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Unique, elegant & practical architecture
– collaboratively conceived, individually crafted

Brisbane studio/

  • Alexandra Buchanan

    Founder / Director

  • Alexandra Buchanan

    Founder / Director

    Alexandra is a design-led architect with over 16 years of industry experience. She is registered in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and her work has ranged from public buildings, master-planning, bespoke residential and hospitality. Her founding belief is that the architectural journey should be collaborative, dynamic and enjoyable – with unique, elegant and practical solutions. Her approach to lifestyle design incorporates a respectful use of materials, passive design, and manipulation of light.

    Alexandra graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2001, and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Students by Building Design Magazine. She now leads a dynamic and talented team that is committed to solving the brief, meeting the budget and managing the ongoing challenges that a site and its context present. Alexandra takes great pride in the design delivery of projects that consistently exceed expectations.

  • Ami Nakayama

    Architectural Graduate

  • Ami Nakayama

    Architectural Graduate

    MArch

    Ami was born in Japan, has lived in China and Hong Kong, and travelled extensively throughout Asia. Her travels included a volunteer position in Sri Lanka where she worked with Habitat for Humanity, building much-needed homes for local people. Her exposure to a diverse range of cultures has enabled her to develop an architectural style that is responsive to context and cultural heritage, as well as honest in composition and detailing. Ami has experience across all project scales and stages, and plays a central role at ABA. Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Design in 2012, Ami has been awarded an international Honourable Mention for her competition submission.

  • Shane Willmett

    Architect

  • Shane Willmett

    Architect

    MArch RAIA

    Shane has a passion for Architecture in its capacity to impact and improve the lives of the people that occupy buildings and their surroundings. He has lived, worked and studied between Brisbane, Australia; London, UK and Lund, Sweden; also partaking in UQ’s Japan Studio Masterclass run by RAIA Gold Medalist, Professor Brit Andresen at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Growing up in the Far North, in a rural, agricultural town characterised by timber corrugated iron homes and the Australian landscape, Shane has a strong appreciation for architecture that intimately responds to the landscape, climate and surrounding context. Working with ABA since 2016 Shane’s contagious enthusiasm for the process of design has become a fundamental part of the Brisbane studio. He brings a wealth of architectural experience and his unique drive and vigor is evident in his projects and his exploration of every brief.

  • Melina Hobday

    Architect

  • Melina Hobday

    Architect

    BArch(Hons)

    With a love of design, Melina thrives on the collaborative and constantly evolving nature of architecture. She gets a buzz out of the fact that each day is different and challenging. Melina’s philosophy balances considered spatial planning with innovative ideas whilst always taking into account the design aesthetics, budget and how the building will ultimately be experienced. She strongly believes that architects play an important role beyond just designing pretty buildings, and that considered architecture contributes to a better quality of life. Melina brings a diverse knowledge and expertise to ABA, with 15 years experience in project management and architectural roles in various small and large architecture practices and not-for-profit companies in Brisbane and in Papua New Guinea. Most recently Melina has been project architect on commercial, cultural and residential projects at Arkhefield and Bud Brannigan Architects. She graduated with honours from the university of Queensland in 2007.

  • Luke Van de Vorst

    Architectural Student

  • Luke Van de Vorst

    Architectural Student

    BArch(Hons) Dip Building Des & Technology

    Growing up, Luke worked on site with his father, a carpenter builder from the Sunshine Coast who specialised in the construction of Architectural houses. This inspired him to complete his formal education as a draftsman, going on to work for several architectural offices in Australia, whilst completing his bachelor degree at QUT. In 2015 he received an internship to work for MVRDV in the Netherlands. There he worked on projects such as the Nike Headquarters Europe, the Masterplan for the regeneration of Glasgow as well as Mirvac’s bid for the for Barangaroo Central development competition in Sydney. Returning to Australia in 2016, Luke joined the ABA team, where he works part time whilst completing his Masters of Architecture at QUT. At ABA Luke greatly enjoys the reconnection with the intimate scale of residential architecture, understanding how clients live in their most personal spaces and facilitating the expression of the home as an extension of themselves. Luke’s grounded background in construction and drafting, leading on to his experience in high end architecture design has given him a well-balanced, practical and creative approach to his work.

  • Ashleigh Sullivan

  • Ashleigh Sullivan

    Architectural Student

    Ashleigh, an aspiring architect and designer, always knew from a young age that she wanted to play a part in creating the spaces that people occupy. She developed an admiration for the building world from her dad, whose expertise as an engineer inspired her to respond to building structures and functions. Ashleigh is now in her final year of her Bachelor of Architectural studies at QUT. She appreciates a deliberate design intent that considers a close relationship between the natural and built environment, as well as the conservation and activation of existing vernacular architecture. Ashleigh very much looks forward to graduating at the end of the year and being able to further develop her passion for architecture.

  • Anna McKinnon

  • Anna McKinnon

    Office, PR and Marketing Manager

    Hailing from Victoria, Anna McKinnon is our ever-smiling wing-woman in residence, helping us out with all things marketing, PR, events and office management. Anna believes that a swim in the ocean can fix any problem and never to underestimate the value of good, strong coffee. With a background in health and education, and three little kids in her tribe, Anna is a nurturing soul with a husky chuckle and plenty of energy for everything that’s hand-balled her way. Anna is reveling in being around the creative and clever team at ABA, fuelling her love of design, people, interiors and all things architecture. We love having this stylish Southerner in our studio, as she enables the rest of the ABA team to get on with designing your next dream home. Anna is your go-to lady for any press, media, PR, events, and office management.

     

Melbourne studio/

  • Marcia Salmond

    Interior Designer

  • Marcia Salmond

    Interior Designer

    Marcia’s childhood as a two-time state sailing champion has endowed her with excellent life skills. Marcia earned her qualifications in Interior Architecture in Perth before moving to Shanghai, and finally Melbourne, where her curiosity has found a home. She has extensive experience working on commercial and hotel projects in China, and on multi-million dollar residential projects in Melbourne. Marcia’s strong connection to the ocean gives her an appreciation of natural materials, composition, texture, light and shade. She understands how space and environments can powerfully affect one’s mood, senses and emotions. Marcia’s active mind plays a major role in core concept development, helping to create unique, engaging and honest environments.

  • James Connor

    Architectural Graduate

  • James Connor

    Architectural Graduate

    MArch

    James is based in ABA’s Melbourne studio. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Queensland and a Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Since graduating in 2012, James has gained experience working on a variety of residential and urban projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As an Architect James wants to play a positive role in ensuring urban resilience, citizen participation and inclusive development are key priorities in the cities of the future. In addition to his role with ABA, he is part of the Bower Studio at the University of Melbourne, which collaboratively builds, constructs and designs projects with rural Indigenous communities.

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