Rupert RathboneGraduate of Architecture
Rupert enjoys the challenge of finding simple, effective solutions to complex problems. He is an Architecture Graduate from London with 5 years’ experience working on a range of projects, including large residential schemes, bespoke shop fronts, heritage listed building extensions, and data driven, sustainability focused architecture. After moving to Australia in late 2019, Rupert swapped his keyboard and mouse for a tool belt as he trained as a Carpenter’s Apprentice, giving him a fresh perspective of the built environment’s limitations, challenges, and possibilities.
This rich blend of experience has seen him develop a diverse skill set and a holistic approach to design – all fuelled by a fascination with space and the way we interact with it.
Genevieve VuProject Architect
Genevieve is an architect with nine years’ experience working in the design industry. An integrated approach to studio life during study and after graduation has given her an intimate and holistic view of the operation and processes of DC8 Studio and the profession as a whole.
She has had experience working, as lead and part of a team, on a large range of building scales and delivery stages with a varied collection of clients and consultants. Genevieve has a passion for thoughtful and integrated design responses which are unique to each project and location. Management of project objectives and open multi-disciplinary collaboration are core to her approach.
Kara KennedyInterior Designer
Kara has highly developed skills and a commitment to interior design, accomplished through years of experience in interior design and documentation, in a variety of complex residential, commercial and retail projects, both here and overseas.
Her attention to detail, strong design skills and thoroughness add value to every project she is involved in. Self-motivated, she has exceptional interpersonal and client service skills. Kara’s strong computer-based skills ensure an efficient design approach in her work methodology and a coordinated process throughout her projects.
Jacob HutsonCreative Lead
Jacob Hutson is the kind of person who can turn his hand to almost anything. With almost 23 years in the visual design industry, he has worked in a diverse range of fields from advertising, print production, television animation, computer game art lead to creating architectural and marketing imagery.
Jacob has extensive experience producing a variety of visual media for project marketing, architectural graphics, competition bids, corporate and commercial clients and is an accomplished professional photographer. He is also the chief pilot and photographer for the studio’s CASA commercial drone licence (ReOC).
His broad experience provides him the ability to add value to any project and visualise its potential through a comprehensive range of visual means.
Rachel MelvinGraduate of Architecture
Rachel is currently studying her Master of Architecture at the University of Queensland and is excited to learn in practice, paralleled to her architectural studies. For Rachel, this is an exciting challenge that will expose her to outstanding architecture and design that can help create enjoyable spaces for people.
Rachel is passionate about creating spaces which create a sense of belonging for people. Connecting experiences to architecture and design is something that she would like to further explore and carry through projects she is working on.
Leeann WedlakeBusiness Manager
Leeann’s role as Business Manager (BM) is to support and work in consultation with the Directors in ensuring that the management of the practice is professional and allows all employees to achieve the business vision, values and objectives. A key outcome of the role is that the business systems are strongly aligned to the business strategy, with systems being enablers and supporters of the strategy. A large part of Leeann’s role as the BM is to ensure that the day-to-day operational management of DC8 STUDIO is effective with particular focus on Crew, IT, Finance and Administration.
Rowan is an architect with 20 years of experience working in Australia. He has spent the majority of this time delivering the full spectrum of residential projects from bespoke one-off home design, to unit developments, through to entire master planned communities of 1000 plus dwellings.
Having been trained initially in small practice and then progressed through to large commercial practice with Mirvac Design, Rowan has gained unique and significant experience creating architecture and place that maximises economic, social and environmental outcomes.
Brett AnstisDesign Architect
Brett has extensive experience in working collaboratively with clients to deliver quality architectural and urban planning outcomes. He consistently endeavours to balance the interests of all key stakeholders, working to build communities with demonstrated evidence of strong social and architectural consideration.
Brett has been a key member in developing DC8 Studio’s “Matryoshka” philosophy exploring and connecting the links between creating various types of spaces for individual and communal connection and the potential benefits developed as a result.
Noa TranterProject Architect
Noa is an architect with 10 years of experience working in Urban Design and Architecture in both the Local Government and private sectors. He has developed skills in resolving complex programs with numerous competing stakeholder interests, strengthening projects through the diversity of voices.
Noa has been involved in the ground work for the redevelopment of key land holdings including preliminary feasibility, site master planning, consultation, consultant coordination and documentation.
Meet Riccardo and you’ll discover he’s one of those people that adds value to the project from the moment he joins the team. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an architect and has held senior design positions in a number of practices, culminating in his role as Queensland Practice Director and National Design Director for Mirvac Design.
Now as a Director and Co-Founder of DC8 Studio, Riccardo continues to provide innovative and considered design solutions for many large and complex projects throughout Australia. His architectural and high level corporate experience has provided him with a unique skill set that is invaluable to DC8 and our clients.
Peter PetrouDocumentation Manager NSW
Peter is a Senior Architectural Draftsman with over 12 years’ experience working in Australia. He has spent majority of his time delivering all phases from sketch design, DA & Construction documentation including consultant coordination.
Having been trained from a small private practice early on in his career and the progressed to Mirvac Design working for a large corporate company and working on Retail, Commercial, Residential High rise apartments and Masterplanned communities.
Benjamin PerkinsGraduate of Architecture
Benjamin is a young and enthusiastic designer with a keen interest in distilling meaningful experiences in the built environment. He aspires to bring a holistic view into all his work through an open mind and fondness for collaboration.
As a designer with a master’s degree in architecture, Benjamin brings a strong skill set for communicating architectural designs through computer visualisation, a resourceful mind, and a keenness to be challenged.
Adam GrzesCAD Technician
Adam is a well regarded building designer and documenter with over 20 years experience in the delivery of retail and residential projects.
He has undertaken both documentation and administration roles for a number of national retail clients, implementing their roll out programs for the development, construction and refurbishment of various restaurants and shopping centre tenancies in QLD and NSW.
Mirna Abu-GheidaProject Coordinator
A passionate designer, creative thinker, and a photo junkie. Mirna believes that good building design is not only there to function well but to feed the soul and evoke emotional connection with the space.
Obsessed with buildings and the spaces they create her approach to design is simply understanding the experience of the user and strive to make their lives better each day.
People oriented, Mirna likes working and collaborating to achieve the best results.
Cameron McLennanProject Coordinator
Cameron’s passion-driven focus lies in using vision to fuel action. Cameron has a lust for art and nature, submersing himself in the Australian bushland – and hinges off that as a teacher for design coupled with his with technical and practical solutions to create possibilities for the projects he works on. His journey in design strives to develop processes within projects and to challenge the boundaries.
As one of our project coordinators, Cameron brings his many years of experience and natural ability to clearly depict the client’s vision within a development and guide that vision to life throughout the construction process.
Ron PriskSenior Designer
Ron brings to DC8 Studio his 20 years’ experience as Senior Designer for a wide range of project types including mixed use, commercial, retail, high and medium density residential developments, integrated housing and one off houses. Ron works closely with clients, consultants and authorities to ensure the best design outcome for all stakeholders, within time constraints and budget. Ron believes that buildings should have a sense of authenticity and integrity through a direct response to climate, place, function, materiality and structure.
Andrew MadsenCAD Technician
Andrew is a detail oriented CAD technician with over 20 years experience in design, documentation and delivery across residential housing, high density residential, and mixed use developments.
After obtaining his degree in Industrial Design, Andrew spent 15 years working in CAD and Revit documentation and co-ordination. A keen interest in the outdoors and using his hands saw him qualify as a carpenter, where he honed his ability over six years to resolve technical details to ensure that the end product worked well and efficiently. During this time Andrew worked on hotels, heritage listed projects, high density residential and commercial developments.
He now combines his site experience and his eye for technical detail and co-ordination to ensure that the design vision and aspiration is captured in the documentation.
Tony D’AndreaProject Architect
Project Architect and passagemaker. Tony is a registered architect in the Australia and the United Kingdom, with national and international project experience. His focus is in residential and retail store design, project management and project delivery. His design philosophy embraces the idea of ‘re-use and re-assessment’ of the existing built condition.
Tony’s project management approach pursues positive communication and quality execution of detail. Successful residential and high end retail work require one to readily anticipate obstacles and to foster a productive working relationship between clients and builders.
People with that rare ability to combine vision and detail are hard to find. Marianne is one of them. With over 30 years experience in interior design, Marianne has delivered a broad range of projects in London, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. In addition, she has completed postgraduate studies and holds a Master of Project Management. She is an accredited GBCA Greenstar Professional and occasional lecturer/tutor at QUT in Interior Design studies.
Her 14 years experience at Mirvac concentrated on spatial planning and strategic management. At DC8, Marianne has led the interior design of housing, hospitality and commercial projects. She also specialises in contract administration, with the successful delivery of a number of ALDI stores in Queensland and New South Wales.
Judi McLellanCAD Technician
Judi is an experienced and skilled CAD Technician and highly effective team member.
Working across a range of projects in Australia and overseas, her experience spans commercial and medium density residential projects. Working to create people friendly spaces with a passion for texture and colour.
Prior to joining DC8, Judi worked in Brisbane, London, Birmingham and Christchurch.
Matthew GriffithsGraduate of Architecture
Matthew is a recent Graduate of a Bachelor of Architectural Design at the University of Queensland, aspiring to gain experience and enhance his abilities through practice. As a young graduate, he strives to contribute meaningfully towards the evolving urban identity across Queensland and Australia alongside the Studio ethos to design better places for people.
With a passion for the Arts and Digital design, he endeavors to create functional, unique spaces whilst developing artistic visualizations that speak to the client and demonstrate the core principles of the project design. Working as a Freelance Artist alongside his studies, he enjoys the challenge of an evolving project brief and brings his passion for creativity into the physical space.
Kirsti StockCAD Technician
Kirsti has over 20 years experience in architectural drafting and specialising in Interior documentation. She has an extensive background on a range of projects in New Zealand, London, and Australia. Her specialty and passion is residential, with a wealth of knowledge on high-end and multi-residential projects.