National architecture and design practice Architectus has strengthened its leadership team with the addition of several new senior associates and associates across its Perth, Melbourne and Sydney studios.

While senior associates Alf Seeling and Ken Anderson join managing principal Mark Mitcheson-Low and renowned design architect Paul Jones at Architectus’ recently opened Perth studio, the Melbourne studio welcomes senior associates David Andrew, John Hayball and Olaf Detering.

Additionally, five new associates – Ariana Rodriguez Novoa, Angela Roberts, Cecilia Martinez, Troy Cook, and William McNaughton – have joined the Melbourne and Sydney offices.

Bringing their diverse project experience to their new roles, the appointees strengthen the practice’s capability to service national clients across the transport, commercial, education, residential and public sectors, along with interior design and urban design and planning services.

“As a top-tier architecture and design practice, Architectus is able to push the boundaries of design in Perth and source the best talent the city has to offer. We are very excited to welcome Alf and Ken to the team to help drive our projects in Perth,” says Mitcheson-Low. 

“Architectus is privileged to be in a position where we can create teams filled with the most talented architects and designers in Australia. These new additions are examples of the high-calibre talent that we are recruiting across all our studios,” adds Architectus CEO Ray Brown. 

About the senior associates

John Hayball – Melbourne

Hayball has over 20 years of experience, primarily in the design and delivery of rail infrastructure, education, urban design, master planning and residential projects. He was previously senior associate at Cox Architecture where he worked on the Melbourne Metro bid, the Cardinia and Lynbrook Stations as part of the VIC Growth Areas Station Project, and numerous education projects.

Olaf Detering – Melbourne

A registered architect in the UK and Germany, Detering has worked on large infrastructure projects, including the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Reference Design, Sydney’s North West Rail Link and Auckland’s City Rail Link.

David Andrew – Melbourne

Over a 32-year career in the architecture and engineering industry, both locally and internationally, Andrew has worked for several medium and large-scale multi-disciplinary practices, including Denton Corker Marshall, Arup and HASSELL, on projects such as Medibank Place and 80 Collins Street in Melbourne.

Alf Seeling – Perth

Seeling has been working for over 33 years in Europe, the UK and Japan as well as Dubai where he was Woods Bagot’s key design principal for the Middle East working on international projects. His experience spans the transport, commercial, residential and hotel sectors. Prior to his appointment at Architectus, Seeling worked with the WA State Architect.

Ken Anderson – Perth

Anderson has over 35 years of experience in architecture, interior architecture, strategic facilities planning and project management with rich international exposure on projects in Australia, the Middle East, UK, Africa and South East Asia. Prior to Architectus, he held senior leadership positions with Woods Bagot both in Australia and Singapore, where he worked on World Trade Centres for Perth and China, and Perth’s 888 Applecross and Brookfield Place Tower 2 projects.

About the associates

Ariana Rodriguez Novoa – Melbourne

Rodriguez Novoa studied architecture and urban design in Spain and has over six years of experience working predominantly on commercial, hospitality and residential projects. Prior to joining Architectus, she was at Crone Architects where she worked on the competition winning design for 50 Macquarie Street, Parramatta among other projects.

Angela Roberts – Melbourne

A UK registered architect with over 15 years of experience, Roberts has worked in Australia, London and New York on education, seniors living, commercial, health, interior architecture, residential and leisure projects. Based on her considerable experience designing education facilities for many of Victoria’s private and public schools, Roberts is currently working on the delivery of ten schools for the Growth Areas School Project in joint venture with K2LD.

Cecilia Martinez – Melbourne

Martinez’s passion for transport infrastructure has led her to work on several significant projects in Sydney, Melbourne and regional Victoria, including the Melbourne Metro Rail Project reference design while at Grimshaw.

Troy Cook – Sydney

A registered architect with 12 years of experience working on projects in both the public and private sectors, Cook specialises in the design and delivery of large-scale rail, aviation and residential developments. Prior to joining Architectus, he worked on the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Sydney Metro Northwest and Brisbane Cross River Rail Bid.

William McNaughton – Sydney

A talented interior designer with 12 years of experience, McNaughton has played a key role in delivering high profile award-winning interior design projects for both local and international clients. Specialising in workplace and commercial fit-outs, he also has experience in the design of interior spaces for residential, public and education projects. Prior to joining Architectus McNaughton worked on the design of workplace projects for Aecom, Space&Co and ASB North Wharf, Auckland.

Image: (Top row) John Hayball, Olaf Detering, David Andrew, Alf Seeling, Ken Anderson; (Bottom row) Ariana Rodriguez Novoa, Angela Roberts, Cecilia Martinez, Troy Cook, William McNaughton