PTMA Architecture is the collaboration of Peter McArdle and Teresa Wuersching.

With over 30 years’ experience in architecture and building design across Queensland and New South Wales, PTMA focuses on delivering high-quality, sustainable design to community.


Our team

Partners, Peter McArdle and Teresa Wuersching, are Gold Coast architects, drawing on over 30 years’ experience in the industry, in both their own practice, as well as Project Architects in well-respected Brisbane offices.

Our passion lies in creating sustainable architecture for all; from budgets that can afford meticulously curated lives, to those who may not have the finances but nevertheless aspire to lead more sustainable lives.

Peter McArdle

Peter has had a wealth of experience since registering as an architect in 2001

Involved with projects ranging from new homes, apartment blocks to commercial developments, Peter’s focus on sustainable building practices hasn’t changed since he wrote his Thesis on Sustainable Technologies in Architecture in 1997.

Back then, there was only one solar house connected to the grid — how times have changed. (For anyone looking to peruse this bestselling page turner, there’s a dusty old copy somewhere in the office).

Since starting his own private practice in 2002, Peter’s experience has included:

  • Project Architect for a range of new homes and renovations.
  • Documentation for Construction for Design and Construct contracts for several apartment developments.
  • Design, documentation and project management for boutique commercial developments.
  • Project Management services for a prefabrication contract for over $20m for supply of over 100 homes.
  • Design of numerous homes to suit prefabrication and transport.

Teresa Wuersching

Prior to her full-time role in developing PTMA Architecture to what it is today, Teresa managed a part-time role in Peter’s practice, as well as other roles including Thalassa, a local Gold Coast interior design practice. 

All of this was achieved while raising a growing tribe of little scribblers (plural for the young borne of architects).

Through 20 years of her career in architecture, Teresa has pursued various aspects surrounding sustainable design, including:

  • Working on the Sustainable House Project, Toowoomba, as part of the nationwide Sustainable Home Project
  • Public speaking engagements, including to the forum for women in business.

Teresa also finds time to write courses and lecture in the Architecture Course at Griffith Uni. She has held several academic positions as lecturer and tutor at Griffith and QUT over time.

Teresa also brings years of diverse architectural office experience, including:

  • 3 years at BDA architects (2015 –2018)
  • 5 years at Hall and Medek Architects (2002 – 2007)
  • 4 years at Ceccato Hall and Associates (1998 – 2002)

Design process

PTMA offers the full suite of architectural services to our clients, from assistance with the client brief and concept design, to helping our clients on-site, all the way through the build process.

We actively encourage enquiries for builds of all sizes; nothing is too small nor too ambitious.

Our design process involves four, overlapping, key stages:

Cost Control

4 Stage Design Process


We guarantee our clients genuine collaboration, without the architecture jargon.