montE John Latham

Latham is a trained and accredited architect who has three decades of experience in architecture in Australia and Wellington. This broad experience ranges from house design, corporate fit-out, remote area town planning and housing, municipal architecture, community ownership of townscape, local government report writing and development appraisal, urban art, settlement heritage patterns and so on. He has liaised with professionals and bureaucrats of many specialties.

Debox began as Latham's solo practice in 2000. The practice draws also on John's literary and artistic work.


streamlined professional architectures

Architectures in
building (public, residential, commercial),
townscape and regional character.
Delivering efficient, intuitive design homogeneous with the owner’s/population's own.

Expect delivery in design, documentation, council applications, broad liaisons and contract administration.

Expect knowledge & reflexes in heritage, innovation, convention, urban, land, room & identity - all evident in product character and value.

The practice is about two things; passion and business.
As a prospective client you might weigh up the practice in terms of worth and cost. 


Hobart and surrounds. Statewide. Nationwide.

The Practice services the Tasmanian community, looks broadly in Australia, as well as currently seeking in New Zealand. Latham produces work from the Debox Hideaway and is in touch as a mobile architect. If you're in Hobart city, New Norfolk, Sandy Bay, Kingston, Sorell, Oatlands, Bicheno, Melbourne, Wellington or anywhere; be in contact.

We can arrange a free on-site chat.


"I look to secure well designed urban environment as a backdrop to house design. And to encourage beaut' houses as part of the urban environment. There’s time to do both, and one stimulates the other. Local identity. My cadet experience with a practice working on mining towns, I think set the stage. Doing house and town layout simultaneously; they’re for the same people. A dozen years with Hobart Council has given me these reflexes as well; I was giving house applications the eye one minute, streetscape the next." 

Debox likes to deal with people, dwellers, bureaucrats, community groups and politicians to make great places to be.


Listen, Consider and Design. 

John Latham works arm-in-arm with clientele to tailor designs relative to needs, time and budget. There are three benefits to this situation:

  1. Low cost. Low office-overheads means professional service at a much lower cost.
  2. Seamless project delivery. John will see through or coordinate the design process, other consultants & red-tapes for you. This ensures that your preferences and needs can be met through one process by one expert. Where possible John drafts & details his own work. He has working relationships in drafting and graduate architect support.
  3. Debox can arrange & coordinate; energy consultants, surveyors, engineers etc as relevant to your Project.