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About Our
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A design-led architecture, interiors and urbanism studio in South Melbourne

Our company story

mcmahon and nerlich established full-time in 2013 with a focus on finely crafted residential and commercial projects. Directors Rob Nerlich and Kate McMahon weave together influences from built environment, architectural urbanism and design theory perspectives from both a grounded Melbourne, and contemporary global, context

Award Winning Architecture Studio

mcmahon and nerlich is an experienced design studio based in south melbourne, founded in 2013 by directors rob nerlich and kate mcmahon. our multi-disciplinary studio brings unique vision and dedication to each project. we work across all scales with expertise in residential, education, commercial and urban design across metropolitan and regional areas. we remain passionate about designing houses for people. Each project we undertake contributes to our practice research and our focus on design-led architecture that is sustainable and a portrait of our clients.  we hold studio leader positions at the melbourne school of design at the university of melbourne. we have a growing published and award-winning portfolio of built work across the residential and commercial sectors and we have and a strong and clear practice / process philosophy and social sustainability ethic. we welcome you to contact us and become part of our practice journey.
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OUR TEAM

mcmahon and nerlich foster a collaborative approach to their projects and bring design thinking to project opportunities, with a technical “hands-on” approach of rigour in design detail, practice management and research, and collaborative and creative client and design-team partnerships.

Robert Nerlich

FOUNDING DIRECTOR / ARCHITECT

rob nerlich has considerable experience in large and complex urban design projects, and architectural projects across many scales, here in australia and also abroad. passionate about both education and high density environments, rob is interested in how public buildings contribute to the quality and cultural resonance of communities and urban life.

The Team

well-crafted, considered and sustainable design outcomes for projects large and small.

mcmahon and nerlich foster an integrated team approach to all our projects; we bring award-winning design thinking and professional understanding to each project’s opportunities together with intensely personal client relationships. Our technical “hands-on approach”, crafted attention to detail and rigour in design, practice management and research result in beautifully designed and built work and satisfied clients. 

Kate McMahon

FOUNDING DIRECTOR / ARCHITECT

kate mcmahon is a registered architect in victoria and the united kingdom and has worked extensively on education buildings here and in the UK. kate designs through testing design propositions using a combination of physical and digital modelling. project experience include primary, secondary and tertiary education, single dwellings , multiple unit housing projects and small commercial projects

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TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials from clients, colleagues and associates.....

Alistair Holmes, Builder

Alistair Holmes, Builder

"We have worked on a number projects McMahon & Nerlich and found them to be great to work with! Their pragmatic and level-headed approach to building issues ensures the construction phase runs smoothly free for all parties. We have worked on renovation projects up to $1m and would have no hesitation in recommending McMahon & Nerlich for renovation and new build projects. "

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Kate Pollard, Client

Kate Pollard, Client

"We engaged McMahon and Nerlich as architects for our property renovation. We were thrilled with their ability to realise our vision. They were excellent at creating clever liveable living spaces and the final product was everything we could have imagined. We would highly recommend McMahon and Nerlich. "

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Moira Nunan, Client

Moira Nunan, Client

"We hired mcmahon and nerlich to renovate our terrace house in Balmain. We couldn’t have been happier with the end result. The passion for their industry and enthusiasm for our project was evident. They listened to our brief and created solutions that we couldn’t have dreamed of. Kate and Rob are a pleasure to work with. "

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Jason Wood, Client

Jason Wood, Client

"We hired McMahon and Nerlich to design and manage the renovation of our home now aptly known as the Jigsaw House. They applied their skills to integrate a modern addition with the heritage fabric creating a fantastic home for us. Every centimetre of the home has been maximised, whether its the roofspace for essential storage or to ensure that every room is balanced and usable. Integrating the living dining with outside was a must so too was natural light. We could not be more happy with the result and would happily use the team again. "

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