NMBW Architecture Studio is an architectural practice established in Melbourne in 1997, with an emphasis on urban engagement and culturally-specific design. We specialise in an analytical, research based approach, linking site-specific actions to larger urban and landscape concerns. Our working process is a lively collaboration between the three directors, clients, particular site conditions and various local traditions.

NMBW’s projects have been published in leading national and international journals, including Architecture Australia, Architectural Review Australia, Backlogue, Transition, Casabella (Italy) and AIT Magazine (Germany) and awarded across a range of categories, including urban design, sustainable architecture, interior architecture, public architecture and residential architecture. NMBW projects have also been recognised for their broader contributions to Melbourne’s public realm and to rural & regional Victoria. NMBW is included in the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture published by Cambridge University Press. The practice has been the recipient of both the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award, and the John and Phyllis Murphy Award, the most significant residential architecture prizes awarded in the state of Victoria.

Studio

The directors are actively engaged in research and teaching around contemporary urban conditions in Australia, the relationships between everyday life and the public realm encompassing building, landscape and infrastructure. Research publications include Division and Multiplication, by Nigel Bertram and Kim Halik, By-Product Tokyo, by Nigel Bertram, Shane Murray and Marika Neustupny, Curtain Call, by Marika Neustupny and Micro-Macro City, by Shane Murray and Nigel Bertram, catalogue of the Australian Pavilion exhibition at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment, by Nigel Bertram and NMBW received the National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2014.

Directors

Marika Neustupny

Registered Architect, ARBV Member, Australian Institute of Architects Marika Neustupny is a founding Director of NMBW. She has taught in design and urban research at RMIT University since 1995 and currently sits on the Course Advisory Panel for the RMIT Architecture Program. Marika has a Masters of Architecture from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) and a PhD from University of Queensland. She has authored Curtain Call: Melbourne’s Mid-century Curtain Walls and co-authored By-Product-Tokyo with Nigel Bertram and Shane Murray (RMIT University Press). Through her projects and research, Marika has developed a strong understanding of the social and cultural rituals of urban life. Marika has also worked and studied extensively in Tokyo.

Lucinda McLean

Registered Architect, ARBV Member, Australian Institute of Architects Lucinda McLean is a founding Director of NMBW and has taught in design and urban research at RMIT University for the past 20 years. Lucinda has a Masters of Architecture from Staedelschule (Germany) and is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT University. Lucinda has interest and experience working within local landscape ecologies and designing the relationship between architectural, urban and landscape strategies that work to increase landscape specificity and local identity. Lucinda has worked in offices in Berlin and London. She is currently a Design Review Panel member for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

Nigel Bertram

Registered Architect, ARBV Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects Nigel Bertram is a founding Director of NMBW and Practice Professor in Architecture at Monash University. He has a Masters of Architecture from RMIT University and was awarded his PhD from the same university in 2010. Nigel has taught at Monash and RMIT Universities for over 20 years, and is currently a Design Review Panel member for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. He has authored a number of research publications, most recently In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities edited with Catherine Murphy (UWA Publishing) and Suburbia Reimagined: Ageing and Increasing Populations in the Low-Rise City with Leon Van Schaik (Routledge). Nigel has a range of experience working with government and university bodies at different scales on NMBW’s urban and institutional projects.

Senior Architects

Rosanna Blacket

 

Graduates of Architecture

Jonathon Yeo

Fiona Robertson

Moyshie Elias

David Mason

Nina Tory-Henderson

Harry Bardoel


Press

Select Bibliography

Andy Fergus, ‘North Melbourne House’, in Houses, December 2019.
Nigel Bertram and Catherine Murphy (eds.), In Time With Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities, UWA Publishing, Crawley, 2019.
Leon van Schaik and Nigel Bertram, Suburbia Reimagined: Ageing and Increasing Populations in the Low-Rise City, Routledge, New York, 2019.
Andrew Nimmo, ‘New Academic Street’, in Architecture Australia, September-October 2018.
Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright, Repair (Kullurk/Coolart: Somers Farm and Wetlands), Actar, New York, 2018.
Anna Johnson and Richard Black, Urban Sanctuary (North Melbourne House, Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 2018.
Anna Johnson and Richard Black, Living in the Landscape (Point Lonsdale House), Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 2016.
Andrew Nimmo, ‘The City Campus and Urban Agency’ (RMIT New Academic Street), in Architecture Australia, July-August 2016.
Paul Walker, ‘Squared Up: Point Lonsdale House’, in Architecture Australia, May 2016.
Tobias Horrocks, ‘From little things: South Yarra Warehouse’, in Houses, February 2015.
Ron Ringer (ed.), Materiality: Brick and Block in Contemporary Australian Architecture (Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area), Dry Press Publishing, Horsley Park, 2014.
Bonnie Grant, ‘Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area’, in Landscape Architecture Australia, February 2014.
Nigel Bertram, Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment, Ashgate, Surrey, 2013.
Stuart Harrison, New Suburban: Reinventing the Family Home Australia & New Zealand (Aranda House), Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 2013.
Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts, 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture (Aranda House), Halstead Press, Ultimo, 2013.
Mandy Herbet (ed.), 21st Century Architecture: Alfresco Living (North Fitzroy House), Images Publishing, Mulgrave, 2013.
Anna Johnson, ‘Case Studies: NMBW Architecture Studio’, in The Office of the Victorian Government Architect, Momentum: New Victorian Architecture, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2012.
Philip Goad & Julie Willis (eds.), Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011.
Stuart Harrison, Forty-Six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House (Fitzroy Apartments), Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 2011.
Leigh Woolley, ‘Ground Rules’ (Curlewis House), in Architectural Review Australia – Residential 11, October/November 2011.
Andrew Mackenzie, ‘About Face 2010’ (Core House), in Architectural Review Australia – Residential 10, October/November 2010.
Petra Stephan, ‘Lyons Office’, in AIT Magazine (Architecture, Interior, Technology) (Germany), November 2010.
Simon Anderson, ‘Kerr Street Apartments’, in Architecture Australia, July-August 2010.
Marcus Baumgart, ‘Lyons’ (Lyons Office), in Artichoke, June-August 2010.
Stuart Harrison, ‘Teaching Architecture’ (RMIT Building 45), in Architecture Australia, March-April 2009.
Geoffrey London & Simon Anderson (eds.), ‘Small Groups’ (NMBW Architecture Studio), in Take 7: Housing Australia: How Architects Can Make a Difference, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Manuka, 2008.
Paul Walker, ‘Elwood House’, in Architecture Australia, July-August 2008.
Marika Neustupny, Curtain Call: Melbourne’s Mid-century Curtain Walls, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, 2006.
Louise Wright & Mauro Baracco, ‘Somers shed’, in Architecture Australia, January 2004.
Nigel Bertram, Shane Murray, Marika Neustupny, By-Product-Tokyo, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, 2003.
Maria Sol Kliczkowski & Cristina Montes, ‘EQ’ (EQ Project), in Open-Air Restaurants, LOFT Publications, Barcelona, 2003.
Nigel Bertram & Kim Halik, Division and Multiplication: building and inhabitation in inner Melbourne, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, 2002.
Alex Selenitsch, ‘EQuilibrium’ (EQ Project), in Architectural Review Australia, June 2001.
Mauro Baracco, ‘For a “resisting” architecture, beyond the relation local/ global. Four Projects in Melbourne’ (Garden City House), in Casabella (Milan), April 2001.

Selected Awards

2019
Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards North Melbourne House

2018
Daryl Jackson Award – Educational Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (National) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Architecture Award – Urban Design Australian Institute of Architects (National) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Victorian Architecture Medal Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Melbourne Prize Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Joseph Reed Award – Urban Design Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Henry Bastow Award – Educational Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects
Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT University New Academic Street Lyons Architects in association with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects

2016
National Award for Residential Architecture – New Houses Australian Institute of Architects (National) Awards Point Lonsdale House
Architecture Award, Residential Architecture – New Houses Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Point Lonsdale House

2014
Urban Design Award Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Box Hill Gardens Multi-Purpose Area NMBW Architecture Studio in association with Aspect Studios
John and Phyllis Murphy Award, Residential Architecture-Alterations and Additions Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards South Yarra Warehouse
Bates Smart Award, Architecture in the Media Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment Nigel Bertram + NMBW Architecture Studio
Commendation, Residential Architecture-Alterations and Additions Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Family Apartment

2013
AILA Victoria 2013 Design Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Vic.) Box Hill Gardens Multi-Purpose Area NMBW Architecture Studio in association with Aspect Studios
Finalist, Architectural Design Premiers Design Awards (Vic.) Box Hill Gardens Multi-Purpose Area NMBW Architecture Studio in association with Aspect Studios

2012
Commendation, Residential Architecture-Multiple Housing Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Fitzroy Apartments
Commendation, Colorbond award for steel in Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Fitzroy Apartments
Architecture Award, Residential Architecture-New Houses Australian Institute of Architects (A.C.T.) Awards Aranda House

2011
Highly Commended, Institutional Category IDEA 2011 Interior Design Excellence Awards RMIT Building 88 (Levels 5+6) NMBW Architecture Studio and Spowers
Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Sorrento House

2010
High Commendation About Face Competition 2010, Think Brick Australia Core House
National Award for Interior Architecture Australian Institute of Architects Awards Lyons Office
National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture Australian Institute of Architects Awards Lyons Office

2009
Shortlisted, House Category World Architecture Festival, Barcelona Elwood House
Architecture Award, Public Architecture-Alterations and Additions Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards RMIT Building 45

2008
The Regional Prize – for contribution to rural & regional Victoria Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Pioneer Museum Plaza
Architecture Award, Small Project Architecture Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards Pioneer Museum Plaza

2005
Architecture Award, Residential Architecture-Alterations and Additions Australian Institute of Architects (Vic.) Awards North Fitzroy House
Best Building Conversion Award Architectural Excellence in the South East Awards, Mornington Peninsula Somers House

2002
Metal Building Award Australian Institute of Steel Construction Awards EQ Project

2001
The Melbourne Prize – for outstanding contribution to the public realm Australian Institute of Architects Awards EQ Project