People

Glen Ollerton

Glen Ollerton

Practice Director

Leads the project throughout Undertakes Client / PM liaison Responsible for all design and technical input. Glen has experience in a diverse range of project types with a heavy focus on Retirement Living and Aged Care Projects. Glen has extensive experience in all aspects of architectural services including master planning, feasibility, 3D visualisation, design, documentation, value engineering, specification writing and construction administration.

Completing Glen’s range of skills are his knowledge of and expertise in ESD sustainability and construction practice; backed by proven strategic and master planning capabilities. Glen has been extensively involved with a wide range of health and aged care related projects including Residential Aged Care and Independent Living developments.

Markam Ralph

Markam Ralph

Practice Director

Leads the project throughout Undertakes Client / PM liaison Responsible for all design and technical input. Markam holds the current position of Joint Managing Director and has worked in key roles with MDP for over 25 years. He is a strategic thinker and thought-leader, driving positively disruptive innovation both in the market as well as within the practice itself.

Markam has extensive experience at all levels of project delivery across a broad range of project types, leading and delivering projects from inception through to commissioning, many of which have been award-winning. Markam’s key sectors include (he’s also a long-standing member of the Judging Panel for the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Awards):

  • New Houses
  • House Renovations and extensions
  • Apartments
  • Health Projects - Public & Private
  • Aged Care Projects
Rachel Story

Rachel Story

Associate

Rachel’s experience has focused for most of her career on project architect leadership roles and project management/contract administration, with extensive experience in project documentation.

On Westmead Hospital Rehab and Penshurst Aged Care, Rachel was the project architect and client-side project manager and contract administrator, with roles varying from managing and participating in construction documentation, council submissions for changes, tendering, contract administration, and ongoing project architectural roles.

On Bupa Willoughby, Anglicare Cecil Guesthouse, and Drayton House, MDP were novated to the contractors and Rachel managed the pre-novation construction documentation, and post-novation documentation continuing including consultant coordination and additional interiors documentation as required.

Rachel is also a point contact for several clients for initial feasibility studies and has produced DA submissions for minor works, including town planning research and Statements of Environmental Effects where no Town Planner was involved.

Rachel was also instrumental in the production of the Uniting RACF Design Guide (2018).

In former roles she has had experience as a builder-side contract administrator in school projects, and as architect on medical centres in Australia, as well as retail works in the United States.

Michael Medcalf

Michael Medcalf

Associate

Master Planning Architect

Leads the project throughout

Undertakes client / PM liaison

Responsible for all design and technical input

Michael brings over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of residential, retail, mixed-use, commercial and retirement living project types for private, corporate and not for profit organisations.
This includes extensive experience with the Uniting Church and Wesley mission 
Michael has extensive experience in all aspects of architectural services including master planning, feasibility, 3D visualisation, design, documentation, value engineering, specification writing, specialist reporting, construction administration and project management.

Bob Davidson

Bob Davidson

Senior Architect

Senior Architect and Consulting NBS Specification specialist, Bob is a recent Director of MDP who now divides his time between our Sydney studio and his own in the Sutherland shire.

He mentors the team on all aspects of our practice, inputs into Feasibility & Planning stages in particular and leads on major Specification packages for all our key projects.

His special competences range from Independent Living Multi-Residential, Residential Aged Care in all forms plus Health and Medical Projects of all scales - from Group GP surgeries to International General & Teaching Hospitals.

His level of expertise and recognition in the industry is such that he is often called as an expert witness in relevant industry court proceedings.

Amir Safaei

Amir Safaei

Senior Architect and Urban Planner

A registered architect and urban designer with over 20 years of extensive and diverse experience in leading roles with design focused practices in Sydney and Newcastle as well as NSW State Government.

Amir has successfully delivered high quality outcomes on a diverse range of urban design and public realm, commercial, mixed use, residential projects working with or managing multi-disciplinary teams since 1999.

With a proficient understanding of local and state development related legislation and controls, and work across many local government areas, Amir brings detailed understanding of urban planning and design, high level architectural design and documentation skills, technical knowledge in construction as well as design report and policy writing.  

Vee Chin

Vee Chin

Senior Architect
Vee holds the position of Architect and is responsible for complete project delivery from conceptual design, documentation through to construction and contract administration.

Vee has extensive experience as a key member of MDP’s Health and Aged Care project teams.

He possesses strong spatial planning, aesthetic and presentation skills and has acquired specific expertise in the design of Residential Aged Care Developments.
Vee’s particular interest is in the area of sustainable design and the application of Green Star rating tools to the design of all developments
Vee also has experience in the following project types:

  • Childcare centres
  • Domestic Residential
  • Education - primary,
  • Secondary and Tertiary
  • Industrial
  • Hospitals and Health
  • Facilities
  • Commercial
  • Aged Care Facilities
GBCA Green Star Accredited Professional


Enzo Maccolino

Enzo Maccolino

Architectural Designer

Enzo has a wide range of experience and has worked in many practices on projects that vary in scale from designing small intimate spaces to large multi-story building developments. Over the years he has developed a strong love for design in construction and detailing and plays a key role in the co-ordination and documentation of many projects in the office. He enjoys seeing projects through till the end and is particularly involved in the construction phase and contract administration.

His background in education is reflected in his work, starting out with Architectural Drafting facilitating his love for drawing and then Construction Management where his interest lies with Construction and Management. He then completed his studies with an honours degree in Architecture where he was then able to bring it all together and apply it to all his projects.

He particularly enjoys hand sketching working through ideas and construction detailing and then transforming it to his other acquired skills such as CAD and Revit.

His personal life resonates with his career in Design and Construction as he enjoys renovating his home and has also renovated many houses with his family since a young age.
He is particularly fond of gardening and landscaping. His other interests are peloton cycling and fishing, he has recently acquired a family boat and enjoys taking his family out on day trips and his two boys out tubing and kneeboarding. 


Enzo is highly experienced in the production of documentation for varying sized projects by means of:

Manual drafting

Hand sketches

Auto Cad

Sketch-up

Revit

 

General documentation:

Construction Phase co-ordination

Attending design and construction meetings

Contract Administration

Adam Lee

Adam Lee

Senior Architect

Adam is a Master of Construction Management and an experienced architectural practitioner having worked both internationally and also in Australia, where he is a registered architect.

It's his vision to deliver spaces for people who need and will enjoy them.

Design is the key to great projects and Project Management is the key to deliver such great projects.
 
20 years of experience in the design and construction industry as Operations and Studio Manager, Project Director and Manager, Project and Design Architect.

Led multi-disciplined teams and individuals - established, realised and exceeded set objectives, succeed in delivering projects of diverse types and scales, particularly for hospitality, retail and mix-used developments. 

Track record of project delivery by efficiently utilising resourcing, quality assurance to design excellence, monitored financial performance, identified and mitigated risks, promoted business development, derived and executed management policies.

Operations Manager: led more than 100 architects, engineers and cost planners, co-led more than 150 landscape architects, urban planners and economist to successfully establish, manage, achieve and exceed set objectives.

Studio Manager: collaborated with senior regional management, the headcount of the architecture team increased from 30 to 45 and achieved 15% growth in profit.


Project Director: delivered more than 40 projects (averaged 8 projects operated concurrently) with complex stakeholders’ management and high risks mitigated.


Associate Director: managed 4 sq.km theme resort development with urban planning, hospitality, retail, entertainment and facilities (investment worth USD$65bn).


Project Manager: as client-side representative managed design, site coordination and delivered packages of AUD$600m retail complex and AUD$180m luxury hotel.


Project and Design Architect: delivered hospitality, retail, commercial, residential, mix-used, healthcare, entertainment, sport, urban planning and civic projects.

Scales ranging from city and community planning, to stand-alone architecture, to interior and fitouts.

Nigel Reading

Nigel Reading

Senior Architect (UK) - Design Thinking & Practice

Nigel is an All-rounder Design and Delivery-led Architect, Interior Designer and Masterplanner – with the majority of his career experience as a project architect and team leader for various global practices and client brands, and now also recent consultant experience as a Lead Concept Designer & TED-conferences Sustainable Design Thought leader.

He is comfortable in either Design or Delivery role, at any project stage and in most major sectors.

Nigel was trained in London, working there till registration, and is also highly experienced in Australia and across Asia, where he has nearly 2 decades of his most recent experience.

Key Capabilities:

Design, Delivery & Coordination, Business Development, Team Leadership, Thought-leadership and Discourse, Transcultural Glocal-savvy Design, Innovation, Value-adding, Complexity-synergising Environmentally Sustainable Design in:

5 and 6-Star Hotels, Resorts, Hospitality, Retail, F&B, Residential, Health-Seniors Living, Rail and Transport, Cultural, Education + Library, Civic, Religious, Commercial Office, Workplace + Banking, Media, Leisure, Gaming, Theatre, Landmark Observation Towers, Bridges, Industrial, Renewable Energy-powered, E+A-vehicle network, Science and R&D, Biome, Landscape, Public Sculpture, Urban design and Master planning, including 4th Industrial Revolution, Cleantech multi-modal transit architecture design and development strategies in affiliation with Deakin, UTS EnergyLab and UNSW, with Duke university.

Nigel has publicly lectured, taught and been published for his Design Thinking on numerous occasions in Europe, Asia and in Australia.

Nigel is a LEED GA Accredited professional.

He has designed and delivered Green Buildings in the UK, China and Australia which include:

NABERS/NATHERS 5 Star Certified Buildings

LEED Gold Certified Buildings

BREEAM Excellent Certified Buildings

His TED-conferences shared Design Philosophy: Form follows Flow, More for Less, Synergising Simplexity - toward SynPlexity, which shares how to best create sustainable, regenerative architecture and urbanism that transforms the complex into the most simple yet evocative, most easily and elegantly.

"Realising ideas most easily, by melding the pragmatic with the poetic."

When not focused on design, wicked-problem solving and urban sustainability, Nigel likes to explore, sail and hike around Sydney harbour and regional NSW.


Duran Bezuidenhout

Duran Bezuidenhout

Architect (SA)

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Duran has been brought up with one foot in the African bush, instilling a strong sense of ‘Nature Connectedness’.


Through my love for the natural environment, and my passion for architecture, over the last decade, I have found a balance between the built environment and its interface with the natural world around us.

 

Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, I embarked on a year’s practical work experience in London, UK, gaining experience in the residential and health care sectors.
Returning to South Africa, I completed both my post-graduate Honour’s and Master’s degrees, and embarked on practicing as a professional architect registered in South Africa, exploring commercial and industrial sector projects with MWCP Architects.

 

However, it was my time as an active associate architect with Nicholas Plewman Architects + Associates that allowed me to bring my two passions together. This collaboration further informed the way I approach the design and construction of my buildings.

Now based in Sydney, Australia, practicing as a Building Designer, the landscape and wilderness may differ to that of the 'Dark Continent' but the approach to designing remains the same.


It's this new found landscape that possesses fresh and exciting prospects.

 

So what drives my design process? Functional spaces kept uncomplicated, celebrating the honesty in materials, drawing strongly from location and above all else being ecologically sensitive and responsible.


Duran is an experienced architectural practitioner having worked both internationally and also in Australia, where he is also about to become a registered architect.

His main areas of experience are in RACF, Health, Hospitality, Residential and Resort design, all with a strong environmentally responsible and sensitive focus, combined with the appropriate use of materials to reflect a true sense of place, time and purpose.

Tristan Ward

Tristan Ward

Architectural Technical Designer

After studying architectural technology in Wellington Tristan spent two years in a multi discipline office in New Zealand preforming drafting services covering Architectural, structural, civil, and geo-technical services.

He relocated to Sydney in 2004 and joined MDPA for the first time in 2005.

He then returning again in 2018 after an eight year absence.

He has spent much of his career in Australia covering the healthcare industry; including aged care, general practice doctors, radiology, physiotherapy, dental practices, with residential work also featuring in his portfolio.

In addition to spending time with his family he is also an avid Star Wars fan always looking to expanding his toy collection.


Autodesk Certification

Via A2k Technologies Sydney / Global etraining

Revit Architecture the complete guide         

December 2015

 

Autodesk Certification

Via A2k Technologies Sydney

Revit Architecture Fundamentals plus          

December 2014

 

Wellington Polytechnic (Massey University)

Diploma / Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology

Incomplete

 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Unit Standards Achieved:

10164 Architectural Technology: Prepare working drawings for small buildings.

9667 Construction Technology: Apply principles from published data to the provision of services for small buildings.

9668 Construction Technology: Apply principles from published data to the provision of s ervices for medium and large buildings.              

9672 construction Technology: Describe construction methods for medium buildings.

 

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Certificate in Landscape Construction


Daniel Traficante

Daniel Traficante

Architectural Graduate

University of Canberra

Masters of Architecture 2014 - 2015

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture 2009 - 2011

Daniel has worked at MDP for 4 years on wide range of projects including Residential, aged care, commercial and master planning.

Love hand sketching ideas but also want to push technology in architecture to its limits in not only efficient automated drafting

but creating high quality renders/BIM objects and the use of VR and 3D printing.

I like collecting and building Lego (mainly star wars and architecture themes),

learning guitar, playing drums and games in my free time.

Exceptional Revit and ARCHICAD Skills

In depth knowledge of 2D AutoCAD, SketchUp and Photoshop.

Clear understanding and construction of digital and physical models to present work.

Exceptional drawing/sketching skills. 

Been commended on being able to translate into hand drawn presentations.


Azin Shameli

Azin Shameli

Architectural Graduate

Azin completed her bachelor’s in architecture in 2014 and has been working professionally in the field ever since she was graduated from her Masters in 2017.

She has experience working in a large residential and commercial property developer which helped her demonstrate skills in residential sector.
She has joined the MDP team since 2019 and has been able to expand her expertise by being involved in a variety of jobs and working through different stages of the projects.

In her free time, Azin likes to practice yoga and explore the city for new and exciting events.

Exceptional Revit and ARCHICAD Skills

In depth knowledge of 2D AutoCAD, SketchUp and Photoshop.

Clear understanding and construction of digital and physical models to present work.

Exceptional drawing/sketching skills. 

Been commended on being able to translate into hand drawn presentations.


Daniel Lund

Daniel Lund

Architectural Graduate

Daniel Joined the MDPA Team in 2019, Completing his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Canberra after working in the construction industry for nearly 10 years.

Daniel brings a unique blend of technical knowledge and design curiosity to the team.

Daniel has worked for over 5 years in the Architecture field and has experience in multiple project types, from home renovations, shopping centre development and multi Residental towers.

Daniels continues to provide valuable contributions to all projects he works on bringing both technical building experience and design insights anchored by his unique experiences.

Daniel spends his time away from the office enjoying all that Sydney has to offer and coaching and playing Australian Rules.

Exceptional Revit and ARCHICAD Skills

In depth knowledge of 2D AutoCAD, SketchUp and Photoshop.

Clear understanding and construction of digital and physical models to present work.

Exceptional drawing/sketching skills. 

Been commended on being able to translate into hand drawn presentations.


Jason Yenson

Jason Yenson

Architectural Graduate

Jason began working as a project designer on mid-ranged residential projects, during which he completed his Masters of Architecture and the University of Sydney.

In early 2019 he joined the team at MDP as his first foray into the larger commercial architecture ecosystem.
Over the past 5+ years Jason has worked on a myriad of projects which span across all of the design and construction phases; from luxury residential dwellings, to large complex commercial buildings.

Jason enjoys keeping up with new technologies in AI, drawing, and injuring himself on his snowboard. 

Exceptional Revit and ARCHICAD Skills

In depth knowledge of 2D AutoCAD, SketchUp and Photoshop.

Clear understanding and construction of digital and physical models to present work.

Exceptional drawing/sketching skills. 

Been commended on being able to translate into hand drawn presentations.


Eve Douglas

Eve Douglas

Office Manager - Director EA

Eve Douglas assists the both the MDP Director/s and manages the office administration requirements for the team.
Before starting with Morrison Design, Eve worked as an Executive Assistant for several years within the Finance/Insurance and Mining industries and prior to that she worked within event management and sales – utilising her years of experience and education in Office Administration and the Marketing qualifications within each of these diverse industries.

Eve is originally from country Queensland and enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining – albeit on a smaller scale nowadays in suburban Sydney!