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Marc Bernstein-Hussmann,

Director Melbourne Design Studios.

Marc is an Australian architect with a German background, a German degree and a strong expertise in contemporary and sustainable architecture. He loves his 3 kids, and coming to work on his pushbike.

Marc is a Member of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian & International Passivhaus Associations, and he sits on the Board (Committee of Management) of the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV). He is well known for his holistic approach to and expertise in sustainable design. Marc has won a large number of awards for his work, and he has extensive international experience in commercial and residential architecture, as well as in shopdesign, interior design and exhibition design.




  Felicity Bernstein,

Chief Creative Officer (CCO)
Head of Project Management & Interior Design

Felicity is the heart & soul of MDS, and when not in the office, she is usually busy doing craftwork with her little ones.

Felicity has vast experience in large scale residential and commercial projects. She has been leading teams on mixed use developments with a value of up to $80million dollar. She holds a German degree in Architecture (dipl.-ing. (fh) arch). Felicity’s speciality is to ensure design consistency, from the initial sketch up to the selection of the curtain fabric. She makes sure our interiors are well integrated within our architecture, and she is passionate about our work and quality. Beside her role with MDS, Felicity is also CEO of ‘Hütt’, tomorrow’s house today. Previously, she was a founder of designerSoft, a company that  advises, trains and helps other architectural design practices with their CAD management and BIM strategies in Vectorworks, our preferred CAD & BIM solution.



Marci Webster-Mannison

Head of MDS QLD / NSW
Marci Webster-Mannison (PhD) is our specialist in cost-efficient, institutional and sustainable architecture. She runs around a lot, but has her base in Brisbane.
Marci has three decades of architectural practice spanning both the private and public sector including planning, institutional, commercial, retail, and residential work in Sydney, Canberra, regional NSW, Queensland and Melbourne. Her experience also includes research and teaching at Uni.

She is the recipient of a Special Jury Award (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) for state of the art ecologically inspired architecture, and her projects have won over 25 design awards at a local, state, national and international level, most recently including the following:

- 2012: Award for Excellence (Sustainability in Design) Consult Australia (New Zealand, Papua Niugini and SE Asia). – 2012: State Award for Sustainable Architecture Sheep Station Gully Environmental Learning Centre (SKM/S2F, Architectural Design & Sustainability), AIA Qld Chapter.

- 2011: State Award for Urban Design, Inner Northern Busway, RAIA Qld Chapter (INB HUB Alliance/BVN, Project Architect)

One of Marci’s best known projects is the design of the Thurgoona Campus of Charles Sturt University, over a 10 year period, which is a model of environmentally sensitive yet cost-efficient design practice on a neighbourhood scale, with buildings articulated in rammed earth and recycled timber and conditioned by unique passive solar heating and cooling systems.



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Our clients,

who are the most important bit in the ‘people’ mix : We value your ideas and approaches and would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your trust in our skills and capabilities. Our long list of past and present clients includes, amongst others :

Birkenstock HQ Australia, The Goethe Institute Australia, Keoma Shop, Kew Dermatology Medical Practice, award-winning creative agency ‘Reactive Digitial Media’, Digital Agency Cogent, App Creators ‘Two Bulls’, Co-housing initiative ‘The UrbanCoup’, the ‘ Trinity Church’ East Melbourne, TAP & Associates, C Angelatos Group, Ace Capital,  ProjectFacilitator, Remco Australia (U Voshege), Kinderland European Imports, Gardiner Architects, Paarhammer Windows, MacLaren Homes, Hütt Carbon Neutral Luxe Homes,

as well as many local and international private clients who love what we have created for them. Please feel free to contact us for further information or references.

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