home Masterclass.


Join us for a session to create a brief for your ideal home

A house is structural. A home is emotional.  A house is where you reside. A home is where you belong. To create a space that is uniquely yours, we start with you.


home masterclass

At Surroundings, we take a human-centred approach that puts you at the heart of your home design.


Your own private HOME MASTERCLASS

First, we start by getting to know you and how you like to live in a home in depth.  Our human-centred program will connect you to your personal experiences of space – and help us create living environments that reflect you, your values and aspirations. 

We come to your home, it adds to our process and gives us an understanding of how you like to live. If this isn’t possible you are welcome to join us in the creative environment of Surroundings studio.

What’s included:

  • A 3 hour workshop, facilitated by Surroundings

  • 2 digital surveys to help you to list the spaces you want, your budget and timing

  • A 5-step activity program to understand your relationship with space

  • A presentation portfolio of your activities, exercises and ideas

  • The perfect springboard to create designs around your desired experiences.

Price: $1800 (max 6 people)

Currently offered at this price in Brisbane, other locations are subject to travel costs. All tickets to our classes are subject to Surroundings Conditions


An inspiring and rewarding program

Home was a revelation. Before I did the program, I had a rough idea of what I liked and didn’t like, but didn’t have any real direction. It’s really helped me understand who I am, what I love, and what I want in a home. Of course, the answers are all in your head – it’s just a brilliant way of drawing them out!
— Mark Smith - homeowner

Surroundings is a specialist consultancy in human-centred design who facilitate workshops to help people clarify, articulate and realise their ideal home environments. If you have an architect in mind, we welcome them to join us. Our masterclass is an ideal way to communicate to your designer your ideal home.

Read about Mandy's Home Masterclass in our case study.


A few stories of our workshop below....


Think of Surroundings as a bridge between you and your architect – unearthing and translating your key dreams for your home into the perfect brief.

Interested? Contact us to book in or find out more.


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Five ways HOME Program works for you 


We unearth hidden motivations. Our specialist workshops, tools and methods are designed to draw out deeper understandings that many clients are unaware of themselves. Such insights cannot be discovered through mainstream questions.

We focus on experiences. Traditional methods focus on the functional aspects of your build, such as number of bedrooms and preferred layout. We delve deeper into your personal relationship with space, exploring your experiences and rituals, in order to better support you to understand what you really want.

We keep it personal. Building projects are rarely the domain of one person. And when a number of people are involved in the decision-making process, group dynamics often override individual preferences. We take the time to understand the needs and aspirations of everyone involved, before moving to a collective decision.

We keep your project on-brief. Some architects have pre-conceived ideas with regards to design and methodology. We use our experience to ensure that architects have what they need to focus on a solution that’s right for your project, rather than individual bias

We’ll find you the perfect match. With our work we establish an in-depth knowledge of you. Alongside this we invest in strong relationships with peers in our industry to understand their approach and goals for practice – so we’re in the position to help you find the perfect architect.

It allowed us to tap into elements of creativity we didn’t know we had and I discovered how creative my husband could be. It was a real discovery process for us, we discovered things even about each other and we’ve been married 25 years now so that’s always nice to discover something new after that time. What was really valuable was to find out how aligned we both were in our thinking.
— Lesley-Anne Houghton