Minifie van Schaik Architects (MvS) are a globally recognised, award-winning and widely published architectural practice based in Melbourne . We are now in our thirteenth year of practice
We undertake a variety of project types, and have particularly well developed expertise in delivering public buildings up to $5m, have completed schematic design on projects valued up to $40m and master-plans for projects over $100m in value. Several recent projects have included extensive interpretive content with environmental and ecological themes. These buildings have been constructed in sensitive locations, have significant landscape components and have incorporated the highest level of sustainable design practice.
We approach each project as unique set of problems and opportunities requiring a tailored and innovative approach. We work closely with our clients and consultants to find exemplary solutions that are not always obvious. Our design methodology emphasises both extensive research and engagement with all project stakeholders. Our designs consistently surprise and delight our clients and their constituents.
As a specialist practice with two directors and eight staff we deliver projects by establishing specialist teams focused on the particular requirements of each project. All projects have either Paul Minifie or Jan van Schaik as designer and director in-charge of a team led by a project architect responsible for the day to day running of the project all of whom stay with each project from inception to completion.
MvS has advanced capabilities in Computer Aided Design, Building Information Modelling and Digital Fabrication. We have a password protected online office manual through which we administer procedures to assure quality and meet our obligations under the BCA, and the OH&S, WorkSafe and DDA acts. We hold and Public Liability insurance of $20m and Professional Indemnity insurance of $5m.
MvS has received awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for the Victorian College of the Arts Centre for Ideas, Southbank in 2004, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary in 2006, Wattle Avenue House, Mildura in 2012 and for Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, Edithvale in 2012.
MvS has twice been the recipient of the Premiers Design Award, firstly for the Australian Wildlife Health Centre and secondly for the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Paul Minifie and Jan van Schaik