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Michael McKenna - Practice


About Us

Michael established the firm in 1996 to specialise in design for community buildings and urban housing. The practice expertise is based on Michaels background designing and delivering projects for government, education and housing agencies. Michael received a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT University in 1986 and taught in design and sustainability at RMIT for 10 years.

We have completed projects across Victoria as well as International Aid projects in the Asia/Pacific Region. We deliver projects in a variety of cultural contexts, requiring good communication skills with a patient and methodical approach to project delivery.

As a smaller scale design practice Michael leads all projects. We manage our workload to maintain this approach. With over 30 years of practice behind us we have competency and technical expertise to deliver architecture that is buildable, where planning and regulatory compliance are matter of fact, and construction contracts executed in a no fuss manner. We enjoy a reputation for professional competency, and for design with élan.

Design Approach

We work closely with clients to generate solutions that reflect their uniqueness and the design brief. Our design approach is consultative and we believe that good design with a consultative process leads to better valued environments.

Problem solving underpins our design approach as a key objective for socially responsible architecture. Much of our work is site specific design negotiating contradictory interests to deliver functional solutions with quality visual form, underlined by contemporary aesthetics and sustainability.

We are used to delivering design with cost effective detailing in response to slim budgets. We have a good record of achieving quality design in these circumstances and delivering projects on budget. Important in our design method is that design concepts need to be resolved with detail design – founding attributes of good design.

We produce a diverse range of architecture and aesthetic outcomes as each design responds to its physical site, brief, budget and social/cultural context. Environmental sustainability permeates our work with a thorough technical and practical application of design and sustainability principles to achieve low energy buildings.

Design Quality

We have received a number of design awards including Australian Institute of Architects (Vic) - Residential Architecture Award and a Public Buildings Award, Australian Timber Design Awards as well as local Awards from the City of Port Phillip and the City of Moreland.

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Area of Expertise

Education : Schools, University Facilities, Auditoria and Flexible Learning Environments
Housing : Singles & Family Community Housing
Housing : Apartments & Houses
Master Planning : Residential & Institutional
Interiors : Work Environments & Flexible Learning Environments
Institutional : Community Buildings and Art Galleries
Heritage : Redevelopment & Adaptation.
International Aid : Infrastructure Design and Advice, Community Consultation


Briefing Studies
Community Consultation
Feasibility Studies
Architecture & Interiors
Peer Review