• Our Crew

  • Kara Kennedy

    Kara Kennedy

    Interior Designer | Associate

    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.

  • Noa Tranter

    Noa Tranter

    Architect | Senior Associate

    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.

  • Leeann Wedlake

    Leeann Wedlake

    Business Manager | Senior Associate

    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.

  • Peter Petrou

    Peter Petrou

    Documentation Manager | Associate

    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.

     

     

     

  • Riccardo Rizzalli

    Riccardo Rizzalli

    Director

    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.

  • Genevieve Vu

    Genevieve Vu

    Architect | Senior Associate

    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.

  • Rowan Hukins

    Rowan Hukins

    Director

    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.

  • Kirsti Stock

    Kirsti Stock

    CAD 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. 

  • Matthew Griffiths

    Matthew Griffiths

    Graduate 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.

  • Benjamin Perkins

    Benjamin Perkins

    Graduate 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.

  • Rachel Melvin

    Rachel Melvin

    Graduate 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.

  • Rupert Rathbone

    Rupert Rathbone

    Graduate 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.

  • Judi McLellan

    Judi McLellan

    CAD 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.

  • Marianne McKenzie

    Marianne McKenzie

    Project Manager + Designer

    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.

  • Ron Prisk

    Ron Prisk

    Senior 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.

  • Rick Peters

    Rick Peters

    Senior CAD Technician

    Rick has a 15-year history within the building industry. With experience as a form work carpenter and civil plant operator. This knowledge along with his building design qualification and CAD documentation skills has given him a unique skill to see things from a contractor’s perspective and a buildability point of view. Having this eye for detail, allows Rick to see potential issues and provide a solution before it ever occurs. Providing highly detailed and precise drawing sets, giving piece of mind to clients and builders alike.

     

  • Kara Logan

    Kara Logan

    Graduate of Architecture

    Kara is currently studying her Master of Architecture at QUT, where she is enjoying applying her architectural design skills in with her full-time studies.

    Kara is passionate about sustainable architecture and enjoys designing spaces to enhance human experiences within the built environment. Kara’s time here has highlighted the importance of client relationships and working collaboratively. She enjoys partnering with clients and the team to find creative, innovative solutions that can form better connections to people and site.

  • Cameron McLennan

    Cameron McLennan

    Project 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.

  • Brett Anstis

    Brett Anstis

    Design 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.

  • Adam Grzes

    Adam Grzes

    CAD 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-Gheida

    Mirna Abu-Gheida

    Project 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.