With the launch of Fold Theory, Tobias Horrocks’ architecture and furniture design skills are brought together in a single practice. What happens when you fold architecture with furniture? The range of design scales brings exciting potential for cross-pollination and experiment.

Although run solely by Tobias Horrocks, the practice is structured to allow for collaboration with other design experts. In the La Mama Theatre project, for example, independent theatre maker Lara Tumak joined the fold, bringing her specialist theatrical skills to the project.

Fold Theory’s sustainable design and architecture practice encompasses bespoke cardboard design, temporary installation design, recyclable furniture and interiors, flat-packed trade show stands as well as pure architecture.

Tobias Horrocks

cardboard architect

After many years working in a large architecture practice as ‘research and development architect’, Tobias’ career took a new direction when he designed a piece of cardboard furniture for his own use, the Freefold Popup Box. This was the beginning of an exploration into the potential of cardboard as a design medium. Having developed specialist expertise, many cardboard design commissions followed. He has continued to design architecture projects alongside his cardboard work.

Tobias graduated in Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 1999 with first class honours. His graduating thesis was an exploration into the potential of computer-aided design. For nine years he worked for John Wardle Architects in a role which encompassed digital design, documentation and fabrication. He was registered as an architect in 2005. In 2006 he won the Lockwood Design a Lever Competition with a design based on minimising waste in manufacture. Tobias works part-time as a university lecturer and tutor in computational design and architecture.

He also writes reviews of architecture and design for magazines and online publications. In 2014 he was awarded a VESKI Victoria Fellowship to travel overseas to investigate cardboard design practices and advanced computer modelling techniques that will help to enhance local sustainable design. In 2017 he commenced his PhD candidature at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he researches the potential of computational design tools and digital fabrication methods.