Sibling is an architecture practice that cares about making people’s lives better.  We do this by creating environments, experiences and strategies that respond to social needs and desires, making everyday life easier, more engaging, and more fun.

Working with communities, councils and companies, Sibling design and deliver across all scales and types of building; cultural, commercial, domestic, institutional and landscape. Our research-based approach, driven by a keen interest in culture and connectivity, strengthens each project with fresh ideas and forms.

The practice is directed by Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Qianyi Lim and Timothy Moore.

Founders
Amelia Borg

Amelia Borg is an internationally experienced architect. She brings a deep knowledge of complex design and construction to Sibling overseeing key civic projects for government and cultural organisations. She has led many of Sibling's education projects including the VSBA Award winning Surfside Primary School and recently completed Wangaratta District Specialist School.
Amelia enjoys pushing projects beyond their pragmatic briefs by forecasting trends that will affect society. She strengthened these design research skills in her previous role as research editor at Archis/Volume in Amsterdam.
Her interest in research continues with her investigations of how to transform the business of architecture, and completed an MBA at the Melbourne Business School, supported by the inaugural Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession. Amelia has also led design studios at RMIT, Monash and The University of Melbourne and is a regularly invited guest speaker at conferences and panels.

Registered Architect VIC #17582

Nicholas Braun

Nicholas Braun relishes complex projects from the adaptive reuse of existing buildings to the design of public realms of dense inner-city sites in order to transform these complicated projects into something that looks and feels effortless.

This stems from his expertise that spans across the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture, which gives him a deep understanding of how to integrate biological, mechanical and social systems within the production of architecture.

Having worked across both disciplines in Melbourne and Sydney his projects bring a strong sense of this fusion, as can be evidenced in projects like Gertrude Glasshouse and Hello Houses which dissolve the boundaries of the local context and the private internal spaces to create new and dynamic social landscapes for people to enjoy.

Nicholas is committed to teaching in higher education, which advances his own learning; he is involved in teaching design and construction at Monash University and The University of Melbourne. Further to this Nicholas has served as a juror for the AIA Victorian Chapter Architecture awards and been a mentor for the AIA Constructive Mentoring Program.

Registered Architect VIC #18166
Registered Landscape Architect AILA

Qianyi Lim

Qianyi Lim leads Sibling Architecture’s office in Eora Country, Sydney.

She works across all scales of projects and problem-solving from exhibition design to large-scale civic buildings in urban and regional contexts. Qianyi has a real interest in
civic architecture where the design offers up space to the city through a series of spatial strategies. Qianyi’s attention to the future of Australia’s cities and regions has seen her speak at cultural festivals and institutions across Australia, including the Sherman Centre for Cultural Ideas, National Gallery of Art and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Prior to Sibling, Qianyi worked across Europe and China, as well as for local practices in Melbourne. Her drive to understand and produce an architecture in a global context was furthered by her experience on the Dulux Study Tour for emerging architectural talent in 2016.

Qianyi is also an architectural educator and critic, where she is an Associate Professor of Practice (Architecture) at the University of Sydney, a panel member on the NSW State Design Review Panel and has been a juror at the NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards.
In 2022, Qianyi was the recipient of the NSW AIA Emerging Architect Prize, recognizing her contribution to the wider profession and innovative approach to practice.

Registered Architect NSW #9921

Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore oversees Sibling’s design-research practice. He has been involved in the conceptualisation of Sibling’s exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Istanbul Design Biennial, Gyeonggi MoMA, Seoul National University, and assist with foresight, strategic design, architectural briefs and works for leading commercial and cultural institutions and organisations, including Creative Victoria, FJM Property, City of Melbourne and VICE. Timothy has been pivotal in the materialisation of the exhibition New Agency: Owning your housing future, which is a long-term project by Sibling that examines the futures of dwelling through the lens of an ageing population.

This broad approach to understanding the potential of architecture has been underpinned by Timothy’s roles working as an editor for influential architectural publications Volume, Architecture Australia and Future West (Australian Urbanism), and as part of the curatorial team of Melbourne Design Week (2017-2019). Timothy is widely published in architectural magazines, journals and books, and speaks widely at events and in the media. He is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Monash University.

Team
Lauren Crockett
Associate Architect

Lauren is an accomplished architect bringing strong experience in large-scale projects from Melbourne’s leading architectural practices.

Lauren takes a key role on Sibling's education and community projects including the award winning Surfside Primary School for the Victorian School Board Authority. Through her work at Sibling, Lauren demonstrates that architecture is not just about buildings, but a profession that creatively organises and gives form to space. This expanded approach to architecture is reflected in her extra-curricular activities as editor for architecture journal Caliper and design studio leader at RMIT University.

Alice Edmonds
Associate Architect

Alice Edmonds is a registered architect and brings to Sibling diverse professional and academic experiences. From the delivery of high-end residential projects, to leading design competitions, she believes that collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches can lead to better designed outcomes.

Alice has a keen interest in analysing and understanding the idiosyncratic ways in which we live, work and play and seeks to emphasise inclusive, people-centred design in her work. This is demonstrated in her role as project architect for Tatura Smart Farm – an agricultural research, exhibition and co working facility that brings together scientists, academics and other stakeholders from the public and private sector.

Registered Architect VIC #19860

Nikita Bhopti
Architect

Nikita joined Sibling in 2022 as a Project Architect.
Among various project types, Nikita has deep roots established in complex residential and civic projects spanning several scales. From delivering large new spaces, to ‘tight & right’ interventions, Nikita relishes working closely with her clients and the project team.
Nikita enjoys the intimate details within architectural projects, finding joy in the one-to-one nature of the things we contribute to the built environment.

Nikita graduated her Masters of Architecture with a distinction from RMIT, and is Lead Curator and Secretary of New Architects Melbourne (NAM). Being a freelance writer, she has contributed frequently to several art and design platforms such as Parlour, Reading Architecture and The Design Writer, and is an Associate Contributor to Architect Victoria.

Arjuna Benson
Architect

Arjuna joined Sibling in 2021 and is working across commercial and public projects. He has an interest in the city and engaging with it across all scales and typologies, this has developed through his experience on large scale infrastructure work, through to the small scale of object and furniture making. Arjuna's interest in city making is further explored through his role as an architectural design tutor at RMIT and the Melbourne School of Design.

Andrea Lam
Architect

Andrea is passionate about calibrating the public domain to facilitate a more inclusive city. Her background is in designing and co-coordinating public art installations and exhibitions with local city councils and their stakeholders.

In 2016, Andrea was the recipient of the 2016 Richard Crookes Construction Merit Scholarship for Women and in 2017, the Australian Institute of Architect’s History and Theory Award. She regularly teaches in the interior architecture course and architecture course at UTS.

Eleanor Peres
Architect

Eleanor has diverse experience having worked in architecture studios in Sydney, Tokyo and Rotterdam across education, housing and cultural sectors. She takes a leading role in Sibling's key public projects in NSW including the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Eleanor also pursues design research exporing the relationship between living systems and artificial structures and their critical role in future imaginaries. In 2020, she was a researcher at the Terraforming education program at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, and is a recipient of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship 2018 and the Marten Bequest for young Australian artists in 2020.

Michael Strack
Architect

Michael is a an architect with extensive commercial and public experience who enjoys developing projects with strong relationships to the city around them. He has worked in social housing, healthcare, public, heritage and commercial fields, often in difficult sites and with complicated briefs. 

Michael is adept at coordinating highly technical streams of work, looking to distill simple solutions from unruly situations. This is also the approach he takes into design where he values clarity of thought and expression.

Michael is a skilled designer and all-rounder who is comfortable with scale, takes pride in being thorough, and has an appreciation of complexity. He is a studio leader at RMIT, teaching a perennial studio on urban design.

Simone Chait
Graduate of Architecture

Simone brings extensive experience to her practice, with a professional background spanning large civic buildings such as theatres, galleries, as well as projects in education and social housing. She is particularly interested in the broader picture of things, examining how public space can enrich cultural and social dynamics through a range of different scales.

Having recently graduated with a distinction from RMIT University and receiving the Anne Butler Memorial Medal, Simone is particularly passionate about the role of architecture in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Her design ethos centres on the intersection between architecture and other multidisciplinary design realms, which has been explored previously at the Architecture Association in London, through writing and editing for independent student-led publication Caliper Magazine, and guest critiquing for various RMIT University design studios.

Tope Adesina
Graduate of Architecture

Tope joined Sibling in 2021, bringing practice experience that is diverse in scale and typology. He is currently working on public projects where his confident design skills and technical abilities in visualisation are highly valued.
Prior to Sibling, Tope has collaborated with artists on temporal spatial installations and pavilions; on another scale he has also worked on large infrastructure and health projects.
Tope is also a keen photographer and musician and is active in engaging the public with design and architecture. He is currently the curator for a monthly speaker series PROCESS and has been a sessional design tutor at the Melbourne School of Design.

Hannah Lim
Student of Architecture

Hannah completed her Bachelors of Architecture at RMIT. She is interested in the holistic relationship between architecture and the environment and has since undertaken other courses in agriculture, building construction and permaculture design to investigate the role of architecture within climate and nature.

Hannah values interdisciplinary conversations that interrogate how design and construction can contribute positively and regeneratively to our society. Her experiences studying abroad in Europe has laid the foundation for her interest in how architecture shapes environments for cultural and social diversity.

Awards
Stable House

2022 AIA New South Wales Architecture Awards, Wilkinson Award for Residential (New) Architecture
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2022 AIDA Awards, Shortlisted for Residential Interior
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Rodda Lane

2021 Dulux Colour Award, Commendation for Commercial Multi - Residential and Exterior

2021 Inde Design Awards, Shortlisted for Learning Space category
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Music Market

2021 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Shortlisted for Heritage and Interior Architecture categories
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Glassbook House

2020 NSW AIA Awards, Shortlisted for Residential Alterations and Additions Category

2020 Master Builders Awards, Winner Residential Alterations and Additions Category, Builder: Arc
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Surfside Primary School

2021 Dulux Colour Award, Winner for Commercial Interior - Public and Hospitality

2020 VSBA Awards, Winner for Best School under $5m
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Darebin Arts Centre

2020 Dulux Colour Awards, Shortlisted for Commercial Interior - Public and Hospitality

2019 IDEA Awards,
Shortlisted for Public Space Category
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Hello Houses

2019 Design Files Awards, Commendation for Residential Architecture Category
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2019 Dulux Colour Awards, Finalist for Residential Exterior
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New Agency

2019 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Commendation for Small Project Architecture
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Dot Comme Collection

2019 INDE Design Awards, Shortlisted for Shopping Space Category
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Unfolding House

2018 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Commendation for Colorbond Steel
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Frenches Interior

2018 Australian Interior Design Awards, Commendation for Residential Decoration
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Over Obelisk

2017 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Finalist
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Gertrude Glasshouse

2017 Victorian Institute of Architects Awards, Commendation for Small Project Architecture
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Squint/Opera

2016 Australian Interior Design Awards, Commendation for Workplace Design

2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards,
Commendation for Workplace under 1000 SQM
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Work With Me here

2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards,
Award for Exhibition Design
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Dust

2015 Australian Interior Design Awards, Award for Retail Design

2015 Australian Interior Design Awards, Premier Award for Australian Interior Design

2014 Modern Decoration International Media Awards,
Award for Commercial Space
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Other awards and prizes

2018 Creative Victoria Creators Fund recipient

2018 Creative State Commission Shortlist with Lara Thoms

2015 Australian Interior Design Awards, Emerging Interior Design Practice Award

Arts Project Australia

2022 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Commendation for Small Project Architecture
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Who's Afraid of Public Space?

2022 AIDA Awards, Shortlisted for Installation Design
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Box Hill North Primary School

2023 AIA Victorian Architectue Awards, Education category Award Winner
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Darebin Intercultural Centre

2023 Dulux Colour Awards, Grand Prix Winner
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2023 Dulux Colour Awards, Commercial Interior – Public and Hospitality Winner
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Activities
Talks

The Profession lecture, UTS School of Design Architecture and Building
Amelia Borg and Timothy Moore
August 2021

Design Matters: Open House Perth
Nicholas Braun
August 2021

New Architects Melbourne
Nicholas Braun
September 2020

Architecture Amplified
School of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Sydney
Qianyi Lim with Kate Goodwin and Olivia Hyde
September 2020

State of the Industry
Melbourne’s ABP Future Leaders Alumni Network
Amelia Borg in conversation with John Denton and Hamish Lyon
August 2020

New Zealand Institute of Architect's Student Design Awards
Amelia Borg, Guest International Juror
2019

Trends in Architecture and Design
Property Council of Australia Victoria: Retirement Living Forum
Melbourne
Timothy Moore
October 2019

Exhibits, 'Housing Culture'
Bus Projects
Nicholas Braun
July 2019

New Ideas in Professional Practice
RMIT University, School of Architecture and Urban Design
Amelia Borg
2019

New Agency at Collective Agency
AIA National Conference
Melbourne Convention Centre
Amelia Borg
2019

Sydney Autumn Salon, In Conversation
Parlour
Qianyi Lim
May 2019

Zest for Life: Design Strategies for Ageing in Place
FRONT Design, Barangaroo
Qianyi Lim
June 2019

Saturday Indesign: The Retail Apocalypse Has Been Officially Cancelled
Nicholas Braun
August 2019

Sydney versus Melbourne: Amplifying Controversy panel
UTS, Sydney
Qianyi Lim and Timothy Moore
October 2018

Alternative Development and an Ageing Population
New Agency, Melbourne
Nicholas Braun and Timothy Moore
September 2018

Temporary Sites as Pathfinders panel
University Masterplans Summit

Sydney
Timothy Moore
Jun 2018

Queering Architecture and Design panel
MPavilion, Melbourne
Timothy Moore
January 2018

Ageing Melbourne: Most Liveable City or Looming Disaster panel
MPavilion, Melbourne
Timothy Moore
November 2017

Cities of Architecture: Madrid
ACCA, Melbourne
Qianyi Lim
June 2017

Queering Architecture?
Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne
Nicholas Braun
March 2017

Exhibitions

Boudoir Babylon in collaboration with Adam Nathaniel Furman
National Gallery of Victoria, Triennial
2021

Summer of Dance in collaboration with Amrita Hepi
Immigration Museum
2020

New Agency at the Sydney Design Festival
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
2019

New Agency
12th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo
2019

New Agency: Visualisation
Urban Screening, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
2019

New Agency: Owning Your Future
Exhibition design and curation
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
2018

Workaround: Women Design Action
Exhibition design
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
2018

Blak Design Matters
Exhibition design in collaboration with Jefa Greenaway
Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne
2018

Shop
High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
2017

Over Obelisk
Biennial Lab
Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
2017

Supershared
Occupied
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
2016

Work With Me Here
Exhibition design
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
2015

Walking Shelter
Nomadism and Design
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul
2014

The Encounterculture
The Future is Not What It Used To Be
Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul
2013

Reading Room
Melbourne Now
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013

Press
Boudoir Babylon

2021 Australian Design Review
Adam Nathaniel Furman and Sibling Architecture design NGV café as “unadulterated aesthetic release”
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2020 Dezeen
Adam Nathaniel Furman and Sibling Architecture design "super-camp" Boudoir Babylon installation
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2020 Port Magazine
The NGV's Triennal's kitchen is transformed into a public space celebrating queerness
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2020 GQ
Sibling Architecture wants to rethink the way we socialise
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Sibling Architecture

2020 Wallpaper
World View: Letter From Melbourne
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2018 Frame Magazine
Everyone Together: Sibling Architecture advocates a more inclusive approach to spatial design
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2017 Metropolis Magazine
Seven innovative design studios to watch

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2016 Artichoke Magazine
From utopian collective to industry force
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2015 Vault Magazine
Building Sibling Nation
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Family Framework House

2020 The Design Files
A Space-Efficient Family Home Filled With Colour
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2019 Habitus Living
Sibling Architecture Tackles Spatial Awareness
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Upsy Daisy

2019 Indesign Live
Doing it for the kids: Upsy Daisy by Sibling
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Dot Comme Collection

2018 Frame Magazine
In Melbourne, shopping for archival fashion makes the digital physical
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Frenches Interior

2020 The Design Files
This Community Minded Interior is More Unique Than Meets the Eye
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2017 Artichoke Magazine
Frenches Interior: Sibling Architecture strikes a good balance between function and delight...
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2018 Architecture AU
Playfully accessible: Frenches Interior
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Gertrude Glasshouse

2016 DQ Magazine
Finding new thresholds: How can design speak to the art world?
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Dust

2015 Artichoke Magazine
2015 Australian Interior Design Awards: Premier Award for Australian Interior Design
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Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute

2017 Inside Magazine
Voyage of discovery
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Ricky & Pinky

2016 Belle Magazine
Golden Gate
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Squint/Opera

2016 id+c Magazine
Squint/Opera's headquarters office in Melbourne
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2016 Creative Workplace Design: The Other Office 2
Squint/Opera
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Glassbook House

2020 The Design Files
A striking home designed for book lovers
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2020 The Local Project
A home for reading - Glassbook House by Sibling Architecture
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2020 Architecture AU
French Connection : Glassbook House
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2020 Dwell
A book lover's cottage in Australia captures light with a glass-block façade
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Upside Down House

2021 The Local Project
An interactive cinema of self - Upside Down House by Sibling Architecture
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Stable House

2022 Architecture AU
All in family: Stable House
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2021 The Design Files
An 1800's stable turned contemporary home connected to bushland, history + family
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2022 The Local Project
Considered integration - Stable House by Sibling Architecture
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Contact
Whatever design challenge you face, Sibling Architecture is here to assist. Please get in touch with one of our offices and say hello.

SIBLING MELBOURNE

Eastern Kulin Country
L4 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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Eora Country
Suite Six Studios
Level 3, 11-17 Buckingham St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
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Design by Primary Works
Build by Sam Morgan