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.
Jacob HutsonDirector + Visual Artist + Photographer + Drone Pilot + Coffee Obsessive.
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 (UOC).
His broad experience provides him the ability to add value to any project and visualise its potential through a comprehensive range of visual means.
Talk to Jacob about visualising, marketing or photographing your next project.
A passionate traveller, Lachlan is one of those people who’s always looking forward. With a long career focussed on architectural project delivery, he can see the end goal and navigate the best way to get there. He has managed and co-ordinated large multi-disciplinary delivery teams working to tight programs and budget constraints. Lachlan has successfully delivered a diverse range of project types and scales from small domestic to $500m developments. He has recently been responsible for the delivery of projects such as Ephraim Island, Tennyson Riverside, ALDI stores and several retail developments.
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.
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.
Leeann WedlakeBusiness Manager
Leeann’s role as business manager 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.
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.
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.
Genevieve VellaArchitectural Graduate
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.
Henry WardArchitectural Student
As an architectural student at DC8 Studio, Henry participates in all stages of the design process as well as taking an active role in learning about the internal operations of the studio. Through his enthusiasm and commitment he contributes to successful project outcomes for DC8 and our clients.
Christopher RawlinsonArchitect/Project Manager & Contract Administrator
Christopher is an architect with over 10 years industry experience, working in both small, large and government practices. Christopher sees architecture like a team sport. He seeks to provide leadership within consultant teams by building the team, communicating clearly task and purpose, and aligning individual efforts to achieve co-ordinated outputs.
Noa TranterArchitectural Technician
Noa has spent 5 years working in Urban Design and major projects in Local Government since graduating his degree in Architecture/Law at the University of New South Wales. In this time he has developed skills in resolving complex programs with numerous competing stakeholder interests in addition to an intimate understanding of the workings of Local Government.
Noa has been involved in the ground work for the redevelopment of key land holdings including preliminary feasibility, site master planning, consultation and consultant coordination.
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.
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.
Rob CurrieSenior Architect
Rob Currie is a senior registered Architect with experience in an extensive and diverse range of projects. These include cultural precincts, public spaces and residential developments, large and small, focusing on documentation and delivery of complex project types. As a Project Architect, Rob has managed and co-ordinated large multi-disciplinary project teams, working to tight program and budget constraints for over 20 years and is highly capable of reaching project objectives to exceptionally high quality standards.
Rob is ‘Mr Detail’ and uses this attribute to advantage as Project architect in the Retail team. Rob has the ability to rationalise design and coordinate consultant design to produce a more elegant and economical outcome for the client. His knowledge and understanding of constructability and the BCA ensures compliance with no room for error on site.
David StayArchitectural Graduate
Dave is an architectural graduate from the University of Queensland with a number of valuable years’ experience working within the design industry. During the course of his professional experience, Dave worked on a variety of residential, retail and commercial projects of varying scale.
Dave has a passion to see communication and collaboration take precedence amongst all stakeholders, in order to achieve a better outcome for each project.
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.
Amanda EvansSenior Administrator
Amanda has valuable administrative experience, excellent organisational and multi-tasking abilities. She possesses strong interpersonal skills and has the ability to work well in a team and autonomously. Having a sense of humour, an open mind and a flexible approach to office daily life ensure the smooth operation of our creative and energetic studio.
Moe ShahinArchitectural Graduate
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.
Olivia CrawfordArchitectOlivia’s passion for architecture is about seeing an architectural idea evolve into built form, and creating better spaces for people to work live and play in. Olivia divided her studies between QUT, and the Politecnico of Milan. She has worked in architectural practice for 15 years.Her experience has crossed the spectrum of small and large scale residential, commercial, mixed use, retail, leisure, university and education projects.
She has delivered a number of award winning projects for the likes of University of Queensland, Griffith Uni, and Education Queensland.Olivia focuses on collaboration, leadership, and the delivery of highly integrated, high quality results across all stages of the architectural process.
Christopher CheshireSenior Architect/Project Manager & Contract Administrator
Chris Cheshire is a well credentialed Senior Architect and Project Manager with over 25 years experience in the construction industry, in particular, health, retail, multi-unit residential and aged care projects. As a previous director of his own architectural practice, Chris has an advanced understanding of the legal implications and application of construction law.