PlaceMate principal architect Jan Hogarth’s philosophy is centred on creating well-made, high quality, beautiful spaces that will hold their value and endure time and trends.

Jan has designed over 700 domestic building projects of all sizes and budgets from Moreton Bay to Boggabilla, Mooloolaba to Byron Bay, with most in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

Jan Hogarth graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Design studies and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987 and she’s been designing homes and units ever since.

Her built portfolio includes dozens of new homes and hundreds of renovations to homes dating from 1910 to 2010, on small lots, acreage and hillsides; with city, water and tree views. She personally designed and developed three multi-unit complexes for sale.

Jan has lived in St. Lucia for most of her life and is the mother of three adult daughters.



Best use of a steep site

PlaceMate designs topped the state at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for best use of a sloping site over $250,000 for two contemporary townhouses built on a 500sqm site that dropped 10 meters from a busy road. All four bedrooms and living areas captured the city views.  

Best renovation $250-$500,000

PlaceMate designs took home the prize at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best renovation $250,000 - $500,000 for a 1910 cast concrete Californian bungalow-style house in Indooroopilly. The winning design unified alterations undertaken in the 50s, 70s and 80s and added a new wing.

Recognised in The Courier-Mail

PlaceMate's skills were recognised in The Courier-Mail in January 2016 for our transformation of a Shorncliffe residence originally built around 1910.

What our clients say
  • Renovating our home with the assistance of Placement and their relationship with Phil Maher Builder was essentially a stress free adventure. PlaceMate worked with us to achieve our dream home. Our home was modernised without losing the charm of a post war cottage. Our house has become a functional, open & light filled home. Which is now the central family meeting place. We even discovered that Architects, Engineers and Builders DO get on and work well together. Even though our budget was small, through the architectural skills and listening skills, PlaceMate turned our needs into the home we wanted.

    Beth & John Owners
  • Builders build, tradies trade, but the architect has the vision and ideas. Thanks Jan for your wonderful suggestions.

    Stephen Stone Owner
  • Jan, you did a fantastic job translating our unformed ideas into a classy home, fulfilling all our requirements. We are most impressed that you were able to design such a unique and spacious home on a small block and yet one that blends in with the ambience of the suburb without being ostentatious. Your choice of building materials was inspired and the design incorporating the high ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area impresses everyone who sees it. We also appreciated your no-nonsense, straightforward, approach to the whole project. Congratulations on a great job

    Lola & Ian Binch Owners
  • Thank you. I didn’t really understand the drawings, but now the house is finished I can see that you took my ideas and suggestions and made them beautiful. Everything is perfect. Every morning I say to my husband, I love this house.

    Frank and Vilma de Silva Owners