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.
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.
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 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 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.
Laura Harper graduated from RMIT University in 2004 and has over 10 years experience working in architectural practices both locally and internationally. Laura has been with NMBW since 2009 where she has worked on varied projects such as the Fitzroy Apartments, Colac Urban Design Framework, Maribyrnong Defence Site Masterplan, as well as many individual residential projects. Laura is registered with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and in 2012 became an Associate at NMBW. Laura is a James Cox Scholarship PhD candidate at Monash University studying the relationship between materials, development practices, and the resultant character of the city.
Andrej Vodstrcil joined NMBW in 2011 prior to graduating from RMIT University in 2012. He has had substantial experience working as part of a large multi-disciplinary team on the RMIT New Academic Street project, which involved a complex negotiation between existing and new structures and their many urban interfaces. During his architectural studies Andrej spent time at the Technical University, Berlin. Andrej registered with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria in 2015 and is currently a project architect for NMBW.
Marie LeTouze is a senior architect registered in France and graduated in 2009 from the National School of Architecture of Versailles. She has been at NMBW as a project architect and illustrator since 2012. Marie has important design, communication and documentation experience on a large and complex urban refurbishment project for RMIT University (New Academic Street). She has also worked on urban regeneration projects for VicUrban in Maribyrnong, contributed to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, as well as many individual residential projects.