who are we?

Marchese Partners is an international consultancy that offers fully integrated design services that include masterplanning, architecture, interior design and engineering.

With over 23 years of experience in successfully delivering award Winning projects, we remain at the forefront of innovation and “change” in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Asia and the UK.

Founded in Sydney, Australia by Eugene Marchese and Steve Zappia, the organisation has grown into a highly skilled and respected integrated design firm that continues to challenge existing paradigms to deliver market-changing projects.

Marchese Partners is fully committed to carefully listening to our Clients so that we gain a deep understanding of their vision and objectives. Time after time we have delivered commercially focused designs that provided our Clients with a proven competitive advantage in the market place.

Put simply; many of our clients have built brands around our designs.


the worlds leading designers

of lifestyle living

what can we do for you?

Marchese Partners have the experience and expertise to deliver viable solutions to clients who demand the best possible outcome for their project.

“We need to get the most return from our developments”- We are able to work with our clients to extract the most from our client’s developments in terms of return on investment.

“We need strong and clear design leadership for our projects”- We provide you with experienced project architects to ensure the design and documentation of your projects start off and stay on the right path and have a clear direction forward.
“We need to achieve superior outcomes from our projects”– We strive to exceed our clients’ expectations to achieve superior outcomes with respect to design excellence, time, cost and quality.

innovative design and

commercial sensitivity

who do we work with?

Marchese Partners has worked right across the full spectrum of ‘lifestyle living’ projects with a wide variety of clients that include developers, aged care operators, and design & construct contractors.

Our clients typically share many of the following characteristics:

  • High standards of design excellence – They want to achieve superior outcomes and optimise the design and returns of their projects.
  • Good business operators – Our clients are very good at running their business and achieving superior outcomes
  • Enjoy finding solutions with practical results- Our clients love us developing practical solutions with them that achieve good returns.
  • Committed to success and want to enjoy the journey – They realise that while results matter, the quality of the relationship is equally important.

Eugene Marchese - B. Arch, RAIA, Principal, and Chairman - Nominated Architect NSW (5976)   Eugene Marchese is Chairman of Marchese Partners International overseeing the strategic direction of the group in its Australian, New Zealand, Asian and UK activities. He is the Founding Principal of Marchese Partners, which he has guided to tremendous success since its inception in 1994. Under Eugene’s stewardship, Marchese Partners has become one of Australia’s most successful design practices, offering a unique mix of innovative design solutions with a commercial sensitivity rarely found in Architect practices. Eugene is passionate about the continued expansion of the practice in the areas of Seniors Living and Aged Care design throughout Australia and Asia. Eugene has recently completely post graduate studies in Ageing and Dementia and is focused on changing the Senior Living and Aged Care environments around the world through his unique “Esprit De Vie” model. He has been leading research and development into various “best practice” models around the world and translating those principles into local contexts in various countries and cultures. This innovation together with his passion for the sector has led Eugene to guest speaking roles on trends in Seniors Living Design in various Seniors Living and Aged care conferences in Australia and Asia.
Steve Zappia - B.Arch (hons), RAIA, Principal and Managing Director - Nominated Architect NSW (6535)
Steve is a founding partner of Marchese Partners. He is now Managing Director of Marchese Partners Australia. Steve’s role includes general management, client liaison and strategic design and construction leadership. Steve has been instrumental in the completion of many of Marchese Partners’ most recognised projects including; the Village Docklands Masterplan and V1 tower in Melbourne, and in Sydney; Paramount Apartments, 185 Macquarie Street Apartments, Republic 1 and 2, Top of The Town and the Bondi Icebergs. Recently, Steve has overseen the detail design of a number of large scale Seniors Living and Aged Care projects including, Uniting Care Ageing’s Mayflower Westmead Masterplan, Watermark Caste Cove, Links Seaside, Mark Moran at Vaucluse and Ocean Grove Dee Why.
Paul Sancandi  Principal Engineering Paul heads up the in house Marchese Partners Engineering (Structures) team. Paul’s expertise and wealth of experience is in the structural design, documentation and supervision for building and infrastructure projects with over 30 years demonstrated success in the delivery of structural engineering services for residential, institutional, commercial, retail and industrial building projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Jon Voller  B.Arch. BA, Principal - Brisbane Jon joined Marchese Partners in October 2010 following the completion of several successful project collaborations. Jon brings with him the experience gained over 40 years as a practicing architect – the majority of which were spent as a partner in the firm which still bears his name; Bligh Voller Nield. Jon retired from BVN at the end of 2003. During his time with BVN he was instrumental in developing the practice from its traditional Brisbane base into a nationally recognized design practice. He is a respected and experienced contributor and collaborator at the most senior levels in both the public and private sectors. Jon consulted to VicUrban in Melbourne for more than a decade and during that period acted as Chair of the Geelong Design Advisory. Jon’s core skills lie in the inception and review of projects. He has the ability to quickly assess a brief or indeed a concept and to interrogate the robustness of a proposal. He regards his planning, urban design and organizational skills as his strongest assets.
Nabil Lakiss  Principal Engineering Nabil heads up the in house Marchese Partners Engineering Building Services team. Nabil’s expertise and wealth of experience is in mechanical (HVAC) design, multi-disciplinary building services coordination, documentation and supervision of building and infrastructure projects with over 30 years demonstrated success in the delivery of multi disciplinary building services engineering for residential, institutional, commercial, retail and industrial building projects in Australia, UK, Asia and the Middle East.
Stewart Dean  B.Arch. BA (Hons), Principal – London Office Originally from London, Stewart joined Marchese Partners in 2003 and in 2007 was promoted to Senior Associate in the Sydney office. In 2008 Stewart was tasked with setting up the Marchese Partners Brisbane office. Stewart was instrumental in the successful expansion and growth of the Brisbane office. With his proven track record in practice management and large scale residential and senior living projects, Stewart now leads the Marchese Partners expansion into UK and Europe. Stewart’s core skills lie within design, client management and project delivery and he has an excellent understanding of multi unit residential, mixed use, seniors living and age care design.
Simon Drysdale  B.Arch (Hons), Principal – Melbourne Office

With a career spanning over 20 years, Simon Drysdale joins Marchese Partners as Principal of the Melbourne Office bringing with him a diverse professional experience that spans small boutique offices to large multinational design studios.

Through all phases of design, Simon is a strong advocate for architectural excellence and sensitivity toward the cultural condition of context. He has advanced skills and experience across diverse scopes of service, procurement, and delivery methods. This range of experience has resulted in a flexible and perceptive design approach, honed during his time at the internationally recognized and progressive ‘City of Melbourne Urban Design Branch’ and broadened as a peer reviewer, design educator and as expert witness in forums such as the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT).

Frank Ehrenberg  B.Arch (Hons), Principal - Brisbane Frank is educated in Germany and has over 20 years of experience of working on high profile projects across the commercial, mixed use, residential and institutional sectors in Australia. Prior to joining Marchese Partners, Frank was the practice director of a leading Brisbane based architectural studio. In this role, and over a period of 11 years he has successfully managed large scale complex projects, often leading and collaborating with joint venture design teams. Frank believes that the key drivers for a successful project are a clear and uncompromised commitment to his client's needs, the project's context and a strong focus on a collaborative and iterative approach with a suitably skilled and integrated team.He has a clear understanding of how to add value to projects and at the same time contribute to the excellence of their design.
Blair Keenan  Principal - Auckland Office Blair is the Principal of the New Zealand office and has been with Marchese Partners since 2009. He is a graduate of the Sydney Institute of Technology with over 15 years’ experience in the construction and architectural industries backed up by several years in the hospitality industry.  With a project management background, high level of documentation skills and a focus on client satisfaction, Blair has an enviable ability to work with builders to achieve the best outcome for Marchese Partners' clients.  Blair has the proven ability to successfully take projects from conception to completion and has considerable experience throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands designing hotels and resorts, high density residential developments, retirement living, luxury housing, schools and government services.
Scott Colegate  B. Arch AIA - Principal Adelaide
Scott has extensive experience in architectural design and project delivery having worked nationally on a range of project types including educational facilities, aged and health care, corporate and commercial development, municipal facilities, sports facilities and residential development.
Scott’s specialised skills in project feasibility, brief formulation and master plan studies ensure the full potential of building and development projects is realised from an early stage. He seeks to innovate in ways that create meaningful value for clients; delivering projects that look good, work well, feel great, fit comfortably into the environment and are easily implementable.
Scott maintains a strong research and development focus in the Adelaide practice, benefiting clients and projects through the application of the latest international learnings, models and trends within the local South Australian context.
Pav Dunski  BA App SC/BA Arch (Hons), Principal – Canberra Office Pav is the Principal of the Marchese Partners Canberra office. Originally from Canberra, Pav has spent a number of years working in Melbourne on several high profile major projects. Pav brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as principal of the Canberra office. He posseses a high level of design, technical skill and construction knowledge. His project experience includes multiple mixed use, residential, retail and commercial developments. Pav brings an energy and drive to the Canberra practice. His experience combined with his ability to build lasting professional relationships will ensure successful project outcomes for our Canberra based work
Siddharth Mansukhani  Principal - Kuala Lumpur Siddharth joined Marchese Partners in 2007 as a Junior Architect. His hard work and passion helped him progress quickly to a Job Captain role on a number of major residential design and construction projects such as BAIE in Neutray Bay and Clemton Park in Sydney’s Inner West. In 2011 Siddharth relocated to Guangzhou, China to open and manage Marchese Partners first office in Asia. He is now the Principal of the Marchese Partners Kuala Lumpur office and oversees the production of major detailed documentation packages for a number of significant projects. Siddharth’s technical experience and understanding ensures the high quality and efficiency of Marchese Partners processes and products.
Simon Johnson  B.Des (hons), Principal - Christchurch

After spending six years with Marchese Partners in Brisbane Simon has returned home as the Principal of the Christchurch office. Simon has developed extensive experience in multi-residential, mixed use, education, seniors living & aged care sectors.

Simon’s background in residential design in New Zealand has assisted in the development of his diverse skillset which combines a passion for design, with project management through to documentation delivery. Specialising in the development of projects from inception to design realisation, Simon’s project leadership skills and experience have allowed him to hone his abilities to work collaboratively on a variety of projects.

Bruno R. Gallacè  B. Sc (Arch) B. Arch (Syd), Senior Associate Bruno R. Gallace as Principal of urbania design merged with Marchese Partners in 2014. Bruno is the Senior Associate responsible for the company’s  operations in all aspects of Client relationships, project coordination, team management, marketing and design of projects. Over the past 30 years, Bruno has gained considerable professional experience in Australia, Britain and South East Asia, notably with practices in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Bruno has extensive professional experience in the sectors of Aged Care, Corporate Office Interiors, Hotel & Resort Lifestyle Developments, Multi-Unit Residential, Urban Design, Master Planning and Re-Zoning. Together with his accumulated senior management experience Bruno embraces the full range of professional duties which has enabled him to provide the highest level of design excellence and the delivery of professional services.
Boris Aguilar  Senior Associate - Construction Projects Joining the practice in 2012 Boris brings many years of Australian experience, delivering large, medium, and small size projects including residential, commercial, student accommodation, shopping centre, retail, fitout, refurbishment, light industrial, renovation and special projects of various sizes and complexity levels, with values ranging up to $140 M. Boris provides strong leadership when delivering architectural projects, with the objective of producing the best possible architectural outcome for the practice and our clients.
Paolo Salotto  B.Arch, Senior Associate With an established portfolio of architectural work in the United Kingdom and Italy, Paolo has the proven ability to suggest innovative solutions to university researches/academic institutions and private clients. He is experienced in producing the required working packages and administration for contracts in the private and public sectors. Recognised as a senior design architect in 2004, Paolo has built his reputation at Marchese Partners leading the design of major developments in Sydney, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix, assuring design coordination and architectural flair from concept, feasibility and approvals to construction. Projects such as Embassy 1414 and Armory have set new benchmarks for modern urban design.
Lynsey Maloy  B.Arch (hons), Senior Associate Interior Design Lynsey is the Senior Associate responsible for the company’s Interior Design operations in all aspects of Client relationships, project coordination, team management and design of projects. She is a graduate of London Guildhall University with 15 years experience in residential, aged care and hospitality interior and architectural design. Her passion and dedication to the design world has enabled her to deliver projects from conceptual design through to construction documentation and on site assistance. With a keen eye for detail and efficiency with deadlines she has become an integral part of the marchese team and leading the design team to deliver the best solution to the client. Lynsey has recently been involved in the design and delivery of several large aged care and residential projects across Australia.
Axel Klein  M.Arch, Senior Associate Axel joined Marchese Partners from Madrid, Spain in 2011 as a Project Architect. Axel has significant European design experience and has been involved in numerous aged care and multi-unit residential projects from mid to high-rise, covering all aspects of the project from design concept stages, master planning to construction. Axel’s European design sensitivities and nuances have provided Marchese Partners with a deeper, richer and broader set of design skills with which to tackle complex projects. Axel’s recent work whilst at Marchese Partners clearly demonstrates this influence.
Enrique Blanco de Cordova  M.Arch, Senior Associate Enrique is an accomplished Senior Architect with over 15 years experience working in the public and private sector in his native Spain delivering innovative projects through his own private practice. Enrique worked closely with Ralph prior to his retirement and has the skill and experience needed to ensure that he continues to deliver the innovative and successful projects our clients have come to expect from Marchese Partners.