Bild Architecture

Our Work

North Melbourne House
The Panopticon House
Sky Pods
Blurred House
Unwaste Bookcase
Uncanny Companion
Mirror House
Veneer House
Liminal House
Split House
California Dreaming
UpCycle House

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About Us

Build (verb) -  |bɪld|
1. to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.

Bild Architecture is a Melbourne based design studio focused on residential architecture. Founded by Ben Milbourne, we work collaboratively with clients using each project’s intersection of social context, environmental conditions & brief as a springboard for creating unique places for people….

Bild Architecture
36 Cobden St, North Melbourne, Victoria 
+61 3 9018 8187

Build (verb) -  |bɪld|

  1. to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
  2. to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: 
  3. give form to, according to a plan
  4. make or become stronger or more intense

Bild Architecture is a Melbourne based design studio focused on residential design. We work collaboratively with clients to use each project’s unique intersection of social context, environmental conditions & spatial brief as a springboard for creating unique places for people.

We believe our primary role is working with clients to discover what is driving your project, what the design ‘problem’ is, and then tackle this head on to develop a unique solution that meets the needs of our clients. Good design is not about fashion, or a surface treatment, but about deeply investigating any given task; using the unique convergence of client, site and brief as a springboard for design innovation. Our process is interactive and consultative – we believe that to meet the needs of a client with innovation requires diligence and consultation.

Our Approach

Fuzzy ThinkingDesign thinking is non-linear, our key skill and the real value of our services are to take often competing interests (budget, scope, council or heritage restrictions) and generate a solution that not only addresses these requirements but transcends them.

Sustainability is integral,
not an add-onWe wholeheartedly believe that we have a responsibility both to our clients and to the community to minimise the environmental impact of all our projects. We approach sustainability from the outset of every project to integrate simple, economic and yet effective design strategies to minimise environmental impact both during construction/manufacture and the whole life of our projects.
We don’t have a ‘style’We think that every project deserves fresh eyes, and a dedicated approach. We don’t have a formula or standardised aesthetic. Our work is not about us, it is about the unique qualities of each project speaking through the finished work

BudgetWe have a vested interest in the successful delivery of your project on time and on budget. We understand that careful cost management is essential in meeting your expectations for a successful project.


  • In depth Brief Development & Project investigation
  • Masterplanning & Urban Design
  • Sketch Design & Design Development
  • Town Planning/Development Approvals
  • Construction Drawings & Cost Estimation
  • Tendering management & Selection of Building Works Contractors
  • Contract Administration & Post Occupancy Reviews

Key Staff and Experience

Ben Milbourne is the founding director of Bild Architecture. He is an inaugural member of the Design Excellence Advisory Committee for the City of Melbourne and has served as a jury member for the Australian Institute of Architects annual awards, most recently as the chair of the Sustainable architecture award. Ben is a also a founding partner in COMMON an architectural & urban design practice focused on public projects and the ‘common comission’ of our cities.

In addition to his practice as an architect Ben is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University where he is engaged in research on the application of advanced manufacturing in architecture and the future fabric of Australian cities. Ben’s work has been widely published and exhibited both domestically and internationally, including featuring in the virtual Italian Pavilion of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. In recognition of Ben’s contributions to practice, education and research, he was recognized as the 2017 Victorian Emerging Architect of the Year by the Australian Institute of Architects.