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Marcus O’Reilly Architects is an award-winning practice with a strong design focus underpinned by a practicality and professionalism.

We pride ourselves on our understanding of building techniques and materials, planning and cost control – ensuring that designs are achievable as well as inspirational.

Using clients’ ideas as our starting point, we work with you to develop a comprehensive design brief. We then apply our creative and practical expertise to craft homes that are great to live in.

Our designs exceed clients expectations of what is possible – maximising outlook, light and energy efficiency and taking full advantage of a site.

Specialising in new homes, renovations and medium-density residential developments, the practice also delivers commercial, public and institutional work.

Our services include:

  • feasibility and scoping studies
  • planning submissions
  • design development and documentation
  • contract administration
  • project management

Marcus O’Reilly Architects has been recognised through numerous awards and features in national and international design publications and is located in inner-city St Kilda, Melbourne.


Marcus O’Reilly, Director of Marcus O’Reilly, personally leads all parts of the design process – providing high-level service and expertise to clients throughout a project. Marcus has a special interest in urban planning, sustainability and innovative design techniques and is frequently called upon to join design panels and to lecture in architecture at the University of Melbourne.

He enjoys mentoring young architects and seeks inspiration from outstanding architecture and continuing education, attending conferences and intensives such as the Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass. He makes furniture in his downtime, which has been widely exhibited and published in Australia and internationally.


Australian Institute of Architects/Victorian Architecture Awards, 2007

Melbourne Prize 2007

Co-winner with City of Melbourne and Nadim Karam

Sandridge Bridge Precinct Redevelopment


Australian Institute of Architects/Victorian Architecture Awards, 2007

Urban Design Award

Co-winner with City of Melbourne and Nadim Karam

Sandridge Bridge Precinct Redevelopment


Australian Timber Design Award, 2012

Multi Residential – New Buildings category

Ruskin Street Townhouses


City of Port Phillip Design Development Awards, 2012

Best New Development (1-5 Storeys)

Ruskin Street Townhouses


City of Port Phillip Design Development Award, 2012

Best Sustainable Development

Ruskin Street Townhouses


Craft Victoria/Melbourne Fringe Festival Award, 2009

Winner – Innovation in Crafted Design

Flotsam and Jetsam table


Sydney Furniture Show Green Design Commendation, 2010

Best Commercial Design

Driftwood Coffee Table


Sydney Furniture Show Green Design Commendation, 2010

Best Green Design

Driftwood Coffee Table




Furniture by Architects, Driss Fatir (ed.), Images Publishing, Melbourne, 2014

Wood: Art, Design, Architecture, Brian Parkes and Elliat Rich (eds), Jam Factory, Adelaide, 2013

Beach Houses: Living at the Sea, Michelle Galindo (ed.), Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2013

21st Century Sustainable Homes, Mark Cleary (ed.), Images Publishing 2011

21st Century Kitchens, Stephen Crafti (ed.), Images Publishing, Melbourne, 2010

Contemporary Beach Houses Down Under, Stephen Crafti (ed.), Images Publishing, 2008

Beach Houses 2, Stephen Crafti (ed.), Images Publishing, Melbourne, 2004

Making More of Small Spaces, Images Publishing, Melbourne, 2003


Allt i Hemmet (Sweden), November 2011

Vogue Living (Australia), Nov/Dec 2010

Habitus: Living in Design (International), April-June 2010

Nisha, Israel, December 2009

Melbourne Magazine, November 2002


Sacred Spaces: series 5 (television), Channel 31 Melbourne, Sustainable Townhouses, 2013

Australian Financial Review, Life and Leisure, ‘Homes of the Future’

Age, Domain, ‘Timeless look holds its place in history’

Age, Domain ‘Light touch makes all the difference’

La Repubblica, D Repubblica (magazine), ‘Australian design’

Australian Financial Review, Architecture, ‘Changing levels’

Sydney Morning Herald, Essential, ‘Tranquillity base’

Australian Financial Review, Architecture, ‘Function and form make for a heavenly staircase’

Australian Financial Review, Architecture, ‘Aging materials’

Herald Sun, Home Magazine

Age, Feature section, ‘The rise of solar power’


General coverage in

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Flotsam and Jetsam table in:,,,

Sorrento beach house in: www.archidose,,,,,,,

Kyneton house in:


Cultural Map of Melbourne, Arts Victoria, October 2006

Significant Architecture from the Institute’s 75 Year History, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney, 2004

City of Port Phillip Sustainability Policy, Community Alliance of Port Philip (co-author), 2001

Urban Sprawl (documentary treatment), co-author with David Tiley for Generation Films, 2000

Elwood Canal Masterplan, City of Port Phillip, (contributor), 2000



New houses

Metropolitan, coastal and country areas including: Abbotsford, Aireys Inlet, Avenel, Beaumaris, Brighton, Brunswick, Castlemaine, Elwood, Flinders, Glenluce, Kinglake, Kyneton, Malvern, Malmsbury, Newcastle, Nulla Vale, Pearl Beach, Prahran, Red Hill, Rosanna, St Kilda, Sorrento and Williamstown.

Over 150 completed renovations; Melbourne, country and interstate
Medium-density housing

St Kilda 24-apartments, 12 town-house subdivision, Balwyn; 5 and 7 town houses, Elwood; 4 townhouses, Elwood; 5 townhouses, Elwood; Glen Iris; 40 town-house subdivision, Paterson Lakes; 6 townhouses, Parkdale; 2 Apartments, CBD Melbourne; Frankston, 56 unit Social housing proposal; Elsternwick, 25 Studio apartments.


PrintCo Office development, Brighton (four level offices and showrooms, two basements, $12 million); Duldig Art Studio & Gallery, Camberwell; Cement processing plant and offices, Maryborough; 12 self-contained eco-tourism retreats & conference facility, Red Hill (concept and feasibility study only); Montague Self Storage, South Melbourne; Peter Stevens bike assembly & distribution warehouses, Abbotsford; Motorcycle workshops in Adelaide, Dandenong, Melbourne, & Ringwood.


Red Stair Amphitheatre, Queensbridge Square, Southbank ; Vent shaft sculpture, Queensbridge Square, Southbank, both of these components were part of our work on the Award winning Sandridge Precinct project. ; Sidney Myer Foundation Education Centre, Administration Building, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen (to tender stage only); Inner South Community Health Service Redevelopment, Nelson Street Kindergarten Renovations, St Kilda East. Shortlisted for City of Darebin’s forecourt Sculpture.



Pratt Residence, Raheen, Kew; Generation Films, St Kilda; ICM, office fit-out, Jolimont: City of Melbourne – conference furniture, Reception desks, numerous private clients.

24 group exhibitions including; the Craft Victoria Meat Market annual survey exhibitions.

Spoleto Furniture Exhibition 1987; Melbourne International Festival Furniture Exhibition, 1988.

Various exhibitions at ‘Distelfink’ and the Victorian Woodworkers’ Association. Fringe Furniture Festival. From 1985 – 2010

Craft Victoria ‘Encounter’ Solo Exhibition 2010

‘WOOD art design architecture’ 2 year travelling exhibition with tenures at JamFactory (Adelaide),Riddoch Art Gallery (Mt Gambier), Design Forum Tasmania, Bathurst Regional Art, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Kick Arts Contemporary Arts (Cairns), Object (Sydney)


Over 30 shops, with a wide range of budgets, including:

Edward Mellor, Toorak Road; Faberge, Crown Casino; Giallo, Melbourne Central & Giallo Chapel Street; Harley Davidson, Ringwood, Dandenong, Brunswick, Shepparton & Geelong; Hermanns, Melbourne Central; Procycle BMW, Geelong; The 45 Minute Photo Shop, Ashburton.

Dynacycle, Darwin; Harley Davidson, Launceston and Port Lincoln; Peter Stevens Motorcycles and Harley Heaven, Adelaide; Whitehouse Motors, Albury.

Bruno Magli, Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills and Bruno Magli, Union Square, San Francisco

‘Basilea’ and ‘Bookshop Café’, Camberwell; ‘Café’ Bubbles’, King Street; ‘Café Magnifico’, Crown Casino (with Piero Gesualdi); ‘Seng Hing’, Caulfield.

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