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MGS Architects exists to create quietly brilliant places —
places with longevity and adaptability that
deliver daily value to the people who use them.

We are driven by an educated curiosity
and a desire to do work that contributes to
our clients’ prosperity and the development
of the inclusive city.

Our work encompasses
architecture, urban design and interiors

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Leith Park Independent Living Accommodation

July 2017

MGS Architects are pleased to announce the award of contract for Stage 1 at Leith Park, St Helena. The new Stage 1 development consists of 3 buildings and a total of 27no. 1 and 2 bedroom independent living units, with an additional 16no. units planned for in Stage 2. Working within the constraints of the sites’ steep topography and existing mature trees MGS established a cluster of new predominately north facing residences, with lift access to all floors and car parking for new residents within the buildings undercroft. Hewcon have been awarded the construction contract for Stage 1 and have taken possession of the site.

Construction begins on VincentCare, Flemington Road

June 2017

MGS Architects are pleased to announce the start of construction on VincentCare’s Inner Melbourne Redevelopment. Replacing the old Ozanam House on Flemington Road, North Melbourne, the new development will be a world-class support and accommodation hub providing short, medium and long term housing solutions, a range of co-located health and social services, and a public café for those experiencing homelessness and the wider community.

MGS and Monash University win National Award for Clayton Campus

May 2017

The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded MGS and Monash University with the From Plan to Place National Planning Award for Monash University Clayton Campus. This recognises the transformation of the campus over the last decade through the delivery of the campus masterplan and the ongoing commitment to design excellence. We are very proud of our ongoing role in this great place. More information and the jury citation can be found here.

Rosanna Station Design Released

March 2017

The proposed design for the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal has been released, including a new design for Rosanna Station. Our team has been working as part of the North East Program Alliance, led by Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs, to develop a proposal that will deliver a great station, improved public realm and better urban connectivity for the whole community. Click here for 360º images and a flythrough.

City of Whitehorse award Harrow Street redevelopment

February 2017

The City of Whitehorse has recently awarded MGS Architects the contract for the design, documentation and construction administration of the Harrow Street Multi Deck Car Park and Community Space. Located at the existing Harrow Street on grade car park the new 14m high building will provide new consolidated parking for more than 400 car spaces, a new multi-purpose community space, community service provider offices, and new urban design upgrades including new landscaping to Harrow and John Streets, and a new northern urban plaza. Construction is planned for early 2018.

Seasons Greetings

December 2016

The MGS team would like to thank all our clients and collaborators for helping make 2016 such a great year. Our office will be closed on December 22, reopening in the new year on January 9. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and an enjoyable start to 2017.

Grange Road Level Crossing Announced

December 2016

Our team has been working hard on the designs for level crossing projects as part of the North East Program Alliance. The design for the first site at Grange Road Alphington has just been publicly announced, featuring enhanced cycle connectivity and an integrated response to landscape and footbridges. Watch out for our Rosanna Station design, which should be ready for release early in the new year. Click here for more information.

Dawson Street, Sunshine Car Park Complete

December 2016

We are proud to announce the completion of the Dawson Street Car Park in Sunshine for the City of Brimbank. This building completes the first piece of the MGS Architects’ master plan for the precinct, providing an important east-west link from Dawson Street to the aquatic centre. MGS has recently been commissioned by the City of Brimbank to advance the design and documentation of Stage 2, due for completion at the end of 2017. More info here.

Monash University Clayton wins 'From Plan to Place'

November 2016

The Clayton Campus Masterplan has received the "From Plan to Place" Award in the 2016 PIA Victorian Awards. Alongside the awards for architecture and urban design, this latest award is clear recognition for the many years of effort and leadership by the University and design partners that have collectively transformed the campus. The University's statement on the awards can be found here.

Urban Design Recognition for the Monash University Masterplan

October 2016

The masterplan for Monash University Clayton Campus has been recognised among the best urban design projects in the nation, awarded a commendation for Delivered Outcome – Large Scale projects in the 2016 Australia Urban Design Awards. The full list of winners can be found here.

Level Crossing Removal Success

September 2016

MGS has been appointed as part of the winning alliance led by Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs. This major project will remove the Lower Plenty Road and Grange Road level crossings. Our role involves the architectural and urban design of Rosanna Station and other infrastructure at Heidelberg and Alphington. The full announcement can be found here.

University of Wollongong Master Plan Endorsed

August 2016

The University of Wollongong has endorsed and publically released the campus master plan, as the culmination of over 9 months of detailed work by our office and our multidisciplinary team of consultants. The plan, which will guide the campus development over the next 20 years, was prepared in consultation with the University's senior leadership, staff, students and with strong engagement with council and the local community. For more info, click here.

VincentCare Approved

August 2016

MGS announces new Associate Director and Associate appointments

August 2016

MGS Architects are pleased to announce new appointments into key studio leadership positions. Ahmad Fardi, Catherine Ranger and Simon Wollan have all been promoted to the new position of Associate Director at MGS. Babak Kahvazadeh, John Bezemer and Katherine Sundermann have all been promoted to the position of Associate. Collectively this promotion reflects our studio’s commitment to innovative design solutions, technical expertise, strong client relations and industry leadership.

Australian Ballet School Residences Think Brick Award Finalist

August 2016

The Australian Ballet School Residences was named as a finalist in the 2016 Horbury Hunt Commercial Award category of the Think Brick awards. This recognises the innovative yet playful use of brick in the design of these residences, responding sensitively to the brick and terracotta heritage of the existing house. See here for more information.

Housing as essential urban infrastructure

July 2016

Rob McGauran recently published a call to rethink housing and urban renewal in Australian cities in order to better meet the desperate need for more diverse forms of housing in the future. Read more here (PDF, 2.8mb)

Monash Unversity Clayton Campus win

June 2016

MGS Architects is pleased to announce that the Monash Clayton Eastern Residential Precinct has been presented with an Architecture Award for Urban Design by the AIA Victorian Chapter, alongside two other major awards for architectural design. The project sets a new benchmark for the ability of a diverse range of place makers and architects collaborating to deliver a high quality neighbourhood. The full list of winners is available here.

VincentCare Flemington Road Project

June 2016

Urban Melbourne has published the first public views of a very exciting project currently underway in the studio. VincentCare Victoria has engaged MGS Architects to prepare a major development incorporating short and longer term accommodation and community facilities for the homeless. Read more here and check back for more updates soon.

A Secret Garden

June 2016

Read a recent article in The Age that describes some of the ideas behind the design of the Australian Ballet School Residences, including interviews with MGS director Joshua Wheeler and associate Catherine Ranger. The relationship between old and new buildings and the importance of creating a 'home away from home' are forefront in this review.

Monash University featured in AIA Awards shortlist

May 2016

Major projects at Monash University Clayton Campus have again featured in the shortlist for the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards. Two Halls of Residence projects (by MCR and Hayball with Richard Middleton) have been shortlisted for multiple housing, and the MGS masterplan for the precinct as a whole has been shortlisted for urban design. Congratulations to Monash University and our partners and colleagues in these great projects.

Reimagining the West

May 2016

Melbourne's western suburbs are ready for a brilliant future, aided by focussed investment and a coordinated vision for transformation. See this two-part interview with MGS Director Rob McGauran on the potential for Melbourne's west, supported by images from key MGS projects for the City of Brimbank, Victoria University and the City of Maribyrnong.

Watch here: Part 1 | Part 2

Launching the Women in Art, Design and Architecture Network

April 2016

Gender equity is a societal issue which goes to the core of the values we share. Women need to be given the same career opportunities as men and should be engaged to design our most important public and civic buildings. Men need equal opportunities too, and this means nurturing and caring for family and friends. MGS congratulates Monash on the establishment of the Women in Art, Design and Architecture Network.

Put It On Exhibition

March 2016

An exhibition of jewellery works featuring the designs of MGS director Eli Giannini, Associate Sue Buchannan and Jane Mooney was recently reviewed in The Age. The exhibition, continuing at &Gallery (220 Spencer Street, Melbourne) until April 15, features objects made with a mix of high and low materials including high-vis reflectors, intended in part to investigate the gap between visual and tactile experience.

Agents for Social Change

March 2016

Read this interview with MGS director Rob McGauran, recently published in Assemble Papers. The wide ranging discussion covers many of Rob's passions and gives insights into the everyday thinking within the studio. It also features some fantastic photos of some of our recent projects. Click here for more.

Australian Ballet School Student Residence Opened

February 2016

Marilyn Rowe House, the Australian Ballet School’s new student residence, was officially opened in January by The Australian Ballet’s patron, His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). The new student accommodation building is a delicate addition to one of Parkville’s grand old homes providing shared living and dormitory spaces for up to twenty-five ballet students. Full photos to follow, preview here.


Planning for a Civic Community Life in the Future

February 2016

In December 2015 MGS Director Rob McGauran was appointed an Ambassador for the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne 2026 project. This project asks the community what Melbourne might look like in ten years' time. Media coverage in The Age helps begin this conversation, including quotes from Rob on the importance of inclusive and sustainable urban growth. Read the article here or more about the Future Melbourne 2026 project here.  


Seasons Greetings 2015

December 2015

MGS Architects would like to extend the warmest of wishes to our clients and colleagues and celebrate the outstanding projects we have completed this year, our 30 years in business. After a big year we will be taking a short break over the next few weeks. The office will be closed between Wednesday, 23rd December and Monday, 11th January. The MGS team wishes you a wonderful holiday season and an exciting start to 2016.

Better Design leads to Healthy Cities

December 2015

MGS Director Rob McGauran spoke yesterday at the Creating Healthy Cities Summit organised by the ADC Forum. His talk focussed on the need for design led approaches for creating better cities, using processes grounded by evidence as a means to build a compelling case for change. A summary of his talk is available here (PDF, 3.6mb).

Australian Ballet School Residence nears completion

November 2015

The new student accommodation for the Australian Ballet School is due for completion in January 2016. Weather tight at the start of November the project is proceeding at a fast pace with internal linings currently being installed. MGS were pleased to be commissioned to select the loose furniture throughout the residence, now complete and ordered for delivery. For a preview of the northern courtyard, click here.


New Gisbourne Retail

November 2015

Monash University wins National Urban Design Award

November 2015

University of Wollongong Master Plan

October 2015

We are excited to begin work on a master plan for the University of Wollongong, creating a vision and framework to guide campus development over the next twenty years. Due for competition in July 2016, the master plan will be driven by engagement with University academics, students and the facilities team, government and industry partners and the Wollongong community.

Bendigo Library wins Australian Property Institute Award

October 2015

The Bendigo Library was a Commendation Recipient in the Local Government Property Category at the recent API awards. The award was presented to the City of Greater Bendigo in acknowledgement of their delivery of the completed library, its contribution to the local community and for achieving a sustainable development in the built for the long term social benefit of the community. Congratulations to all involved.

Balwyn Park Community Facility

September 2015

MGS have recently been awarded the contract for the Balwyn Park Tennis and Community Facility by the City of Boroondara. The new facility will provide accommodation for the Balwyn Park Tennis Club, including four new tennis courts, and for a diverse range of community needs and activities including multipurpose community spaces, U3A, and seasonal football and cricket club use. 


Our Evolving Identity

August 2015

Architecture Award Success at Monash University

July 2015

The recent 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards demonstrate the depth of design quality emerging at Monash University Clayton. Five awards were given to campus projects, including the prestigious Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design awarded to Monash University North West Precinct by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects in collaboration with MGS (masterplan). Congratulations to all involved in these great projects. More info here.


La Trobe University Bendigo Campus Master Plan endorsed

May 2015

Following the successful completion of the Melbourne Campus Master Plan, La Trobe University Council has recently endorsed the Bendigo Campus Master Plan. This will provide a comprehensive guide to the development of the Flora Hill campus for the next 15 years. The plan reimagines the campus as one of a network of collaborative knowledge hubs across Bendigo. The first projects from the plan are already underway.

Australian Ballet School Residence

February 2015

The tenders for the construction of the much needed accommodation for the best of Australia’s future dance talent has recently closed. The design by MGS Architects for the renovation of the existing Edwardian villa and 450m2 extension will for the first time provide high-quality, specifically configured housing for the Australian Ballet School and will help the school compete with the best schools internationally. For a preview of the design, click here.

Bendigo Published in International Journal

January 2015

The internationally recognised C3 Journal has included the Bendigo Library Redevelopment by MGS Architects in its recent round-up of the best public and institutional buildings from around the world.

See the full list of projects In the Community or download a preview click here (PDF, 3mb)


A subtle and striking design: Bendigo Library interview and review

December 2014

Towards the Polycentric Knowledge City

November 2014

MGS Director Rob McGauran recently published an article in the VPELA Revue, providing a comprehensive account of the approaches MGS Architects have used in designing and planning for learning communities. New approaches for innovation and knowledge clusters will be crucial towards creating a sustainable and successful future city.
To read more, click here (PDF, 3.8mb)

Approval for Landmark Tower

October 2014

MGS are pleased to announce the award of a planning permit for 389 Swanston Street. The project, a 33 storey tower on a small site, will bring an exciting mix of vertical retailing, hospitality and student college living to this bustling junction between Melbourne CBD's core retailing and educational precincts. The planning permit was approved through direct negotiations with Melbourne City Council who recognised the important contribution that this project would bring to the city.

La Trobe University Melbourne Campus Master Plan endorsed

August 2014

La Trobe University Council has endorsed the Melbourne Campus Master Plan. MGS Architects led a multi-disciplinary project team over a 14 month process to deliver this important plan for the University’s premier campus. The Master Plan, described as an important milestone in the University's evolution, will underpin decisions for the transformation of the campus and associated landholdings.

New Generation Bendigo Library wins AIA Victoria Regional Award

June 2014

The recently completed New Generation Bendigo Library has won the AIA Victoria Regional Award. The jury noted that ‘the library redevelopment makes a significant contribution to the regional regeneration of the City of Bendigo as a major piece of civic infrastructure which is progressive and forward looking’. The project also received a commendation in the Public Architecture – Alterations and Additions category.

Case Studies

Combining architectural best practice with
complementary thinking about our social milieu,
MGS reframes the tensions in the brief
as opportunities.

Our clients benefit from optimistic
approaches to real world solutions that are
commercially successful, resilient and enabling. 


To us, brilliance lies in the power of
combinations others often fail to reconcile.

In our world, the competing demands of
living well yet sustainably are coupled with
the desire for individual expression, the need
for community and a longing to be delighted
and intrigued.

MGS can rightfully claim to be the practice
that embraces this tension,
finding opportunity in the dichotomies
others dismiss.


We offer an expanded idea of architecture
and design, drawing on our strengths in advocacy,
artistry, business acumen, research, policy
development and community engagement.

Our work is guided by insight into the
community we service and is allied to a deep
sense of commerciality. 

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