Bio

Melanie O’Brien grew up in rural Ireland where expansive landscape nurtured her creative expression. Following a childhood and adolescence of exploring as many artistic mediums as possible, Melanie left for Dublin to study architecture at University College Dublin. During her studies, Melanie’s work received awards and honors from the university and other organizations such as the National Heritage Council for her achievements in design and academics. 

 

Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, Melanie headed straight to Australia and into the professional realm where she worked on hospitality and high end residential projects with an emphasis on sustainability and daylight design. Later, as part of her graduate studies she returned to Australia under an exchange scholarship to the University of Melbourne where she pursued studies in property development alongside furthering her knowledge of sustainable technology. Following completion of her Master of Architecture, Melanie moved to the US in 2015 to work as a project architect at Koko Architecture + Design where her understanding of aesthetics and materials lead her to create spaces that are not only comfortable, but beautiful.

 

Melanie is a registered architect in New York and a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction. When she isn’t working, she can often be found in her home studio painting vibrant abstract compositions.

Architecture & interior design

Residential  

Residential

Hudson House 

Architectural concrete residence for a contemporary art collector in the Hudson Valley, New York

Hospitality  

Hospitality

The Little One

Japanese dessert restaurant in a perfect bamboo box on an imperfect street in New York City's Chinatown

Residential  

UWS Residence

Remodel of an Upper West Side co-op for a large family with close Scandinavian ties

Hospitality  

Space 194

A new concept art gallery and tea house in New York City's East Village

Residential  

Norwood Residence 

Extensive remodel of a large 1970's suburban home in Norwood, New Jersey

Hospitality  

Matilda Bay Brewery

The introduction of a tasting room, bar and restaurant into an existing commercial brewery

 Commercial  

Commercial

mixed-use

Miami Tower Skylobby 

Rebranding and remodelling of the iconic I.M.Pei's Miami Tower skylobby amenities for commercial tenants

Mixed-use  

Oasis Tower

17 story mixed-use condominium in Taiwan, Taipei with curved glass facade

Mixed-use  

Chroma Tower

Located in Taiwan, this 13 story mixed-use tower enlivens the facade using deep chromatic window boxes

Education  

Civic & education

Rhythmic Occupancy

An agricultural college and training facility in the heart of a dormant Irish market town.

Education  

School as City

Mind mapping from the perspective of a child and bringing a sense of wild landscape to suburbia

OBrien Melanie Flor da Manha Atrium

Education

Flor da Manhã

Educate, integrate and be sustainable were the brief for this preschool in Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Civic  

Surface-scape

A community sports center and playing fields in suburban Dublin

Civic  

Rarefied Land

Picturesque landscape-inspired coastal walk with shelters

Civic  

Room to Manoeuvre

A civil ceremony venue in a constrained city center location

Hotel  

An Tearmann

Meaning 'retreat' in Gaelic, a series of wood pavilions form accommodation in an abandoned walled garden

Product & exhibition design

Competition  

Hachi House

Design for a new kind of kids' playhouse. Hachi placed second in the national competition run by the AIA and Houzz

Outdoor pavilion  

Shed Light

Outdoor pavilion experimenting with passive city light at the Light in Winter festival in Melbourne, Australia

Exhibition  

A Sense of Place

Exhibition of the work of Irish architect Robin Walker, exhibited at the Irish Architectural Archive

Mixed media & graphic design

Event Invitation  

L.E.S. is More

A corporate client required a poster and invitation graphic to a spring party in the Lower East Side of Manhattan

Company Branding  

DiMase Architects

Branding and logo development for an architectural practice in Melbourne, Australia

Corporate Logo  

Miami Tower

Branding and logo design for the Miami Tower in Florida