Decibel Architecture delivers exceptional outcomes, on purpose. 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 advocate for deeper engagement in the process of design. We explore and challenge our clients' expectations and ensure their purpose and aspirations are reflected in their outcome.
Decibel Architecture builds on a rich and diverse experience across industries to conceive and deliver compelling outcomes in sustainability, culture, healthcare and organisational change. We bring fresh perspectives to every project and relationship, and relish new ways of listening.
Contributing as Architects, Design Thinkers and Strategists we are shaping positive change in the world. We work across scales, typologies and the human sphere to design exceptional, ecological and ethical Architectures, Experiences and Transformations.
We are energised by imagining and designing better futures. We weave compelling stories that enthral and ignite minds and we commit to defining challenging problems and providing innovative solutions. We consider our challenges as symbiotic ecologies integrating the full spectrum of potential.
We support our people and our clients to be focused, effective, kind and curious.
Together we embark on creative journeys to extraordinary destinations.
In 2019 we achieved ISO Certification across standards ISO 9001:2015 (Quality management systems), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental management systems) and AS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems).
This is a great achievement for the deciBel team and also for our clients and stakeholders. ISO Certification ensures that we have systems in place to continue delivering (exceptional) projects into the future, in a high quality (dynamic and fun) environment. You can view and download our certificates HERE.
You can also view and download our current Insurance Certificate HERE.
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
Hotels and Eco Resorts
Integrated Mixed Use
Workplace and Studio
Exhibitions and Installations
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.
During the unprecedented times of COVID19 we are still driving exceptional change. We are working collaboratively and thoughtfully, from home, and with the support of our amazing people below.
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.
Stephanie is a producer of things, with a background producing for some of Melbourne’s finest creatives. A people loving introvert, she joins the Decibel team as a plate spinner, examiner of process, inquisitor, thinker and doer. Outside of Decibel she enjoys cooking for the masses, listening to podcasts and being a mum to three very excellent humans.
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.
Bio coming in 2020
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.
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.
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.
Son is a Vietnamese-Australian architect with six years of professional experience. From Hanoi, Son brings with him love for both culture and community. He believes that architecture is born to serve the people and to make their life better. To him, being an architect means fighting a battle, with victory being the collection of problems solved along the way. That is why he gives 100% to any project undertaken and stays full of energy until the job is done. Son is a self-taught musician and an astronomy enthusiast. In his free time, it is all about guitars, heavy metal, stars and black holes.
Tim delivers insight and solutions through knowledge, strategy and evidence at the intersection of people, place, culture and performance. With experience across human centred design, data analytics and design research, Tim defines projects with the strategic approach required to make impactful change and deliver on our clients’ purpose.
Dauntie’s obsession with organisation is habituated through eight years of office life. When she’s not behind Reception or re-stocking the snacks, she organises film nights, reads grisly detective novels, and volunteers at equestrian events. A self-diagnosed word-nerd and curious soul, there is almost nothing she won’t find interesting.
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).
David is a Registered Architect with experience across build-to-rent, residential, hospitality and aged care sectors. David keeps his skills sharp through his connection into the tertiary system, developing striations across emerging design trends and technologies in the field of architecture. When not in the office you’ll find David pondering his life choices standing on his local cricket pitch or developing his latest Dave-Plan.
Lam is our newest Registered Architect at Decibel, with eight 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.
Johnny’s passion for Architecture stems beyond the built form to a user-centred design that is both playful and novel in nature. Through the lens of entrepreneurship, Johnny strives to use technology and computational design to change the world for the better. He is a self-taught pastry chef and plays Basketball and Volleyball outside the studio.
Yichen is a Graduate Architect who is passionate about designing our cities with innovative concepts and addressing problems with unique solutions. His experience involves architecture design, urban design and international project coordination, which are fostered by years of professional practice in China, Germany and Australia. He is an Australian Foundation Tennis Coach and loves to play tennis with friends on weekends.
Yvonne loves to unfold the hidden gems in all walks of life. She appreciates the growth and development discovered through the challenges faced in life. Yvonne believes the power of architecture not only stimulates the imagination, but also empowers a way of life philosophy. Yvonne pursues her dream of skiing the seven continents from around the world outside the studio.
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Asia-Pacific International Property Design Awards 2020-2021
New Hotel Construction & Design Vietnam
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)
PRC 100th Issue
Property Professional Magazine
Pacific Rim Construction
International Conference on
Sustainable Development of
‘Deep Green: A Fresh Perspective’
MSD Alumni Series:
‘Work: in Play’
FRAME Australia 2017
Melbourne Design Showcase
Midrise Timber Building seminar
Architecture Television (ArchiTel.tv)
Episode 102: Architects Overseas
Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction
Rotorua, New Zealand
Busan, South Korea
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