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Brad Wray
[Architect ARBV]



Nicholas Russo
[Architect ARBV]



Bachelor of Architecture

RMIT University 2007


Co-founder of Branch Studio Architects, Nick`s architectural interests gravitate toward projects which display a strong sculptural intent.


These interests have lead to Nick gaining meaningful experience through the realisation of a series of built residential and small scale projects including the Aqueduct House and the Bridge House (Nick`s own house in which he designed, project managed and played an integral part in constructing himself).


Formerly a member of Orchard Design sculpture studio, Nick also has experience working on larger projects having completed liturgical and commercial projects such as the new facility for Tobin Brothers Funerals in Rosebud and the alterations and additions to the chapel at Salesian College in Chadstone.


Nick displays a hands on approach to his architecture and past experiences have ensured a detailed understanding of the construction process. Nick enjoys getting on site to observe a building being brought to life and believes that establishing a healthy relationship with the contractors on site is crucial to the successful realisation of a built project. The result of this important methodology is clear in Nick`s collaboration with the builder/contractor on the 'Pump House' which has been widely recognised and published.


Having previously worked in a sculpture studio, Nick has also developed a practical understanding of materiality and form as well as grasping the possibilities and limitations when designing for the fabrication industry. Nick has brought this expertise across into his architectural work, commissioning and coordinating the design and fabrication of many one-off feature pieces within his buildings including distinct feature doors, unique stair cases and custom fire places.



Bachelor of Architecture [First Class Honours]

RMIT University 2007

Co-founder & registered architect, Brad ​was the recent winner of the Open Face Award at the 2013 Think Brick Awards in Sydney for his submission 'Bridging Brick Babylon'. 

Brad’s architectural interests demonstrate a strong sensibility towards an ‘ideas driven architecture’, ‘Found objects’ are often used as a catalyst for exploring connections to site, context, client & culture of place. The projects that have evolved from these interests have led to the winning of a series of design awards for the practice.


Brad`s was principal designer and project leader on two projects that won 3 awards at the 2013 Architeam awards in Melbourne. The awards include - Architeam medal for best overall project for The Branch Studio Office which also won the commercial project award and the unbuilt award for Brad's own "Canopy House".

Brad also won the Jimmy Watson`s design competition for his submission 'a humble of hills hoists' in early 2013.


Brad's interests also include the integration of art based projects within architectural projects. Brad in collaboration with Ellie Farrell architect have now undertaken - two large scale hand-crafted artworks such as the courtyard artwork for the St Monica's Library project due for completion in early 2014 and the courtyard artwork for the High Dependency Mental Health unit at Frankston Hosptital.


Prior to starting Branch Studio Architects, Brad worked in design and project architect roles on a broad variety of project scales & project types such as small residential & high-end residential projects to specialist healthcare and learning facilities.


Brad completed his architectural studies at RMIT in 2007 completing a Bachelor of Architecture with first class Honours. In 2004 Brad studied abroad for a period at the Accademia Di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland/Italy, under Portuguese architects Aires Mateus and to great delight, was also accepted into Swiss master - Peter Zumthor`s design atelier.  This experience was integral to Brad`s foundational years before returning and gaining invaluable industry experience with Shane Murray & John Wardle Architects for the next three and a half years in Melbourne.

​Brad has been a design studio guest critic, as well as assisting in workshops for new prospective students at RMIT University, Monash & Melbourne University school of Architecture.