Profile

Studio Edwards is at the forefront of innovation and creativity in Australian architecture and design. Founded in 2016, the studio has an international reputation for its innovative design thinking.

Studio Edwards provides full design services, from initial concepts through to finished buildings and spaces. Embracing a dynamic, multi-disciplinary approach, the Studio collaborates closely with engineers, emerging technology specialists, and consultants to infuse intelligent innovation into each project. This collaboration tests and enriches design thinking, uncovering extraordinary possibilities within the ordinary and reframing project challenges as invitations to innovate and rethink conventional approaches.

People

Ben Edwards - Founding Director

Ben Edwards established Melbourne-based architecture and design practice, Studio Edwards, in 2016. Based in Melbourne, the studio undertakes a wide range of projects, including housing, workplace, and cultural spaces.

Well known for his originality, inventiveness, and vision, Ben’s work defies conventional classifications by seamlessly blending architecture, design, and interiors into a cohesive creative vision. He has a deep passion for making expressing conceptual and material expertise across scales, from furniture to buildings. Ben’s calm and level demeanour fosters participation in the design process, ensuring clients derive maximum benefit from the project brief.

Studio Edwards’ groundbreaking work has garnered prestigious accolades, winning numerous design awards and receiving widespread publication.

Ben has tutored design at the Icelandic Institute of Design, Monash University, Liverpool University, and The Oslo Academy of Arts, as well as guest tutoring at RMIT and Melbourne University. He has served as a judge for the Victorian Architecture Awards and the Dezeen Awards Program in 2024.

 

Nancy Beka- Director

Nancy Beka has a fresh and emotive approach to design that distinguishes her in the industry. She focuses on fostering long-term relationships with clients, contractors, and collaborators.

Nancy is instrumental in steering Studio Edwards towards new creative heights and operational efficiency. As co-curator of alt.material, a design collective that develops prototypes and experimental works by leading and emerging designers, she actions her passion for exploring new design frontiers and materials. This initiative has become a vibrant platform for creative exchange and innovation, influencing design trends and future practices.

Nancy’s commitment to the design community extends beyond her professional work. She has shared her knowledge and experience by tutoring at LCI Melbourne and lecturing at Melbourne University. Her dedication to education and mentorship has helped shape the next generation of industry professionals, fostering a culture of creativity and excellence.

Nancy also holds a Diploma of Project Management, underscoring her commitment to delivering exceptional projects and leading teams with efficiency and insight. In 2024, she was selected as one of Australian Design Review’s ’30 Under 30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World’.

Recognition

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Awards

2024 Australian Interior Design Awards / Commendation

2023 Australian Good Design Awards / Winner

2022 Australian Interior Design Awards / Winner

2022 Australian Interior Design Awards / Commendation

2021 Workspace Awards / Winner

2020 Good Design Australia / Gold Winner

2020 Sustainability Awards / High Commendation

2019 Workspace Awards / Winner