Richard Middleton


Bachelor of Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)


Richard launched RMA in early 2012 after years of working for renowned architectural firms Kerry Hill Architects and BVN Donovan Hill as a project director responsible for the design and deliver of multi-residential, higher education, student accommodation and commercial projects.

As an award-winning architect, Richard has been called up to cover major projects from procurement to project completion - overseeing the development of briefs, feasibility analysis and master planning, as well as design and documentation. Over the years, Richard has also taken on the role of project leader and superintendent on large and small-scale projects.

In 2013 RMA was involved in briefing, designing and documenting a new 8000sqm space along St. Kilda Road for the Cancer Council of Victoria over a 10-week design and documentation period. RMA also delivered a new performing arts theatre and studio in South Melbourne.

Since then Richard and RMA have participated and delivered a broad range and scale of projects, whilst maintaining a focus on residential design and innovation.

Richard’s interest in residential design and affordable housing led him to becoming a judge at the 2013 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards.

Richard is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter and maintains a close involvement with the industry’s professional body.


Mike Adams

//Special Projects Leader

Bachelor of Architecture, The University of South Australia


Mike is an accomplished architect, having worked at major national and international architectural practices in a leadership role for more than 30 years.

Mike developed his leadership and organisational skills during his period working on the design and construction of New Parliament House, Canberra. He was responsible for much of the management of the architect’s office and the delivery of consistent and coordinated documentation in collaboration with the design team.

Committed to a discipline of integrated design programing and cost planning, Mike brings to RMA substantial management skills to deliver projects large or small and regardless of how complex they are. He is able to effectively engage with clients, contractors and consultants to achieve exceptional results.

Prior to joining RMA, Mike was a founding director of Brisbane firm Bligh Voller (now BVN). He was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the growth and continuous improvement of what was a highly regarded Brisbane firm into a national practice with substantial offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Mike is instrumental in working with team leaders and designers at RMA to deliver superior architectural and design outcomes for clients.

Mike is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter.


Andrew Gardam

//Associate & Team Leader


Master of Architecture, The University of Melbourne


Andrew’s career began at Angley & Arrowsmith in 2002, assisting a team of architects in redeveloping the heritage listed McPherson’s Building on Collins Street, Melbourne. Over a three-year period the art-deco building was revitalized to include boutique offices, a food emporium and a fitness centre.

At the same time the firm was commissioned to design over 300 retail sites for a new mobile carrier ‘3’. Andrew was quickly promoted to senior designer and co-managed the design and documentation of national retail rollouts over the next decade including Vodafone (500 sites), St. George Bank (200 branches) and the Bank of Melbourne (100 branches).

At RMA, Andrew uses his specialist-design skills to lead delivery teams for projects in Australia and overseas including most recently the Monash C11 Student Housing Buildings (500 apartments).

Andrew also uses his strong documentation, visualisation and BIM skills to quickly produce accurate 2D drawings and 3D models and renders.

Andrew is a member of the National Trust (VIC) and the Construction History Society (UK).


Deb Adams

//Associate & Team Leader

Masters In Architecture, The University of Nottingham, UK


Originating from England, Deb brings to RMA skills in designing and delivering award winning multi-residential buildings. She has led teams on significant projects while working for a number of different UK architectural firms.

Prior to joining RMA, Deb was the lead architect on several residential projects in the UK including refurbishments, affordable housing and high-end residential and smaller boutique developments. She worked on environmentally driven housing schemes, such as Cashes Green for Kevin McCloud’s (Grand Designs) development company, HAB Oakus and has also worked on accommodation projects within the Athletes Village for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Her skill lies in both design and documentation and is able to cover projects from concept to completion.

At RMA she works closely with clients, others architects and consultants to oversee the delivery of projects. She has become skilled at dealing with contractors and suppliers to achieve results that never compromise RMA’s attention to detail.

Deb is passionate about interesting, thoughtful and sustainable solutions for all of her projects.

Deb is also a member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.


Roman Aizengendler


Bachelor of Environments, The University of Melbourne


Roman’s respect for holistic design and clever detailing has seen him quickly progress within RMA from a project support role to overseeing documentation of various residential projects. He uses his understanding of energy rating tools to deliver results that meet the highest of environmental and safety standards.

Roman is passionate about resource-sensitive urban design and energy-efficient construction methods. He focuses on architecture that is considered and responds to social and environmental demands as his guiding design principles.

Roman’s experience of the construction industry, and locally relevant construction methods, is seen through his site-specific detailing and design practices.


Hiro Shiu

//Designer & 3D Visualisation Specialist

Higher Diploma in Interior Design, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)


Hiro brings to RMA strong visualisation and rendering skills honed from delivering projects in Hong Kong for more than six years for some of the biggest retail brands in the world – Hermes, Chole, L’Occitane.

Prior to relocating to Australia, Hiro worked part time as a freelance journalist. He was often featured in interior design publications such as Today’s Living and Trend, providing inspiration to its readers through his 3D visualisation skills.

A keen drawer, Hiro is known for producing impressive renderings and animations that set the tone for the delivery of many of RMA’s key projects.

Hiro is able to blend his understanding of colour, spatial planning and use of different materials to achieve the desired space.


Steffen Shupp

//Junior Architect & Designer

Master of Science in Architecture, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Steffen joins RMA as a junior architect and designer having recently completed his studies in his homeland of Germany. Since moving to Australia, he has been quick to acquaint himself with the latest tools and techniques used by the industry.

Furthermore, Steffen is heavily involved in the planning stages at RMA and creates innovative, aesthetic and user-orientated architectural solutions. He is able to present concepts despite difficult technical solutions in a demonstrative and convincing way with the highest graphical presentation skills.

An avid traveller, Steffen is keen to share his experience of living and working in different countries and introduce some of the latest developments in architect and design out of Europe to RMA’s clients.