From 1979 until 1983 he practised alone on small projects. Among his earliest works, in 1972, was the brilliantly coloured Cafe Byzantium at 312 Drummond Street, Carlton. He went on to design the nearby Deutscher Gallery and residence at 68 Drummond Street in 1983. In 1984, he designed the award winning Metro Brasserie, 41 Bourke Street. The same year, he formed a small practice and in 1990, it had become an established company.
Initially, Katsalidis designed a number of striking buildings on Latrobe Street which gained him attention as an upcoming designer and one of the youngest architects designing tall office buildings, culminating in the award winning Argus Centre in 1991.
In 1992 he gained a Masters degree at RMIT.
In 1996, he established Nation Fender Katsalidis, but due to Bob Nation's withdrawal from the partnership, it became Fender Katsalidis.
Katsalidis' big break was with his award winning Melbourne Mondo Terrace Apartments, implemented as one of the first buildings under the Postcode 3000 planning strategy for increasing the residential population of Melbourne city centre.
In 2002, the Government of Victoria's new planning blueprint ResCode was released, citing St Leonard's Apartments and Melbourne Terrace as two out of three examples of the model for medium density housing in metropolitan Melbourne.
He then became known for his cutting edge high-rise residential tower designs and became a developer of some of Australia's tallest residential buildings, such as the Eureka Tower.
Katsalidis became a commercial architect and now participates in the financing and development of his designs which have evolved to be more subdued than his previous work.
- 171 Latrobe Street, Melbourne (1991)
- The Argus Centre. Latrobe Street, Melbourne (1991) (Fender Katsalidis)
- Melbourne Terrace Apartments. Franklin Street, Melbourne (1994) - a fanciful postmodern design featuring zig zag embellished exposed pre-fabricated concrete fins, use of architectural copper, and various classical sculptures at the entrance to each of the major pavilions. The building is listed as one of the Top 20 buildings in Australia of the 20th century by Architecture Australia in the December 1999 edition.
- Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo (1995) (redevelopment and extension)
- The Malthouse, Richmond (1997) (Fender Katsalidis)
- St Leonards Apartments, St Kilda (1997) (Nation Fender Katsalidis)
- Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne (1998) (Fender Katsalidis)
- Republic Tower. Corner Queen and Latrobe Streets, Melbourne (1999) (Fender Katsalidis)
- 51 Spring Street Melbourne (1999)
- Wills Tower, Melbourne (2002)
- New Quay Apartments, Melbourne Docklands (2002)
- HM@S Lonsdale, Port Melbourne (2003) (Fender Katsalidis)
- Conder (New Quay), Melbourne Docklands (2004)
- Eureka Tower, Melbourne (2006) (Fender Katsalidis)
- 108 Flinders, 108 Flinders St Melbourne (2010) (Fender Katsalidis)
- Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania (2011)
- Phoenix Apartments, 82 Flinders St Melbourne, site of Phoenix Hotel (2011)
- 1984 - RAIA (Vic) Merit Award ( Metro Brasserie)
- 1994 - RAIA (Vic) Architecture Award (Melbourne Terrace Apartments)
- 1995 - City of Melbourne Building and Planning Award, City Postcode 3000 Award (Melbourne Terrace Apartments)
- 1999 - Victorian Architecture Medal, Melbourne Prize and William Wardell Award (for the Ian Potter Museum of Art)
- 2002 - Victorian Architecture Regional Prize - Bendigo Art Gallery; Victorian Architecture Award - Sydney Myer Asia Center
Gallery of works
D Jackson and C Johnson, Australian Architecture Now, Thames and Hudson, London, 2000 pp 43, 102-3, 107, 202-5.