At Decibel Architecture our purpose is to design a better future. Our architecture is imagined with, formed for and shaped by our clients' aspirations.
Be it to heal, to educate, to house or to inspire: we work to discover our clients' projects true potential. Only then can we together truly create on purpose.
The Decibel Architecture team have conceived and delivered world leading excellence in sustainability, culture, healthcare and visionary design. We are continuously driven to question the status quo and find value, efficiency and fresh solutions.
Contributing as Architects and Design Thinkers, we are shaping positive change in the world. We work across scales, typologies and the human sphere to design a better future. Our projects are grounded equally in outrageous promise and humble reality.
Dylan Brady is the Conductor at Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) and the practice is founded on the experience and expertise of both his and the team's individual history and together as studio505.
studio505 produced some extraordinary buildings and outcomes over its 15 years of operations and the heritage of our work there is proudly worn by the dB(A) team.
dB(A) is the home of a renewed clarity in our team and a rejuvenated process in understanding, exploring and delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and their clients.
We look forward to working with you.
Full Service Architecture
Specialist Artistic Facade Design
Urban Master Planning
Tall Building Design
Engineered Timber Design
Integrated Sustainable Design
Rendering and Visualisations
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Retail and Commercial
Cultural and Performing Arts
Urban and Landscape Masterplanning
Public and Institutional
Hotel and Eco Resorts
Integrated Mixed Use
Workplace and Studio
Exhibitions and Installation
Moonbases and Spaceships
At Decibel Architecture we promise vivid thinking from engaged people, working on purpose. Architecture is collaboration, and our people are the key to our success. Together we can adventure beyond the possible.
Sophie is passionate about the multi-disciplinary potential of architecture and an advocate of sustainable urban environments that encourage healthy and happy lifestyles. She is curious about the intersection of art, film and architecture and spends her time seeing new films and exhibitions, even designing the film sets themselves.
James’ interests lie in the intersections
of architecture, culture, the arts and technology and how this can be harnessed to extend architectures reach for the betterment of society. When he isn’t scoring goals with his work he is scoring goals on the basketball court.
Dylan is a registered Architect. Dylan has been contributing to the public realm of architecture since 1992, and has delivered extraordinary buildings and outcomes in that time across Asia and Australia. Founding director of studio505, and now founding Conductor of Decibel Architecture, Dylan loves to be a fun dad, work in the garden, draw ideas with Pen 1.0, and deliver outrageous promise.
Arthur is interested in parametric design and likes exploring how algorithms can change the way people design architecture. Outside of work, he is a big fan of comics and enjoys watching those fantasy scenes. During holidays, he also loves travelling and taking photos of some awesome buildings.
Adrian is a registered Architect. He is interested in sustainable architecture as well as the ability for architecture to have a positive effect on the way people experience the world around them. On the weekend’s Adrian can be found cycling, meditating or experimenting with culinary techniques.
Otis is interested in architecture as a social activity. He is drawn to possibilities in objects not yet coded by architecture, and believes that the formula to change human value structures is desire combined with ingenuity. Outside of the office, Otis is a full time biographer of Tom Hanks, a Dentist in application, a freelance Lawyer and a discredited backyard entrepreneur.
Chris is a registered architect with over twenty years of institutional, educational and hospitality experience, having worked in Melbourne, Sydney and London. He thrives within a project team environment, enjoying good relations with clients, consultants and contractors. Chris understands that communication, whether verbal, written or drawn is the key to successful working relationships and successful project outcomes.
Shirley believes that staying curious in life helps us to explore opportunities and the “why nots”, creating possibilities sometimes missed. Her passion in architecture is sustained through this belief, recognising there is always something new to learn and discover. Shirley also loves travelling, hiking and doing sports when she is outside of the office.
Lil is a traveller, graphic artist, insomniac, snowboarder… she loves learning new languages, both cultural and visual, likes to find herself in unexpected situations, and can be found hand sketching across the globe and drawing her life into comic strips.
Josh believes that architecture is the most meaningful when it makes life better, for those who are most in need. If he had super powers, he would create and live in a world where people are kinder to one another. To unwind, Josh likes to create fine-line ink drawings, eat noodles and watch drag queens competing on TV.
Elena is inspired by all forms of creativity. The scale between sculpture and building excite her most because of its ability to manipulate the human experience and encourage interaction. She constantly changes her hobbies and hopes to one day know how to build, design and realize any idea. Her dream is to move to the mountains with her dog, build a wooden cabin and furniture, and paint cityscapes from afar.
Tim seeks out the digital-physical world in everything he does, questioning what is real on a daily basis. Searching for the eccentric moments found in architecture, his expertise lies in pursuing purposeful outcomes for spatial solutions across digital and physical environments. Tim is a huge film buff and enjoys watching the world through a cinematic lens, noticing the unique filmic moments that occur between people, place and process.
Peta is our studio magician and her magic power is ensuring that each day runs smoothly and that the cupboard is well stocked with hot sauce. When she isn’t in the studio she is working on her ceramic skills or watching some live music.
Charlie enjoys building; with over 20 years experience across a multitude of sectors, he has developed a commanding understanding of creating lasting change through the built environment. When not constructing clients dreams he’s busy reminding everyone how amazing his two boys are (but really, he’s just being a rad dad and excited about enjoying their company), and how nothing is ever original (the classics are always better).
Lam joins the Decibel team with five years of professional experience in Vietnam, Singapore and Australia, bringing a great variety of expertise to the studio. Lam is continuously developing and improving his design, making his artistic vision come to life. When not hard at work in the studio, Lam can be found playing tennis, painting miniatures and travelling.
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Design & Health International Academy’s Awards
International Healthcare Project above 40,000 sqm
Salutogenic Design Project
AIA 2017 COTE Top Ten Award 2017
Design and Sustainability
European Healthcare Design Awards 2016
Healthcare Design (over 25,000sqm)
FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2016
Certificate of Merit
Leadership Excellence Assessment Framework & Singapore National Parks
Certificate of Recognition
Building & Construction Authority
Green Mark Awards 2013
Architizer A+ Awards 2016
Australian Institute of Architects Awards 2014
International Architecture Commendation
Melbourne Design Awards 2014
IDEA Awards – International Project 2014
Victorian Premier Design Awards 2014
China National LuBan Award 2014
China 3 Star Rating for Sustainability 2013
WAF Inside Festival Awards 2013
Culture Category – Shortlisted
Architectural Review Emerging Architects Award 2014
Dulux Colour Award 2013
Commercial Exterior Category
Melbourne Design Award 2012
Architecture – Commercial – Constructed
UDIA Awards 2012
LSAA Awards 2013
Winner – LSAA Award of Excellence
International Architecture Awards 2015
Small Project Architecture Commendation
The Timber Awards 2013
Outdoor Standalone Structure Winner
Chelsea Flower Show 2013
Best In Show Gold Medal
World Architecture Festival 2013
Display Category – Shortlisted
Premier’s Design Award 2012
Innovation & Excellence Awards 2012
Property Council of Australia
Nepean Award for Innovation
ARBS Awards 2012
HVAC Project Excellence Award
National Master Builder’s Awards 2011
Boral National Environment and Energy Efficiency Award
BPN Sustainability Awards 2011
Large Commercial Award & Best of the Best’ Award
Australian Property Industry Awards 2011
Victorian Architecture Awards 2011
Award for Sustainable Architecture
Premier’s Sustainability Award 2011
Built Environment Award & Products or Services Award
FSC Developer of the Year 2011
Pixel 100% FSC Certified
Australian Business Awards 2011
Best Eco Product – Pixelcrete
Master Builders Association Awards (Vic) 2011
Best Sustainable Building
Melbourne Award 2011
Contribution to Sustainability – Corporate
Green Building Award, New Buildings
Asia Pacific, Commercial Project Merit Award 2010
Banksia Award for Built Environment
Harmonious Man Made Landscapes 2010
Australian Private Business Award 2011
United Nations Association of Australia (Vic) 2011
Finalist World Environment Day
City of Port Phillip Design Development Award 2007
Best Contribution to Urban Art
China National LuBan Award
RAIA Best Interior Architecture Award 2008
Museum Industry Recognition Awards (MIRA) 2006
Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE)
Pacific Rim Construction
FRAME Australia 2017
Melbourne Design Showcase
Midrise Timber Building seminar
Architecture Television (ArchiTel.tv)
Episode 102: Architects Overseas
Busan, South Korea
Invited to Lecture
Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction
Rotorua, New Zealand
Wood Innovations Seminar 2016
Rotorua, New Zealand
FRAME Australia 2016 Conference and Exhibition
AIA National Seminar Series 2016
MADA Presentation 2016
AIA Building Abroad Presentation 2016
Science without Borders 2016
MSD Alumni Series:
‘Work: in Play’