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MPH Architects


MPH Architects is a South Australian based design practice with a focus on developing innovative, strategic design solutions for our clients which enhance the environment and add value to their business. Our multi-disciplinary team’s diverse skill base and ability to seamlessly integrate all aspects of design has received widespread industry recognition as demonstrated by the numerous design awards received by our team.

MPH Architects is a South Australian owned and operated architectural firm, delivering creative integrated design solutions to clients from a diverse range of industry sectors for more than a decade.

Led by our senior partners and project directors, the MPH Architects team works closely with our clients, constructively challenging them to explore what’s possible – based on extensive industry experience and a passion for meaningful spaces and impactful design.

At MPH Architects we combine large scale international project expertise with personalised service delivery. Our leadership team is actively involved in each project from start to finish, a hands-on approach that delivers exceptional, award winning results on time and within budget.

Our multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled design professionals specialises in architecture, interior design, strategic facility planning and master planning. We see  each project as a set of inter-related systems, and through innovative design principles we develop an approach that integrates maximum usability and functionality of space, aesthetics, comfort and environmental sustainability.

This seamless integration of all aspects of design is widely recognised within the industry, resulting in numerous design awards for the MPH team.

Built on the senior partners’ extensive management experience in large international practices for more than three decades, MPH Architects has successfully delivered national and international projects, from refurbishments and fit-outs through to complex signature buildings.

Our key markets include Commercial, Education, Industrial, Health, Office Fitout, Community, Public, Hospitality and Retail.

The MPH team prides itself on providing exceptional service and delivering outstanding design solutions. We achieve this by following these key attributes:

- Hands on involvement by our senior leadership team in each project, from start to finish
- Highly experienced team members combining large project expertise with personal service and local market knowledge
- Diversity of expertise in large multi-use buildings, refurbishments and fitouts
- Collaborative approach tailored to our clients’ needs
- Proven track record in value for money outcomes, budget control and maintaining program
- A passion for design excellence, space and functionality
- Understanding of balance between image, cost and time
- Thorough understanding of the DA planning process
- More than 30 years experience of senior team members
- International, national and locally recognised and published leaders
- High profile in the building industry
- Strong network of suppliers and industry partners

As an integrated design practice, MPH Architects has delivered a wide range of highly diverse projects to clients for more than a decade. Our team’s innovative, collaborative and creative approach to design and functionality of space has been recognised broadly through a series of awards and accolades.

Most recently, MPH Architects was praised nationally and internationally for the work undertaken at the $130 Million Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) Tonsley TAFE, receiving multiple awards and commendations from the Australian Institute of Architects, INSIDE, the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Steel Institute (more details below).

Our team’s diverse skill base and ability to seamlessly integrate all aspects of design has received widespread industry recognition as demonstrated by the numerous design awards received by our team throughout their careers. A selection of these awards includes:

SIEC - Tonsley Tafe
- WAF INSIDE World Festival of Interiors – Creative Re-Use Category
- AIA award Interior Architecture 2014
- AIA award Interior Architecture Award – South Australia 2014
- Colorbond award for steel architecture, Commendation 2014
- Council of Educational Facilities Planners International Award, New Construction, Entire new school 2014
- WAF Shortlist, Creative re-use 2014, Higher Education + Research 2014, New + Old 2014
- Australian Steel Institute high commendation, Steel Excellence in Buildings, Large Projects, South Australia
- Australian Institute of Building, Professional Excellence Award, Commercial Construction $100 Million plus, South Australia

Thebarton Community Centre
- Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture 2013

- AIA Commendation for Public Architecture, 2013

Pembroke Middle School Resource Centre
- RAIA Commendation

Adelaide Festival Centre Upgrade
- RAIA Commendation

Australian and Science Mathematics School
-RAIA Commendation

City of Charles Sturt Civic Centre Design Competition
- RAIA Award of Merit in Civic Design
- Award of Merit for Interior Architecture
- AISC Award Winner
- Property Council Award

South East Institute of TAFE
- Mt Gambier Campus, RAIA Award of Merit

City of Playford Administration Centre
- RAIA Commendation

Minter Ellison Lawyers fitout
- RAIA Award of Merit

Coopers Brewery
- RAIA Commendation
- Property Council Award

DSTO Laboratory Complex
- RAIA Commendation

Granite Island Kiosk/Restaurant
- RAIA Commendation

Grenfell Centre upgrade
- RAIA Commendation

Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) - Tonsley Tafe

Citation from the Interior Architecture Award Jury

“Occasionally a project comes along where the conditions are right – a captivating site, an ambitious brief, a willing client, and it is up to the architect to rise to the challenge to deliver a vision that transcends expectations.  In the Sustainable Industries Education Centre project, the architect has taken the remarkable skeleton of the former Chrysler/Mitsubishi assembly hall at Tonsley, and applied impressive flesh to its bones.

The architect’s appreciation of the existing structure is obvious – the retention and celebration of the vast industrial structure, whilst skillfully inserting the new building trades campus in its immense volume, has resulted in the thoughtful layering of old and new.  Transparency and legibility are keys to the project’s success. Rigorously and rationally planned on scales ranging from the urban to the personal, the unimpeded views to and from workshops, teaching spaces and staff areas reinforce the interconnected nature and collective purpose of the construction industry.

A human scale has been achieved by through modularity of the new fabric and the judicious use of colour and finishes. Natural light is used to impressive effect. Finishes, fixtures, furniture are all as they should be – robust, flexible, honest, and appropriate. Nothing is superfluous or frivolous. The design is confident, but not self-conscious.  The building’s services and plant are exposed and skillfully co-ordinated – presented as an exemplar to the trade students.

The result is a fitting marriage between the existing robust industrial fabric where assembly once took place and the teaching of functional building trades.  In every respect, the Tonsley Sustainable Industries Education Centre is a space that teaches about assembly.

Given that Sustainable Industries Education Centre project is the first of many insertions within the existing Tonsley structure, the standard has been set very high indeed.”

mph architects | 5 Vardon Avenue | Adelaide SA 5000 | t +61  08 8418 1600 | f +61 08 8227 1271