Das Studio are a collective of 22 cross-disciplinary creatives and professionals curated as much for their humour and generosity as their talent and experience.
In 8 short years, Sara advanced from Graduate to Founder and Creative Director of Das Studio. Within 3 years she created a business formed on a foundation of human happiness and now leads a team of 20 creative minds and professionals.
After completing a degree in Architecture and practicing for a time in the profession, she acted on a curiosity for furniture and lighting with a second degree in Product Design. Two pathways that when combined, grant her a beautifully unique perspective of the interior world.
Having carved out a specialisation in high-end residential, hospitality and accommodation design early in her career, Sara turned her fascination for the creation of ‘moments’ of beauty and joy into a career for making people’s lives better, functionally and emotionally. Now as a mentor and creative with genuine humanity, Sara imparts her encyclopedic knowledge of design with her team and her clients are truly the beneficiaries.
From Architect and Associate, to joining Sara at the helm of Das Studio as Managing Director in 2019, Dino has spent the last 14 years leading projects and teams across large and small practice in South Australia.
As a fierce advocate within his community, Dino has committed across his career charity and activism that has propelled him to being a trusted leader within South Australia, and to his beloved Das teammates. His acknowledgement being awarded the National Emerging Architect Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2021 is testimony to that.
Everything Dino has achieved to date is a glimpse into the kind of leader that he is. One who spreads knowledge, is profoundly generous and shares in good ideas as parts of a common agenda rather than the expression of a single person. In this way he makes sure change, innovation and initiatives are steered by many champions.
Because at the end of the day, Dino hand-on-heart believes a rising tide lifts all ships.
Associate & Practice Manager
Uniquely positioned with a masterful set of skills across Finance, HR, IT, QA, BD and all the other administrative and occupational acronyms – Sarah is what every business dreams of finding, a Unicorn. A mythical maverick who dances between all managerial aspects of the business, navigating obstacles with a mastery of emotional response and business nous.
Drawn to the high-octane nature of the design industry, Sarah has operated within the architectural realm since 2012, with 4 years managing in various sectors prior to this. Having previously studied in both Accounting and Management, and currently completing an MBA – all alongside full-time roles – is just a small insight into the hustle, smarts and dexterity Sarah has engaged throughout an already extensive professional career.
Sarah’s ability to add humour and make the difficult and complex seem easy, naturally makes her the beacon of guidance and support for all things Das; professional, personal and everything in between.
Associate & Senior Architect
Enjoying drawing and sketching from a young age, Allan discovered a medium through which to express himself creatively. Following a stint studying Engineering with one eye on a potential pivot to Graphic Design, stumbling across an Architecture exhibition showed him a path to satisfy all his interests. One that fosters creativity at the nexus of design and maths – a dance between art and science.
In the 13 years since, Allan has grown through practice in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, into an extremely balanced designer and technician who masterfully straddles the realms of rich narrative development and documentation acumen. For Allan, there is no greater joy than seeing something you’ve imagined in your mind’s eye come to life in a building.
Now at home mentoring and leading the talented team at Das, Allan has found an environment that allows him to push forward with the transition to more advanced design modelling methodologies – building on the foundations laid by Das’s philosophy to always ‘make better’.
Associate & Senior Interior Designer
Some might say Rachel’s career stemmed from the persistent persuasion of a sibling but in reality, it was something much more personally ingrained. With an Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events Rachels deep understanding of anatomy, anthropometrics, light and colour naturally developed into a career of curating human environs, graduating with a degree in Interior Architecture in 2014.
Rachel’s extensive experience across projects in the civic, public and education sectors saw her rise quickly through the ranks to the role of associate at her previous firm. Das Studio were privileged to have her join the team in 2020 where she has elevated herself to become an integral part of the leadership team, managing projects across Das’s commercial and education portfolios.
Alongside Rachel’s seniority in the practice – warm empathy, a calming demeanour and technical proficiency, make her an innate mentor. When she listens, she listens deeply – enabling her to understand her clients clearly and what it means for everyone to live, work and learn, with considered, beautiful spaces.
Associate & Senior Architect
One of Sam’s earliest memories involved scaling the heights of his childhood home, looking out and imagining possibilities from unsafe heights. Now as an architect some 25 years later, Sam is doing pretty much the same thing, albeit with two feet planted firmly on the ground.
Sam’s capabilities extend from early consultation and masterplanning to on-site construction, and with experience in civic, education and adaptive reuse, he has been an integral contributor for numerous award-winning projects.
As a natural teacher, Sam sees the potential in others – something he champions as a member of the Das leadership team, mentoring multiple people at a time, as a study group leader and as a sessional tutor at the University of South Australia.
Thoughtful in his analysis of place, Sam is entrusted to explore unexpected outcomes alongside his clients and collaborators. As he uncovers these new possibilities, he does so with a calming and precise demeanour, making the complex seem not so scary at all.
Marketing and Communications Manager
The importance of education and a strong work ethic was instilled in Maria from an early age by her Italian immigrant parents, and her path to a career in marketing and communications is testament to these values. A love of reading and learning had its very roots among the rituals of her family home, watching her father’s daily consumption of the paper. It’s not surprising Maria now spends her days crafting words, telling stories and weaving her marketing magic in an area that has long called her name.
Maria has forever held a passion and calling for the world of design, initially undertaking a degree in Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia. Working and living in Europe saw Maria’s professional career evolve, honing her marketing and communications craft within large private organisations and the state government.
Following a period of assisting the establishment and growth of a small start-up health practice, the opportunity to combine her love for storytelling and a return to the design world was too good to pass up. Bringing her trademark humour and sass, Maria joined the Das team in 2023, becoming the steward of its brand ‘make better’ to share the transformative power of good design.
Senior Interior Designer
Elyse is a fearless adventurer – traversing the breadth of Australia to study and work before landing at Das Studio in 2022. Always creatively minded, Elyse first dipped her toe in the industry via a Graphic Design degree before realising that she wanted to participate more broadly in her creations – the built environment was calling and Interior Architecture was her ticket.
Having worked in Perth and Adelaide for nearly a decade within a national practice, Elyse possesses a diverse pool of expertise with a particular speciality within the commercial and workplace sectors. Across all typologies she loves to embed deep meaning in the spaces she creates, to tell stories that enhance connection between people and place.
A natural leader, Elyse’s arrival at Das Studio has had an immediate impact on our Interior Design discipline capability. With expertise, empathy and energy in abundance, combined with her critical thinking and attention to detail, Elyse is a valuable asset to both our team and our clients.
Tori has always possessed a creative mind and since a young age has expressed herself through making. At six years of age, she watched on as an Architect reimagined her family home and was drawn to the ability of design to positively shape the everyday rituals of people’s lives. With generosity and community front of mind, she has set about forging a career where she can have an impact through Architecture.
Since graduating in 2016, Tori has contributed to award-winning Education and Residential projects, curating spaces for learning, connection and life. She has also dedicated herself to causes within and beyond the profession, selflessly taking on responsibility for the people and endeavours she is passionate about.
Within the Das Studio universe, she has made an immediate contribution taking on stewardship of Residential, Education and Tourism projects as well as mentorship of the practice’s graduates. Consistent with the Das Studio ethos of ‘make better’, Tori brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy to everything she touches, instantly lifting up those around her.
Ben has always loved to draw – but it wasn’t until a year 6 art class and the introduction of perspective illustration that he developed an appreciation for public space and architecture. Fast forward a decade, a chance opportunity to combine public infrastructure with better design was the spark that led him to a career in Landscape Architecture.
With extensive experience delivering Education and Community Housing project typologies and mentorship of Graduate Landscape Architects, Ben was attracted to the prospect of accelerating his development within a multidisciplinary practice environment – enter Das! Following a series of sliding doors moments, Ben found himself leading the Landscape discipline at Das Studio and nurturing an ever-evolving portfolio of project work.
Ben’s can-do attitude, thirst for knowledge and genuine care for the work he produces have made him an invaluable asset to the Das team and the projects he contributes to.
Josh possesses an uncanny understanding of how objects and people come together. After completing a Master of Architecture, Josh worked his magic as a designer, maker, collaborator and as an undisputed king of the office latte art. Forging his own bespoke furniture business for several years, Josh finessed his skills as a furniture designer, curating and creating form and functionality for an ensemble of clients.
Bringing those vast set of skills and experience to the table, Josh made his way back into the architecture profession, working on various Commercial, Retail and Education projects. In 2019, Josh became a member of the Das Studio team and since then, has engrained himself as part of the Das DNA. A Das Studio OG. He has taken on the most complex of projects from the beginning, most notably our very first project in the Modular Schools program.
Being a maker for so long, Josh loves getting in and around a construction site, observing the assembly of Das’s many modular projects and the fit-out of bespoke installations. An emerging leader and valued sounding board on the fine details that can make architecture look effortless, Josh is not just a great team member, he’s a mate.
Edward is forever chasing the thrill that comes with exploration and discovery, traversing layered and complex design conditions with a nimbleness enabled by taking the long view. Across his formative years in study, his adventurous but rigorous approach has seen him repeatedly recognised as an emerging talent, securing the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Prize for Integration of Research and Design.
Since graduating with a Master of Architecture in 2019, Edward has worked on a range of project scales and typologies, from bespoke single residential to large scale community, sports and education projects. His brand of design agility has sparked an accelerated rise from student to respected practitioner both with Das Studio and as a sessional tutor at the University of South Australia.
What Edward has shown throughout his career to date is the ability to develop something from the early conceptual stage and consistently carry it through to execution with the nous of someone well beyond his years of experience.
A meticulousness and flair for sourcing ‘the impossible’ may have seen Ashleigh excel as a Private Investigator had she preferred mystery over materials. Instead, she has spent the last decade accumulating an enviable knowledge of products and delivering an extensive portfolio of projects since graduating with a degree in Interior Architecture.
An integral member of the Das studio team, Ashleigh is a trusted go-to for the Directors to get the job done efficiently and accurately. She scours her vast network of resources and suppliers to piece together entire worlds and spaces, with her ‘Midas touch’ seeing multiple projects garner awards in the hospitality and residential design sectors over the years.
Ashleigh takes pride in her ability to support the development of a design from concept to construction, a quality that greatly contributes to Das Studio’s ability to create beautiful and functional spaces for all to enjoy.
After growing up in country South Australia, a move to the big smoke meant a year of open inspections and display home visits with her parents to find their new family home. This weekly adventure spawned a Saturday night ritual reworking floor plans and creating interiors schemes sowing the seeds for the professional life that would follow.
However, Lyndal’s courtship with a career in design was a long one. After a decade of working in the commercial furniture world, Lyndal ultimately found her calling in Interior Architecture. Commencing in professional practice in 2017, she has contributed to award winning Education projects and now calls Das Studio her home, working across our Health, Commercial and Education portfolios.
Lyndal brings purpose to everything she touches creating a positive impact on the lives of those that inhabit the spaces she designs. She brings balance, good vibes and big laughs to Das Studio and we are proud to have her with us on McLaren Street.
Benjamin de Bricassart
With an Architect for a great-grandfather and a Drafter for a grandmother, Ben’s affinity for design was seemingly in his blood. Growing up in Adelaide surrounded by wine country, Ben developed a fascination with the natural and built world around him, sealing his fate to pursue a career in Architecture, by completing his Master’s degree in 2018.
Inspired by the possibility of designing the future, Ben possesses intrinsic qualities far beyond his years, complemented by his eagerness for continual learning and a never-ending pursuit of the joy of solving design problems. Ben’s considered approach and attention to detail are valuable assets to our practice, and have contributed to award winning urban development and defence projects in the early stages of his career.
Highly motivated to be the best version of himself for his young family and for his craft, Ben is a perfect match for the Das team. They say DNA doesn’t lie, and Ben is living proof.
Sara may be at the beginning of her career but she’s quickly carving out her very own multi-coloured corner of the interior world. As winner of the 2019 Gold Student Award from the Design Institute of Australia and the Interior Architecture Award of Excellence for her graduating year, it was both merit and an endearingly sassy personality that secured her a place with Das Studio in 2020.
From day one, Sara immersed herself in design, and the studio library, fast tracking her knowledge of materiality and products to hone her own unique design aesthetic. From this foundation she has been able to unlock a treasure trove of ideas for Das Studio clients. Her proficiency with documentation is also something to behold, enabling Sara to deliver countless new learning environments across Das’s many education projects.
Sara is continually refining her craft and executing outcomes well beyond her years, all-the-while embodying her mantra that there’s no such thing as too much colour!
Graduate of Architecture
In 2015, Renata ventured to Adelaide from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a Master of Architecture and a fearlessness that only comes from someone willing to put everything on the line in search of something greater. It was therefore fitting that she made her way to Das.
Renata’s motivation for realising civic design aligned with Das Studio’s growing capability across the education and health sectors – her relentless attention to the small things and Sherlock-Holmes-level inquisitiveness proving to be among Renata’s finest attributes.
As a 2022 EmAGN Committee Member, Renata is an advocate for supporting the next generation of Architects, naturally this makes her the convener of Das’s house of ideas, Show & Tell and Make Better sessions. She is actively supporting the growth of the practice, and the profession, demonstrating a genuine drive to make positive real-world impact.
Ultimately, Renata moved 14,428 kms to discover what she probably knew all along – that you need to look outside of yourself and find comfort in being uncomfortable.
Graduate of Architecture
The Architect and the Anthropologist have always had much to say to one another. From as young as 10-years-old, Shannon has imagined these conversations and how they may one day merge into a career.
After impressing the Das Studio team during an internship in 2019, Shannon was offered a casual position while finishing her Master of Architecture in 2020. She has since savoured working across all scales of design, from fine-grained residential details to the broader strokes of master planning, as a permanent member of the team. As an Emerging Architects and Graduates Committee member she promotes knowledge sharing by connecting students with the greater professional network.
In 2022, Shannon was awarded Graduate of the Year by NAWIC (SA), testament to her generosity and contribution to the architecture profession.
Shannon still loves exploring theories concerning humanity, ritual and the all-important preservation of memory. Often found clutching her 35mm camera, Shannon’s ability to capture the essence of a place on film has aided the development of many Das projects.
Graduate of Architecture
Growing up on a sugar cane farm in New South Wales, at the young age of 5 Bec saw her family home rebuilt and lifted above the flood zone by her grandfather. This formative time sparked a lifelong interest in the built environment, the idea of home and the impact of design on people’s lives.
At the age of 18, she set off on a journey around the country to understand how culture, upbringing, experience and context all contribute to someone’s understanding of ‘home’, completing degrees in Interior Design and then Architecture in Queensland before finishing her Masters at RMIT. Believing that everyone has the right to a home, Bec is a passionate advocate for better and affordable housing which saw her awarded the Peter Corrigan Memorial Medal for her final year project centred on retaining, restoring and reusing existing public housing.
Moving to Adelaide in 2022, and landing on Das Studio’s shores shortly after, Bec brings her childhood curiosity and power of problem solving to ‘make better’ long-lasting outcomes for clients and community. A pocket rocket full of positivity and energy, with smarts and a real-world sensibility, Bec is more than at home at Das.
Graduate Landscape Architect
Born and raised in Adelaide, Nadia’s story is one that straddles her home here down under and connection to her family’s origins in Syria. Extended periods abroad every few years provided Nadia with an immersive upbringing in these two opposing environments – its buildings, landscapes, people and culture, creating within Nadia a lens that has focused the significance of designing for place and people.
This diversity of experience has translated across to her skill set as well, with Nadia holding a Masters degree in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Adelaide. This unique capability and desire to contribute within a multidisciplinary studio environment has made Nadia a perfect fit for the practice.
Since joining the team in 2022, Nadia has brought with her a resolve to learn, understand and grow, increasingly taking on more and more project responsibility, particularly within our Education portfolio. She has jumped into Das Studio life and is an important piece of our growing capacity to deliver amazing outcomes for our clients.