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At Michael Ellis Architects, we believe great architecture is borne of respectful practice. Our designs balance the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of our clients, and we give honest and informed advice and instruction on the journey to realising striking built results.

With a strong body of work in residential, multi-residential and hospitality projects, we have established a reputation for compelling yet pragmatic architecture. This is best evidenced through the careful consideration we give to project budgets and commercial efficiencies.

We are fascinated with artisanship, and appreciate the beauty that can be achieved when natural materials meet skilled hands.

With our studio in Elwood, we have extensive experience in Melbourne’s south east, but our work extends across metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria, Perth and Sydney.

About Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis

After cutting his professional teeth at esteemed Melbourne architecture firms, Fender Katsalidis and Wood Marsh, MEA Director Michael Ellis went out on his own in 2001, keen to explore an intensely personal approach to residential design.

Demonstrating a holistic approach to architecture, Ellis has committed to understanding the practicalities of construction. He spent seven years teaching Construction Technology at the University of Melbourne, and has been an ongoing guest critic for RMIT TAFE’s Building Design and Drafting course. Ellis remains a member of the latter’s program course advisory panel.

Michael’s background includes international experience in New York and London. His firm has won State and National awards for both architecture and interiors, which means clients benefit from an all-in-one design service.

His work has also featured on television shows including Grand Designs Australia and Build Me a Home, and more importantly, he has generously imparted his knowledge and skills through pro-bono work for local charities.

Ellis is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (FRAIA).

Our manifesto


As the grandest built expression of self a family will likely ever realise, we believe an architect-designed home should first serve the needs of its inhabitants, carefully considering a family’s collective physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.

Our designs consider the private and public requirements of home: the sanctuaries families retreat to, and the spaces they choose to share with others.

This respectful and considered approach extends to our work in multi-residential and hospitality projects, where beauty and functionality must be keenly balanced with commercial efficiencies.

We are fascinated with artisanship, and appreciate the beauty that can be achieved when natural materials meet skilled hands. We often work with multiple artists and artisans on a project, who design everything from custom-made light fittings to bespoke door handles. This satisfies our desire to bring skilled detailing to a project and keeps us close to the industries we value.

Above all, we are scrupulous stewards of relationships. We show unfailing respect for the investment required to realise a project, and coordinate all project inputs with confidence and efficiency, driving proud and compelling built results on time and on budget.

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