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
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.
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.
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, getting schooled by Matt
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard moved to Australia a few years back to seriously pursue diving and underwater photography. After a lot of travel, exploration, and some success with these efforts, he’s settled down in Melbourne with his young family. He now enjoys Lego explorations with his son and daughter and dearly misses sleeping in and a free night out with his lovely wife! His secret urban super power is parallel parking.
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’.
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.
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.
OnOn recently just finished her Master of Architecture and has numerous internship experiences under her belt. 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.
Lam is a Graduate Architect from Deakin University. With five years of professional experience in Vietnam, Singapore and Australia, Lam brings 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.
Ryan is Decibel’s in-house Graphic Designer. Having worked previously at studio505, he spent 2 years as a salty sea dog on the high seas, battling trade winds and billionaires before the love of design got the better of him. Outside of work, he enjoys to pursue his own design, art and photography. He also likes hats.
Spenique is a VR/AR/MR enthusiast. He considers these technologies to be the new typology of architecture. His goal is to further explore the capabilities of CGI and VR/AR and their application in design. When Spenique returns to reality, you can find him reading books on philosophy.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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)
105 Punt Road
Property Professional Magazine
Australian National Construction
The Age: Good Weekend Magazine
Building Design + Construction
Global Construction Review
February – March 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
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
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If you think you have something to give,
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