123 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Vic. 3065, Australia
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Our philosophy

Architecture architecture’s reputation for inventive spatial solutions has seen us consistently awarded for design excellence. Whether we’re designing a school classroom or a city square,
our philosophy is underpinned by five key concerns:

  1. Architecture architecture have a genuine curiosity for our fellow human beings. We look beyond the brief to better understand the people we serve.
  2. Architecture architecture prioritise the pursuit of physical and psychological comfort in all aspects of our work and practice.
  3. Architecture architecture create positive social environments, encouraging participation, exploration and inclusion.
  4. Architecture architecture create sensitive contemporary designs that harmonise with their social, historical and environmental contexts.
  5. Architecture architecture create robust and healthy built environments. Sunlight, fresh air and sustainable materials are key to every project.

Our services

Architecture architecture is an award-winning Melbourne-based practice, recognised for its dedication to contemporary architecture and design. With extensive experience working with residential, institutional and commercial clients, Architecture architecture have a reputation for delivering high quality design outcomes for projects of all types and sizes.

We are committed to providing exceptional design and project management services to all our clients. Under the directorship of Michael Roper and Nick James, Architecture architecture offer the benefits of large-scale project capability along with the innovation and client-focus of a smaller architecture practice.

Our design method is highly collaborative and adaptive, responding to the unique requirements of every commission. It is our belief that a successful project demands an acute appreciation for who our clients are, the opportunities of the site, as well as an understanding of the broader cultural context in which the project arises. With these in mind, Architecture architecture pursue intelligent, well-crafted solutions, unlocking the latent ambitions of client, site and city.

We understand that delivering your project on budget is of prime importance. During both the design and construction phases, we work closely with you, a quantity surveyor and the builder to keep your project on course.

Quality design outcomes are assured, with a design director taking charge of the daily operation of every project. Client and consultant communications, project progress and design decision are all centrally managed, using established budgetary and project management tools to ensure that every project is a success. Our projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality expected from our clients.

Selected awards

  • 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards, winner; Arcadia.
  • 2021 Victorian Architecture Awards, winner; Vivarium.
  • 2021 Architeam Awards, winner; Arcadia.
  • 2021 Architeam Awards, winner; Vivarium.
  • 2021 Architeam Awards, commendation, Norwood.
  • 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards, shortlisted; Park Life.
  • 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards, shortlisted; Together Apart
  • 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards, winner; The Kite.
  • 2017 National Architecture Awards, commendation; Dark Horse.
  • 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards, winner; Dark Horse.
  • 2016 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize, winner; Michael Roper.
  • 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards, commendation; The Purple Rose of Cairo.

Our CV

Architecture architecture is an award winning Melbourne-based practice recognised for its commitment to contemporary architecture. As leaders in next-generation design, the practice strives to foster an awareness of the built environment and its social effects. Whether it’s a backyard shed or a city skyline, Architecture architecture’s design philosophy is underpinned by a firm belief in the potential of architecture to foster positive environments at all scales of building. The following CV combines achievements by the practice and its directors.


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Nick James,

design director.

Nick has an unmatched eye for detail along with excellent communication skills. He enjoys a hands-on approach, building strong client rapport and engaging directly with all involved parties. Client satisfaction is paramount to Nick, which he achieves through the delivery of design solutions that delight and surprise.

Socially inclusive design is a strong driver in Nick’s work, always seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community no matter the scale of the project.

Prior to establishing Architecture architecture, Nick spent several years working with multi-award winning, design-focused practices in both Melbourne and Vancouver.

Michael Roper,

design director.

Michael is an inventive designer with an exacting sense of spatial and material composition. He takes immense pleasure in the design process, engaging in lively collaboration with his team. He seeks solutions that are pragmatic, poetic and surprising.

Michael has been teaching architectural design for over 16 years. He was awarded the 2016 Victorian Emerging Architect Prize and has published a collection of poetry entitled Among Buildings.

As cited by the jury for the 2016 Emerging Architect Prize: “The judging panel was impressed by the excellence, depth and consistency demonstrated in Michael’s commitment to architecture, education, research and the profession over the past ten years.”

Xeyiing Ng,

practice manager.

Xeyiing has great ambitions for architecture, striving to create a happier, safer world. She carries out her mission one project at a time, designing spaces that people can enjoy and take refuge in. She is a passionate communicator of ideas and will always advocate for quality outcomes.

Xeyiing believes that architecture has the potential to positively impact the lives of people, and passionately strives to achieve this. She dedicates her free time volunteering architectural services to local monasteries, crafting meditative spaces for quiet reflection.

Daria Selleck,

senior project architect.

Daria is a talented designer, with a strong focus on the experiential and emotive qualities that architecture can evoke through materials, light and detail. She deeply enjoys the design process; each iteration enriching and sharpening the original idea. She seeks to create architecture that facilitates, engages and enhances her clients lives.

Daria has been extensively published for her collaborative work, designing and constructing small-scale structures and installations. She is a co-curator of the NAM (New Architects Melbourne) lecture series and podcasts.

Byron Meyer,

senior project architect.

Byron develops integrated designs that resonate with their social and physical contexts. He enjoys engaging with critical and complex questions, learning from others and through experimentation. He’s driven to apply his design intelligence to higher purposes, creating connected and inclusive built environments.

Byron has taught design studios at bachelor and masters level, and made substantial contributions to the Robin Boyd Foundation through writing and research on contemporary and modernist architecture.

Phil Burns,

senior project architect.

Phil is an innovative, collaborative thinker who thrives on problem-solving and new ideas. Phil enjoys the generalist nature of the profession and the opportunity to investigate ‘a little bit of everything’. Phil is driven by creating meaningful change and the value of thoroughly useful, enjoyable spaces with a touch of curiosity.

Phil has held numerous tutoring positions at MADA and RMIT, and co-chaired the EmAGN emerging architects committee from 2014- 2015, including presence on the Victorian Chapter Council for the Australian Institute of Architects.

Emily Tang,

project architect.

Emily is an inquisitive all-rounder. She has a boundless curiosity for the connection between people and the spaces they occupy and finds joy in discovering the unique opportunities each project presents. Through her work Emily aspires to create approachable and thoughtful spaces with moments of delight.

If her nose isn’t stuck in a book, Emily can also be found in front of a pottery wheel or working on an ongoing series of personal illustration.

Angus Hamilton,

project architect.

Angus exemplifies diligence and thoughtfulness. His excellent project management skills, communication and attention to detail are reflected in the high quality of his work. Like his Scottish stature, he strives to think big, and takes pleasure in building amiable rapport with clients, consultants and builders.

Angus is an avid ceramicist and has represented Australia as a rugby player, receiving the award for Best Team Man on a tour of the United Kingdom.

Annie Hui,

architectural graduate.

Annie is an inquisitive and eclectic designer, proficient in experiential and creative solutions. Her passions centre around the role of sociology, culture, and media within the built environment. Through her design approach, she seeks to curate emotive and engaging spatial experiences.

Annie has a number of creative pursuits including product design and exhibition curation. With a keen interest in materials, body and form, she dedicates her spare time to various woven and handcrafted projects.