People

Glen Ollerton

Glen Ollerton

Director

Glen Ollerton

Director

NSW ARB Registered Architect 7621

Glen, as the managing director of MDP Architecture for over a decade, has amassed a wealth of experience in the field. His impressive track record spans numerous successful projects, many of which have received recognition and awards, particularly in the Retirement Living and Aged Care sectors. Glen's expertise lies in navigating the unique challenges inherent in each project, a skill recognized by his long-standing relationships with clients, peers, and consultants.<o:p></o:p>

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At the core of Glen's approach is a commitment to design excellence and innovation. He leverages his extensive knowledge of construction, coupled with advancements in technology, to push the boundaries of what's possible in each project. Glen's proficiency in Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) practices ensures that his projects not only meet high standards of quality but also contribute positively to the environment. His incorporation of value engineering principles ensures efficient resource utilization without sacrificing quality.<o:p></o:p>

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Glen's deep involvement in health and aged care projects underscores his understanding of the specific requirements, legislative frameworks, and regulatory controls within these industries. His track record in developing standards and design guides for Aged Care Projects showcases his dedication to ensuring the highest levels of quality and compliance. Additionally, Glen's strategic and master planning capabilities enhance the built environment's quality while ensuring projects remain environmentally conscious and economically viable.<o:p></o:p>

  

A registered Design and Building Practitioner, Glen’s expertise spans the entire architectural services spectrum and his combination of experience, expertise, and commitment to excellence makes him a highly respected figure in the field of architecture.<o:p></o:p>

Markam Ralph

Markam Ralph

Director

Director



Markam's tenure as Joint Managing Director at MDP which spans over 14 years, during which he has held pivotal roles and contributed significantly to the firm's success. As a strategic thinker and thought leader, Markam spearheads initiatives that drive innovative change, both within the organization and in the broader market landscape.

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His extensive experience encompasses all facets of project delivery across a diverse range of project types. Markam has led and successfully delivered numerous projects, from their conceptualisation to completion, with many earning prestigious awards for their excellence. His expertise extends across various sectors, making him a versatile leader capable of navigating the complexities of different project types. Markam had been a longstanding member of the Judging Panel for the Illuminating Engineering Society's Annual Awards, demonstrating his commitment to industry recognition and best practices in illumination engineering.<o:p></o:p>

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Key sectors in which Markam has made significant contributions include extensive work in the areas of Health and Aged Care. Markam's involvement in health projects, both in the public and private sectors, showcases his commitment to delivering facilities that promote wellness and healing while meeting stringent regulatory requirements. His extensive experience in aged care projects underscores his dedication to creating environments that cater to the unique needs of elderly residents, balancing comfort, safety, and accessibility.<o:p></o:p>

Markam's multifaceted skill set and dedication to excellence make him a valuable asset in the realm of architecture and project management, driving innovation and delivering exceptional results across diverse project portfolios.
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Rachel Story

Rachel Story

General Manager | Operations

Rachel Story

General Manager | Operations

NSW ARB Registered Architect 8551

In her Capacity as MDP Architecture General Manager, Rachel brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her roles, primarily focusing on project architect leadership and project management/contract administration. Her extensive background includes notable projects such as Westmead Hospital Rehab, Penshurst Aged Care, Bupa Willoughby, Anglicare Cecil Guesthouse, and Drayton House, among others.


In her capacity as project architect and client-side project manager/contract administrator, Rachel has played pivotal roles in various aspects of project delivery. This includes managing construction documentation, coordinating council submissions, overseeing tendering processes, and administering contracts. Her involvement extends beyond the construction phase, encompassing ongoing project architectural roles to ensure successful project outcomes.


Rachel has also demonstrated proficiency in managing novation processes, as evidenced by her work on projects where MDP Architecture was novated to contractors. She managed pre-novation construction documentation and continued to oversee post-novation documentation, including consultant coordination and additional interiors documentation as needed.

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Furthermore, Rachel serves as a point of contact for clients, providing initial feasibility studies and producing Development Application (DA) submissions for minor works. Her responsibilities in this capacity include conducting town planning research and preparing Statements of Environmental Effects, showcasing her ability to navigate regulatory requirements and contribute to successful project approvals.<o:p></o:p>

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Rachel's contributions extend beyond individual projects, as she was instrumental in the production of the Uniting Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) Design Guide in 2018. This underscores her dedication to advancing best practices and standards within the industry.<o:p></o:p>

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Overall, Rachel's diverse skill set, leadership capabilities, and dedication to excellence make her a valuable asset in the field of architecture and project management. Her track record of success in delivering complex projects and her commitment to client satisfaction exemplify her professionalism and expertise.<o:p></o:p>

Michael Medcalf

Michael Medcalf

Associate Director | Design + Technical

Michael Medcalf

Associate Director | Design + Technical

NSW ARB Registered Architect 4967


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.<o:p></o:p>

Richard de Vries

Richard de Vries

Associate Director | Interior Design

Richard de Vries

Associate Director | Interior Design

BA Design (Interior)


Richard has been working internationally on interior design and project management assignments since 1984. With an impressive track record, Richard brings extensive experience and skill in strategic planning, design and project management in projects ranging from workplace, health-care,  retail to residential construction. 


Richard’s work is aimed at meeting a client’s brief and improving operations through key drivers such as staff satisfaction and user group consultation.  Richard specialises in difficult projects where time and cost are critical. Most recently, Sydney Trains, 5B Australia, AV Jennings, Citrus Group, Momentum Media, ,Integrated Research, Complispace, Swiss Re and Microsoft have all benefited from his services

Amir Safaei

Amir Safaei

Associate Director | Urban Design + Design Innovation

Amir Safaei

Associate Director | Urban Design + Design Innovation

NSW ARB Registered Architect 8120

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 Principle Design Advisor for Government Architect NSW.

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 development of design policies.

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Rowan Huppert

Rowan Huppert

Associate Director | Project Management

Rowan Huppert

Associate Director | Project Management


Rowan Huppert, our Associate Director for Project Management, will serve as the Project Lead throughout. He will remain available and take principal responsibility for interfacing with TASC, SLGS and other key stakeholders. Rowan has a range of experience across multiple sectors in Australia and overseas during a 17-year project management career. He is very strong in the Seniors Sector, having worked both on the PM side and the Client side within both Residential Aged Care and Retirement Living sectors. He has also worked on major Justice, Health (both private and NSW Health), Residential and Commercial projects.

Rowan brings his intellect and interpersonal skills to the role of Project Manager, strongly believing in respecting the expertise of the Consultant and Contractor team, whilst being willing to investigate and challenge them where appropriate for the project’s interests. Rowan has a keen eye on construction programming and contractual management, having often acted as Superintendent of complex contracts.

He appreciates from his experiences of working in house for owner/operators that a project isn’t just about designing and building something, but ensuring an operational environment that facilitates the end users to flourish whilst being smoothly and easily operated.

Tarsa Moayed

Tarsa Moayed

Senior Architect

Tarsa has recently started with MDP.

More details coming soon.

Duran Bezuidenhout

Duran Bezuidenhout

Project Lead

Duran Bezuidenhout

Project Lead


M. Arch (South Africa)



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.

Enzo Macolino

Enzo Macolino

Project Lead

Enzo Macolino

Project Lead

B.Sc. (Arch), B. Arch

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

Vee Chin

Vee Chin

Architect
Vee Chin
Architect | Team Leader
NSW ARB Registered Architect 7654

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 Architecture’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


Tristan Ward

Tristan Ward

Project Lead

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 MDP Architecture 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


Annika Leftinger

Annika Leftinger

Project Lead

Annika Lefinger


Daniel Traficante

Daniel Traficante

Architect

Daniel Traficante

Architect

NSW ARB Reg No 12639


NSW Registered Architect

University of Canberra

Masters of Architecture 2014 - 2015 <o:p></o:p>

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture 2009 - 2011

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

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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.


Atousa Shomali

Atousa Shomali

Senior Graduate

Atousa Shomali

Senior Graduate

M. Arch


Gesen Liu

Gesen Liu

Senior Graduate

Gesen Liu

Senior Graduate

M. Arch


Lilyanne Launay

Lilyanne Launay

Graduate

Lilyanne Launay

Graduate

B. Interior Des

Sophia Cerezo

Sophia Cerezo

Graduate

Sophia Cerezo

Graduate

B. Des (Arch)

Eva Vickers

Eva Vickers

Graduate

Eva Vickers

Graduate

B. Des (Arch)

Andressa Vieira

Andressa Vieira

Graduate

Andressa Vieira

Graduate

B. Arch


Sagarika Sanjay

Sagarika Sanjay

Graduate

Sagarika Sanjay

Graduate

M. Arch


Leila Shahbazi

Leila Shahbazi

Graduate

Graduate

M. Arch


Laura Stephan

Laura Stephan

Graduate