As a founding director of MAKE, Mel has played a leading role in defining the practice goals and methodology. Mel pushes each project to engage with its local context, to have an urban agenda – no matter how small. Each project attempts to give something back to the community. Larger issues are incorporated where possible; ideas of shared space in the city, how a house can connect with the local community and how we can build sustainably and care for our environment. Mel has also brought her keen interest in landscape design into the practice. Each project is carefully considered with its landscape in mind. The blurring of architecture and landscape or house and backyard is incorporated into every project. In her residential work Mel is interested in carefully designing houses that respond specifically to how people live. Mel brings to the MAKE team her extensive design experience from working with numerous internationally renowned offices. At Lab Architecture Studio she worked as the project architect on a number of large scale commercial buildings in China, including the awarding winning Soho Shangdu project. Prior to Lab, Mel worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in 2004, Mel set up the London office for BHA, working on numerous apartment & 5 star hotel projects throughout the UK and Europe. Mel has been teaching design since 2001 in the architecture program at RMIT – her teaching focuses on issues of urban density, sustainability and negotiates design from the fringes of architecture – art practice, landscape architecture, engineering & economics.