Mar 2020

ACT Architecture Awards Jury

Congratulations to all the winners!


Melinda was part of the ACT Architecture awards jury chaired by Marcus Graham.


Giralang School Hall Heritage Restoration

MDa is proud to have designed and documented this award-winning project in consultation with Gold Medallist Enrico Taglietti. Built by Project Coordination, we removed flat ceilings, improved airtightness and insulation and specified a ceiling tile made from compressed plantation timber byproduct. Its offcuts are also compostable.


ANU Rooftop Garden Activation

Construction is nearing completion on MDa's rooftop activation project for the ANU - one of several such project we have undertaken to improve the amenity and utilisation of outdoor learning spaces.


Construction Underway UC Health Hub Annexe

MDa has designed the multi-level wing of the Health Hub at the University of Canberra to include vertical circulation and a variety of health facility spaces.


Construction Underway ANU CBE Courtyard

Construction is underway on one of several courtyard activation projects at the ANU.

11  May 2016

ANU CBE Student Hub Unveiling

Celebrating the unveiling of the MDa designed Student Hub with our friends from The College of Business & Economics.

March 2016

Construction Underway at ANU Student Hub

Construction is currently underway on the exciting new Student Hub at the ANU College of Business & Economics. 

9 Feb 2016

Parlour Feature Article on Melinda Dodson

Parlour is running an article as part of its 'Women in Architecture' segment featuring Melinda.

April 2015

Australian House & Garden

Melinda has been featured on the honor roll of Australian women in architecture.


State of Australian Cities Conference 2015

Melinda will be speaking at the State of Australian Cities conference, drawing on her ongoing research on compact housing liveability.

28 November 2014

Downtown Q Competition

MDa recently placed in the top 5 of the Downtown Q 2025 Competition. An international competition to re imagine the future of one of Australia's oldest towns.

28 November 2014

7th International Urban Design Conference

As part of her ongoing research into compact living, Melinda will be speaking at the 7th International Urban Design Conference.

24 November 2014

NEAT Housing Featured on Domain

MDa's ideas on smaller adaptable housing. Stemming from our winning entry in the NEAT competition have been written up in Domain.


Design Canberra

MDa will be giving a talk as part of design Canberra week. We will be discussing our learnings from the NEAT competition and compact housing more broadly. Come meet us in Garema Place for a chat.

National Housing Competition First Prize

MDa won the international NEAT housing competition A competition aimed at revealing viable concepts for innovative and compact dwellings. Particularly suitable for the nation’s capital in the 21st Century.

24 November 2014

24 November 2014

NEAT Featured on Architecture & Design

Our winning entry in the NEAT competition have been written up in Architecture & Design.

Mar 2020

ACT Landscape Architecture Awards Jury

Melinda was part of the ACT Landscape Architecture awards jury chaired by ACT AILA President Steve Kirsu.

Congratulations to all the winners!


PIA - What I Wish Planners Knew!

Melinda presented to PIA on planning pathways for low carbon, compact, liveable housing.


Nat Cap Design Review Panel Demo Housing

As a member of the National Capital Design Review Panel, Melinda is reviewing submissions from the ACT Government EPSDD Demonstration Housing Project.

2016 and 2020

Canberra Urban & Regional Futures

Melinda contributed to 2016 CURF research on Tuggeranong's sustainable urban renewal. More recently she is part of an end-user reference group for climate-wise statutory planning research by CURF for EPSDD.

18 November 2014

ANU College of Business & Economics Cafe Opening

Celebrating the opening of the new MDa designed cafe with our friends at the ANU College of Business & Economics.


ANU Rooftop Activation

One of several rooftop and courtyard activation projects.

June 2014

Healthy Cities Conference

Melinda has been asked to be the Stream Chair at the 2014 Healthy Cities Conference. MDa will be presenting our healthy cities ideas through our prism of compact sustainable housing.

October 2013

National Women in Construction Award for

Outstanding achievement in Industry 

Melinda was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Industry Award at the National Women in Construction Awards.