Founded in 1983 by Alex Popov, today PopovBass is a leader in its field. We create buildings that are inscribed in the history of the built environment of Sydney and beyond.

Our process is considered, responsive and driven by the quest for excellence. Single family and multi-residential developments are our expertise, and we consistently deliver award-winning, critically acclaimed buildings which enhance the urban landscape as much as the life of the inhabitants. We strive to add value to the human experience as well as to client and developer investment.

Hands-on, we are a medium-sized, collaborative practice. The Directors and Associates align on a project basis which means the best people work on the right project to guarantee superlative results. Design-focused, we respond to brief with rational solutions to deliver above and beyond expectation. Our buildings are imbued with gravitas but are also highly expressive.


Architecture is humanity taking possession of the earth. It can be perceived in many ways: it can be touched, walked in and around, lived in, and worked in.

The creation of architecture is in part a structuring activity, in that an architect not only deals with many disciplines, technical and social, but also with qualities that are less easily defined, such as a sense of place, nature, memory, spatial implications and taste.

The marriage of known and unknown criteria is the basis of a work method for successful architectural process. We have developed this work method with clear structural systems and additive components to produce an architecture which is free of mannerism and enhances the environment, bringing joy to its users.

Brian Bass

Nominated Architect

Registered Architect NSW (ARB 6470)
Registered Architect QLD (ARB 4604)

Brian Bass joined the company in 1996. He has extensive experience in medium and high density apartment and mixed use projects in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He has also applied his skills to designing commercial projects including restaurants, tourism facilities, offices and education buildings.

Alex Popov