MAA is led by Director Karen Alcock in collaboration with Design Director Clare McAllister. Both are recognised for their commitment to innovative architecture, professional practice and environmental sustainability. Karen and Clare are joined by a diverse and talented team that includes architects and interior designers.

MAA is known for their thoughtful and personalised approach at every stage of design and delivery – for projects both big and small.


Mixed Use
Integrated Landscape
Interior Design
Urban Design

Karen Alcock

Principal, FRAIA

Karen has 20 years experience working on multi residential and award winning housing projects.

Karen established MAA after 10 years working with Clare as co-directors of Neometro Architects. Karen places a strong emphasis on the critical role of design in architectural practice, in addition to a strong design focus, Karen also brings to the practice strengths in project delivery and practice management.

Karen is actively involved in promoting the importance of design and architecture in the community. She is the Chair of The Melbourne University Architecture Advisory Board and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter Council. Karen was made a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2016.

Clare McAllister

Design Director

Prior to establishing MAA Clare was a founding director of Neometro Architects and spent 20 years establishing the practice as a leader in multi-residential design. Karen and Clare work collaboratively on all projects. Clare is widely respected for her professionalism and ability to successfully oversee projects through planning and the appeals process. Clare is currently engaged in part time post-graduate studies at Melbourne University focusing on Urban Design.

Ben Schmideg


Ben joined MAA 7 years ago whilst completing his studies at Melbourne University. Ben is an accomplished designer who often works on the design development of projects with Karen, Clare and the project teams. In addition to his project related role, Ben has worked closely with Karen on the development of the MAA rebranding and website.

Wendy Chen


Wendy joined MAA in 2014 after graduating from Monash University. Wendy has been involved in a wide range of projects since joining MAA including managing a number of projects in the practice. She is a talented designer and maintains a strong connection with Monash University, attending as a sessional tutor and guest critic.

Rachael McNally

Taeler Jordan

Samantha Mikolajczak

David Carroll

Gloria Wong

Studio Manager

Kristina Bouyer

Financial Manager