Welcome to BCA

We are a small studio based in Northcote, Victoria on Wurundjeri land.
We provide bespoke architecture specific to our clients’ needs.
Our team loves working with like-minded people and we develop strong relationships with our clients and builders. The positive energy this creates pervades our design process and is embedded in all of our homes.

Our practice is registered with The Architect’s Registration Board in Victoria. We are A+ members of the Australian Institute of Architects and members of ArchiTeam Cooperative. We are also members of the Australian Passivhaus Institute and are certified Passive House Designers.
We participate in continuing professional development through these organisations to broaden our knowledge and expertise.

Sustainability is an issue that we take seriously. While we know that that true sustainability is hard to achieve in anything we humans do, we have taken steps to make our operation in our studio as environmentally responsible as possible: We are signatories to the Architects Declare movement, along with over 500 other Australian architects, and are committed to operating carbon neutral.

Our studio vehicle is 100% electric and charged with on-site generated solar power. We have conducted internal carbon audits and minimised our energy consumption where possible and for the electricity that we do need, use 100% Green Power. We are paperless in operation using digital design and presentation methods and digital file storage in virtually all areas of our practice. We also off-set emissions through Greenfleet Australia – planting native forests in Australia and NZ.

Meet the team

Ben | Director

Ben is passionate about architecture, building and environmentally sustainable design and loves to create beautiful buildings. Since graduating from The University of Melbourne’s Masters of Architecture in 2003 Ben has designed and project managed many houses for happy clients. His buildings have won awards including The Sustainability Awards, Australian Timber Design Awards, City of Yarra Sustainability Awards and City of Bayside Sustainability Awards.

Ben started this practice in 2014 with the aim of designing buildings that are delightful for our clients to occupy with minimal environmental impact and in 2019 we won the Architeam Emerging Architect Award. Ben regularly presents at The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture’s Environmental Building Systems course and has also shared his experience at events including Green Magazine’s ‘Green Talks,’ The Australian Institute of Architects Small Practice Forum and The Sustainable Living Festival.

Outside work, Ben loves spending time with his young family and enjoys running, snowboarding and, somewhat tragically, following the Saints in the footy.


Mil has a background working on high-end architectural projects alongside some of Melbourne’s most respected design firms. She grew up on building sites of her father’s construction company.

Mil brings a unique layer of expertise to our team, a mix of valuable interior design and detailing knowledge, and diligent project management skills.  

She has a deep interest in visual arts, draws and paints, and is motivated by understanding people and the ways they like to live.  

Mil studied both Architecture and Construction Management, completing part of her studies in Berlin.


Mat has a passion for all things timber and sustainability.

Having graduated from Monash University he has gained experience across a variety of residential scales. From small and intricate heritage extensions to new homes on rural properties.

In his work, Mat most enjoys details where he is able to combine the technical with the tactile to create idiosyncratic moments of joy.

Outside of the office Mat pursues the craftsmanship involved in designing/making furniture and woodturning.

Recent media
2022 Architeam Awards
  • Commendation: Wakanui Trail House
2022 Australian Timber Design Awards
  • Finalist: Wakanui Trail House
2019 Architeam Awards
  • Winner: Emerging Architect Award
2019 Houses Awards
Sustainable Category
  • Shortlisted: Elemental House
2016 Sustainability Awards
Heritage Category
  • Winner: Beyond House
2014 Australian Timber Design Awards
  • Finalist: Callery House
2012 Australian Institute of Architects
(Vic Chapter) Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Shortlisted: Brunswick Lane Solar House
2009 Sustainability Awards
  • Winner: Brunswick Lane Solar House
2009 Australian Timber Design Awards
  • Winner: Young Designer's Award
  • Grand Designs Australia - issue 11.4
    Wakanui Trail House
  • Dream Home - Foxtel
    Elemental House
  • Country Style - October Issue
    Elemental House
  • Habitus - issue 51
    Through the Looking Glass
  • Sanctuary - issue 55
  • Green - issue 75
    Paperback House
  • Green - issue 75
    Paperback House
  • Green - issue 67
    Elemental House
  • Sanctuary - Issue 49
    Townhouse Turnaround
  • Grand Designs Australia - Issue 8.1
    B&W House
  • Sanctuary - Issue 41
  • Green - issue 59
    Curvy House
  • Sanctuary - Issue 36
    Beyond House
  • Green - issue 40
    Callery House


How does the architectural process work?

There are usually five main stages in designing and delivering a building:

First stage is Sketch Design in which we analyse the site, brief and budget and create the overall concept layout out the spaces and form in response to the opportunities and constraints on the site and to work with the elements. The focus at this stage is on the big picture – the overall space and light and form knowing that we will get into the details later. This is usually completed over 2 stages: the first sketch design and presentation to our client, receiving their feedback, and then a second sketch design to refine the concept.

Second stage is the Detailed Design stage in which we develop the design and produce more detailed drawings and 3D renders of the building with more of a focus on materials and detailing.
We also identify if any council approval is required. If needed, there is the council approval stage in which we produce the application to the council for a Planning Permit or Siting Dispensations, depending on what is required in that council.

Third stage is the Construction Documentation and Interiors Design. This involves producing drawings and specifications and co-ordinating the other consultants (Geotechnical Engineers, Structural Engineers, Energy Raters, Building Surveyors etc) to produce all of the documentation sufficient to run a tender process, identify a builder, obtain a building permit and start construction.

Fourth stage is Contract Administration – We commence by running a tender process to select the preferred builder. Then we co-ordinate the contract signing between the Builder and Owner. Then when construction starts we administer the contract between the builder and the client and oversee the construction. We independently assess, value and certify their work under the construction contract. We handle all of the liaisons with the Builder on site and help them work through construction details as they arise.

How do you control budgets?

Every client has a brief and a budget. Problems can occur when designs proceed pursuing the wish-list without a realistic assessment of the budget. We help our clients control the budget by creating realistic cost plans and re-visiting those throughout the design process as the design evolves empowering them to make informed decisions on their brief and the design.

How do you approach planning applications?

We have extensive experience with many local councils and have a high rate of success in obtaining planning permission for ambitious projects. We are knowledgeable in what can be achieved within the planning controls and identify the constraints of each site in the early design stage. We have found that Councils are often supportive of our designs when they appreciate the environmentally responsive design philosophy underlying our proposals.

How do you select the right builder for each project?

We have a pool of excellent builders of various sizes and specialties who we have worked with and trust to execute our designs. To select the builder for any given project we run a competitive tender process with three or four contractors all pricing a comprehensive set of construction documents.

What is the architect's role during construction?

When construction begins we administer the contract between the Client and the Builder. The ABIC contract (a fixed sum contract produced by the Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders Association) nominates the Architect to be the arbiter on any issues that arise. We act as the liaison between Client and Builder allowing all parties to enjoy a productive and amicable process. We conduct regular site meetings to resolve construction issues as they arise and provide expertise in assessing the Builder’s monthly progress claims.

How do you control costs and time during construction?

If the Builder requests a variation to the cost or extension of time it must be assessed and approved by us. We have extensive experience managing contracts and scrutinize variation and time extension requests. This gives our clients comfort that they won’t incur any extra cost or time delays that aren’t legitimate.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, design and build.
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