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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Olaver Architecture was started by Emlyn in 2015. 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.

Victoria Merrett


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.

Lucia Amies


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.

Michael Lopes-Vieira
Graduate of Architecture


Graduating from a Master of Architecture at RMIT University in 2017, Michael has practiced at a range of scales in both London & Melbourne. He maintains a theoretical interest in architecture and the urban environment that sits parallel to his practical applications in the profession. His approach towards architecture seeks a precision and clarity from design through to documentation.

Nic Morgante
Graduate of Architecture


Nic is a graduate of the Master of Architecture at RMIT. He is interested in architecture that fosters community and grants a sense of place. From buildings to objects, Nic appreciates good design and detail. Since graduating he has taught in the Bachelor program at RMIT and continues to use photography to explore architectural interests.

Brydie Singleton
Graduate of Architecture


Brydie graduated with a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2020, receiving Deans Honours. She has experience in educational and residential projects, and continues to investigate all types of architecture through photography. Brydie is interested in architecture which cultivates a sense of community and encourages a connection to landscape, with a particular curiosity for the experiential qualities of architecture.

Je Yen Tan
Student of Architecture


Je Yen is currently completing a Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. 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.

Jessica Bourke
Student of Architecture


Jess is currently completing a Master of Architecture at RMIT. She has experience in educational projects, and is interested in an architecture that draws on shared artefacts and memories. Jess enjoys investigating the narrative capabilities of architecture through mixed media.