Architecture practice DesignInc Melbourne has appointed two new associates: Megan Morton and Simon McKeown.
With over 50 years’ experience in the architecture and design industries between them, the pair will commence their roles this month as associates. Based in Melbourne, each brings a high level of technical rigour and design experience to the recently created positions.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the leadership team to assist in progressing the business,” Morton says of her appointment. “I love working collaboratively and look forward to contributing my passion for the natural world with a strong interest in human-centric design in order to create great projects.”
Working at DesignInc for the past four years as a senior interior designer, Morton successfully delivered outstanding education projects, including the University of Melbourne’s The Spot Student Spaces and VSBA’s New Schools 2021 program. Through her integrated approach to interior and architectural design, both redevelopments reinvigorated previously underutilised spaces to now better support students.
McKeown is likewise committed to processing quality, innovative design concepts into well-resolved outcomes. As he explains, “The imperative for the built environment to provide better results for humans is now stronger than ever, so I’m looking forward to working with the leadership team, who is nationally at the forefront of addressing this issue.” In his previous DesignInc role as senior project architect, McKeown provided a wealth of practice-wide technical design knowledge on building construction and documentation, as well as leadership, in the delivery of key projects.
In announcing the appointments, DesignInc’s directors agree that both Morton and McKeown were obvious choices because of their personal commitment to and advocacy of the practice’s vision and values. According to design director, Stephen Webb, “Megan and Simon have a passion for learning, exhibited through informal and formal mentoring of other team members, strong communication and collaboration skills, and a commitment to continued personal and professional development.”