I was born in Geelong on 30 January 1961, the oldest of 3 children of, Italian parents. Growing up and being educated in Geelong in the Catholic tradition, I then moved to Melbourne in 1979 to attend the University of Melbourne to pursue a degree in Architecture. Living at Newman College for 3 of my university years I was fortunate to meet my now business partner and very good friend Steven Cortese. Together Steve and I set up an Architectural Practice in 1987, and now in its 28th year Baldasso Cortese Pty Ltd is a successful Architectural Practice operating in Australia and New Zealand, specialising in education, aged care, retail, commercial and residential projects. 

I believe the best projects come from great relationships built on trust and integrity, and when passion and ability coincide, then great people can deliver great projects. This belief sets the foundation for my ability to draw on people’s strengths and skills to build an exceptional team of design experts. 

I married Jolanta in 1986 and am blessed with a beautiful marriage and 3 fantastic sons, Mark 27, Ricky 25 and Daniel 22, each educated at St Monica’s Moonee Ponds and St Kevin’s College Toorak, and subsequently University of Melbourne each in the Commerce Faculty. 

In 2015 Jolanta and I purchased a home in Highton and currently spend 2 days per week in Geelong and 5 days per week at our Moonee Ponds home in Melbourne.

I attended Holy Family, Geelong from 1966-1972, Chanel College, Geelong from 1973-1976, St Joseph’s College, Geelong from 1977-1978 and then went on to the University of Melbourne from 1979-1984 where I graduated with a BArch (Hons), Architecture. 

My connection to Sacred Heart College is via my wife, sister and nieces and also through my strong Catholic faith and willingness to contribute to my community.

  • Jolanta Baldasso (nee Karpinski) student Prep to Year 12 (1967-1979)
  • Luciana Hohmann (nee Baldasso) student Years 7-11 (1976-1980)
  • Alise Karpinski Years 7-12 (2008-2013)
  • Bridget Baldasso current student Years 7-12 (2013-2018) 


My role with Sacred Heart College, Geelong is as:

  • Chair of the Planning and Facilities Subcommittee at Sacred Heart College, Geelong
  • Deputy Chair of the School Advisory Council at Sacred Heart College, Geelong 


My Work History consists of the following:

  • Executive Chair, Baldasso Cortese Pty Ltd (2017 – Present) Australian Architectural Practice   
  • Managing Director, Baldasso Cortese Pty Ltd (June 1987 – 2016) Australian Architectural Practice  
  • Director Baldasso Cortese Noordanus (2014 - Present) - New Zealand Architectural Practice  
  • Bachelor of Architecture, (Hons) Melbourne University 1984  
  • Registered Architect under the Architects Registration Act  
  • Member Royal Australian Institute of Architects  
  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors  
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Management  
  • Fellow CEO Institute 
  • Deputy Chair Zimele Organisation - Edmund Rice Foundation Charity 
  • Knight of the Order of Malta 


Baldasso Cortese with particular relevance to Sacred Heart College have a very strong understanding of educational architecture and are an award-winning practice.  

Recent Education Facility Awards have been received from the following: 

  • CEFPI (Council of Education Facility Planners International) 
  • LEA Learning Environments Australasia 
  • Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) include: 

2017 - St Monica's Senior School - Winner Best Renovation/Modernisation in Victoria 

2016 - Ashwood High School - Winner Best Secondary School in Victoria

2015 - St John the Apostle Stage 1 - Commendation Major Facility 

2015 - Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School - Commendation for Entire New School 

2014 – Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School - Winner Best New School in Victoria 

2014 – St Mary of the Cross Primary School Beehive – Commendation for Design Solution for Education Initiative 

2012 – St Monica’s Middle School, Moonee Ponds – Winner Best Renovation in Victoria 

2012 – La Trobe University Learning Commons – Commendation for Design Solution for Education Initiative 

2012 – Hartwell Primary School – Commendation for Renovation / Modernisation over $1 million 

2011 – St Kevin’s Primary School, Hampton Park VIC – Commendation for New Construction: Major Facility 

2010 – St Francis De Sales Primary School – Winner Best New School in Australasia 

2009 – Elsternwick Primary School – Winner Best Renovation in Victoria Skills 

My core professional skills are: 

  • Property & Construction 
  • Architecture 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Facilitating
  •  Finance 
  • Team Building 
  • Mentoring

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