Brooke Aitken director
B Sc (Arch) B Arch (Hons)
University of Sydney
Nominated architect NSW 7393 AIA
Brooke Aitken is both a Registered Architect and Interior Designer and her firm is based on the combination of these practices to create beautiful rooms. She has had extensive design and construction experience in many areas including Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Medical and Institutional projects. Her ethos is one which asserts the potency of architectural design concepts through to the expression of detail in interior design and she has established herself as one of the few architects in the country who executes this approach. Her attentiveness to creating beauty in form, function, and finish of built spaces from the external-in and from the internal-out has seen Brooke’s work shortlisted for a range of awards and a highly published career in journals such as Belle, Australian House & Garden, Inside Out and Grand Designs Australia.
Brooke founded the firm in late 2004, upon her return from London where she worked as Project Architect for Anouska Hempel Design on a diverse range of retail, residential, hospitality and luxury hotel projects. Her experience encompassed projects such as the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique on Bond St, a Grade II listed heritage residence renovation on the banks of the Thames in Chelsea and a luxury hotel in the Brazilian rainforest.
Prior to her time in London, Brooke worked for leading Australian architecture practice Denton Corker Marshall Sydney (now JPW) where she was Project Architect for the Primary Exhibition Interiors of the landmark Melbourne Museum project along with experience in schools, hospitals, and award-winning hotel projects. She also worked with DCMI (now Carr Design) on corporate workplace design and was a director of Pivot Design in partnership with architect Sharon Fraser; specialising in restaurant and residential design.
Having lived and worked in Japan, Brooke derives inspiration from a depth of knowledge and experience of contemporary and traditional Asian art and architecture. Combined with the balancing influences of soft modernism, this is evidenced in the evolution of signature design elements produced as both architect and interior designer.
Building client relations is a natural strength, and this is extended in Brooke’s expertise as an art buyer, where selection and placement of original artworks are entrusted.
Brooke has active involvement in the arts as a former board member and subsequent patron of the Asian Australian Artists Association (Gallery 4a), and was the arts journalist and photographer for Culture Magazine in the early 90s. She is committed to the design education process and has tutored for the UNSW Interior Architecture course.
Brooke leads the practice as it expands its scope and is involved in every project that the practice undertakes.
DELPHINE HERNOT Associate director
ADE HMNOP (Master of Architecture and HMONP degree), National Superior
School of Architecture Paris - Malaquais, France
Delphine joined the firm in 2015 on arrival in Australia as a senior architect after working for six years in Paris in a range of architectural fields. In France, she spent a year focussing on urbanism, before commencing work in 2010 on commercial architecture projects while maintaining an independent residential projects practice. Large-scale workplace and retail fit-out projects have included multiple-site strategic development and roll-out of branches for Societe Generale France.
Following this, Delphine developed a specialisation in retail design in the luxury industry, during three years with Landmark Architecture collaborating with many celebrated brands.
Delphine participated in design competitions for the SIHH (International fine watch show) in Geneva for Cartier 2 years running. Multiple projects with Van Cleef & Arpels stores around the world refined her savoir-faire in high-end joinery detailing and construction processes. She also worked with Barbara Bui to deliver new stores in Paris and abroad.
All of these skills are employed in attaining optimum design outcomes in Delphine’s residential and interiors project work. Delphine has an affinity for natural materials and a proficiency in ovum space design and the application of proportional principles. An ability to relate these aspects to the finer details shapes her delivery of comfortable yet sophisticated environments.
Delphine’s Reunion Islands and European background have bestowed her design aesthetic with a sense of connection between the outdoor and the indoor. Having experienced the intersection of Nordic minimalism and Mediterranean purism during her time in France, she is influenced by the way cross-fertilisation in design enables the distinctive features of the life-stories, identities, and cultures of individual clients and international brands to be inscribed throughout a space.
Her language background in French and Spanish enhance this perspective.
Melisa joined the firm in 2012 after leaving The Incubator, a Graphic Design, Event Management & Photography company she managed after returning from London.
Melisa has a strong visual arts background that led her to work as both a photographer and fashion stylist, and as manager of a large London-based photographic studio in London for several years.
With a lifetime of high design references and diverse project coordination experience informing her passion for all things beautiful, Melisa combines an instinct for client care, communications and a distinctive aesthetic in residential furnishing and home & property styling. This translates into stylish interior design tailored to our clients’ personal vision and budget.
Living in both Japan and the UK for 20 years has richly influenced Melisa’s design vision and flair for integrating client considerations into interiors configuration.
Her work for BA Design combines the provision of interior decoration services and practice management.
B Sc (Arch) B Arch
University of Sydney
Lisa joined the firm in 2005 after having worked for MGT Architects (now FJMT), Smart Design Studio, and Denton Corker Marshall Hong Kong where she lived for two years.
Lisa’s strong design aesthetic and extensive experience working in both in an architectural and interior design capacity, is evidenced in the creation of stylish, innovative yet functional interiors, resulting in many published works including her own house in Belle.
Lisa was the Project Architect on the Canberra fitout to Blake Dawson Waldron, which won MGT the RAIA ACT Gold Medal for this design. Lisa has tutored the UNSW Interior Architecture course and is actively committed to the Visual Arts in NSW as patron of a number of significant art institutions.
Her current work for BA Design is wholly interiors focused - embracing interior decoration and joinery design within broader architectural design agendas.
VIVIAN MAB Arch M Arch
University of Technology Sydney
Vivian joined the firm mid-way through 2015 after completing her Master degree in Architecture. She is a Graduate Architect who also studied abroad at Arkitektskolen Aarhus (Aarhus School of Architecture) in Denmark in 2012 and participated in a Design Studio in Berlin in 2013.
Vivian's interest in the integration of interior design into the detailed architectural design process parallels the firm's design practice and philosophy.
Since joining the company she has gained significant construction site experience and developed enhanced design presentation skills and design capacity on a wide range of projects. Her skills now include site documentation, client liaison, contract administration, and material specifications as well as architectural and interior design. Vivian possesses a solid knowledge of the construction process and carries this through into the practical design of interiors and selection of materials.
Vivian’s Asian Australian background plays a key role in her design language, work ethic and broad mindset, while her interests in various other disciplines including visual arts, technology, culture and language are evident in her broad skill set. An ongoing exploration of diverse cultures and history through travel continues to inform her design language and provide inspiration from other parts of the world.
Her language background in Chiuchow, Mandarin, Cantonese, as well as a depth of exposure to Korean culture, enrich this cross-cultural capacity.