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.
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.
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.
Genevieve VellaProject Architect
Genevieve is a graduate architect from the University of Queensland with four years’ experience working in the design industry. Working while completing her studies 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 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. Gen is a creative visualiser, bringing her architectural design bent to 3D modeling.
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.
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.
Brett AnstisDesign Architect
People like Brett see the bigger picture. An architect with a career spanning South Africa and South East Queensland, Brett specialises in large-scale housing and integrated development. He has designed homes and master planned communities, combining elements of urban design, landscape and architecture to create new neighbourhoods.
Brett trained at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg under the likes of Ora Joubert and Peter Rich amongst others.
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’s passion for design is centred in the human experience. He is deeply intrigued in the fundamentals of design and aspires to take a holistic viewpoint in everything he does.
As a student graduate, Benjamin collaborates with the senior team members along all stages of design. He brings a keenness to be challenged and a skill set in computer graphics and 3D modelling to the team.
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.
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.
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.
Moe ShahinGraduate of Architecture
Moe’s interests focus on design translation and the transformation of conceptual ideas into pragmatic built forms. The scope and richness of this translation process is a constituent Moe enjoys working collaboratively with both clients and colleagues to achieve. His investment in the architectural production process enables him to offer holistic design outputs and project efficiencies.
By approaching every project as an open learning process, Moe endeavors to deliver architecture that is both responsive and meaningful in both inter and intra-disciplinary contexts. Moe firmly believes that good buildings and spaces should be an everyday commodity for cities and their people.
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.
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.
John NicholsonGraduate of Architecture
John is an Architectural Graduate from the Queensland University of Technology. After completing his Masters Degree John solo travelled through Europe for half a year to experience a wide range of international architecture styles and techniques.
John’s interests lie in the details, taking pride in making sure the small things work towards a cohesive whole. John works on a multitude of project scales and typologies within DC8, bringing his range of technical skills, with passion to learn and positive attitude to the Studio.
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.
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.