Who we are

Atelier Red+Black is a vibrant architecture practice led by Architects Sonia Sarangi and Michael Smith. The practice was founded in Fitzroy in 2014 and has completed a variety of projects right across metropolitan Melbourne.

Sonia is a tenacious design thinker and problem solver. She is a highly capable project lead, whose collaborative approach and strong negotiation skills lead to exceptional outcomes for our clients.

Michael is passionate about design quality in the built environment and is a respected industry commentator. He has written for Domain.com.au as well as producing our architecture advocacy website The Red+Black Architect.

Between them, Michael and Sonia have experience across a vast spectrum of Architectural scales – from Urban Design, Masterplanning, Commercial, Multi-Residential and Single Residential right through to Furniture Design.

In 2019 Atelier Red+Black’s Cascade House was shortlisted in both the Institute of Architects Chapter awards and nationally in the Houses Magazine awards.

Atelier Red+Black is a registered architectural practice with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria. We are also A+ members of the Australian Institute of Architects

 

Who we work with

Our clients are people seeking change. Change that is both positive and transformative to the way they live. We see our work as delivering upon a ‘brief for living’. This is not simply a matter of delivering more building, it is about the quality of space and how it enriches life.

Design is a process. As a practice we are not about producing egotistical monuments, we are about working in a truly collaborative way with our clients to make sure that our clients feel a real connection with the outcome.

 

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Cascade House by Atelier Red+Black

 

What we stand for

Atelier Red+Black have a set of strong guiding principles for practice. We see ourselves as advocates of great design as well as for diversity and equality in the architecture profession.

We stand firmly against the exploitation of staff and ensure that they are always remunerated fully and fairly in accordance with the industry award. Unfortunately our stance is not universal amongst our profession. As patrons of architectural services, we think you should have the right to know that your fees are being used ethically.

Our dedication to equity within our profession has driven us to establish a mentoring program for women in their final year of architecture study, which we voluntarily undertake outside business hours. This is part of our strong desire to give back to our profession.

 

Where we work

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. Our office in Fitzroy is located upon the lands of the Wurundjeri people. This land was never ceded.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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House in Silhouette By Atelier Red+Black

 

 

Our Directors


Michael Smith

Michael Smith 

Co-Director
 Registered Architect (ARBV)
A+ Member : Australian Institute of Architects
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Deakin University
Bachelor of Construction Management (Hons), Deakin University

 


Michael is a registered Architect in Victoria with over 12 years industry experience. Prior to co founding Atelier Red + Black, Michael gained valuable experience with boutique small practices in Melbourne, which enabled him to work on projects from sketch design through to construction.

Michael is heavily engaged in the architecture community and writes the Red and Black Architect. Michael’s strengths include an affinity for problem solving design & construction matters along with a very down-to-earth manner. He enjoys the process of teasing out the initial concept into a refined scheme and has a keen eye for the relevance of materials.

From 2014 – 2017 Michael was a member of the Australian Institute of Architects National Committee for Gender Equity (NCGE), he has been a mentor with the AIA’s Constructive Mentorship Program (CMP) and a guest design critic for the School of Architecture at Deakin University and Monash University.

Michael is the consulting architect for the Built Environment Channel.

Michael firmly believes that Architecture is for everyone.


Sonia Sarangi

 Sonia Sarangi

Co-Director
Registered Architect (ARBV)
A+ Member :  Australian Institute of Architects
Masters of Architecture, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of  Arts (Architecture), National University of Singapore

 


Sonia is a registered Architect in Victoria with over 14 years of industry experience, which spans across international and local architectural offices. Prior to co-founding Atelier Red + Black, Sonia gained experience in a diverse portfolio of projects in Singapore & Melbourne. She has worked on projects across a vast spectrum of Architectural scales – from Urban Design, Masterplanning, Commercial, Multi-Residential and Single Residential right through to Furniture Design.

Sonia’s strength include an ability to intuitively filter a client brief into an articulate design with a keen desire to infuse the concept into all scales of the design.  She enjoys the collaborative nature of building and is an articulate communicator in a team setting.

She is a sessional tutor for Architectural Practice with the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), a mentor with the AIA’s Constructive Mentorship Program (CMP) and a guest design critic for the School of Architecture at Deakin University.

Sonia firmly believes that Design enriches our lives


 

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