Watch the Fifth UQ Architecture lecture with Melody Chen, Atelier Chen Hung and Maytree Studios’ Rebecca Caldwell and Emily Juckes as they discuss new practices and models of practice on Tuesday 2 May from 6.30pm at State Library of Queensland.

Founder of Maytree Studios Rebecca Caldwell is passionate about creating a practice that offers affordable, sustainable and accessible design services to suit all budgets. She enjoys creating a space where people are valued, listened to and excited about the process of design. Emily Juckes joined the practice in 2015. With a background in practice and academia, she loves understanding project constraints and finding balanced design solutions. The approach of Maytree Studios is ‘humans first and architects second’.  This mindset infiltrates every aspect of the practice, driving the team to design with greater intent and it underpins their mission to make architecture more accessible. Maytree Studios’ design methodology combines an intelligent use of materials and construction techniques with strong project management systems.

In 2008 Melody Chen and James Hung founded A-CH (Atelier Chen Hung), a practice driven by a multidisciplinary approach, where collaboration is encouraged throughout the design and construction process. A focus on exploring ideas, paired with a pragmatic perspective, has enabled the creation of spaces that are highly refined, memorable and functional. Prior to A-CH, Melody gained experience in education and high-rise commercial projects working with several Brisbane firms. She is also an advocate for contemporary art, and a founding committee member of Future Collective QAGOMA.