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 creative.
We are continuously driven to
question the status quo and find
value, efficiency and fresh solutions.
We are Instruments of Change.
Contributing as architects and designers,
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. They are the foundation of quality, thinking and process that informs the next adventure with our clients.
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
Integrated Mixed Use
Workplace and Studio
Exhibitions and Installation
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.
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.
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. She is passionate about women’s rights and equal opportunities for all. When she isn’t in the studio she is working on her ceramic skills or watching some live music.
Toby is a registered Architect, and is particularly interested in adaptive reuse projects. He enjoys doing more with less,
and in making the less better than the more. Toby enjoys good writing and a beach (preferably combined). Toby plays for the world renowned basketball team ‘The Mechanisms’.
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.
Akshay is a registered Architect and he believes that the devil (or god) is in the detail. He is interested in playful, culturally and socially conscious architecture. When he’s not sampling Melbourne’s finest food and drink, he’s out shooting photographs or turning a spanner and scooting around on his motorbike.
Cecilia is our bilingual guru. She calls, emails, wechats, texts and facetimes with our clients and friends from China. She believes architecture is also bilingual…or maybe trilingual – which connects and communicates with people from different regions, cultures and backgrounds. Cecilia plays classical piano and enjoys brunching around Melbourne!
Matt rides to work on an electronic skate board every day. He enjoys anything that is related to design and artificial intelligence, from data visualisation, 3d modelling, game development, virtual reality to Architecture itself. His dream is to one day transfer his mind to a computer and live in the virtual world indefinitely.
Emilie believes that the role of Architecture is to transform the world to become more beautiful. To create instants of emotion, that tie people to a space. Like good poetry, it should combine a sensitive approach with a good dose of humour. When not consumed by thoughts on this, Emilie listens to music (while singing along), reads, laughs whenever possible and tries to get to pilates and yoga more often that she does.
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.
OnOn is a master of architecture student at the University of Melbourne and had several internship experiences. (She will graduate in the coming August). OnOn likes handcraft and making small models. She believes the ability to make is wonderful and architecture is the making of memorable experiences that make life wonderful too. She is also interested in playful and responsive design. On the weekend, OnOn enjoys exploring new places, doing jigsaw puzzles or watching fiction movies.
Anwyn is an architecture student with interests in human health within the built environment, how space influences the relationships we form, the incorporation of new technology into architecture, and last, but certainly not least, she has a slight/odd obsession with Gothic architecture. When not contemplating these things, she enjoys making art, taking photos and eating.
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, schooling Matt in the art of ball.
Lil is a graduate architect, 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.
Shelley is trained in a digital environment with an underlying application for the craft of “making”. She believes architects should know how to build and model making is like building the real architecture. Shelley does some sketching, cooking and cycling when she is not thinking about architecture.
‘Architect Graduate / Explorer of creative ideas and distant territories.
Morgane believes that architecture must be a way to design a better world and make life more beautiful. She is interested in designing enjoyable and healthy environment and always finds new inspirations while she’s exploring the world.
When she’s not at the office, she practices her asanas, she also loves getting lost in new cities as much as in the nature while she is hiking mountains or diving in the oceans.’
We’re hiring and are looking for someone who is recently registered or looking to become so in the next 1-2 yrs. You will be working on projects that vary greatly in scale and complexity, from portable structures up to masterplanning urban and rural communities, and you must be comfortable working within various teams and across project types simultaneously.
If you think you have something to give, and that you could be part of our story, please email a brilliant letter, an outstanding folio and your vital details (max 10mb) to email@example.com.
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)
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
Wood Innovations Seminar 2016
FRAME Australia 2016 Conference and Exhibition
AIA National Seminar Series 2016
MADA Presentation 2016
AIA Building Abroad Presentation 2016
Science without Borders 2016
Level 3 Pixel Building
205 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Australia 3053
dB(A) is open and ready to listen to you
and hear about your project and your dreams.
Let’s make them real together. Throw down
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If you think you have something to give,
and that you could be part of our story,
please email a brilliant letter, an outstanding folio and your vital details to email@example.com