MAKE is a Melbourne based architectural practice with a strong focus on quality and a passion for good design. Our buildings are designed to respond to the seasons and careful thought is put into how spaces are occupied. Believers in quality not quantity, MAKE look for efficiencies and delight in the design of our buildings and focus on ways that these buildings can make our lives better.
Mel participated in the RMIT Practice Futures 1 - Digital Fabrication and Future Practice colloquium which resulted in a book, published in partnership with the ARBV.
At MAKE, we see each project as collaboration between us, our clients and builder and all the aspects of the building process are carefully considered. Through this collaborative approach we don’t overlay a prescribed style, instead preferring to let the client brief and context drive the outcomes. A sustainable ethos, responsible social agenda and a site responsive design process are part of every project and even the smallest project presents an opportunity to contribute positively to the fabric of its place.
This critical day-long forum, part of Sydney Architectural Festival, celebrates Australia’s world-class architects by focusing on outstanding examples of contemporary Australian architecture with a series of talks by leading practitioners, including Mel, exploring recently completed and upcoming projects. Buy your tickets here.
"The investigations that MAKE Architecture are making into the domestic realm are courageous yet incongruously they also seem effortless, comfortable and have the rightness of the tried and tested. The efforts of this practice to think deeply about habitation are paying off, ably helped by their playful and craft based aesthetic which adds poetry to their science."
- IDEA Awards 2015 jury comment
All MAKE staff are involved in architectural education through teaching and this commitment to the education of young architects is an important aspect of the studio. This combination of teaching and practice ensures a fresh and creative approach to design. MAKE projects are published widely and have received numerous awards.
Mel, alongside Michael Ford (Enlocus), Mathew Van Kooy (John Wardle Architects), Vivian Mitsogianni ([email protected] Studio) and Mark Raggatt (ARM), share 10 slides in 10 minutes in The Ground Figure and Splayd mid-semester symposium at RMIT.
What others have said:
MAKE “looks opportunistically and thoughtfully at all their architecture projects, no matter how small, with the ambition that they ‘do more‘- offer more - for the client, the neighbourhood and the broader site context.”
“With an ability for making liveable and sustainable spaces, MAKE is at the forefront of domestic architecture in Australia.” Anna Johnson AR profile 2013
Mel was invited to take part in a series of lectures in Auckland and Wellington, as part of the 2018 NZ Home of the Year award.
Mel took part in the Practice Futures Colloquium panel discussion, which considered how digital fabrication will impact the future of architectural practice in Australia.
Mel, together with Andre Bonnice (WOWOWA), Ben Milbourne (Bild Architecture), Amy Muir (MUIR Architecture), Adam Pustola (Lyons) and Claire Scorpo dissect the statement: ‘The digital is more influential than the physical in architecture’ at this years' MTalk.
Mel spoke alongside Jen Peedom (documentary film director) and Tanya Buchanan (editor of Belle) at the 3rd Perspectives talk.
Mel was invited to speak as part of the School of Architecture and Built Environment Practice Matters lecture series in Newcastle.
Mel speaks at Process: Drive with Monique Woodward (WOWOWA) and Bonnie Herring (Breathe).
Mel speaks at the Inveresk Design Forum, presented by the University of Tasmania and the Institute of Architects.
Mel speaks at the International Women's Day Breakfast, an event by the Victorian Chapter of Australian Institute of Architects.
Mel was an invited panelist at the Australian Institute of Architects members forum.
Mel talks in Sydney at Carter Williamson Architects.
Mel talks at the Australian Institute of Architects Constructive Mentoring event about her career to date.
Mel presents MAKE projects: ‘Building small, thinking big’ at Deakin University’s Real Lecture series.
Mel presents some MAKE projects at Pecha Kucha in London at Royal Institute of British Architects.
Mel and Shelley speak at New Architects Melbourne.
Mel and Shelley are interviewed on RRR: The Architects radio show.
Mel speaks at Process: ‘What’s on your desk?'.
Mel presents the Bird Hide project to the public, a pro bono design for Westgate Park.
Workshop at MAKE - People for the 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress.