MDa is an award-winning boutique practice. We are a collaborative and consultative team of architects pursuing research-led design solutions including commercial, adaptive re use, tertiary, residential and masterplan projects.
The practice began seven years ago with a goal to deliver high quality sustainable architecture with a strong emphasis on user-centred, “no bigger than necessary” design solutions. MDa has become known in Canberra for our sensitive, contextual design and research approach to our projects, and for our prize-winning competition schemes, manifest from our occupant / user-centred design techniques.
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Melinda has been practicing as an architect for twenty years in Canberra and Adelaide, delivering a number of award-winning projects. She has managed projects in the areas of masterplanning, residential, education, commercial offices, and workplace design.
Melinda has undertaken a number of commercial buildings, up to 40,000sqm in size, leading teams across the design and delivery phases. Sustainability features of her projects have included Green Star and NABERS accreditations.
She is past ACT and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects, elected on a platform of sustainable cities and architecture. With the belief that sustainability is in part derived from achieving “no bigger than necessary solutions”. Melinda received a research scholarship from the University of Canberra in 2012 to further this research. Melinda has since won two design competitions manifest from her occupant / user-centred design techniques.
Melinda’s conference speaking, research publications, guest lecturing and advisory roles combine aspects of her design practice and research.
As a team we have extensive experience running projects in compliance with ISO 9001. As an Australian Institute of Architects A+ practice, MDa staff are required to undertake ongoing continuing professional development. MDa is on several Government “preferred supplier” Panels and maintains structured project file systems, project file records, project plans and runs IT backups. Melinda has taught “Introduction to Architectural Practice” at UC over several years and this covers practice and project management, Quality Assurance, record keeping and contract administration. We have current Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Workcover insurances.