John Denton

Founding Director

John’s internationally recognised skills in the leadership and design of major cultural and civic buildings, is evidenced through the practice’s significant number of national and international awards. John is often invited to give lectures to students of architecture, professional institutes in Australia and abroad, and as a keynote speaker at industry events. He has made a considerable contribution to the advancement of architectural discourse in Australia. John served as Victorian Government Architect between 2006 and 2008 and is currently Chair of the Board at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Barrie Marshall

Founding Director

Barrie’s role as Design Director is reflected in the consistent design quality that is the hallmark of the practice’s work. His input to each project maintains the focus of the design narrative from inception to completion. Barrie is interested in all aspects of design from architecture and urban design, to furniture and product design, and has been critical to the design output of the practice. Barrie shares in the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, awarded to the three Founding Directors in 1996.
Melbourne Directors

Adrian FitzGerald

Senior Director

Adrian is a key leader in the studio’s design cell, formulating design responses for the diverse range and scale of project types from art galleries and skyscrapers to urban precincts. Adrian has been an integral part of the significant growth and success of the practice over the past four decades. This has encompassed extensive international experience including 14 years in the London, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore studios. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, serving as a National Councillor and on award juries and committees.

Neil Bourne

Senior Director

Neil leads the architecture and urban design for infrastructure and civic projects including rail, road, bridges, tunnels and city gateways. He has developed a strong appreciation of the diverse demands of these complex typologies and the stakeholders involved. Neil builds strong working relationships with often large, complex project teams and has established a reputation for collaborative work processes and innovative design solutions. Neil also plays a key role in the management of the practice.  

Wojciech Pluta

Senior Director

Wojciech is a leader in the research, education and civic sectors, having developed a broad understanding of the complexities associated with these projects over the last three decades. He has managed major international projects from design through to documentation and construction, including the multi-award winning Manchester Civil Justice Centre and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Wojciech is committed to the development of the profession's future architects through teaching assignments at Melbourne's leading architecture faculties.  

Peter Williams

Director

Peter is a leader in the development of commercial architecture in the practice. He joined Denton Corker Marshall in the 1980s as Project Architect for 101 Collins Street and has since taken a leading role on significant mixed-use projects such as Melbourne Quarter and Asia Square, a twin tower development in Singapore. Peter’s ability to successfully manage large, complex projects on time and on budget, has been integral to the growth of the practice’s development portfolio.

Greg Gong

Director

Greg is the principal driving force behind the practices’ successful involvement in China over the past two decades, together with servicing Chinese clients entering the Australian market. With a deep understanding of both western and eastern cultures, Greg is able to translate and develop relevant solutions which are practical and innovative, irrespective of project location. Greg is an active participant in Australia/China business forums and events, a key supporter of the Melbourne Tianjin Sister City Program and a contributor to the Chinese community’s business, cultural and community life in Melbourne.

Anna Piatkowska

Director - Administration

Anna has undertaken the role of Company Secretary at Denton Corker Marshall for 20 years. Her expertise lies in administration, financial management, corporate governance/trusteeship, and contract management. She has extensive understanding of the architectural profession, and has negotiated bespoke and drafted standard contracts with government and Standards Australia. Anna’s long term industry involvement includes 14 years as Treasurer of the Association of Consulting Architects Victorian/Tasmania, and 10 years as Chair of the Architectural Accounting + Administration Group. She shares her experience speaking on behalf of the ACA, the Australian Institute of Architects and associated networks.
London + Jakarta Directors

Stephen Quinlan

Managing Partner

Stephen established Denton Corker Marshall’s London studio in 1990 and is Managing Partner of the practice in Europe. The number of award winning projects delivered under Stephen’s direction, are testament to his widely recognised project leadership and client liaison skills. Stephen contributes to professional journals, presents lectures at academic institutes and industry events, and regularly serves as a judge on design award panels.

John Rintoul

Partner

With almost three decades of experience, John is well versed in the design and delivery of major projects. He is a leader in luxury apartment and hotel buildings, and large mixed-use developments. John’s experience in project management and with all stages of project coordination, from concept design to construction supervision, make him an integral member of the London studio leadership team. John was Associate Director in Charge of the award winning Manchester Civil Justice Centre project.

Irwin Lopez

Partner

Irwin manages the Denton Corker Marshall Manchester studio. With extensive knowledge of the construction industry in the north west, he leads public, commercial and institutional projects. Over the past two decades, he has successfully delivered complex and technically challenging projects and has established a reputation for his engaging, hands-on approach. Irwin has acted in the capacity of Technical Advisor to Her Majesty’s Court Service (now Ministry of Justice) on a range of public projects.

Budiman Hendropurnomo

Director

Budiman leads the Denton Corker Marshall Jakarta studio with diverse experience and particular specialisation in hospitality projects including resorts, hotels and apartments. With a deep understanding of the Indonesian culture, his projects represent the beauty and richness of Indonesian tradition with a contemporary sensibility. Budiman is a leader in the evolution of sustainable design. He supports the profession through lecturing at some of the country’s leading universities and regularly presenting at industry events.
Associate Directors

Anne Clisby

Associate Director

Anne's unique ability to connect the external built form with internal spaces, is reflective of her holistic design approach. With specialist expertise in education environments, she has developed significant knowledge of pedagogy and next generation learning spaces. Anne is a strong supporter of gender equity in the architecture profession and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects National Committee for Gender Equity.

Graham Craigie

Associate Director

Graham has been increasingly dedicated to the practice's multi-residential and hospitality projects, such as the award-winning Penfolds Magill Estate. His extensive expertise in the student accommodation sector has enabled him to challenge the typical notion of student housing and engage local community, institutions and businesses, to create benefits for all stakeholders. An effective and astute communicator, Graham delivers commercially advantageous solutions at every stage of the project for our clients.

Robin Deutschmann

Associate Director

Robin is a key member of the practice’s design cell, bringing extensive local and international experience ranging from large public buildings, stadiums and skyscrapers, to local community projects such as regional art galleries. His strong contextual design approach provides valuable input into the early stages of concept design and ensures the highest quality design outcomes are achieved through to completion. Robin thrives on highly engaging, collaborative design processes, working closely with clients, stakeholders and other designers, to develop innovative and responsive design solutions.

Sonja Syre

Associate Director

Sonja is a leader in the delivery of research, education and civic projects. Her dual qualifications in architecture and project management, result in the successful coordination of design and documentation of complex projects, management of the project team and quality control. Sonja is a supportive mentor to the next generation of architects in the studio.

Noel Tighe

Associate Director

With a career spanning over 30 years, Noel has undertaken leading roles on multi award winning projects in the commercial, education and civic sectors, in Australia, Asia and Europe. With expertise in the restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, he has lead projects such as the new exhibition galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. His natural rapport with clients and consultants, make him an exceptional project leader and demonstrate his ability to deliver successful project outcomes. Noel is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel.
Senior Associates

Nicola Smith

Senior Associate

With a strong focus on project delivery and extensive local and international experience, Nicola’s collaborative approach ensures the quality and integrity of the design is carried through to project completion. An ardent advocate and specialist in sustainable design, Nicola leads the practice’s Green Team and takes a leading role in ESD integration from early project stages. Her commitment to knowledge sharing and professional development is demonstrated through her contribution to in-house presentations and external professional forums.

Kei Kitayama

Senior Associate

Kei's broad architectural knowledge make him an exceptional practitioner. His ability to contribute to all stages in the life of a project, has been fundamental to the success of many Denton Corker Marshall projects. With extensive technical skills and expertise, he has contributed to large-scale civic commissions such as the Australian Embassy Jakarta, and small-scale hospitality projects such as Hihou.

Associates

Brent Alexander

Associate

Brent is a key member of the practice’s infrastructure and urban design team with extensive experience in large-scale, complex projects. He thrives on developing a deep understanding of client needs and aspirations, and working collaboratively with key project stakeholders to deliver innovative and practical solutions. Brent is a supportive leader, committed to mentoring the practice’s future architects through continual learning.

James Christophidis

Associate

James’ technical expertise in façade design result in the high-quality architectural outcomes synonymous with Denton Corker Marshall projects. With specialist experience in the external building fabric and detailed design solutions, James has been involved in key projects that contribute to the social fabric of Melbourne. He is an active collaborator, imparting his knowledge on the next generation of façade specialists.

Marcin Polgar

Associate

Marcin joined Denton Corker Marshall’s Warsaw office in 2002 and moved to the Melbourne studio in 2008. With a strong focus on the design process, he has been heavily involved in the development and production of design concepts for commercial, residential and civic projects, in Australian and overseas. He is a forthright contributor to design discussions in the studio, demonstrating his commitment to high quality project outcomes. Marcin is a sessional tutor on the subject of high-rise commercial buildings at The University of Melbourne.

James Taylor

Associate

Since joining Denton Corker Marshall in 2014, James has been involved in the practice’s key commercial projects in Australia and overseas. His broad architectural skills allow him to integrate project challenges and opportunities with the commercial interests of our clients. James is an avid photographer with a strong eye for detail and an ability to capture the essence of a project through the camera lens.