People

Managing Principal

Nigel Hobart

Nigel Hobart

Managing Principal

As Managing Principal, Nigel is primarily responsible for leading the business side of the practice to ensure seamless service delivery for all clients. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Nigel was a client of Rothelowman for almost four years. This ‘client-side' perspective that Nigel brings to the practice gives him a unique, direct insight into client needs and expectations. Nigel is based in the Melbourne studio and regularly spends time with clients and Rothelowman team members in Sydney and Brisbane.

Nigel has a Bachelor of Economics and MBA from the University of Queensland. With over 20 years of experience in construction funding, project marketing and general business management, Nigel has the skills and motivation to help clients achieve their project goals.

NigelH@rothelowman.com.au

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Principals

Michael Banak

Michael Banak

Principal, Sydney

With 20 years’ experience designing both local and international projects, Michael Banak joins Rothelowman's national leadership team as a Principal in the NSW/ACT studio.

Michael’s local projects have had a significant impact in shaping Australia’s commercial skyline, and with developments delivered in China, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines he will also be promoting opportunities for overseas project collaborations.

A Green Star accredited professional and a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, Michael will use his extensive knowledge of workplace design to further expand the firm’s commercial office division with agile, technologically intelligent and sustainable solutions.

As well as design expertise, Michael is dedicated to leading industry change as a signatory to the Male Champions of Change Charter through the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter). He also participated in the Australian Institute of Architects’ mentoring program and has developed a specific approach to engaging a millennial workforce.

Michael’s commitment to sustainability, forward-thinking design and mentorship will complement Rothelowman's well-established and skilled teams across Australia.

MichaelB@rothelowman.com.au

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Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Principal, Brisbane

Jeff brings a broad range of architectural experience from an extensive portfolio of work both nationally and internationally. His leadership of our Queensland Studio is characterised by an emphasis on collaboration and innovation in design across all aspects and stages of the projects the practice undertakes nationally. He is equally proficient designing individual luxury homes as he is mixed-use residential and commercial buildings across all scales.

His skill base and innovative approach to providing design solutions ensure a clarity and communicable vision for all projects. This approach is underpinned by a detailed understanding of Client aspirations, market desires and end user experience. Combining this research and investigation with a thoroughness and flexibility in design, the studio’s projects offer clearly articulated responses to brief and site opportunity. 

JeffB@rothelowman.com.au

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Chris Hayton

Chris Hayton

Principal, Melbourne

As a Principal, Chris shares the studio's passion for excellence in architectural design. He believes good design is the product of an intelligent response to the building programme, the site and environmental issues (Chris leads the sustainability division of the practice).

Subsequent to graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Chris has 20 years experience working on major projects in Australia and Europe. Fully conversant with all aspects of the architectural process, he has specific skills in building design and managing design teams.

Also the leader of our sustainability division, Chris has led large, multi-disciplinary teams for major residential, commercial and industrial developments in Australia.

ChrisH@rothelowman.com.au

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Stuart Marsland

Stuart Marsland

Principal, Melbourne

In his role as Principal, Stuart constantly pushes the boundaries in design and detailing, creating cleaner, more efficient, rigorous and elegant solutions on challenging sites.

Stuart's passion for high quality dense urban design was born out of training at the Metropolitan University of Manchester in the UK, just as the city was going through its post-industrial regeneration.

Prior to joining the practice in 2006, Stuart worked in London on large commercial and residential projects where clients included the London Underground. Throughout this period, Stuart created innovative designs and expanded sites, maximising their yield.

StuartM@rothelowman.com.au

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Ben Pomroy

Ben Pomroy

Principal - Nominated Architect NSW 7918, Sydney

Ben brings deep experience across multiple project types including residential, retail, mixed use, and integrated transport.

Having worked extensively across all project stages, Ben has honed his skills as an all-round architect.  His concept design skills have been refined through the application of knowledge gained through project documentation and construction management.

Aside from technical skills, Ben's focus is on interrogating each project’s brief and client's business so that the right solution for their needs can be found. He takes the role of trusted advisor seriously.  He appreciates the complexities of construction and the importance of successful project delivery to tight budgets and deadlines.

Ben relishes the opportunities presented by new 3D technologies and their capacity to enhance communication in the design process and their ability to maximise the quality of built outcomes.

BenP@rothelowman.com.au

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Senior Associates

Kylie Caruana

Kylie Caruana

Senior Associate, Melbourne

Kylie has over ten years architecture experience.  An innovative designer with a contemporary design outlook, her passion for delivering high quality architecture has successfully contributed to commercial, retail and residential buildings. 

Continually striving to achieve a higher level within architecture, Kylie offers clients a fresh approach, environmentally and socially sustainable designs and an attractive and appealing design response. 

Confident and approachable, her strong leadership skills bring out the best in the people she works with.  Her capacity to continually look for alternative solutions to problems and her intimate knowledge of construction technologies, make her an asset on any project.

KylieC@rothelowman.com.au

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Steven Coverdale

Steven Coverdale

Senior Associate, Melbourne

Steven’s extensive experience across varied building typologies, including residential, commercial and educational developments has provided him with the focus to combine design excellence with the highest level of professional service and management.

Approaching all projects with energy and enthusiasm, Steven aims to exceed his clients’ needs and aspirations by delivering high quality, conceptually driven and aesthetically distinctive design solutions.

Steven is a passionate believer in architecture that is responsive to context and embodies qualities important to both the client and the design of the building – including order, arrangement, eurhythmy, proportion, propriety and economy.

StevenC@rothelowman.com.au

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Chris Exner

Chris Exner

Senior Associate, Melbourne

As an architect with more than 15 years experience, Chris has contributed his skills to a range of different projects and is especially valued for his ability to successfully manage design teams. 

Chris' ability to design challenging projects and to work as a team player are significant factors in the practice attracting a number of repeat clients who choose to continue working with the studio on multiple projects.

ChrisE@rothelowman.com.au

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Alicia Lynch

Alicia Lynch

Senior Associate, Melbourne

Talented, and intuitive, Alicia’s passion for detail, materials and colour pervades her collaborations to the benefits of the people and the projects around her.

Alicia has over 16 years’ experience as a professional interior design specialising in high-end hospitality projects. She is an excellent communicator in verbal and graphic mediums and focuses on the success of the entire human infrastructure that is required to successfully deliver unique projects.

Her rare abilities transcend conceptual design through design development and construction administration to commissioning operations. This combines with an ability to listen to, engage with and understand the client’s and the project’s core values in regards to desires and needs. The value of this is demonstrated in the quality and on-going success of previous projects and their fidelity with core concepts and philosophies.

AliciaL@rothelowman.com.au

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John Paisa

John Paisa

Senior Associate, Melbourne

With more than 16 years’ experience designing buildings in Europe, Asia and Australia, John is passionate about delivering high quality, conceptual and aesthetically innovative architectural solutions and outcomes.

John’s extensive experience ranges from commercial, industrial, mixed use and multi-residential, through to education and transport. As Design Manager, John is involved in all stages of the design process, ensuring client requirements and project objectives are delivered to the highest standard.

JohnP@rothelowman.com.au

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Lawson Royes

Lawson Royes

Senior Associate, Brisbane

Lawson brings with him a broad range of private and public sector experience that covers multi-residential, mixed-use, commercial and sporting projects. Lawson has over 10 years of experience which includes working in London, UK. He is highly skilled, extremely motivated and passionate about delivering quality design outcomes.

From project conception through to completion his capabilities cover the full spectrum of project delivery. His experience and dedication ensures seamless transitions between project phases without compromising the original design intent. Lawson is a keen advocate for BIM and the role it plays within the construction industry; the collaborative attitude it brings to a design team and extended level of service provided for the Client.

LawsonR@rothelowman.com.au

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Roberta Tessarolo

Roberta Tessarolo

Senior Associate, Melbourne

Roberta's interior design experience has seen her work on a diverse range of projects, both internationally and locally. Her portfolio includes hospitality fit-outs, commercial and government developments, along with small, medium and large scale residential developments.

Her overall project experience, starting from schematic design through to final completion, provides a sound knowledge of project processes. Roberta enjoys the challenge of innovative and unique design and exploring spatial environments. 

Roberta has undertaken a Green Star accreditation course designed to keep staff across environmentally sustainable design in the design and construction process.  She endeavours to implement ESD initiatives across all project sectors.

RobertaT@rothelowman.com.au

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David Thompson

David Thompson

Senior Associate, Sydney

David has worked in Australia and the UK on architectural projects across diverse sectors, including conservation, healthcare, education, rail and residential.

Completed works include major refurbishment projects as part of London's £10 billion, five-year investment program to improve London's transport system where David carried out the role of design and documentation architect. He has also led consultant teams on major refurbishment projects for the University of East London and London School of Economics.

David is passionate and committed to delivering high quality design that responds to the site, local vernacular and environmental issues.

DavidT@rothelowman.com.au

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Founding Principals - Directors

Kim Lowman

Kim Lowman

Founding Principal - Director

As well as being involved in the firm's architectural design and development processes, Kim is a driving force behind its reputation for outstanding client service. He appreciates that a clear and concise understanding of property development strategy is vital to achieving project viability, architectural integrity and project endurance. Kim is based in the Melbourne studio and spends most of his time working with clients on projects in Victoria and New South Wales.

Kim obtained his architecture degree from the University of Melbourne and completed a Graduate Diploma in Property from RMIT. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he has more than 25 years experience designing multi-residential, mixed use and commercial projects throughout Australia and the Asian region.

KimL@rothelowman.com.au

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Shane Rothe

Shane Rothe

Founding Principal - Director

Shane is heavily involved in all aspects of the practice but is especially focused on ensuring all projects achieve the highest possible design standard. Shane is consistently inspired to accomplish excellence in architecture. He is solutions driven and closely involved in all projects across the Rothelowman studios. Shane is based in Melbourne and spends most of his time working with clients on projects in Victoria and Queensland.

Shane is immensely proud of the breadth, success and quality of the practice and even prouder of the contribution the Rothelowman team makes to the evolution and appearance of the community's built environments and interior spaces.

Shane received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne and has more than 25 years of experience designing and delivering buildings throughout Australia.

ShaneR@rothelowman.com.au

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Associate Principals

Duncan Betts

Duncan Betts

Associate Principal, Brisbane

As an Associate Principal and registered Architect at Rothelowman, Duncan is committed to the delivery of high quality architectural design outcomes that respond directly to specific client requirements, the site and project type.

Experienced in managing project delivery from the initial design process to completion, Duncan’s work spans across a wide range of project types. Through clear communication and a high level of professionalism, he combines sound leadership abilities and a strong client relationship focus.

Duncan strongly believes in the virtues of ongoing learned architectural theory, experience from travel and an awareness of human interrelationships to inform the making of architecture that contributes positively to both our built and natural environments.

DuncanB@rothelowman.com.au

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Jonothan Cowle

Jonothan Cowle

Associate Principal, Melbourne

An Associate Principal at Rothelowman, Jonothan has worked, during the last 14 years, across a broad range of projects from, masterplanning, high density residential, retail, performing arts, and sports and entertainment venues.

Passionate about design and specialises in technologies that enable complex geometries and 3D modelling, Jonothan brings his valuable expertise working on benchmark projects to the Rothelowman design team.
Jonothan's problem solving skills and unique technical ability have been used to deliver design outcomes that are at the cutting edge of contemporary architecture and engineering.

Prior to joining the practice, Jonothan was responsible for the design and delivery of several significant, award winning projects.

In addition to his role at Rothelowman Jonothan finds time to pursue his passion for teaching, regularly delivering lectures throughout Australian Universities on Architectural design theory and technical innovation and has taught Design in the Master of Architecture Programme at RMIT since 2004.

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Angelo Pignalosa

Angelo Pignalosa

Associate Principal, Melbourne

Angelo takes pride in the studio's passion for innovative and practical design and ongoing commitment to exceeding client expectations.

Angelo shares the vision to focus on design excellence within feasibility guidelines. He also believes that communication and experience, backed by technical knowledge, are essential to providing a successful brief and project outcome.

Building on a foundation of experience, Angelo regards each new project as an opportunity for cohesive solutions and collaborative learning. Angelo welcomes the challenges and opportunities inherent in every design project and seeks to create excellent built environments.

AngeloP@rothelowman.com.au

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Andrew Wales

Andrew Wales

Associate Principal, Melbourne

Andrew has built a reputation for balancing the often conflicting aspirations of design excellence with commercial reality.  He believes inspired design is the product of a thoughtful and consistent response to the project brief, the building and a thorough understanding of amenity and client expectations.

With over 25 years experience working on dozens of major hotel projects in Australia, Andrew is fully conversant with all aspects of the architectural process and has specific skills in the design of hotel interiors.  Together with his extensive commercial interiors experience, Andrew has an enviable breadth of industry knowledge.

AndrewW@rothelowman.com.au

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Associates

Stephen Blanche

Stephen Blanche

Associate, Melbourne

Stephen came to architecture following a career as a Registered Nurse.  During his time nursing, he developed strong communication skills that today provide him with a solid foundation to work effectively within collaborative team environments to achieve high quality built outcomes.

His experience is varied and diverse having worked on building types from high-end residential, commercial, through to public buildings such libraries and police stations.  In addition, he has an ability to work across all phases of the architectural and construction process from conception to completion.

StephenB@rothelowman.com.au

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Damian Butler

Damian Butler

Associate, Melbourne

An experienced Architect and Associate, Damian uses his strong communication skills to collaborate with colleagues, clients and consultants to drive projects from inception to completion.

Damian prides himself on excellent client service and helping deliver contextually relevant projects with design integrity.

His project experience includes residential developments of varying scales and budgets, as well as commercial office buildings. Ranging from concept initiation and Feasibility studies through to construction Documentation, his experience allows him to work seamlessly across all aspects of any project.

By establishing positive working relationships with his consultant teams, Damian is able to ensure the design intent is realized to its fullest.

DamianB@rothelowman.com.au

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Geoff Cowap

Geoff Cowap

Associate, Melbourne

Geoff is a truly multi-disciplinary designer, with a creative eye and a head for the advanced technologies needed to deliver successful design.

Geoff brings together a Bachelor of Design, a Diploma of Building Design and 20 years of experience in the design and realisation of creative projects. His extensive experience, passion for sustainable principles and technologies, embracing of advanced BIM processes and a comprehensive understanding of materials and manufacturing technologies combine to deliver great projects.

Geoff has a keen understanding of space and form and has spent many years designing and making bespoke architectural fixtures and sculptural installations.

GeoffC@rothelowman.com.au

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Rudy Darmawan

Rudy Darmawan

Associate, Melbourne

With over 20 years in practice, Rudy has enviable experience in fulfilling the needs of both client and project, with an ability to develop unique and appropriate design strategies.

Rudy’s skills in ascertaining key brief objectives, establishing and developing design strategies and strong visualisation with both freehand sketching and advanced 3d CAD modelling, make him a key senior member of the Rothelowman team.

Rudy’s personal philosophy of lifelong learning has enabled him to develop an advanced understanding of architectural tectonics and spatial design, alongside a strong interest in sustainable design.

With proven success in facilitating positive outcomes with responsible authorities, Rudy’s strengths as a front end design leader are evident in all scale of projects he is involved in.

RudyD@rothelowman.com.au

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Adam Emerson

Adam Emerson

Associate, Melbourne

Adam has over 19 years’ experience with 10 years working in multi residential developments.

Adam is passionate about the creation of architecture that is sociologically aware, sustainable, ecological and utilises space and volume as a cultural modifier.

With a skill base in refining detail through design development and working collaboratively with both clients and consultants Adam is able to consistently deliver high quality and cost effective design solutions.

AdamE@rothelowman.com.au

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Kate Hart

Kate Hart

Associate, Melbourne

Kate is a highly versatile designer with 20 years experience within the industry. She has strong communication skills with a focus on innovative design solutions.

Kate’s early experience within Europe has provided her with an insight and understanding of international design which is demonstrated throughout her more recent work within Australia. Kate’s work is energized through her enthusiasm for art, architecture and the natural environment.

Her continuous research, learning and application gives rise to aesthetically engaging design that is enduring, efficient and environmentally responsible. Within a project Kate’s role is both collaborative and accountable. She builds solid, professional relationships with clients and all who contribute to the design and building process. Kate is a fundamental team leader and valuable asset to our design team.

KateH@rothelowman.com.au

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Simon Maurice

Simon Maurice

Associate, Brisbane

Simon is a registered Architect with over twelve years of experience in both Architectural and Urban Design projects. Simon has worked for both private and public sector clients and has delivered projects of varying scale across a range of typologies.

Simon has a keen interest in progressive Urban Design and has working closely with prominent Senior Urban Designers and Planners and has been responsible for taking many projects from feasibility through to contract documentation and administration delivering many small, medium, large and extra-large projects.

Whilst working for Local Government and Private Practice Simon gained valuable experience in the procurement and assessment of various developments and understands the value of excellent Urban Design outcomes for all stakeholders.

SimonM@rothelowman.com.au

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Louise Thomson

Louise Thomson

Associate, Sydney

Highly organised and an effective communicator, Louise is motivated to maximise project outcomes to their full potential. Successful design and delivery is achieved on all projects by recognising and encouraging a highly collaborative approach.

Having worked in Australia and the UK, Louise has developed extensive knowledge and skill across a range of diverse sectors including residential, retail, commercial, and leisure.

By recognizing significant steps along the architectural process, Louise is able to clearly understand a brief and successfully deliver on her clients’ project vision. Her versatility and adaptability allow engagement with a cross-section of project types at various stages, as well as day-to-day operational involvement in Rothelowman's Sydney office.

LouiseT@rothelowman.com.au

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Matthew Young

Matthew Young

Associate, Melbourne

With nine years at Rothelowman and over 13 years in the construction industry Matthew has established himself as a valuable member of the leadership team. His desire to create highly resolved and responsive architecture is complimented by his enjoyment for collaborative design and the application of various problem solving practices.

Matthew has experience working on all building types, from high-end residential and large-scale multi-residential through to industrial and commercial office. With an ability to work across all phases of the architecture and construction process including Town Planning, Documentation and Contract Administration, his dynamic skill set is highly applicable to any Rothelowman project.

MatthewY@rothelowman.com.au

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