Studio

Design Approach
Since 1999, MWA has designed and collaborated on a diverse range of award winning projects for both public and private clients. MWA has won awards from the AIA, AILA, Master Builders and the Planning Institute, in the fields of Master Planning, Public Space, Multi-residential Housing and single dwellings.

The diversity within our projects reflects the importance we attach to the unique qualities of each site and client brief. We are interested in understanding the site and the program with further research and analysis in order to create a foundation and framework for the design. In public projects especially, there is an inherent complexity with a range of stakeholders and programmatic potentials. However complex the project, most successful design outcomes are based on the genesis of simple overriding ideas that are honed through the design process and in turn, form a guiding framework for the design of memorable places.

Over design and complication is avoided. MWA is interested in a fusion of the poetic and pragmatic, the rational and the robust, a unified whole that celebrates the physical qualities of space and light, material and craft.

Collaboration
Our experience in over 20 years of practice has shown us that the most successful projects are those that have a respectful and trusting collaboration between architect, client and builder. We are interested in developing these relationships as in our experience the second and third projects are more efficiently (and beautifully) designed, documented and built as the level of trust and understanding of the partnership develops.

Many of MWA’s most successful projects have been the result of this process including, the Art and Design concept for the North West Metro, Jacaranda Square at Olympic Park and the Parramatta Station “Art” wall.

The office is committed to collaborative relationships with both clients and consultants. Within the larger Level 4 Studio, there is a strong design culture, reflected in the open plan and informal ambiance. Level 4 fosters and facilitates slide shows with visiting design professionals, CPD seminars, collaboration between partners and an ongoing robust critique and discussion of design and city making.

Architecture and the City
Our experience in working in both the public and private realm and in both Art, Architecture and Urban Design gives us the skills to understand that what at times are competing interests can also, when re-framed or re-conceived, produce mutually beneficial outcomes.

Every project is an opportunity to resolve client issues, and realise their ambitions. At the same time every project is also an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the built fabric of the city.


Awards & Competitions

2020, AIA Walter Burley Griffin Award in Urban Design
2020, PIA, AIA, AILA, Australian Urban Design Awards: Winner of Built Projects – City and Regional Scale
2020, Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design
2020, NSW Architecture Awards - Commendation for Public Architecture

For North West Metro, In Association with HASSELL and TCS

2019 Winner, Invited Competition
For Land and Housing Corporation

2019 Winner, Invited Competition
For City of Sydney, Crowded Places Protection

2018 AIA, Commendation in Small Project Architecture
Laneway Studio

2018, NSW AIA, Commendation in Interior Architecture
Wine Cave

2017 NSW AIA, Shortlist
Old South Head Road Apartments, In Association with Hill Thalis

2016 AIA Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing Award
For Bourke St, Woolloomooloo

2015 AIA Lloyd Rees Award
For Crown St Mall, Wollongong, In Association with NSW Government Architect’s Office

2013 AIA Lloyd Rees Award
For Pitt Street Mall, City, Concept Design, In Association with TCA and SMM

2010 AILA Design Award
For Railway Park, Auburn. In Association with JILA

2009 RAIA For Urban Design Architecture Award
For Jacaranda Square, SOPA, In Association Aspect Studios and Deuce Design.

2009 AILA State Design Award for Landscape Architecture
For Ben Buckler Point Park. In Association with 360º and Deuce Design.

2008 RAIA For Urban Design, Architecture Award
For Ben Buckler Point Park. In Association with 360º

2008 RAIA For Urban Design Architecture Award
For Parramatta Interchange.

2003 Merit Award,
In National Local Government Awards, For Cabramatta Town Square.

2000 AILA National Project Award
For Design In “Landscape Art”

1999 AILA Merit Award
For Peace Park Reserve In Newtown, In Association with Kristen Martin.

1999 Joint Winner – Inaugural Competition For Emerging Architects DPWS
For the design of a pedestrian bridge, In Association with David Haerstch Architect.

1990 Joint Winner
In Olympic Village Competition With “Team 6”



People

Peter McGregor
Registered Architect NSW ARB #7493

Peter is a founding principal and director of McGregor Westlake Architecture (est. 1999) with more than 25 years of experience in architectural and urban projects ranging from mixed-use, multi-residential and public works to art, placemaking and infrastructure.

Peter has led over a dozen AIA and AILA award-winning schemes at both state and national levels, and is currently a sessional academic at UNSW’s School of Built Environment.



Damien Madell
Design Lead. Bachelor of Architecture UTS. 25 Years Experience

Damien is a senior designer with over 20 years of experience in architectural practice and pedagogy. During this time, he has led and participated in the design of large number of award-winning projects with various studios – including two national award-winning mixed-use projects – and has taught both Design and Technologies at USYD and UNSW for over 10 years.

Having been an associate at highly-regarded practices, Damien has a broad range of experience in multi-unit residential, mixed-used, heritage and public projects, as well as design competitions and single houses.



Tom Droz
Registered Architect NSW ARB #9708

Tom has worked across numerous disciplines within the industry for over a decade, ranging from highly-detailed residential projects to educational buildings and urban design.

He has been a registered Architect since 2016 and has proven experience in elegantly resolving complex issues both in the studio and on site, with his involvement in allied arts has formed the basis of his knowledge in the discipline of Architecture.

Tom was chosen to be an Artist in Residence at 107 Projects, Redfern, from 2016-2021.



Carme Serrano
Graduate of Architecture, La Salle University of Barcelona

Carme is a graduate of Architecture from La Salle University of Barcelona with over 4 years of experience in Berlin, where she worked on public and urban projects ranging from competitions and large-scale masterplans to the renovation of post-war apartment buildings.

Her experience extends to small houses, penthouses, multi-residential complexes and more civic design such as street layouts and the public domain.



Sahibajot Kaur
Graduate of Architecture

Awarded ‘Graduate of the Year’ and nominated for the 2019 ARB Architects Medallion and AIA Graduate Medal upon completion of her Master of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in 2018, Sahibajot Kaur is an aspiring architect, Associate Contributor of Architecture Bulletin, spoken-word artist and community organiser with experience in small to medium-scale projects.

Her M.Arch. thesis project, titled ‘Type 15: Work-Live in Chandigarh’, proposed mixed-use environments in the heart of her hometown, and won the AIA NSW Architectural Communications Award and the UoN Commissioner K.G. Hoffman Prize in Urban Design.



Jonathon Hoare
Student of Architecture B. Arch. Des., RMIT / M. Arch., UTS (ongoing)

Jonathon is a student of Architecture, returning to Sydney after completing his Bachelor of Architectural Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

He is currently undertaking his Master of Architecture at University of Technology Sydney and has worked with MWA since 2018, on a number of projects ranging from public art to residential renovations and multi-residential schemes, assisting in the design process though preparation of 3D models, design development and documentation.