People and Culture

People and Culture

Welcome to BKK Architects.

We’re collaborators, not competitors. We like being part of a wider Melbourne design community and we actively seek out opportunities for collaborative relationships with other architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers of many disciplines.

Real collaboration is an attitude and a skillset in itself – one that we’re proud to share.

This attitude brings variety and depth to our practice. It’s how we punch above our weight as lead consultants on major infrastructure projects yet remain small enough to deliver gorgeous and sustainable homes.

Sustainability Action Plan

We’re a NoC02 certified carbon neutral business and a signatory to Australian Architects Declare. Our Sustainability Action Plan maps our journey towards delivering on all the Architects Declare and then aiming beyond sustainability towards regeneration. Read about it here.

Reconciliation Action Plan

We’re extremely proud of our Reflect RAP, now endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
Read about it here. Our journey of learning, listening and understanding continues.

Our RAP committee is continually working and consulting on how BKK can make a difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You’ll find all sorts of things in our office that we purchase from Aboriginal businesses.


Simon Knott



Tim Black



Deb Adams

Senior Associate


Jennifer Salter



Ewan Carson

Senior Project Lead/QA Manager


George Huon



Missy Saleeba

Practice Manager

Vaughan Howard



Wendy Lee-Warne

Senior Architect


Georgia Hocking

Project Architect

Nico Kelly


Hannah Rowe

Project Architect

Kelvin Chai

Senior Design & Visualisation

Storm Bell

Design & Visualisation

Elizabeth Mason

Interior Designer

Eddie Guo

Student of Architecture

Gerald Low

Student of Architecture

Anna McAlister

Communications Manager

Maximillian Gonzales

Design & Visualisation

Kate Jenkin

Interior Designer

Iliya Manasiev

Graduate of Architecture

Kieran Merriman

Architectural Assistant

Lucy McAuliffe

Senior Project Architect

Monet Plant

Business Support

Paarija Saxena

Graduate of Architecture

Sorna Graetz


Yash Ravi


Raquel Maldonado

Graduate of Architecture

Vanda Scarfo

Finance Manager

Real corporate social responsibility

We don’t just say we’re committed to social ideals, we actually give them our time and skills.

We have a longstanding relationship with FareShare, which provides free nutritious meals for people who need them. We help out with labour and fundraising. We’ve worked with Australian Migrant Educational Services to mentor migrants who are architects or who are studying architecture. We’ve partnered with She Works to offer employment opportunities for women.

Proactively seeking diversity

A diverse team is a wise, well-informed team – a team whose projects are for everyone. We proactively reach out to suitably experienced and qualified individuals whose backgrounds bring a range of perspectives to enrich BKK and the architectural community.

LGBTIQA+ people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are specifically encouraged to apply for any vacancy we advertise.

work with us

Bring all your personality, energy and design thinking to a nimble smaller practice.

At BKK, your job title doesn’t determine your contribution to the design process. We listen to everyone’s input. We hold weekly design-review sessions to get the best thinking on all our projects.

Our design philosophy is based on humility: on trust and respect for others’ perspectives. Our role is to curate, not dictate, the design process. We focus on the integrity of the outcome, wherever the ideas come from.

We are always looking for new talent.
Send Missy your CV and portfolio as a PDF to

Our role is to curate, not dictate, the design process. We focus on the integrity of the outcome, wherever the ideas come from.

Great contemporary workplace

Our new office is five minutes’ walk from Flinders Street Station. Our kitchen, with its floor-to-ceiling views of ACMI, the Birrarung (Yarra River) and the parklands beyond, is where we meet, cook and eat, and entertain professional friends and collaborators.

Like most architects, we found that designing together was the toughest part of remote work during the lockdowns. So we’ve prioritised spaces for collaboration and meetings. We know that individual work can be done anywhere but, let’s face it, people are territorial, so we all have our own desks.

Professional development

We offer all our people an annual allowance for professional development, providing the career growth and learning opportunities of their choice. Our mentoring and buddying program is available to staff at all levels.


Join our innovation working group to develop digital design tools, research sustainable design, and more. Bring along your ideas for new ways to make architecture and contribute to the business, the building and the profession.

Social things

Office manager Missy and principal Simon are our inspired events team. Now that we’re out of lockdown and in our new office, they’ll be putting on more friends and family nights, Friday lunches (homemade or from the Victoria Market), and heaps more. We’ll bring you a menu so you can choose your own cake on your birthday – of course.

Flexible working arrangements

You’re a human being with responsibilities and a life, and Monday to Friday 9 to 6 isn’t always the most effective way to work. Design teams need to work together face-to-face. Apart from that, talk to us about flexible arrangements that suit you and us.

Parental leave

Parents of all genders receive six weeks’ leave on full pay (or 12 weeks on half pay) and flexible arrangements for when you return to work. While you’re on leave you’ll receive keep-in-touch days and paid superannuation, and you’ll accrue long service leave.