Our Story

Bower Architecture & Interiors is a joyful, progressive Melbourne-based studio committed to creating quality, sustainable architecture and meaningful interior design.  

It all started when we, Chema Bould and Anna Dutton, discussed the dream of opening our own studio over dinner and a few glasses of wine back in 2005, six months later, this was a reality. 

Why Bower? As nature lovers ourselves, we were inspired by the bowerbird’s ability to create beautiful yet sustainable structures to inhabit, using simple objects found in the environment around them. 

For us, architecture brings together our passion for creative spaces, interior design, the environment, science, and most of all, people. 

Now a team of eight, Bower Architecture & Interiors shares a common goal of helping others discover richer more fulfilling lives. Our ability to create quality, sustainable architecture and meaningful interior design is our way of fulfilling this purpose.  

We are both proud survivors and graduates of breast cancer and as such understand how precious everyday moments, and the environments we spend them in, truly are. Bower proudly supports Breast Cancer Network Australia and Breast Cancer Trials, and we are both sincerely grateful for the knowledge, support, recognition and advancement in treatment of breast cancer that these organisations champion and develop. 

Bower Architecture has carefully refined its collection of signature elements and spatial techniques to create houses with completeness and specificity about them.

Marcus Baumgart, Houses 

Anna Dutton and Chema Bould, Co-Directors of Bower Architecture & Interiors

Meet the Bower Team

Bower is a joyful, progressive, calm, nurturing, fun and loving place to be and delivering excellence is our common goal. The Bower team is made up of a remarkable group of people. We all thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment and share key values that include honesty, kindness, positivity, diligence, respect for all, and sustainability. 

Chema Bould

Chema Bould is a founder and co-director of Bower Architecture & Interiors. She is the Director of Design and CEO of Bower.  

People are everything to Chema and she loves getting to know our clients and their sites and keeping both in sharp focus while designing. She takes pride in being a deep listener and strives to understand our clients’ uniqueness and from this nurture them with her design skills. Chema relishes the problem-solving challenges posed by every project.  

Chema understands that the best results come from successful collaboration and she maintains an openness to new ideas and design inspiration from a broad range of sources. Her thoroughness, attention to detail and high standards provide a continual point of reference for other team members and all projects within the office. 

Anna Dutton

Anna Dutton is a founder and co-director of Bower Architecture & Interiors. She is director of Project Realisation and Business Development Manager. 

The things that Anna loves most about working at Bower are the close relationships formed with clients and the project teams. Her key strengths include her warmth, her ability to form strong relationships and manage large teams and projects, and her architectural, interior design and construction detailing. 

Anna has over 20 years experience on projects both large and small, ranging from residential and commercial to justice and education projects. She has a special interest in justice projects and brings over 15 years of court facility design experience to the team. Anna has been Project Director and a Peer Review Consulting Architect for numerous court projects including most recently, the Peer Review Architect for new Bendigo Law Court project with John Wardle Architects. Anna loves being connected with her peers and has been involved in the AIA Awards program as a juror and is a member of the AIA’s Medium Practice Forum. 

Beyond Bower Anna enjoys skiing, running, hiking, painting, jigsaw puzzles, yoga, snorkelling and time at the beach, all with her husband Alexandre. She is a long term and devoted member of the Body Electric Dancers.

Nicola Fuller
Associate Senior Project Architect

Nicola Fuller is an Associate of Bower Architecture & Interiors and Senior Project Architect. 

Nicola’s strengths include her legendary organisation and clear communication skills, coordination with clients, consultants and council, and managing project teams. She is adept at all stages of projects from brief development and feasibility studies to concept design, detailed design, construction documentation and contract administration during construction.  

Nicola graduated in 2012 and registered as an Architect in 2016. She has over 10 years of industry experience and has worked on a range of jobs from conception to completion; from single dwellings and award-winning multi-residential apartment buildings to mixed-use buildings in Melbourne and Sydney. 

Throughout her studies and early work life Nicola caught the travel bug and made a point to explore locations around the world to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for various cultural, architectural and ecological environments.  

When not at Bower she loves spending time with her husband James and daughter Harriet. 

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Jessica King
Associate Senior Project Architect

Jessica King is an Associate of Bower Architecture & Interiors and Senior Project Architect.  

Jess has worked with Bower since she was a student and has excellent design, coordination and documentation skills. She graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2014 and she registered as an Architect in 2018.  

Jess is committed to Bower’s rigorous design process and her strong communication skills allow her to work closely and effectively with clients, stakeholders, consultants and builders. 

Jess is currently working on several single residential projects at Bower Architecture and has gained extensive experience working on residential renovations including an award-winning interior renovation of a terrace house in Parkville. She also worked closely on a public project for the City of Ballarat, several commercial fitouts for the Australian Catholic University and as part of the project teams for Caulfield Grammar School and Giant Steps School. 

Jess aims to regularly contribute to the architectural profession via her involvement in the AIA as a juror for the Victorian Chapter Awards and is a  mentor for architectural students in the SONA Constructive Mentoring Program. 

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Charlotte Fitzgibbon
Architect

Charlotte Fitzgibbon is a Project Architect at Bower Architecture & Interiors.  

She registered as an Architect in 2019 and has more than five years Postgraduate experience in design, documentation and project delivery for small, medium and large-scale residential and commercial projects. 

Charlotte loves Bower’s sustainable and quality architecture, including heritage alterations and extensions, and new buildings all around regional Victoria. She also loves building strong client relationships and designing each project to be unique to the project site and client brief. 

Charlotte’s interests include art, design, fashion, photography and travel. She loved completing some of her studies abroad in Prato, Italy and looks forward to returning there one day soon! 

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Azagen Narana Pillay
Graduate of Architecture

Aza Narana Pillay is a Graduate of Architecture at Bower Architecture & Interiors.  

He graduated from Deakin University in 2016 and has since acquired five years of Postgraduate experience and three years experience while studying. Aza is passionate about the design and construction details of each project. He also really enjoys the team spirit at Bower and loves that everyone has a voice during different stages of a project. 

Aza currently works closely with clients on beach house projects, where he brings his tropical flair from his island of origin, Mauritius – where he lived until he was 19. Aza believes that architecture has the power to shape a brighter future for society by creating harmonious spaces for its users. 

Beyond Bower, Aza is socially active within the Mauritian community in Melbourne, through the non-profit organisation Mauritian Cultural Organisation Melbourne (MCOM). Aza, an international student arriving in Australia in 2008, has been actively involved as part of the team of volunteers who helped international students with groceries and support during the Melbourne 2020 lockdown. 

Aza loves what he does and his sources of inspiration include nature, geometry, art and gin. Aza also loves to play badminton and spending time with his beautiful wife Vanesschka and son Aesen.

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Nick Malcher
Graduate of Architecture

Nick Malcher is a Graduate of Architecture at Bower Architecture & Interiors.  

Nick has been with the Bower team since he was a student of the double Bachelors of Construction Management and Architecture. While studying, Nick was awarded the Richard Gibson Award for best design project for final year of the Bachelor of Architecture, as well as the Petal Thorpe Scholarship – awarded to a high performing student with involvement in extracurricular activities, and the ARBV Professional Practice Award. 

Nick brings to Bower previous industry experience in both Landscape Architecture and Construction Management. For Nick, Architecture combines his passions for design, construction and problem solving. 

Nick has been involved in the delivery of Bright House from initiation to handover, and projects currently in construction include Laurel Grove, Kalorama, Jindivick and Blairgowrie. 

Outside of architecture Nick enjoys gardening, playing football down on the Bellarine, learning about geeky tech stuff and hanging out with his partner Rosie and their fur-babies (three cats and one dog!). 

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David Morgan
Graduate of Architecture

David Morgan is a Graduate of Architecture at Bower Architecture & Interiors. 

David joined the Bower team after completing his Master of Architecture at The University of Western Australia in 2022. During his study, he worked closely with the UWA-based ‘Bio Based Materials Design Lab’, with which he received their first ‘Graduate of the Year’ award among a handful of other accolades. He continues to collaborate with BBM Lab as an all-round designer in his free time. 

David brings his background in graphics design to bower, combining his skills with photoshop and general design principles to produce powerful visuals. In architecture, he aspires towards eco-conscious design with rustic simplicity. 

Outside of work, David enjoys standard nerdy hobbies like video games and watching movies. On the weekends he enjoys exploring all the food Melbourne has to offer with his partner Thao, who also studies architecture. 

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Jack Osborn
Architectural Assistant

Jack Osborn is an Architectural Assistant at Bower Architecture & Interiors. 

Jack is currently undertaking his Masters of Architecture at The University of Melbourne having completed his Bachelors of Architecture at UTS in 2020. In addition to this, Jack brings previous industry experience in Architecture having worked on high end multi-residential apartments, mixed-use and commercial buildings in Sydney.  

Jack loves Bower’s considerate and meticulous design process, giving each unique site and client the respect they deserve to reveal beautiful spaces. His clear communication and problem-solving skills allow him to build strong relationships with clients and consultants.  

Outside of his work and studies, Jack is also a furniture maker. Having recently exhibited at DENFAIR as a Finalist in the ‘Australia’s Next Top Designer’ category. He also loves going to the beach with his partner Joscelyn and their two doggo’s Bentley and Frankie.

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Chelsea Waylen
Architectural Assistant

Chelsea Waylen is an Architectural Assistant at Bower Architecture & Interiors. 

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Bower gratefully acknowledges the contributions of our past long term collaborators Jade Vidal (co-founder), Alana Gelbart, Ben Shields and Rose Heeley.

Bower has proudly been a carbon neutral business since 2019, and Certified Carbon Neutral from 2020. 

The Bower Architecture & interiors studio is located on Wurundjeri land, and our projects are located on Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Tangurung, Gunaikurnai and Wadawurrung land.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the unceded land and waters where we live, work & play and pay our deepest respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Awards

We have received both national and international recognition for our work.

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