The Studio* Team Snapshot

Award-winning curiosity and creativity, delivered with rigour and commitment.

Melinda Huuk

Melinda huuk

Founder. Director. Project & Creative Lead. MDIA. Dip Int Des SIT (Distinction)


With over 25 years' experience delivering award winning projects for top tier global and local brands, Melinda brings an exceptional level of insight, experience and creativity to every project.

Her industry-recognised commitment to leading teams to unearth new project possibilities, combined with the learnings & insights she has gained from her extensive and diverse career, brings confidence, courage and rigour to any project team. 

Melinda began her career in retail and hospitality, focusing on brand translation and customer experiential strategies.

Most recently she has focused on large scale workplace projects,

Melinda understands how space can influence and shape both behaviours and performance.

Project Experience:

  • Afterpay Melb. 5,200 sqm

  • THE ICONIC, Production Studios 3,500sqm

  • Westpac 275 Kent 18,000sqm

  • Westpac Client & Executive Floors 9,600sqm

  • Innovation Hub Westpac 1,000sqm

  • SnowyHydro Cooma 8,000sqm

  • Immersive Theatre, SnowyHydro

  • Walker Corp, Pmatta Square

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Community Centres

  • Westpac Broo 50,000sqm (Geyer)

  • Apple Head Office Syd 8,000sqm (Geyer)


Sally finlay

Market Leader. Strategy & Design. BA Design Int Design (Uni Medal) UTS


Sally has developed nationally-awarded space strategies and designs for leading brands for over 25 years.  For almost 20 years, with a previous shared employer, Sally and Melinda have supported and worked alongside each other.

Sally’s most recent experience includes developing national workplace strategies and designs for established and emerging brands of both significant and smaller scale. 

Sally is highly skilled at facilitating candid conversations with her clients' leadership teams and their people. The business insight she gains is enviable, inspires her and provides her the genuine ability to ensure unique and successful client outcomes. 

Sally shares her birds-eye view of what’s happening in the market with her clients, particularly those new to the Australian market, to help them make smart space decisions.

Project Experience:

  • Sydney Water, Strategy

  • Afterpay, Strategy

  • Guide Dogs, Strategy

  • Clifford Chance, Strategy

  • THE ICONIC, Workplace Strategy

  • KPMG Strategy (Geyer)

  • Allianz Strategy (Geyer)


Graeme bowie

Senior Associate. Bachelor Building Science, Victoria Uni NZ ||B.Arch. Auckland Uni

Following graduation from the University of Auckland with a double degree in Architecture, Graeme began his career with a small Architectural practice crafting bespoke houses & boutique retail spaces around the Auckland region.

In 1998, Graeme relocated to Australia. During this twenty year period he has honed his technical and design skills across a broad range of successful project deliveries from not-for-profit to high end retailers and corporate mining giants.

One of Graeme’s strengths is his ability to ensure a project from concept is realised at completion; true to the original vision by managing the complexities of the local authority and building regulations.

Most recently Graeme has been working with Sephora for their Australian store roll-out.

Graeme has worked also worked with Apple across more than twenty retail locations across Australia and Tesla for their launch into the local and New Zealand markets.

Project Experience:

  • Apple Retail, Various

  • Sephora Retail, Various

  • Tesla Retail, Various

Other Qualifications: VBA. Registered building practitioner Victoria  ||  Licenced building practitioner NZ.

Renee pratt

renee pratt

Senior Design Associate. Adv Dip Interior Des TAFE NSW 


Renee brings over 10 years' of customer-centric design to The Studio*. Cutting her teeth in the fast-paced retail sector, working with both global and local brands, Renee brings an inherent sensibility regarding experiential design and customer experience.

She combines a creative edge with a high degree of technical rigour.

Renee understands the subtle nuances of brands and is able to translate that into a compelling spatial narrative which she has successfully applied across multiple sectors including hospitality, residential and workplace.

Project Experience:

  • Afterpay Melb. 5,200 sqm


  • Maple-Brown Abbott

  • Westpac HQ 18,000sqm

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Community Centres

  • Start up Hub Railway House 350sqm

  • Innovation Hub Westpac, 1,000sqm

  • SnowyHydro Cooma 8,000sqm

  • Hyundai Immersive Showroom

  • Immersive Theatre SnowyHydro

  • Westpac Client & Executive Floors 9,600sqm

  • Walker Corp, Pmatta Square



petrina kernchen

Senior Design Associate. Bachelor of Design (Int Design) RMIT 


Australian born and trained, Petrina began her career in Chicago and for the subsequent 13 years, has worked across multiple sectors of design including retail, hospitality, workplace and residential. Her portfolio is diverse, with projects ranging from small not-for-profit organisations through to large scale workplace projects. 

With a background in the art and craft industry Petrina has developed a cross-disciplinary approach to design and a strong appreciation for detail.

As a green star-trained professional, she brings a passion for responsible design.

Previously, Petrina and Melinda worked together on a large scale workplace project that attained no less than 7 industry awards, including for sustainability, people diversity & inclusion and innovation.

Project Experience:

  • Westpac 275 Kent 18,000sqm

  • Clifford Chance Lawyers

  • Innovation Hub Westpac

  • Walker Corp, Pmatta

  • Cancer Council (Geyer)

  • JPMorgan (Geyer)

  • Westpac Broo (Geyer)


louise Mackrill  

Senior Design Associate. Bachelor Int.Des. (Hons) Huddersfield Uni, England

Born and bred in the UK, Louise commenced her career in London working in the retail and hospitality sectors.

After settling in Australia in 2004, Louise extended her expertise to encompass childcare and workplace projects of varying sizes and budgets.

With over 18 years experience, Louise has been an integral part of many award winning design teams, winning both international and national design awards across the years.

Most recently, Louise has been working closely with Melinda, Renee, Sarah and Petrina on a 60,000sqm workplace environment which is currently under a staged construction program - focussing on the delivery stage of the client floors.

Project Experience:

  • SnowyHydro 8,000sqm

  • Guide Dogs, Community Centre

  • Westpac HQ Client floors

  • Innovation Hub Westpac

  • Clifford Chance Lawyers

  • Walker Corp, Pmatta Square

  • Heinemann Duty Free 10,000sqm (Geyer)

  • Westpac HQ 50,000sqm (Geyer)


edward leong

Senior Architect. Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT

Edward’s architectural experience spans over two decades and encompasses a variety of building types including hotels, hospitals, commercial buildings, integrated fit-outs, residential and modular buildings in Malaysia, SIngapore, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia.

Edward has also worked as a design manager with the responsibility of delivering modular buildings to DHHS and Tier -1 contractors.

Edward’s strength lies in his ability to cover all stages of the design and delivery process with a particular focus on client liaison and services co-ordination - all within agreed budget and timelines.

Edward is highly skilled in both Revit and Autocad currently working with Graeme, delivering a significant retail project.

Project Experience:

  • Apple Retail, Various


Krista Mavrantonis

Designer. Bachelor Int. Arch. UNSW (Hons)

With a degree in interior architecture and a year of studies in industrial design, Krista brings a unique multi-disciplinary edge to The Studio*, combining strong conceptual & visual communication skills with technical rigour.

Krista understands the importance of delivering creative outcomes on time and on budget, which is testament to a design maturity that extends well beyond her years.

With experience in workplace, hospitality and retail, Krista has previously worked with a diverse client base that includes: Berkely Finance, Reserve Bank, Sony Music, YMCA, Sydney Centrepoint Revolving Bar/ Restaurant, Cliftons Sydney Foodhall, REA, KPMG Innovation Lab.

Project Experience:

  • THE ICONIC 3,500sqm

  • Afterpay 7,000sqm

  • SnowyHydro Cooma 8,000sqm

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Community Hub 1,000sqm


Louise Everitt

Senior Designer, BA Int Design Middlesex Uni (Hons)

With over 20 years of experience predominantly within the retail sector, Louse brings a level of technical rigour to her projects.

Her strengths lie in her attention to detail and seamless service integration and as such she plays a significant role in the detailed documentation phases of a project.

Project Experience:

  • Apple Retail, Various Locations

  • Sephora Retail, Various

  • Heinemann Duty Free 10,000sqm (Geyer)

  • Qantas Lounge, Brisbane (Geyer)



Graduate Designer. B Design (Int Des)

Following a 10 year career in the financial accounting sector, Nejala decided to fulfil her creative passion for design.

Having just recently graduated, Nejala brings a fresh creative perspective that she balances beautifully with the pragmatic rigour she developed in her previous career.

Project Experience:

  • CheckGo

  • SnowyHydro, Immersive Theatre

  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT