Andrew Maynard Architects is a collaboration between Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin. Andrew started the design practice in 2002. In 2007 Mark joined the team.

Andrew Maynard


Ba Environmental Design

Ba Architecture (honours)


Andrew Maynard has a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelor degree in Architecture with honours, both from the University of Tasmania. While still studying, Andrew won the Graphisoft international award for his design of Bulgakov's DEVIL'S BALLROOM. Following graduation he traveled extensively, pausing on rare occasions to work in offices such as Allom Lovell, Six Degrees and Richard Rogers. During this time Andrew entered and won both the Australia / New Zealand regional award and the overall Grand Prize in the Asia Pacific Design Awards for his DESIGN POD mobile workstation.

Upon returning to Melbourne in 2002 he established Andrew Maynard Architects with the intent of creating an office that gave equal value to both built projects and bold, polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted built work and socio-political concepts have garnered global attention and recognition. Wallpaper* magazine, in its Architects Directory, an "annual guide to the world's most innovative practices", offers this insight - "Andrew Maynard Architects are unafraid of mixing big conceptual designs with beautifully conceived small-scale works"; while Inhabitat says "In the diverse collection of projects we get a picture of an architect whose ideals run as deeply as his talent for good design." And, slightly less complimentary, the AGE states “His concepts include a man-eating robot, a bicycle made of plywood and “Poop House” - a structure made from human excrement and food. Images of the archetypal mad scientist spring to mind."

In 2004 Andrew was an awarded exhibitor at ADC Young Guns in New York. The Young Guns exhibition recognises international designers 30 and under. The following year Andrew's awarded prefabricated housing design received international attention for its push towards housing that is manufactured, as an industrial product, rather than built from sticks, plaster, brick and tin, offering a beautiful, fast, affordable and sustainable housing solution.

In 2007 Mark Austin joined the team where he contributed to an already heathy design debate within the office and, importantly, introduced a rigour and methodology that drove built projects to an even higher level of detail and finish, thereby ensuring that even the most challenging of Andrew’s concepts became reality. In January 2009 Mark became a director of Andrew Maynard Architects.

Throughout the last few years Andrew Maynard has steadily picked up awards and his work continues to be published internationally in journals such as the Architectural Review [London]A+T [Spain], MARK magazine (Amsterdam), Dwell (USA and many more. He keeps the blogosphere abuzz with his works, words and opinion and tirelessly speaks and lectures nationally and internationally at conferences and universities. In 2010 Andrew was named BEST YOUNG ARCHITECT at TREEHUGGER's BEST OF GREEN awards in the U.S.

His conceptual and built work has been exhibited globally in New York, Budapest, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan and most recently in Barcelona where Andrew’s Ilma Grove House received a commendation in the prestigious WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL.


Click here to hear Andrew's interview on RRR radio, or here to see the Fairfax interview.

awards, exhibitions, lectures, etc
Over all winner
hill house - vision awards
hill house - victorian architecture awards
ilma grove - at the World Architecture Festival, Barcelona Spain 2011
Highly Commended
ilma grove - at the HOUSES awards 2011
Highly Commended
mash house - at the IDEA awards 2011
“Design Hero”
Small Business Heroes Exhibition
Federation Square
Pecha Kucha 13 - Mlebourne
Anglesea House - at the AIA Architecture Awards 2010
Sustainable Living Festival 2010
BMW Edge, Federation Square
Barrow House, 2009 Australian Timber Design awards
Vader house, 2009 Vision awards 
2nd prize
Urban Orchard, Growing Up design Competition 2009
Vader house, 2009 Colour awards awards >
Tattoo House, 2008 Master Builder national awards >
Tattoo House, 2008 Master Builder Victorian awards >

Kondapur community development invited competition Hyderabad, India ’08 >

IDEA Designer of the year award ‘08

IDA awards 2008, Tattoo House >

jury member
RAIA’s Colourbond award 2008
invited speaker,
RAIA National Conference - ‘Critical Visions’, 2008
jury member
google sketch up competition, 2007
jury member
reece bathroom innovation award, 2007
invited committee member
Melbourne City Council's Public Art Advisory Committee
invited speaker,
CtrlShift Student Conference, New Zealand, 2007
invited speaker,
process - 'emerging practices', 2007
invited speaker,
rmit, 2007
invited speaker,
real lecture series, deakin university, 2007
invited speaker,
and lecture series, melbourne university, 2007
RAIA 'Staying Sane'
invited speaker,
Shape Group Design Talk, 2006
The Architects Radio show, Triple R FM, 2006 >
invited judge,
Queensland Design Award, 2006
RAIA awards 2006, Essex Street House >
Past, Present, Future Exhibition 2006.
exhibitor and finalist ,
City of Milan Award for Young Foreign Designers 2005 >
special commendation,
VicUrban Affordable Housing Competition 2004 >
highly commended,
Australian Timber Design Awards 2004 for the Sproule residence
Young Guns 04, New York City. An exhibition of international designers under 30 years of age.
invited guest speaker,
States of Mind: Design Evolution - 2004 Biennale Australasian Architecture Student conference
invited guest speaker,
process - an evening for independent and emerging architects 2003
small-ex03 an exhibition of new & emerging architectural practices 2003 >
short listed,
alias / wavefront design competition 2001 >
grand prize winner,
asia pacific design award 2000 ‘the design pod’ >
1st Prize,
asia pacific design award 2000, aust/nz region ‘the design pod’ >
1st Prize,
graphisoft prize, international comp. 1998 ‘the devil’s ballroom’ >
jury mention,
architecture australia’s prize for unbuilt ideas 1998 ‘twoworlds’ >
first place,
alvar aalto centennial, university of tasmania judging 1998 >
sw blythe architecture award 1997 ‘buildings in the park’ >
sw blythe architecture award 1997 ‘mowbray pool’houses/Pages/Hill_House.htmlhouses/Pages/Hill_House.htmlhouses/Pages/Ilma_Grove.htmlhouses/Pages/Ilma_Grove.htmlhouses/Pages/Mash_House.html
what are

all about?
bibliography of publications
metropolis [magazine] > april 2008. pages 37, 38, 40 [us] 

age [newspaper] >
‘the grassroots motions for green roofs', domain, page 16, 12 april 2008

australian financial review [newspaper] 
april 4-6, 2008, page 20-21 [australia]

mark- another architecture [magazine] > mark publishers, mark #13, page 50-51, april/may 2008 [netherlands] 

monument - architecture & design [magazine] > text pacific publishing, volume 84, 2008, pages 86-91 [australia]

ecological houses [book] >
teNeues publishing group, 2008, pages 24-29, [france]

perspective [magazine] >
march 2008, pages 106-110, [hongkong] 

c3 [magazine] >
february 2008, pages 80-85 [korea]
disenart [magazine] >
 volume 24, 2008, pages 92-97, [spain]

age [newspaper] >
'futuristic and wildly original', domain, page 16, 3 november 2007 

mark- another architecture [magazine]
mark publishers, mark #10, page 16, october/november 2007 [netherlands] 

DQ - design quarterly [magazine] >
volume 27, spring 2007, page 68-70 [australia]
details for living [book] >
images publishing, october 2007, [australia]

detail ’08 [book] >
360 publishing, september 2007, [china]

red [magazine] >
issue 38, october 2007 [australia]

Australian Financial Review [newspaper]
september 28, 2007, page 24-25

vogue living [magazine] >
sept/oct 2007, page 214-217 [australia]

pol oxygen [magazine] >
‘rocket man’, issue 22, 2007, page 44-52, [australia]

XS green - big ideas, small buildings [book]
thames & hudson, 2007, page 148-149 [london]

abstract [magazine] >
issue 42, may-july 2007, page 42-47 [belgium]

the design papers [journal]
national design centre, july 2007, page 5 [australia]

vogue living [magazine] >
winter 2007, page 80-85 [australia]

the weekend australian magazine >
june 23-24, 2007, page 33-36

objekt international [magazine]
issue 37, spring 2007, page 168-171 [holland]

belle [magazine] >
june/july 2007, page 48 [australia]

indian architect & builder [magazine]
volume 20, june 2007, page 71-76 [mumbai]

SDQ- scene design quarterly [journal]
page 64, number 25, autumn 2007

panorama first [magazine]
april 2007, page 237-239 [milan]

urban design review [journal] >
issue 4, march 2007 [usa]

IW magazine [magazine]
issue 53, page 61-66, 2006 [taiwan]

mark- another architecture [magazine]
mark publishers, mark #5, page 6, 11, 2006 [netherlands]
ville e case prefabricate [magazine] 
di baio editore, issue 16, page 14-17, november 2006 [italy]
360 design [magazine]
sandu cultural media, page 114-119, issue 11, 2006 [hong kong]
world changing: a user's guide for the 21 st century [book]
Abrams, New York, 2006, page 150
hinge magazine
volume 136 page 69, november 2006 [hong kong]
the age [newspaper]
'out of the box', m magazine, 29 october 2006
the age [newspaper]
'think outside the extension', domain, 11 october 2006
SDQ- scene design quarterly [journal] 
'infinite creativity' indesign media, page 45-46, number 23, spring 2006
the age [newspaper]
'just add water' domain, 8 october 2006
houses, [magazine]
architecture media, issue 52, page 74, 2006
pasajes de arquitectura y critica, [journal]
madrid, page 83, number 79, september 2006 [italy]
australian financial review [newspaper]
'connecting with breezes and light' September 8-10, 2006
wallpaper* [magazine],
ipc media, architects directory 2006, page 169, issue 90, august 2006 [uk]
domain [newspaper],
the age newspaper, page 10, 22nd july 2006
pol oxygen [journal],
pol publications, issue 17, pages 96-97, 2006 [australia]
casamica [journal],
house design, no. 3, page 53, march 2006 [italy]
digital lifestyle [magazine],
mediaspazio, issue 6/7, pages 46-47, july-august 2006 [italy]
past + present + future [exhibition catalogue], 
raia publication, july 2006[australia]
houses [journal], >
issue 43, archimedia, pages 52-56, april 2005
a+t [journal],
issue 24, new materiality ii, pages 102-111, autumn 2004 [spain] >
alumni news [magazine],
utas, pages 6-7, december 2004 >
domain [newspaper], >
the age, pages 4-5, 8th december 2004 
architectural record [journal], >
mcgraw hill, pages 70-72, november 2004 [usa] 
domain [newspaper], >
the age newspaper, page 3, 1st december 2004 
domain [newspaper], >
the age newspaper, page 3, 20th october 2004 
adc young guns 4 [book] >
adc publications, pages 186-190 & 224, september 2004 [usa] 
epicure [newspaper],
the age newspaper, page 9, 20th july 2004 [australia]
small '03 [exhibition catalogue], >
raia publication, pages 16-19, oct 2003 [australia]
melbourne magazine [magazine], >
viamedia melbourne, issue 012, page 20, oct 2003 [australia] 
inside [journal],
interior review, niche media, no.17, page 24, feb 2000 [australia]
indesign [journal],
interior architecture, indesign media, no.3, page 24, feb 2000 [australia]
FM [journal],
facilities asset management, vol8 no.5, page 22, oct/nov 1999 [australia]
the architectural review [journal],
emap construct, no.1225 page 32, mar 1999 [uk]
architectural review [journal],
niche media, no.66 page 21, Summer 1998 [australia]
architecture australia [journal],
architecture media, vol87 no.2 page 81, mar/april 1998 [australia]
monument [journal],
architecture/design, terraplane press, no.22, page 20 jan 1997 [australia]
unitas [magazine], 
no.154, cover story, nov 1998 [australia]press/Pages/metropolis.htmlnewspapers/Pages/The_Age,_Domain.htmlpress/Pages/MARK_13.htmlpress/Pages/Monument_Vol._84.htmlbooks/Pages/Ecological_Houses.htmlpress/Pages/Perspective.htmlpress/Pages/c3.htmlpress/Pages/disenart.html

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director / architect

director / architect

Mark Austin


Ba Environmental Design

Ba Architecture


Mark is a fantastic architect, designer and a great contract administrator. He is, like Andrew, a staunchly proud Tasmanian, who in his diverse career has worked in a variety of capacities including his role as a production designer for the English National Opera in London.

Throughout his architectural career Mark continues to show a incredible balance between design talent and rigorous, pragmatic, technical and organisation skills. He has a fine eye for detail and is greatly respected by all of our clients, consultants and builders for his management skills. Mark provides a great balance and rigour to Andrew’s lofty ideas and experiments.



“One of Australia’s most exciting young architects”


"Maynard's work offers a flash of illumination toward the next generation of smart, compact, elegant home design. Each project begs a long, awe-inspired look and makes the future look like a very nice place to live."


"Andrew Maynard, one of Australia's brightest young architects, intends to make a difference."

Pol Oxygen

"Maynard is one of a small group of exciting, young and creatively boundless Australian architects who are set to change the face of Melbourne. These gifted, edgy, clued-up and media-savvy thirty-somethings are all producing internationally recognised work at a time when architecture has never been so cool..."

Gina Morris

“What strikes me about Andrew is that his practice is very much ideas-based, and I think it’s important to create for ideas and experimentation. He uses a diversity of materials, but not in an evangelistic way. So many of our capabilities are going offshore and it’s vital that we retain ingenious designers such as Andrew.”

Kathy Demos
director of the National Design Centre

"Andrew Maynard has been one of my favorite architects for a few years now. The work his studio puts out is fun, well conceived and extremely well designed."

“This guy's stuff just blows my mind. Every time I look at his site I get a boost. He has some of the funkiest designs. Maynard's firm is hot as the sun right now.”

future house now

"Environmental issues and responsible, intelligent solutions are trademarks of his work, utilising clever concepts for a dynamic output. Clients come to Maynard when they’re seeking a unique and challenging solution, be it in the residential, retail, hospitality or commercial arena."

Alaana Fitzpatrick
DQ magazine

"The Australian architect Andrew Maynard, has a penchant for work that serves commercial needs but at the same time focuses on the importance of ecology."



"In the diverse collection of projects in Maynard's portfolio, we get a picture of an architect whose ideals run as deeply as his talent for good design."


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