OLAVER is an architectural practice which pursues excellence in design and approach. Our approach is founded in the people that inhabit, visit, construct, consult and supply the spaces we design, for without them the spaces would have no function and form follows function after all. Our architecture is marked by a balance of austerity and playfulness, the imperfect and the highly refined, rough and smooth, history and new. Our application to design eschews the notion of interior vs exterior design, reiterating their reciprocity.

Over all we are working towards creating a better built environment through both private and public buildings, commercial, residential and utilitarian spaces which are user focused. Our aim is to create spaces which better the environment: actively, ecologically, practically and aesthetically.

Emlyn Olaver
Principal Architect

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Emlyn started Olaver Architecture in 2015 after working for some of Melbourne’s most respected practices. Emlyn enjoys the collaborative aspects of architectural practice, particularly getting to know his clients and problem solving with builders. Equally relished is the more monastic practice of reworking plans and sections until they are just right and developing details to ensure the design intent is upheld.

Lucia Amies
Graduate of Architecture


Lucia graduated with a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2019. She has been a tutor, research assistant and guest critic at the Melbourne School of Design since her final year, and in 2018, she co-edited the Melbourne School of Design’s Inflection journal. Her interests lie at the intersection of architecture and landscape, with a particular fascination for small-scale interventions.

Zach McPherson
Graduate of Architecture


Zach is a graduate of architecture with extensive experience in residential architecture. Having worked alongside Emlyn for a number of years he has benefitted from exposure to all aspects of the architectural process. Zach is a rigorous thinker and passionate designer of deft ability.

Victoria Merrett
Project Architect


Victoria is a registered architect with a Master of Architecture from Monash University. She has extensive experience in residential architecture and is involved throughout all stages of a project, from concept design through to contract administration. Victoria works closely with client and builder to ensure that the brief, budget, and program expectations are being met and design intent is delivered.

Monique Novak
Graduate of Architecture


Monique is a graduate of architecture with extensive experience in residential and commercial architecture. Prior to studying architecture, she studied Building Design and gained experience primarily focused on interiors and construction. She is detail oriented and enjoys the challenges of all architectural typologies.

Je Yen Tan
Student of Architecture


Je Yen is currently completing a Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne with a major in architecture. He has held a position in the university’s Design Student’s Society and participated in the undergraduate peer mentoring program. Je Yen enjoys engaging with all processes of architectural design, critical theory and history.