Andrew Simpson is trained as an architect and interior designer and integrates both disciplines in over 20 years in practice. Andrew was educated at Harvard, Melbourne, RMIT and Manchester Universities. He is the recipient of the Ideas National Emerging Designer Award, the Harvard University Kevin V. Kieran Prize and Edward and Penelope Billson Award, graduating dux of the master and degree programs from these respective universities. He was a Diploma Unit Master at London's Architecture Association, and taught design at Harvard, Melbourne School of Design and RMIT. He has worked as a publication consultant to the Office of Victorian Government Architect. In 2005 he was engaged by Monash University to coordinate a feasibility study into the development of courses in architecture and the built environment disciplines and subsequently held a position as Senior Lecturer in Architecture. In 2015, with co-director Prof. Alan Pert, Andrew established Parallel Practice - a project-based research entity that bridges practice and the university academy and provides further breadth to the discipline of architecture.
Simona is a registered architect. She completed her Masters of Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, graduating with first class honours, and has studied abroad at the University of Stuttgart and University of Gothenburg. During her graduate studies, Simona was the recipient of Dean’s Honours awards for academic achievement in 2013 and 2015 and was nominated for the AIA Bates Smart Graduate Prize. She has also tutored in design at Melbourne University and has had work published in multiple publications including Melbourne University’s Inflection Journal. Prior to joining ASA, Simona had worked on a variety of projects at different stages ranging from furniture design, retail and single family residential projects to larger scale townhouse and apartment projects. She has had extensive experience in all stages of the design process from initial concept design, planning, documentation and project delivery and is currently the project leader for multiple residential and commercial projects.
Melany is a graduate of architecture, having completed her Master of Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design in 2016 with high distinction. She has also studied abroad at the Delft University of Technology and completed her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Queensland with high distinction. During her graduate studies, Melany was the recipient of Dean’s Honours awards for outstanding academic achievement in 2015 and 2016. She has tutored at the Melbourne School of Design and has an ongoing engagement with the University. Melany has experience in a wide range of project scales and typologies, from bespoke single residential to large scale community and healthcare projects. She was also the main research coordinator for the Very Special Kids feasibility study and has well-developed expertise in community consultation projects.
Michelle is a registered architect who has worked on a broad range of projects, including large commercial and industrial developments and small interior refurbishments. She has capability in every stage of design and construction, from feasibility, to on-site construction management. She has particular expertise in residential building types, office spaces and school buildings. Michelle has completed the interior design for award winning commercial projects, working closely with companies to transition staff into new ways of working within a space. Michelle has experience managing teams of specialists, delivering quality processes and outcomes for a diverse range of clients and stakeholders. Michelle completed a Bachelor and Masters of Architectural Design at Monash University. During her studies, she was both a project manager for design/build projects and a studio tutor.
Andrew Devine graduated as part of the initial cohort of the Architecture degree at Monash University with a Bachelor and Masters of Architecture. Throughout his degree and upon completion, he specialised in local and international design-make workshops, focusing on all stages from initial concept design through to the built project. These include assisting in projects with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Mexico and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in India. After graduating he spent two years working as a designer, carpenter and project manager to realise The Arctic Hideaway in the far north of Norway. He has experience with tourism, retreats, domestic, hospitality and cultural projects and has a keen interest in wood and metal work, fabrication processes, 3D model making, building systems and logistics. Coming from a background in Industrial Design, Andrew is a multi-disciplinary designer and is able to work across varying architectural scales and complementary disciplines such as art, design and building to maximise architectural outcomes.
Declan is currently studying his Bachelor of Architecture at Monash University. During his time at Monash, he has actively been involved in a variety of studios where he has studied residential living as well as commercial and community project designs. With a keen interest in residential design and living, Declan intends to further pursue his study by enrolling in a Masters of Architecture and strives to maximize his skillset and potential.