The Design Team
Head of Architectural Design Arch (Hons) UNSW
After completing a degree in Architecture, Michael worked for some time in a large scale architectural office which focussed on medium density residential architecture. He realised, however, that his real interest in architecture stemmed from a more personal connection with space.
With that in mind he accepted a position in a boutique Architectural and Interior Design office, specialising in high-end residential design. There he developed a greater understanding of the importance of internal spatial design working in conjunction with the architecture. Working from the inside out is crucial to the process.
After nine years in that position he began his own Design Studio, again specialising in residential design. As a sole practitioner, he was able to hone his passion for spatial design and enjoy closer relationships with clients. Michael sees the design process as one that involves listening to and interpreting personal briefs. The challenge then is to translate that into planning and spaces that work simply and efficiently, but which also expresses the character of person and place.
Born in Italy and raised in the Caribbean and the South of France, Merinda has travelled extensively and draws on that experience to create timeless, functional interiors that capture the resident’s unique personality. Having worked across many interior design specialties, including aged care and commercial, Merinda quickly found her passion lay in residential interiors.
Merinda believes our environment has a profound impact on our state of mind and seeks to create a sense of comfort and wellbeing for each client by reflecting their psyche in the interior solution. Answering the client’s brief and guiding them through the interior design process to help them make informed decisions is a priority. A high level of personal consultation ensures the design not only incorporates the client’s views, but is suited to their specific needs and lifestyle.
Recognised for her professional and warm approach, Merinda takes pride in her ability to connect with her clients and quickly ascertain their individual needs. Merinda is a member of the Design Institute of Australia, holding both a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration and a specialised Colour Design Diploma.
Danny has over 12 years’ experience in residential design and documentation, both locally and in London. Taking care of all our Development Application and Complying Development applications, Danny has a vital role in our design and planning team.
This process includes site measures, liaising with our creative team and developing detailed 2D and 3D CAD documentation. The submission work sees Danny liaising with our extensive range of Consultants, Private Certifiers and Council.
Danny is also responsible for all our detailed Construction Certificate documentation following DA approval, and ongoing construction detail support throughout the building process.
With his approachable style and thorough understanding of state and local planning controls and processes, Danny is very well equipped to navigate the wonderfully inconsistent landscape of the NSW planning and building approval system.
Fiona & Julia