Since the formation of the studio, SHoP has modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. At the heart of the firm’s method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect’s traditional roles. This open-minded process allows SHoP to effectively address a broad range of issues in our designs: from novel programmatic concepts, to next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, to beautifully crafted spaces that precisely suit their functions and deliver iconic experiences.
As a founding Principal, William Sharples has been at the center of this collaborative practice for nearly twenty years, leading technological, commercial, and educational initiatives across the studio. He holds a bachelor of architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a master of architecture from Columbia University. Pursuing his interest in the design of spaces that define how we work and learn today, William has served as lead partner on a wide range of projects, including the Hudson’s Site Development in Detroit, Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, a transformative mixed-use development at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne, executive headquarters offices for Google in Mountain View, California, the New Academic Building at Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology, the Schuylkill Yards master plan in Philadelphia, and SHoP's high-profile work around the world as the recipient of a Design Excellence contract with the State Department's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Beyond the studio, William has taught at Cornell University, Yale University, and Parsons School of Design where he has earned a reputation as a thoughtful leader of his generation of architects and a powerful advocate for design quality and the importance of continued process innovation in contemporary construction.
Adelene Teh is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Beulah International and has been integral to Beulah’s growth to date.
With a family history in construction and property development and a background in architecture, Adelene was exposed to construction and property development at an early age, and is responsible for project vision and overseeing the delivery of all developments with her highly qualified development and consultant team.
After gaining her Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Adelene applied her skills at award winning architecture practices before co- founding Beulah International.
Driving the vision at Beulah International, she is design and innovation focused, bringing her expertise and passion to every part of the development process to ensure Beulah is consistently pushing the boundaries and delivering unique, innovative projects that are anything but cookie cutter.
Through his career, Paul has demonstrated ability in delivering high quality architecture that offers well-designed spaces for people and the project’s broader context.
Paul’s breadth of experience spans
across the residential, hotel, sports, civic, educational, retail, commercial and justice sectors. This breadth of experience provides a greater degree of richness and design evolution in each of the projects that he is involved with.
This experience provides a greater degree of richness and design evolution in each of the projects that he is involved with. Appointed as a Director in 2017, Paul leads each of his projects through all stages from the initial feasibility and master planning through to design, documentation and construction services. He is able to translate complex design, functional, technical and pragmatic brief requirements into a complete, functional and cohesive built form.
Recently, Paul has been leading our team through a number of significant and large scaled projects including Melbourne Square and the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.
Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) is led by Dylan Brady, a registered architect throughout Australia and New Zealand. Dylan was the founding director of studio505, and led the company to great international and national success over its 14 year history. Dylan’s experience covers a range of sectors including large scale public, government and community projects through to small scale residential projects and art collaborations. Dylan’s experience and passion for architecture has fused an artistic spirit with a practical technical knowledge. His enthusiasm and capacity for communication creates highly energetic and participatory design propositions that engage with the future and fire our imaginations.
Dylan travels regularly throughout Australia on dB(A) projects from Kakadu National Park down to the Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast. As well as national projects, dB(A) are currently working on a series of significant cultural projects in South East Asia and China, developing and spreading the aspirations and expertise of dB(A) in sustainable design and cultural architecture. Dylan is extremely passionate about innovation, about fresh thinking and about engaging with sustainability, new materials and new practice in the ongoing challenge to create and enable our shared possible futures.
Dylan has presented and lectured throughout Australia and internationally, as part of Design trade Missions, Sustainability Conferences, Trade missions and various high level Government and Business functions.
With over 30 years of experience, Ray Brown is actively involved in strategy, design and oversight of projects at Architectus; working across multiple teams in mixed-use commercial, residential, education and cultural sectors.
Sensitive to how buildings relate to their surroundings, Ray understands the big-picture urban context and believes the best design solutions are underpinned by rigorous analysis and supported by open and collaborative client engagement. He advocates for design that is led by end-user perspectives to achieve commercial viability, efficiency and civic value.
Ray has formed successful collaborative relationships with many international architects; most notably with Christoph Ingenhoven to co-design the multi award-winning 1 Bligh Street and residential tower 505 George Street. He regards each new project as an opportunity for innovation, especially in sustainability and responsible urban development.
Monique Woodward co-founded her Melbourne based award-winning practice, WOWOWA Architecture, in 2011. With a team of nine designing from a shopfront in Rathdowne Street Carlton North, WOWOWA is passionate about creating meaningful, contemporary, idea-driven spaces that are socially useful and publicly generous.
Monique is this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Emerging Architect Prize winner and is co-creative directing the Institute’s 2019 National Conference Collective Agency. Monique was elected to the Victorian Chapter Council in 2016 and has co-chaired the Small Practice Forum since 2015.
She has also contributed as EmAGN co-chair, mentor within the Constructive Mentoring program and sat on multiple State Awards Juries. In 2015, Monique participated in the Dulux Study Tour and hosted the C31 TV show Community Designs.
As an investor in Nightingale, Monique is now undertaking her own triple bottom line project, NGWOW, within the Nightingale Village in Brunswick. Teaching at both RMIT and Monash University enabled her to inspire others to see architecture should have a sense of humour, be deeply cultural and shape cities.
Matteo is a Structural Chartered Professional Engineer with more than a decade of design experience in the Australian construction industry. He has extensive experience in the structural design and project management of high rise commercial and residential towers, hotels, industrial buildings, façades, long-span structures and complex temporary works.
Matteo is recognized by clients to be a skilled problem-solver with a strong focus on cost and buildability of structures. Ever-mindful of modern trends, Matteo personally strives to put a emphasis on sustainability in design on all projects.
After a number of years building his experience and quickly ascending to the senior ranks at a well-established engineering firm, Matteo saw an opportunity to branch out and elevate the level of service that can be expected from a structural consultant. The result is Hera Engineering Pty Ltd., a multi-faceted structural engineering firm with a focus on innovation, client ser vice and an all-encompassing approach to modern building design. In a short time frame Hera Engineering have developed a reputation for delivering work of the highest quality on a wide range of projects.
The focus on economic designs has directly generated significant savings in project cost and time. With this success, Matteo and Hera Engineering have rapidly built a loyal client base, and are quickly growing into one of the finest and most trusted structural consultants in Australia.
Matteo won the prestigious WA 40 under 40 award which is designed to recognise and celebrate WA's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40, with the programme recognising not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also philanthropic pursuits balancing professional achievements.
Matteo was selected due to his contribution to a more sustainable construction including the utilisation of mass timber construction and reduction of concrete and reinforcement in buildings.
Mark is an Associate with over eighteen years’ experience in the design of fire engineering solutions both in Australia and globally. He has extensive experience with technically complex projects such as civilian and military aircraft hangars, shopping centres, hospitals and transport facilities, all requiring high quality and reliable solutions. In addition, he has completed high-rise commercial buildings and large mixed use, and industrial developments.
Mark’s core expertise is in finding creative, but achievable fire engineering solutions for all types of buildings, structures and projects. Mark’s personal aim is to always provide the most robust and flexible approach to fire safety while minimising unnecessary costs and constraints on designers, and minimising future maintenance requirements. Mark takes great pride in seeing all projects from conception through to occupation and the finished product. Realising the improvements and benefits they make to people and the global built environment gives him great satisfaction.
Trained as an architect in Italy, Dr Giorgio Marfella is a registered architect in Victoria with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Giorgio joined the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in 2015, where as a full-time continuing Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture he coordinates three core post-graduate subjects in Architectural and Construction Technology at the Melbourne School of Design.
Before joining the University of Melbourne, Giorgio has accrued more than a decade of professional experience in architecture in residential, commercial, educational and institutional projects at different scales in Australia and overseas. As an architectural practitioner he has developed a specialist profile in the design and delivery of facades by collaborating full-time with several renowned architectural design firms in Melbourne.
In his doctorate thesis at the University of Melbourne, Giorgio has researched the techno-economic development of Melbourne's skyscrapers in the second half of the twentieth century, revealing how their characteristic built form was a specific by-product of entrepreneurial speculation, public and private interest, cultural bridging and technological innovation. He is a research active academic and a member of his Faculty's research centre ACAHUCH. His current research activities and interests overlap the techno-economic aspects of tall building of the past and present, construction history and innovation and the relationship between architectural design and contemporary construction management issues.
Giorgio is an academic who is highly engaged with the architecture, engineering and construction industry, in Australia and overseas and he has a track record of affiliations and collaborations with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV). He has written articles, papers and book chapters in the disciplines of architecture and construction, and as a tall building and construction technology expert, he has contributed several times on building industry related debates in the media.
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