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.

(What we do)

Full Service Architecture
Specialist Artistic Facade Design
Urban Master Planning
Tall Building Design
Engineered Timber Design
Interior Design

Integrated Sustainable Design
Healthcare Design
Sculpture Collaboration
Rendering and Visualisations
Augmented and Virtual Reality

(Where we do it)

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

(Our Ensemble)

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.

Matthew Austin
Innovation Design (Manager)

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.

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James Bickford
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Dylan Brady

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.

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Emilie Brunel
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Arthur Chen
Graduate (Architecture)

Arthur just graduated from RMIT with a Master of Architecture. He 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.

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Adrian Coleiro
Senior Architect

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.

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Otis Filley
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Chris Jones
Senior Architect

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.

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Shirley Kwan
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Naomi Lawlee
Graduate (Architecture)

Naomi is a graduate architect and explorer from Ireland. She loves simple and functional design and is very interested in the human scale. Naomi enjoys travelling and going on new adventures discovering new Architecture, she also loves to master new skills, most recently jazz dancing which she admittedly is not very good at!

Lillian Le

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.

Contact Lillian

Edward Leong
Delivery (Architecture)

Edward’s architectural experience spans from working in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, France, Brazil and Australia in designing and project implementation of hospitals, high-end residential, hotels, educational and modular buildings.

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Joshua Loke
Senior Architect

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.

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Elena Nentcheva
Graduate (Architecture)

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 Percy
Design (Strategy)

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.

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Peta Salter
Manager (Studio)

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.

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Sarinder Charlie Singh
Delivery (Architecture)

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).

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Lam Tran
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

Contact Lam

Is this you?

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 work@db-a.co.


(Our Awards)

(As Decibel Architecture)

Architecture has a long fuse. dB(A) projects are just now being submitted for or being granted permits. Our schemes are in process, but hey - we only started in 2016. Stay tuned, as the projects we are working on will definitely be in contention for awards when they are here in the world.

(As studio505)

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Design & Health International Academy’s Awards
International Healthcare Project above 40,000 sqm
Highly Commended

Salutogenic Design Project

Sustainable Urban and Built Environment

AIA 2017 COTE Top Ten Award 2017
Design and Sustainability

AIA Honour Awards for Architecture 2016

European Healthcare Design Awards 2016
Healthcare Design (over 25,000sqm)
Highly Commended

FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2016
Certificate of Merit

WAF Awards 2016

Leadership Excellence Assessment Framework & Singapore National Parks
Certificate of Recognition
Outstanding Project

Building & Construction Authority
Green Mark Awards 2013
Platinum Award

Nanyang Primary School

Architizer A+ Awards 2016
Architecture +Colour
Jury Winner

Phoenix Valley

Australian Institute of Architects Awards 2014
International Architecture Commendation

Melbourne Design Awards 2014
Gold Winner

IDEA Awards – International Project 2014

Victorian Premier Design Awards 2014

China National LuBan Award 2014
Construction Excellence

China 3 Star Rating for Sustainability 2013
Award Here

WAF Inside Festival Awards 2013
Culture Category – Shortlisted

Wintergarden Façade

Architectural Review Emerging Architects Award 2014
Highly Commended

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

The Waratah Studio

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

Pixel Building

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
Presidents Award

Victorian Architecture Awards 2011
Award for Sustainable Architecture

Premier’s Sustainability Award 2011
Built Environment Award & Products or Services Award

Pixel Building Cont.

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

Royal Domain Tower

City of Port Phillip Design Development Award 2007
Best Contribution to Urban Art

Suzhou SCAC

China National LuBan Award
Construction Excellence

White Noise

RAIA Best Interior Architecture Award 2008

Museum Industry Recognition Awards (MIRA) 2006
Honorable Mention 

Australian Pavilion, 2005 World Expo

Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE)
Silver Medal


(Our Publications)

(As Decibel Architecture)

In the Press —

As deciBel (Architecture)))

Australian National Construction
The Age: Good Weekend Magazine
October 2016

PRC Magazine
May 2017

May 2017

Architecture Australia
July 2017

Architecture Victoria
August 2017

105 Punt Road

Property Professional Magazine
September 2016

May 2018


Broo Brewery

Pacific Rim Construction
November 2017

Jabiru Rejuvenation

ABC News
March 2018

‘The Project’ Channel 10 
August 2017

Lectures / Talks —

FRAME Australia 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

Brickworks 2017
Sydney, Australia
Dylan Brady

Melbourne Design Showcase
Hong Kong
Dylan Brady

Midrise Timber Building seminar
Perth, Australia
Dylan Brady

Architecture Television (ArchiTel.tv)
Episode 102: Architects Overseas
Dylan Brady

Busan Biennale
Busan, South Korea
Invited to Lecture
Dylan Brady

Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction
Rotorua, New Zealand
Dylan Brady

Wood Innovations Seminar 2016
Rotorua, New Zealand
Dylan Brady

Wood Innovations Seminar
Melbourne, Australia
Toby Pond

FRAME Australia 2016 Conference and Exhibition
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

AIA National Seminar Series 2016
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

MADA Presentation 2016
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

AIA Building Abroad Presentation 2016
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

Science without Borders 2016
Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

MSD Alumni Series:
‘Work: in Play’

Melbourne, Australia
Dylan Brady

(As studio505)

There are literally too many to repeat here on the dB(A))) website, so please follow the links to studio505 media and studio505 lectures.

(Our Place)


Decibel Architecture
Level 3 Pixel Building
205 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Australia 3053


+61 3 8648 8484

(Challenge Us)

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
the gauntlet to our Conductor by sending a proposition to dylan@db-a.co


(Challenge Yourself)
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 work@db-a.co