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


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 is a PhD candidate at the 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. 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


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


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 Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment. Nigel has a range of experience working with government and university bodies at different scales on NMBW’s urban and institutional projects.

 

Senior Architects


Laura Harper


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


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 le Touze


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.

 


Select Bibliography

Anna Johnson & Richard Black, Living in the Landscape (Point Lonsdale House), Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 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 & 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

2016
Architecture Award, Residential Architecture-New Houses
Australian Institute of Architects 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