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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


Australian Ballet School Residences

February 2015

The tenders for the construction of the much needed accommodation for the best of Australia’s future dance talent has recently closed, after the successful launch of the Australian Ballet School’s Student Residence project in February. 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. 

MGS Architects

10—22 Manton Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

T 03 9670 1800


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