Andre arrived in Sydney from Poland, in 1960. He enrolled in Architecture at Sydney University and remembers some lectures in particular those given by artist Lloyd Rees which imbued a more refined approach to architecture.
At the end of his first year at Sydney University, Andre obtained a part-time position with Architects Ian McKay and Philip Cox.
Midway through his studies at the age of 22 he was asked to design a house on the water’s edge on Kurraba Point. He accepted the commission without hesitation and to his credit the clients still live there contentedly without having had to make any significant changes to the building.
Upon graduation, in 1970, after initially working for various architectural practices, Andre established a practice with Brian Zulaikha, working on a variety of projects. When Brian left for an extended trip overseas, Andre felt it was time to establish the practice of Andre Porebski and Associates in 1972.
The year 1972 also heralded a new period for high-rise living. One of Andre’s most significant projects at this time, was a high-rise apartment building in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. Andre’s other work included designing houses for Housing Commission and housing for the Aged. Most significantly Andre’s practice was one of the leading residential design firms not only in Sydney but further afield in Pearl Beach, Tuross Heads, Oberon and Portsea (VIC).
Many of his clients are still close friends. “It’s not just about architecture. It’s the friendships along the way.”