m3a-ourstory

Our Story

m3architecture is a national award winning architecture firm, which started in 1997. The practice is run by Directors Michael Banney, Michael Christensen, Michael Lavery and Ben Vielle.

Ideas lead our work. We conceive ideas that are embedded through every stage of a project. We are interested in designing something unexpected – something that makes your project extraordinary.

We are leaders in education and public architecture, though we work in any sector. We work on any architecture or design project, whether small or large scale, from buildings to exhibitions. Our designs are specific to you, the site and your project.

 

We respect that the project belongs to you. We care about your needs, and have established methods that help us understand you.

Our services include traditional design, documentation and contract administration services. We are also adept at master planning, pre-design, project briefing and feasibility studies.

Our designs have been awarded the highest architecture prize for Public Buildings, Heritage and Small Projects in Australia. We have also won many awards for our interiors, urban design, and art and architecture. Our designs are published both nationally and internationally.

 

m3a-directors

L-R: Directors Michael Christensen, Michael Banney, Ben Vielle & Michael Lavery.

Awards

2015 Think Brick Awards (National) Grand Prix Winner: ACT for Kids Child and Family Centre for Excellence.

2014 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation – Interior Architecture: UQ Chemistry Level 8

2013 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation –Sustainable Architecture: 11 Saint James Street Petrie terrace.

2012 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Interior Architecture: Mansergh Shaw Level 5, The University of Queensland

2012 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation – Public Architecture: David Theile Olympic Swimming Pool, The University of Queensland

2011 AIA National Architecture Awards: National Award for Interior Architecture: St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Tierney Auditorium

2011 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – G.H.M. Addison Award for Interior Architecture: St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Tierney Auditorium

2011 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Karl Langer Award for Urban Architecture: Yeerongpilly Bridge

2011 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Interior Architecture: St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Tierney Auditorium

2011 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Urban Architecture: Yeerongpilly Bridge

2010 AIA National Architecture Awards: The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2010 AIA National Architecture Awards: National Commendation – Public Architecture: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2010 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Public Architecture: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2010 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Award – JW Wilson Building of the Year: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

 

2010 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Public Architecture: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2009 Australian Timber Design Awards: National Award – Overall Winner: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2009 Australian Timber Design Awards: National Award – Public or Commercial Buildings: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2009 Australian Timber Design Awards: National Award – Best Use of Certified Timber: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2009 Australian Timber Design Awards: Queensland Award – Best Northern Region: Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2009 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation – Interior Architecture: UQ Science Learning Centre

2009 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Interior Architecture: Brisbane North Eye Centre, Chermside

2009 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Interior Architecture: UQ Science Learning Centre

2008 RAIA National Architecture Awards: Sir Zelman Cowan Prize for Public Architecture: Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School

2008 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture: Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School

2008 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation – Interior Architecture: Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School

2008 Queensland Architecture Awards: Regional Commendation – Interior Architecture: UQ Chemistry Laboratory Fitouts Levels 9 and 10

2008 AA Prize for unbuilt work – special mention: Captain Cook Landing Memorial – Memorial as Event

2007 RAIA National Architecture Awards: National Award – Small Project Architecture Award: QUT Human Movement Pavilion

2007 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture: QUT Human Movement Pavilion

2007 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Art and Architecture Prize: QUT Human Movement Pavilion

2007 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Brisbane Regional Commendation: QUT Human Movement Pavilion

2006 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: G.H.M Addison Award for Interior Architecture: UQ Chemistry Building Fitout Levels 5, 6 West, 7 and 10 West

2006 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Brisbane Regional Commendation: UQ Chemistry Building Fitout Levels 5, 6 West, 7 and 10 West

2005 RAIA President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the support and mentoring of architectural graduates

2005 DIA Queensland Design Awards: Award of Merit – Best Use of Colour: UQ Centre for Marine Studies

2004 DIA Queensland Design Awards: Design Innovation and Excellence Award: RAIA Stage Set Design

2004 DIA Queensland Design Awards: Design Innovation and Excellence Award: UQ Micro Health Laboratory

2004 DIA Queensland Design Awards: Award of Merit – Set / Display Design: RAIA Stage Set Design 2002

2004 DIA Queensland Design Awards: Award of Merit – Public Art Collaboration: UQ Micro Health Laboratory

2003 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Commendation – Art & Architecture Award: RAIA Stage Set Design 2002

2002 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards – State Award – Art and Architecture Award: UQ Micro Health Laboratory

2002 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards: State Award – Public Building, Institutional Building Award: UQ Micro Health Laboratory

Publications

2016    The David Theile Olympic Swimming Pool in, “The Pool.”  Venice Architecture Exhibition book, Australian Pavilion 2016.  The Australian Institute of Architects.  pp163.

2015    The David Theile Olympic Swimming Pool, The Yeerongpilly (Rod Laver) Footbridge, and The Tree of Knowledge in, Practical Poetics in Architecture. Author: Leon van Schaik.  Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd.  pp 194 – 201.

2015    ACT for Kids, Centre for Excellence and the Microhealth Laboratory in, Materiality – Brick and Block in Contemporary Australian Architecture.  Dry Press Publishing Pty Ltd  Ron Ringer pp36-45

2015    UQ Microhealth Laboratory in, Brick.  Phaidon Press Ltd.  pp 56.

2015    ACT for Kids, Centre for Excellence, in Architecture Australia (Jan/Feb 2015)  Architecture Media.  Pp 34-41 (and the cover)

2015    Cape Tribulation House in Architecture Australia (Sept/Oct 2015)  Architecture Media.  Pp 58-64

2014    m3architecture featured in, A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture. Elie G Haddad and David Rifkind.  P451 and p 453.

2012 m3architecture in “The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture”.  Cambridge University Press.  P421.

2011  A Place in the Sun.Harrison, S. 2010. A Place in the Sun. Victoria: Thames & Hudson. pp. 36-41

2010  ‘Enduring Visions’, in the Australian Financial Review Magazine. Harley, R. 2010 ‘Enduring Visions’. The Australian Financial Review Magazine Nov 2010: 34.

2010   ‘2010 National Architecture Awards: Acknowledging the fine handiwork of Australia’s architectural community’, in Architecture Australia.  Dodson, M., Watson-Brown, E., Stutchbury, P., Pritchard, M., Bruhn, C. ‘2010 National Architecture Awards’. Architecture Australia Vol 99/6: 73, 82-83.

2010    ‘Inspire: Australian National Architecture Awards’. Inspire: Australian National Architecture Awards 201. 2010. Canberra: Australian Institute of Architects pp 33, 157.

2010    ‘Monumento a un Arbo, Barcaldine (Australia): Memorial to a Tree, Barcaldine (Australia)’, in AV Monographs: 50 Small Works.  Fernandez-Galiano, L (ed.). 2009. ‘Monumento a un Arbol, Barcaldine (Australia): Memorial to a Tree, Barcaldine (Australia)’. AV Monographs: 50 Small Works. Vol. 140: 46

2010    ‘University Laboratory’, in Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century.               Fernandez-Galiano, L (ed.). 2010. Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century – Asia and Pacific. Spain: Arquitectura Viva SL. pp. 314-315

2010    ‘Tree of Knowledge’, in Urbis. Unknown. 2010. ‘Tree of Knowledge’. Urbis: Design / Living / Architecture. Vol. 54: 17

2010    ‘The Why of m3architecture’, in Monument. Campbell, K. 2010. ‘The Why of m3architecture’. Monument Vol.97: 21-26

2010    ‘Tree of Knowledge’, in Architecture Australia. Skinner, P. 2010. ‘Tree of Knowledge’. Architecture Australia Vol. 99 (Issue 3): 57-61

2010    ‘Sensory Appeal’, in Houses Thompson, S. 2010. ‘Sensory Appeal’. Houses Vol. 73: 111-120

 

2009    ‘Brisbane Girls Grammar School Creative Learning Centre’ in The Architectural Review (UK) Gregory, R. 2009. Brisbane Girls Grammar School Creative Learning Centre. The Architectural Review Vol. 1351: 56-57

2009    ‘Tree of Knowledge Memorial’ in Artichoke. Thomson, S. 2009. Tree of Knowledge Memorial. Artichoke Vol. 28: 48-49

2009    Phaidon 10×10/3. MacKenzie, A. 2009. Phaidon 10×10/3. New York: Phaidon Press Inc. pp. 204-207. Book Section: m3architecture

2009    ‘Brisbane North Eye Centre’, Architecture Australia. Noble, L. 2009. Brisbane North Eye Centre. Architecture Australia 98 (3):62-69. Journal Review: Brisbane North Eye Centre

2008    The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. 2008. New York: Phaidon. p. 46. Book Section: QUT Human Movement Pavilion

2008    Stutchbury, S and Wallace, M. 2008. Place Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architects. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery.  Published by the Queensland Art Gallery for the exhibition ‘Place Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architects’, held at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2 August – 23 November 2008.

2008    Taylor, M. 2008. Practice Profile: m3architecture. in Versatility and Vicissitude: Performance in Morpho-Ecological Design. Hensel, M. and Menges, A. (eds.). Architectural Design. Vol. 78 No. 2. (March / April 2008). London: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. pp. 122-127.

2008    Harpers Bazaar 10th Year Anniversary.  Bazaar Insider.  (The Architect)

2007    Jackson, D. 2007. Next Wave: Emerging Talents in Australian Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson. pp. 30-41

2007    BGGS Creative Learning Centre, in, Kaji-O’Grady, S. 2007. Brisbane Girls Grammar. Architecture Australia, Vol. 96  (Issue 5): pp. 84-93.

2007    Exhibition Review: ‘OUT FROM UNDER: Australian Architecture Now’, in, de Monchauz, N. 2007. OUT FROM UNDER. Architecture Australia, Vol. 96  (Issue 4): pp. 37-39.

2007    Exhibition Review: ‘[v3]w’, in, Noble, L. 2007. [v3] + SPARK, Architecture Australia, Vol. 96  (Issue 1): pp. 22-23.

2007    Various recent projects, in, Mongrel, Vol. 2 pp. 40-51.

2006    Micro-Health Laboratory & Paper Wall, in, DIA. 2006. Three: Design Excellence in Queensland. Brisbane: DIA.

(also part of exhibition held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane)

2006    Centre for Marine Studies, in, DIA. 2006. Four: Design Excellence in Queensland. Brisbane: DIA.

(also part of exhibition held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane)

2005    Armstrong Residence, in, Richardson, P. 2005. Carved from the Hillside. In House Plus: Imaginative Ideas for Extending Your Home, pp. 176-179. London: Thames and Hudson.

 

2005    Bennett Residence, in,  Jinich (ed.), I. I. 1995. Bennett Residence. Casas Houses Australia, Vol. 89 pp. 36-41.

2005    Paper Wall and Micro-Health Laboratory. Whitman, P. 2005. Minimal Means. Architecture Australia, Vol. 94  (Issue 2): pp. 78-81.

2005    Centre for Marine Studies, in, Thomson, S. 2005. Centre for Marine Studies. Artichoke, Vol. 12 pp. 76-81.

2004    Micro-Health Laboratory, in, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. 2004. Comprehensive ed. London: Phaidon. p. 24.

2004    Armstrong Residence, in, Musgrave, E. and J. Price. 2004. Northern Exposure. Monument, Vol. 58 pp. 80-84.

2004    ANU Bike Shelters, in, Radar Projects: ANU. 2004. Architecture Australia, Vol. 93  (Issue 3): p. 48.

2004    Bennett Residence, in, Thomson, S. 2004. Belonging to Bribie. Houses, 40: pp. 24-28.

2003    Bennett Residence, in, nRAIA. 2003. Sub-Tropical Housing for the New Millennium, p. 19.

(also part of the Sub-Tropical Housing exhibition held at 111 George St, Brisbane)

2003    Armstrong Residence, in, Fraser, M. 2003. Dual Purpose. Indesign, Vol. 12: p. 44.

2003    Armstrong Residence, in, Killen, S. 2003. Secret Garden Room. The Courier Mail: Home. Saturday, June 14. pp. 12-13.

2003    Kinloch Residence, in, Fraser, M. 2003. Right Balance. The Courier Mail: Home.Saturday, October 18. pp. 16-17.

2002    Micro-Health Laboratory, in, Noble, L. 2002. Lab Cubed. Architectural Review Australia, Vol. 78: pp. 46-51.

2001    Best-Lunney Residence, in, Garlick, G. 2001. Forward Steps. The Sunday Mail: Home Front. Sunday, September 23. p. 88.

2001    Bennet Residence, in, Killen, S. 2001. Retirement Plan. The Courier Mail: Homelife.Saturday, December 8. pp. 10-11.

2000    Armstrong Residence (stage 1), in, Lord, C. 2000. House of Trees. The Courier Mail: Our House. Tuesday, May 16. p. 4.

Exhibitions

2016    ‘Home Grown: Contemporary Architects and Artists from Townsville’ Exhibition, held at Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville. 8 to 26 October, 2016.

2016    Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion. Project, UQ David Theile Olympic Swimming Pool.

2014    Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion.  Project, Lodge on the Lake.

2010    Shanghai World Expo.  Projects; Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre; Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial:  ‘HEAT: Queensland Architects’, Stand at the 2010 World Expo, Shaghai.  20 June – 26 June 2010.

2008   Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion, ‘Abundant Australia’

2008    Optimism, GOMA

2008    Place Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architects GOMA, Brisbane. 2 August to 23 November, 2008

Included BGGS / Micro Health Laboratory / Armstrong Residence

2010    ‘All Politics is Local’, in Interior Design Magazine. Welsh, S. 2010. ‘All Politics is Local’. Interior Design. February 2010: 97

 

2007    ‘OUT FROM UNDER: Australian Architecture Now,’ held at AIA, San Francisco. 8 March to 27 April, 2007.

UQ Micro Health Laboratory and Armstrong Residence.

2006   Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion

Inclusion of the UQ Micro Health Laboratory in the Australian Pavilion at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, ‘Cities, Architecture and Society,’ held in Venice, 10 September to 19 November 2006.

2006    ‘[v3]’ held at QPAC Forecourt, Southbank, Brisbane. 27 October, 2006.  Chermside Theatres.

2006    ‘Art Movement’ Exhibition, held at UTS Gallery, Sydney. 27 June to 28 July 2006. Curated by Ricardo Felipe.   BGGS Creative Learning Centre.

2006    The Design Institute of Australia Awards & Exhibition, held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 3 to 18 June, 2004.

UQ Chemistry Interiors, St Lucia Campus.

 

2005    The Design Institute of Australia Awards & Exhibition, held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 4 to 19 June, 2005 Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland St Lucia.

2005    RAIA ‘Marvels’ Exhibition of built and unbuilt work, held at William St, Brisbane. 28 October to 2 November 2005.

BGGS Creative Learning Centre, ANU Bike Shelters, and, Yeppoon Apartments (with Brian Hooper Architect).

2004    The Design Institute of Australia Awards & Exhibition, held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 5 to 14 June, 2004.

Micro / Health Laboratory UQ Gatton Campus, and, RAIA Stage Set Design 2002.

2004    ART + ARCH Infinite Exhibition, held in various sites across Brisbane, 09 September to 03 October 2004.

‘Work in Collaboration’ (Michael Banney and Dirk Yates) shown at City Hall.

2003    RAIA Tropical Housing Exhibition.  Venue, 111 George St, Brisbane. 2003.

Bennett Residence, Bribie Island.