John Denton

Founding Director

John’s internationally recognised skills in the leadership and design of major cultural and civic buildings, is evidenced through the practice’s significant number of national and international awards. John is often invited to give lectures to students of architecture, professional institutes in Australia and abroad, and as a keynote speaker at industry events. He has made a considerable contribution to the advancement of architectural discourse in Australia. John served as Victorian Government Architect between 2006 and 2008 and is currently Chair of the Board at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Barrie Marshall

Ideation + Design

Barrie maintains a key role in Ideation and Design, building upon his experience as a Founding Director, in delivering a consistent design quality that is the hallmark of the practice. His input to projects maintains the focus of the design narrative from inception to completion. Barrie has over 50 years’ experience in all aspects of design from architecture and urban design, to furniture and product design. Barrie shares the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, awarded to the three Founding Directors in 1996.
Melbourne Directors

Adrian FitzGerald

Senior Director

Adrian is a key leader in the studio’s design cell, formulating design responses for the diverse range and scale of project types from art galleries and skyscrapers to urban precincts. Adrian has been an integral part of the significant growth and success of the practice over the past four decades. This has encompassed extensive international experience including 14 years in the London, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore studios. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, serving as a National Councillor and on award juries and committees.

Neil Bourne

Senior Director

Neil leads the architecture and urban design for infrastructure and civic projects including rail, road, bridges, tunnels and city gateways. He has developed a strong appreciation of the diverse demands of these complex typologies and the stakeholders involved. Neil builds strong working relationships, often with large complex project teams, and has established a reputation for collaborative work processes and innovative design solutions. Neil also plays a key role in the management of the practice.  

Wojciech Pluta

Senior Director

Wojciech is a leader in the research, education and civic sectors, having developed a broad understanding of the complexities associated with these projects over the last three decades. He has managed major international projects from design through to documentation and construction, including the multi-award winning Manchester Civil Justice Centre, UK and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Wojciech is committed to the development of the profession through his teaching assignments at Melbourne's leading architecture faculties.  

Greg Gong

Director

Greg is the principal driving force behind the practices’ successful involvement in China over the past two decades, together with servicing Chinese clients entering the Australian market. With a deep understanding of both western and eastern cultures, Greg is able to translate and develop relevant solutions which are practical and innovative, irrespective of project location. Greg is an active participant in Australia/China business forums and events, a key supporter of the Melbourne Tianjin Sister City Program and a contributor to the Chinese community’s business, cultural and community life in Melbourne.

Sonja Syre

Director

Sonja is a leader in project management and delivery. She builds strong working relationships, often with large complex project teams. Joining Denton Corker Marshall in 2008 with dual qualifications in architecture and project management, she has delivered multiple award-winning research, education and civic projects across Australia, including the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University and the Shepparton Art Museum. Sonja is an expert in complex project coordination and is responsible for quality control within the practice.
London + Jakarta Directors

Stephen Quinlan

Managing Partner

Stephen studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and began his career as an architect in the public sector working on a broad range of architectural projects – from prestigious British Embassies to practical Telephone Exchanges. Establishing Denton Corker Marshall’s London office in 1990, Stephen now acts as the Managing Partner of the UK practice, which includes studios in London and Manchester. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the practice, including supporting an increasing focus on issues relating to energy and carbon. Stephen is experienced in all aspects of the design process and project management on complex projects. In addition to his design practice responsibilities, Stephen has contributed to professional journals, lectures at academic institutes and conferences and has acted as a judge on design award panels.

John Rintoul

Partner

John studied architecture at Heriot-Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh. In 1992, John joined Denton Corker Marshall in Hong Kong working on major commercial, hotel and residential projects as a Project Associate. Before returning to the UK in early 1997, he saw through to completion a US$45m mixed-use commercial development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. John was the Project Associate for the Sanderson Hotel, London, Ian Schrager’s 150 room flagship in the Grade ll* Listed Sanderson Building. Here, in collaboration with Philippe Starck, DCM helped to create the first truly boutique hotel in London. John was the Associate Director in charge of the prestigious £120m Manchester Civil Justice Centre, winner of the 2008 English Partnership Award for Sustainability and 28 other prestigious design awards including the RIBA National Award for Architecture and a nomination for the 2008 Stirling Prize.

Irwin Lopez

Partner

Irwin joined Denton Corker Marshall in 2008 becoming a Partner in 2014. He is responsible for the management of the design office in Manchester and acts as the technical project lead on significant projects within the North West. Irwin has considerable experience in the management and delivery of large scale and complex projects particularly those with specialised procurement routes. He has had extensive involvement as project leader on a wide range of building types including public buildings, residential, leisure, offices and hotels ranging in value from £5m to £75m. This experience is complemented with well-practiced methods in the running of projects for multi-stakeholder clients and reporting at key strategic review panels. These are skills developed through his role as a Technical Advisor to Her Majesty’s Court Service (now Ministry of Justice) for a number of years.

Budiman Hendropurnomo

Director

Budiman leads the Denton Corker Marshall Jakarta studio with diverse experience and particular specialisation in hospitality projects including resorts, hotels and apartments. With a deep understanding of the Indonesian culture, his projects represent the beauty and richness of Indonesian tradition with a contemporary sensibility. Budiman is a leader in the evolution of sustainable design. He supports the profession through lecturing at some of the country’s leading universities and regularly presenting at industry events.
Associate Directors

Noel Tighe

Associate Director

Noel joined the practice in 2002 and has undertaken leading roles on multi award winning projects in the commercial, education and civic sectors in Australia, Asia and Europe. With expertise in the restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, he has led projects such as the new exhibition galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. His natural rapport with clients and consultants, make him an exceptional project leader and demonstrate his ability to deliver successful project outcomes. Noel is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel.

Graham Craigie

Associate Director

Graham has worked on a variety of projects in the education, multi-residential and hospitality sectors including the award-winning Penfolds Magill Estate. His extensive experience in student accommodation has enabled him to challenge the typical notion of student housing, engaging with the local community, institutions and businesses to create benefits for all stakeholders. An effective and astute communicator, Graham delivers commercially advantageous solutions at every stage of the project for our clients.
Senior Associates

Kei Kitayama

Senior Associate

Kei's broad architectural knowledge make him an exceptional practitioner. His ability to contribute to all stages in the life of a project, has been fundamental to the success of many Denton Corker Marshall projects. With extensive technical skills and expertise, he has contributed to projects of all scales, from commissions such as the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, to small-scale hospitality projects such as Hihou.

Marcin Polgar

Senior Associate

Marcin joined Denton Corker Marshall’s Warsaw office in 2002 and moved to the Melbourne studio in 2008. With a strong focus on the design process, he has been heavily involved in the development and production of design concepts for commercial, residential and civic projects, in Australian and overseas. He is a major contributor to design discussions in the studio, demonstrating his commitment to high quality project outcomes. Marcin is a sessional tutor on the subject of high-rise commercial buildings at The University of Melbourne.

Louise Goodman

Senior Associate

Louise has over 25 years of experience across the civic and education sectors, including adaptive re-use and heritage projects. Her specialist expertise in brief development and concept design empowers her to explore and develop the unique elements of a brief through stakeholder and community consultation, and site context investigation. Louise brings a user focussed and sensory based approach to design, with an integrated approach to sustainability and universal access. She is motivated by the way that good design can inspire, shape and influence community experiences to create a catalyst for positive change.

Brent Alexander

Senior Associate

Brent is a key member of the practice’s infrastructure, transport and urban design team with extensive experience in large-scale, complex projects. He thrives on developing a deep understanding of client needs and aspirations and working collaboratively with key project stakeholders to deliver innovative and practical solutions. Brent is a supportive leader, committed to mentoring the practice’s future architects through continual learning.

James Christophidis

Senior Associate

James’ technical expertise in façade design result in the high-quality architectural outcomes synonymous with Denton Corker Marshall projects. With specialist experience in the external building fabric and detailed design solutions, James has been involved with many of the practice’s key projects. He is an active collaborator, imparting his knowledge on the next generation of façade solutions within the office.
Associates

Suada Hasanic

Associate

With 13 years international experience, Suada joined Denton Corker Marshall in 2016. She has worked on the practice’s design competitions, infrastructure and transport projects, and recent large scale projects such as Guoco Midtown in Singapore. She has extensive experience coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders and government agencies. Her keen eye for detail and visualisation skills assists in the communication of complex architectural ideas and supports the long-term success of our projects.

Cheryl Choo

Associate

After studying in Kuala Lumpur and Liverpool Cheryl gained her Master of Architecture qualification from the University of Westminster. She joined Denton Corker Marshall in 2017 and was appointed as our newest Associate in 2021. Cheryl is currently leading a team on the highly complex high-rise Art’otel project in Shoreditch which incorporates a hotel and amenities, co-working floors, and an art gallery located on a tight city centre site.

Paul Ahern

Associate

Leading projects from concept to design development and completion, Paul is a passionate advocate for good design. He is relationship-focused and adept at creating strong affiliations within the complexities of large-scale projects with multiple stakeholders. Paul has experience across a diverse range of industry sectors and building types, most notably in the health and research sectors. He strives to deliver exceptional architecture and urban outcomes founded on design clarity, innovation and attention to detail. Before transitioning into the architecture profession, Paul was a viticulturalist and winemaker.

Peter Tsang

Associate

Peter studied architecture at the University of Westminster, London, and completed his professional experience at Denton Corker Marshall’s London office. Qualifying as an architect in 2010, he became an Associate of the practice in 2018. Peter has in-depth knowledge and experience across a range of project scales and types. This extends from new build developments to upgrading, refurbishing and the regeneration of existing buildings. He is fully conversant with, and appreciates, the different challenges of working on existing building projects when compared to new-builds and he understands the divergent approaches that should be taken between the two.

James Taylor

Associate

Since joining Denton Corker Marshall in 2014, James has been involved in the practice’s key commercial projects in Australia and overseas. His broad architectural skills allow him to integrate project challenges and opportunities with the commercial interests of our clients. James is an avid photographer with a strong eye for detail and an ability to capture the essence of a project through the camera lens.

Peter Knight

Associate

Joining the practice in 2017, Peter leads design technology for Denton Corker Marshall. He has driven the use of Revit on major projects across education, multi-residential, commercial, infrastructure and transport projects and managed and implemented redesigns of BIM strategy and practices for major architectural firms. As an RMIT Design Studio Leader for architectural technology, ESD and Revit for over nine years, Peter has a strong grounding and industry expertise in best practice design technology.

Graham Smith

Associate

Graham studied architecture at the University of the West of England. Qualifying as an Architect in 2012, he joined Denton Corker Marshall in 2013 and became an Associate of the practice in 2018. Graham has been Project Architect for many of DCM’s recent residential schemes in North West England. He has worked on a wide range of national and international projects for various public and private clients. Many of these projects have been prestigious, highly complex and challenging, often with numerous stakeholders, but have always been executed to achieve a high standard of design and service.

Blair Ginbey

Associate

Blair is a key member of our research and education project team. His analytical problem-solving skills along with his team management ability see him as a significant contributor to the office. Blair has proven experience in the successful delivery of large-scale projects up to AUD 500M, applying his broad construction knowledge and documentation skills. He is an active member of our internal BIM team and thrives on the opportunity to deliver architecture that future occupants will enjoy.