ABOUT

Circle Studio Architects is a collaborative design-focused practice. Human-centred design is at the forefront of our philosophy and our priority is to create engaging places to be in. We have a passion for architecture, and we love spaces which promote community and social well-being. . 

Circle Studio Architects (formerly Von Atelier) was founded in 2015 and is headed by neighbours Amber Laing and Yvonne Meng. Our approach is collaborative and we believe that great architecture is centred around those who use it.

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PEOPLE

 
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Yvonne Meng is an architect with 10 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Yvonne worked for several design practices as well as the City of Melbourne before striking out solo. She teaches extensively in the architecture schools at Monash, University of Melbourne, and RMIT. Yvonne is active in Melbourne’s architecture culture and has published articles, sat on Awards Juries, and curated the monthly PROCESS talks between 2012-2015. Yvonne is currently on the AIA Editorial Committee and a board member for Creative Women's Circle.

Yvonne enjoys a good coffee, dark chocolate, and scuba diving. 

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Amber Laing is an architectural designer with a background in education and residential projects. She is experienced in undertaking carefully considered concept design, design development, and documentation. Having also been an exhibition designer at the Museum of Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Amber has a keen eye for detail and human-centred spaces, and brings to projects her sharp design detailing and understanding of architectural finish.

Amber enjoys hanging out with her daughter and her favourite food is hot chips. 


TALKS & MEDIA

  NAM  Melbourne is a platform for architects to present their story. We will speak at NAM #26, and join in a panel discussion.

NAM Melbourne is a platform for architects to present their story. We will speak at NAM #26, and join in a panel discussion.

 Free to Feed opened to the public as a part Open House Melbourne 2018. Check out all of the great buildings  here. 

Free to Feed opened to the public as a part Open House Melbourne 2018. Check out all of the great buildings here. 

 We discuss 'Women in Architecture' on ABC Radio  National Blueprint For Living .  Listen  here .

We discuss 'Women in Architecture' on ABC Radio National Blueprint For Living.  Listen here.

 We muse about 'Serenity' in architecture on Radio National's   Blueprint for Living   programme. Listen  here.

We muse about 'Serenity' in architecture on Radio National's Blueprint for Living programme. Listen here.

  PROCESS  invites us alongside some amazing women for a panel discussion on 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling'

PROCESS invites us alongside some amazing women for a panel discussion on 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling'

 Parlour advocates for equity in the architecture profession. We discuss the topic of diversity  here

Parlour advocates for equity in the architecture profession. We discuss the topic of diversity here

 The Immigration Museum presents a forum on ideas for Melbourne today and the future. We join them at the MPavilion. Details  here

The Immigration Museum presents a forum on ideas for Melbourne today and the future. We join them at the MPavilion. Details here

 EmAGN hosts a discussion that features panelists from Melbourne practices small to extra large at MPavilion. Details  here

EmAGN hosts a discussion that features panelists from Melbourne practices small to extra large at MPavilion. Details here

 We guest edit 'The Competitions Edition' for Architect Victoria spring 2016. Find issues  here . 

We guest edit 'The Competitions Edition' for Architect Victoria spring 2016. Find issues here

 See all of the amazing 2015 AIA award winners  here

See all of the amazing 2015 AIA award winners here

  Body | Building explores the body's relation to architecture and space. We write about the experiential qualities about the city. Read it in full   here

Body | Building explores the body's relation to architecture and space. We write about the experiential qualities about the city. Read it in full here

 The 2013 Summer edition of Architect Victoria celebrates the contribution women make to architecture across the state. Read it in full and find our profile  here

The 2013 Summer edition of Architect Victoria celebrates the contribution women make to architecture across the state. Read it in full and find our profile here


MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

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