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.

(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

Public and Institutional




Integrated Mixed Use

Workplace and Studio

Exhibitions and Installation


(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.

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.

Contact Dylan

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. 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.

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Toby Pond
Senior Architect

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’.

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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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Akshay Rajan

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.

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Cecilia Cheng
Manager (China Relations)

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!

Contact Cecilia

Matthew Austin
Innovation & Technology (Architecture)

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.

Contact Matt

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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Joshua Loke

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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Onon Tam
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

Contact Onon

Anwyn Hocking
Student (Architecture)

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.

Contact Anwyn

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, schooling Matt in the art of ball.

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Lillian Le
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Shelley Xu
Graduate (Architecture)

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.

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Morgane Grand
Graduate (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.’

Is this you?

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 mail@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 January. 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)

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)

Lectures / Talks

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 2016
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

(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


(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 mail@db-a.co