People and Culture

BKK is a Melbourne-based architecture and urban design studio.

We make places that are transformative for people.

Innovation and playfulness, social and community connections, and leadership and advocacy are at the core of our approach. So is pursuing and listening to diverse voices.

PART OF AN ARCHITECTURAL COMMUNITY

We’re collaborators, not competitors. We like being part of a wider Melbourne design community and we actively seek out opportunities for collaborative relationships with other architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers of many disciplines.

Real collaboration is an attitude and a skillset in itself – one that we’re proud to share.

This attitude brings variety and depth to our practice. It’s how we punch above our weight as lead consultants on major infrastructure projects yet remain small enough to deliver gorgeous and sustainable homes.

NOC02 ACCREDITED

We’re a certified carbon neutral business. Our sustainability working group researches and discusses ways of keeping our operations and our projects neutral or, better still, negative.

RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

We’re extremely proud of our Reflect RAP, now endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Our journey of learning, listening and understanding continues. Our RAP committee is continually working and consulting on how BKK can make a difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You’ll find all sorts of things in our office that we purchase from Aboriginal businesses.

ACTIVE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We don’t just say we’re committed to social ideals, we actually give them our time and skills.

We have a longstanding relationship with FareShare, which provides free nutritious meals for people who need them. We help out with labour and fundraising. We’ve worked with Australian Migrant Educational Services to mentor migrants who are architects or who are studying architecture. Also, we’ve partnered with She Works to offer employment opportunities for women.

PROACTIVELY SEEKING DIVERSITY

A diverse team is a wise, well-informed team – a team whose projects are for everyone. We proactively reach out to suitably experienced and qualified individuals whose backgrounds bring a range of perspectives to enrich BKK and the architectural community.

People of non-binary gender, LGBTIQA+ people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are specifically encouraged to apply for any vacancy we advertise.

Tim
Principal
Simon
Principal
Jennifer
Associate
George
Principal
Vaughan
Associate
Missy
Practice Manager
Deb
Senior Associate
Liz
Interior Designer
Kelvin
Graduate of Architecture
Kieran
Student of Architecture
Ewan
Senior Architect Lead
Nicole
Registered Architect
Storm
Student of Architecture
Beck
Studio Assistant
Anna
Communications Manager
Hannah
Registered Architect
Jen
Student of Architecture

WORK WITH US

Bring all your personality, energy and design thinking to a nimble smaller practice.

At BKK, your job title doesn’t determine your contribution to the design process. We listen to everyone’s input. We hold weekly design-review sessions to get the best thinking on all our projects. Our design philosophy is based on humility: on trust and respect for others’ perspectives. Our role is to curate, not dictate, the design process. We focus on the integrity of the outcome, wherever the ideas come from.

We are always looking for new talent. Send Missy your CV and portfolio as a PDF to office@b-k-k.com.au

GREAT CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE

Our new office is five minutes’ walk from Flinders Street Station.

It’s set up for us to live our culture and values.

Our kitchen, with its floor-to-ceiling views of ACMI, the Birrarung (Yarra River) and the parklands beyond, is where we meet, cook and eat, and entertain professional friends and collaborators.

Like most architects, we found that designing together was the toughest part of remote work during the lockdowns. So we’ve prioritised spaces for collaboration and meetings. We know that individual work can be done anywhere but, let’s face it, people are territorial, so we all have our own desks.

We also have:

  • End-of-trip facilities (secure bike storage, showers, lockers)
  • Well-equipped kitchen and lunch/social area
  • Mesmerising views
  • Wellness space for things like meditation, yoga, relaxation, prayer, breastfeeding or even a power nap

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
We offer all our people an annual allowance for professional development, providing the career growth and learning opportunities of their choice. Our mentoring and buddying program is available to staff at all levels.

INNOVATION
Join our innovation working group to develop digital design tools, research sustainable design, and more. Bring along your ideas for new ways to make architecture and contribute to the business, the building and the profession.

SOCIAL THINGS
Office manager Missy and principal Simon are our inspired events team. Now that we’re out of lockdown and in our new office, they’ll be putting on more friends and family nights, Friday lunches (homemade or from the Victoria Market), and heaps more.

We’ll bring you a menu so you can choose your own cake on your birthday – of course.

FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
You’re a human being with responsibilities and a life, and Monday to Friday 9 to 6 isn’t always the most effective way to work. Design teams need to work together face-to-face. Apart from that, talk to us about flexible arrangements that suit you and us.

PARENTAL LEAVE
Parents of all genders receive six weeks’ leave on full pay (or 12 weeks on half pay) and flexible arrangements for when you return to work. While you’re on leave you will receive:

  • Keep-in-touch days
  • Professional development and performance-review opportunities
  • Invitations to social events
  • Paid superannuation
  • Accruing long service leave.