Prior to establishing Architeria, founder Mel Gawi has held senior positions with major architectural firms. Mel is a Registered Architect and Project Manager and has an excess of over 25 years of experience in all fields of architecture and project management as well as development management. Mel’s portfolio is filled with iconic designs and large scale projects that include retail, commercial and institutional projects as well as residential, mix-use, luxury residential and health projects. Mel is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic and versatile architects with a wealth of knowledge up his sleeve,  he has not only designed but also built iconic and luxury homes around Victoria.


  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects RAIA

  • Member of Australian Institute of Project Management - MAIPM

  • Registered Architect in Victoria - ARBV

  • PhD Research – Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) University Of Auckland NZ

  • Certificate of proficiency (CEP) Practice & Project Management 1997

  • Masters Degree in Architecture  ( MArch Hon) 1996

  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture (BArch Hon) 1993

The Mel Gawi Experience

Mel Gawi, the Managing Director and Principal Architect of Architeria Architects is the founder of what most likely is the most unique architectural practice in Australia. The high design quality that Architeria offers, can be linked back to Mel who grew up in Europe, where he was living and breathing the fundamentals of sustainable architecture.

Mel Gawi orchestrates every detail that leads to the successful delivery of projects at Architeria with absolute perfection, pride and highest level of integrity. Mel is not only a creative and dynamic architect but with his infinite wisdom and long experience in the business world, he has something that sets him apart from other architects – he understands the complete picture and nature of business.


Mel’s many years of experience not only as an architect but as a project manager gives him the advantage of truly understanding the myriads of other components that play an equally important part in successful delivery as architecture does. One cannot strive without the other.

When you engage Architeria, you get to experience the Mel Gawi difference. With his constant problem solving and solution orientated mind, he thinks outside the box and always delivers results beyond expected. As his architectural license allows Mel to build his private projects of all scales, he has a thorough construction knowledge derived from his experience building his own projects that he shares with his clients.

The magic of Mel is that he engages in each project with the same drive as he would for his own and he constantly pushes himself to find solutions that make the design process not only joyful, but he adds an aspect to it that is commercially viable and beneficial as well.

With the guidance of Mel, our clients have found themselves benefiting in more ways than imaginable. With Mel’s added value as a project manager and with this knowledge in construction, many design decisions are cost saving solutions without compromising the striking architecture and liveable design.

Mel’s creativity extends beyond the architectural and this is what has made him the go to architect and advisor for many and he has been the unspoken guide and advisor as well as a problem solver for developers, investors and clients alike. The way Mel approaches his clients is with an integrity and a deep sense of serving the bigger picture.


This is The Mel Gawi Experience and it is this difference that has been the winning recipe of success of Architeria.

Kate Gawi


Kate is a Co-Founder of Architeria and Gawi Group and adds her versatile experience to the organisation. Prior to joining Architeria Kate has held senior management positions with design practices and companies within the fields of textile and interiors. Further, her experience includes years of working for construction companies as well as experience in the fields of real estate. Kate is besides being one of the Directors of Architeria also managing Gawi Group’s Property Development division.

  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects (Affiliate RAIA)

  • Member of Planning Institute of Australia - PIA (Assoc)

  • Business and Commerce, University of Skovde

  • Project Management, Stockholms University

  • Design Management, University of Boras

  • Design & Aesthetics, Lulea University of Technology

  • Diploma of Interior Design, The Interior Design Institute, NSW

  • History Of Interiors, Uppsala University

  • Real Estate Agent’s Repr Certificate, Vic

The Kate Gawi Touch

Who is Kate Gawi, Co Founder of Architeria Architects?


The woman behind the brand is not only a savvy business woman juggling a company. What most clients discover about Kate is that she is not your everyday interior designer but a lifestyle connoisseur, a stylist and a lifestyle creator.

Kate is involved in each project that leaves the office and whilst Mel Gawi, the Principal Architect, is the lead designer, one could call Kate his muse. Kate will often set the scene of the creation and add her magic touch of elegance and class to the fine details. She will create an ambience or a story if you want to call it that, which she will then spin into that golden thread that commonly runs in every design of Architeria.

Kate has a natural sense of style that was refined when growing up in Europe among the classic buildings and the European flair of fashion. With her passion for classic interiors, fashion and architecture accompanied with her serene spiritual wisdom and sensible Swedish touch she has enhanced the lives of many clients as she believes that creating an interior can only be achieved by understanding the lifestyle of its inhabitant. Kate enjoys the beauty that life has to offer, and she can truly create magical spaces that cater for a life in style, class and luxury.

For Kate, design is all about creating an image that will not only resonate with the client but also serve as a feel-good platform for truly embracing life. Ease, comfort, exclusivity, serenity and timelessness is what Kate defines as a luxury experience and as she guides her clients towards their own definition of luxury she can often include so much more to the total package than just creating beautiful spaces. She creates lifestyle.


This is what we at Architeria Architects like to call “The Kate Gawi Touch”.



Frans Letten 





Djuro, a Melbourne University Graduate is a versatile all rounder who is working closely with the Directors handling both planning and documentation as well as 3D modelling of our projects. Djuro is a hard-working professional with a great can-do attitude and he handles consultants, clients, staff and ensures that the every day operation of the office is running smoothly.


  • Bachelor of Environments - University of Melbourne ( Double Major Architecture and Construction)



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