MGS Architects

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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


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. 

10—22 Manton Lane
Melbourne 3000 Australia
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