Architeria Architects is a member of Gawi Group and rebranding of ArchiGroup Architects, established by Principal Architect Mel Gawi in 2006. Architeria and its founders Mel and Kate Gawi have since 2010 been operating from Melbourne, delivering great architecture and contributing to the growing residential development in Melbourne and surroundings.

Mel Gawi, Principal of Architeria (Registered Architect, RAIA) has extensive experience in architecture, and project management and has over the years successfully delivered multi-million dollar projects in both Melbourne and overseas, spanning all areas of architecture. Mel Gawi has designed and managed large scale projects such as high rise towers, apartment buildings, townhouse developments, hospitals, retail and commercial projects as well as designing high end luxury homes.

Architeria caters for all clients, from investors and developers to home owners and governmental bodies.

Architeria is proud of the highly motivated, hardworking and professional individuals that form the team of Architeria. All our architects and designers are highly skilled and we believe in a team environment where each individual’s strengths are put forward, allowing to contribute to the overall knowledge and experience of the company.

We have gained a reputation as perfectionists and our polished and pragmatic design solutions with their attention to detail speak for themselves.
— Mel Gawi, Principal Architect


Mel Gawi - Managing Director / Principal Architect

Mel is the Founder of Architeria Architects. Prior to establishing Architeria Mel has held senior positions with major architectural firms as a Registered Architect and Senior Project Manager in Australia  with excess of 25 years of experience in Signature & Sustainable Architecture,  Hotels, Multi-Unit Residential, Health, Retail, Commercial, Institutional and Urban Design.

  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects - RAIA
  • Member of Australian Institute of Project Management -MAIPM
  • Registered Architect in Victoria - ARBV
  • PhD Research – Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD)  University of Auckland NZ
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CEP) Practice & Project Management 1997
  • Masters Degree in Architecture - (Hon) 1996
  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture - (Hon) 1993

Kate Gawi - Director

Kate is the Co-Founder of Architeria Architects. Previously, Kate has held senior management positions with design practices and within the built environment. Kate has a background in various aspects of Business Development  and Property Development and in establishing new ventures. Her background includes Interior Design,  Real Estate, Project Management, Marketing and Sales.  She has also been successfully establishing new businesses in the fields of textile and interiors.

  • Business  and Commerce,  University of Skovde, Sweden
  • Project Management, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Design Management, University of Boras, Sweden
  • Design & Aesthetics, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
  • Diploma in Interior Design, The  Interior Design Institute NSW Australia
  •  History Of Interiors, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Real Estate Agents Representative Certificate, Vic Australia
  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects - Affiliate RAIA

David Lyster - Partner & Project Director

David has a wealth of experience in a wide range of architecture in Australia as well as overseas. His  international track record which spans  over more than 30 years shows  his versatility within the field. David is currently managing our Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Adelaide 1980
  • Registered Architect in Victoria ARBV


Saad Aurangzeb – Senior Associate

With his great knowledge, thoroughness and attention to detail, Saad makes the perfect quality controller besides  his great design and documentation skills. Prior to joining Architeria Saad has worked as a Senior Project Architect on five star hotel buildings, executive apartment projects, hospitals and sports facilities and overseen all architectural aspects of architectural design development, production of construction documents and coordinating needs of consultants  with a successful track record. 

  • Bachelor of Architecture, NED University of Engineering & Technology
  • Member of Australian Institute of Architects - RAIA


Clemens Fromm - Senior Associate

Clemens has a long working history as Project Architect and has over 11 years of experience in all architectural project stages from design to approval, execution and construction supervision.Clemens has a vast experience in coordinating teams of architects and among his many challenging projects he can include supervising the construction of AUDI buildings in China and many hotel and resort projects. His focus lies on environmentally sustainable design and efficient building service solutions.

Engineer in Architecture (Masters)

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig Germany


Bhawna Pargain – Graduate Architect

Bhawna is a highly experienced all-rounder and a very versatile architect with over 6 years of experience.  Bhawna has led large teams of architects and drafts people, successfully delivering projects of various scales. Bhawna is also highly skilled in interior design and has previously designed retail, office and residential projects.

  • Bachelor of Architecture, DIT University