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Who are we?

Marchese Partners is a global consultancy with offices in Australia, NZ, Asia, the UK and Spain.

Over the past two decades Marchese Partners has embarked on a mission to enhance the standard of Seniors Living and Aged Care design globally, and design environments for residents to live their best lives, achieving longevity.

This commitment includes Marchese Partners forming research alliances with Universities and industry leaders to understand all aspects of ageing including issues such as social isolation,loneliness and dementia which are often underestimated or not even considered by many designers.

In Australia Marchese have designed multiple award-winning Seniors Living and Aged Care projects. These include landmark developments such as Bernborough Ascot for Lendlease, IRT Parkside, Aveo Springfield, Aveo Clayfield, Mark Moran Vaucluse, Waterbrook Greenwich, Watermark Castle Cove & Retire Australia Glengara Care and Gaynes Park for LifeCare.

In Zhuhai City, China we are designing a large scale International Healthy Living Park & Retirement community that will revolutionise ageing and care within a progressive new city environment. Their design philosophies have been tailored to target the local Chinese and Hong Kong markets and are currently receiving international interest in this model of care across Asia.

Marchese Partners are working on a number of new and exciting ground-breaking integrated, later living developments in the UK. Founded on the global expertise of the practice and on-going research, these developments will deliver a new paradigm and will set a new benchmark for intergenerational living in the UK.

In New Zealand we are working on multiple large scale fully integrated Later Living destinations that will deliver the local market tailored living and care precincts.

We are advocates & leaders of the later living sector and have contributed on the topic of the delivery of ‘age friendly & dementia friendly housing’ both nationally and internationally.

The global ageing issue requires a multidisciplinary approach and architecture is only a very small piece in the puzzle of finding equitable and appropriate solutions. At Marchese we look to connect and interrogate beyond the ‘architectural realm’ so we can provide a holistic approach to finding solutions to ageing.

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What can we do for you?

Marchese Partners understand that designing for changing communities globally is a complex and dynamic social construct that requires innovative collective and collaborative solutions. Housing is a basic human need. It has moved beyond being a place for shelter and safety – a home can help create a sense of identity and validate one’s self-esteem and contribute to one’s wellbeing. For Marchese Partners designing housing is about creating spaces that contribute to create an authentic community. Spaces with a sense of connection place and purpose. Approaches to designing for humanness like legibility, familiarity and autonomy, feeling valued, comfortable, connected and dignified are also elements that inform our thinking. Universal design principles need to be embraced with view to creating environments that are able to be used by people of all backgrounds and ethnicity, regardless of age, or mental or physical ability or disability, or religious or spiritual beliefs and of course gender. Central to any design thinking is sustainability. To build better with less is an approach that should inform any design brief.

Innovative design and

commercial sensibility

How we create the journey together

We will work with you in a positive manner that strives to making a difference by collaborating with integrity and safely supporting each other and being accountable to delivering quality outcomes.


How we create the journey together

Understand your business drivers

Review previous Design Briefs, schedules, reports and proposed Masterplans

Share our learnings and research initiatives from recent projects

Explore and understand your values with you

Discover – explore, prompt and listen to identify the key issues to be addressed.

Strategise – agree communication and stakeholder management strategy at the project outset.

Vision & objectives – determine the aspiration and key objectives for the projects, keeping these central to the development of the design options and aligned with the communication / stakeholder management strategy to ensure consistent messages.

Establish design principles

Co-create through workshops

Educate – build stakeholder and team awareness of trends and best practice to enable an open-minded approach to the developing options.

Challenge – assumptions and healthy debate to ensure issues are deeply understood and comprehensively addressed.

Testing and evolving

Collaborate – working together, talking, listening, and sharing – and repeating this process – it’s a two-way process

Assist with user group consultation

Present to key stakeholders

Steve Zappia - B.Arch (Hons) RAIA Principal and Managing Director
Nominated Architect NSW (6535)
Steve is a founding principal of Marchese Partners and is now Managing Director of Marchese Partners in Australia. His role includes general management, client liaison and strategic design and construction leadership. Steve’s experience and contribution over the years has been instrumental in the completion of many of Marchese Partners most recognised projects.
Geoff Shaw - M.Arch Principal and Practice Director – Sydney
Nominated Architect NSW (9148)
Geoff Shaw as a Principal of Marchese Partners brings extensive professional experience in the delivery of major projects across a wide range of sectors. As a Director of numerous architectural firms Geoff, through his Australian and international experience brings a strong commercial acumen and Client focused thinking to all Marchese projects. Geoff has successfully delivered a wide range of significant integrated residential, aged care, seniors living and prominent 4-5-star hotel projects both locally and internationally. In addition, his involvement in regional business oriented projects spanning high end residential and low cost budget solutions will add value and contribute to deliver for our Clients projects to suit market conditions and expectations.
Enrique Blanco de Cordova  M.Arch Principal – New Zealand
Enrique joined Marchese Partners in 2014. Educated in Europe he has over 20 years experience across several sectors including high-profile public and private projects. Enrique's leadership in Marchese Partners has been instrumental in the completion of some of  the most iconic recent projects in the firm and paramount to create value and economic performance for his clients. Akoya Greenwich, Glengara Care, The Stella in Rose Bay, and Oxford Central among others are some of the projects Enrique has directed.
Stacey Hogan – Principal – New Zealand Stacey joined Marchese Partners in 2019 and in 2021 his was made joint Principal for Marchese – New Zealand. Stacey has spent 20 of the last 30+ years running his own practices. In those 30+ years he has gain experience in designing Later living, Commercial, Multi-unit developments, Schools as well as high end Residential properties. His passion for good design is complemented by solid critical thinking that will add to the Marchese team of expertise.  Some notable project include The International and The Sterling.
Bruno R. Gallacè Business Development B.Sc (Arch) B.Arch (Syd) ARB Bruno is a Senior Associate responsible for Business Development and Client Liaison. Over the past 30 years he has accumulated considerable professional experience in Australia, UK and South East Asia notably with practices in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Bruno has extensive professional experience in the sectors of Multi-Unit Residential, Retirement Living, Aged Care, Corporate Office Interiors, Master Planning and Re-Zoning. Together with his accumulated senior management experience Bruno embraces the full range of professional duties in providing an exceptional level of design excellence in the delivery of professional services.
Peter Sinn - Senior Associate With over 17 years’ experience and more than 12 years at Marchese Partners, Peter is charged with leading our construction documentation team. Peter is well versed in leading all aspects of the documentation process from client liaison, brief formulation, project design team coordination, documentation production and team management. His portfolio of completed projects includes a number of Marchese Partners most significant projects in the last few years including numerous large-scale multi-unit residential, mixed-use & Age care projects such as Granville Place, B1 Burwood and Mark Moran Vaucluse. His dedication, ability to resolve complex design and construction issues and detail coordination abilities are some of the reasons why he has been successful in delivering a wide range of projects for our clients.
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.
Paolo Salotto - B.Arch Senior Associate With an established portfolio of architectural work in Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy, Paolo has the proven ability to develop innovative design solutions for his client’s projects. Paolo has built his reputation at Marchese Partners over the last decade leading the design of major residential, mixed use, seniors living and Aged care projects in Australia, Asia and the United States. Paolo’s high-level design ability enables him to deliver outstanding and iconic design solutions quickly and efficiently. Paolo brings both flair and pragmatism to his projects ensuring his projects are both beautiful and efficient.
Tieran Kimber - B.Pd, B.Arch (Hons) ARBV Tieran is an accomplished senior architect and thought leader in the aged care and retirement sector. He has over 20 years experience in the industry, and as Principal of our Melbourne studio joins and enhances a formidable design team. He has designed and delivered numerous leading seniors living and aged care projects and is a regular speaker at industry events, firmly establishing his passion and innovation in the sector. Tieran is part of our global retirement living leadership team that is charged with influencing the design of our projects globally. Working with the wider Marchese team he connects with clients and industry leaders and engages with leading research and innovation.
Rulla Asmar - B.Arch (hons) Senior Associate Partner – Melbourne Rulla’s project experience spans the Seniors Living, Aged Care, Multi-Unit Residential, Hospitality and Education sectors including many years’ experience designing high-end quality environments, in both architecture and interior design. Rulla has extensive experience in the Seniors Living and Aged Care sector having worked on numerous projects over many years. She is knowledgeable and passionate about the sector and is a key member of our Seniors Living and Aged Care leadership team. Adept at stakeholder engagement and user group consultation, Rulla leads strategic design workshops and oversees her project teams from concept design through to practical completion. Rulla continuously fosters close-knit Client relationships and is always guided by the principles of care and authenticity. She is inspired by designs that empower and enliven personal stories and is a keen advocate of designed places to the resultant shared narratives. Rulla regularly presents at National events including Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) National Congress presenting “The Feeling of Space” where she discussed the importance of interior design that promotes integrated associations that enable social connectivity. In addition to her professional work, Rulla is committed to mentoring emerging designers, teaching design at RMIT University.
Nikki Beckman B.Arch (hons), B.Sc, ARBV (17847) Higher Degree by Research student (PhD) National Director of Research & Innovation - Nikki has been appointed National Director of Research & Innovation. A dedicated and highly motivated Architect, Nikki brings a wealth of experience in the Aged Care, Health Science and Education sectors in the pursuit of high-quality, innovative and enquiry led evidenced based design solutions. Based in Melbourne, Nikki has a National platform within Marchese Partners to foster academic partnerships, undertake applied research, promote thought leadership and support the dissemination of knowledge and sector intelligence between all Marchese Partners offices serving our international, national and locally based Clients.
Frank Ehrenberg - B.Arch (Hons) Principal – Brisbane Frank was educated in Germany and has over 25 years of experience of working on high profile projects across the mixed use, residential, seniors living and aged care sectors in Australia and overseas. Frank is part of our global retirement living leadership team that is charged with influencing the design of our projects globally. As an advocate & leader in seniors living and aged care Frank has spoken on the topic of the delivery of ‘age friendly & dementia friendly housing’ both nationally and internationally. 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.
Paul Chang - B.Arch B.Built Env. (Arch) Senior Associate – Brisbane With over 16 years of experience, Paul is well versed in working on different typologies and numerous awarding-winning buildings across multiple sectors including, seniors living & aged care, multi-unit residential, commercial and mixed-use, education, and retail. He joined Marchese Partners in March 2017 and was soon promoted to Senior Associate, where he has worked on several key projects for the Brisbane office including Tarragindi Retirement Village and Ashgrove Golf Club. Knowledgeable in a wide range of sectors and from concept design through to completion, Paul has a natural flair for architecture and design and has an excellent understanding of the execution of complex projects. He believes that architecture is more about the ‘journey’ of collaboration and testing of ideas than simply the outcome of the built environment.
Jon Voller - B.Arch BA Principal – Brisbane
Jon brings with him the experience gained over 50 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’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.
Shane Thompson - DipArch QIT    LFRAIA    Principal – Brisbane Shane is a prominent Australian architect who brings a wealth of expertise as joint Principal of Marchese Partners Brisbane office. Shane’s work, from beautiful houses to major urban developments, is well known for its sensitivity to place with a particular interest in materials and tectonics. Shane's work includes a broad range of public, residential, commercial and urban design projects which have been highly recognised. Shane has been responsible for some of the region’s most successful and innovative design projects, including The Athlete’s Village for London 2012 Olympics, Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Living in Accommodation, University of the Sunshine Coast Faculty of Arts, Queensland College of Art, Flow Apartments and the University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. In honour of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession, Shane was elevated to Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017.
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.
Siddharth Mansukhani - B.Des.Arch B.Arch (Hons) 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.
Axel Klein - M.Arch Design Director 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.
Roberto Garcia - M.arch Principal – Madrid Roberto joined Marchese Partners International Sydney Office in 2013 as a Senior Project Architect. He has extensive management, design and delivery skills which is demonstrated in his involvement in an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects ranging from Multi-Unit Residential, Hospitality, Independent Living and Aged Care from Client Briefing, Concept Design, Documentation and Delivery. Having completed this successful period in the Sydney Office, Roberto is now the Principal in our Madrid, Spain Office which was inaugurated in 2018.
Eugene Marchese - B.Arch RAIA Principal and Chairman
Eugene Marchese is one of the founding Principals 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. Eugene is passionate about the continued expansion of the practice in the areas of Seniors Living and Aged Care design throughout Australia and Asia & Europe. Eugene 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.