About Us

Morrell Architects is a boutique international architectural company based in Newcastle, Australia. The company commenced in 1994 and has since expanded with the opening of a design studio in Shanghai.
A built portfolio of unique architectural works underpins our experience, ranging from individual villas to large school complexes. We have extensive design knowledge of educational buildings and specifically the way architecture can be used to enhance learning outcomes in an educational setting.

The works are characterised by a specific and identifiable design concept. Each project explores one main idea. We have tried to incorporate a type of storytelling into the designs; stories that give meaning to the architecture and make it more relevant to the people who use the buildings. Using this design approach, the architectural forms created are mostly unique to the project because they come directly from the site, the users and the program.

We offer a complete architectural service from concept design, through technical documentation to the supervision of construction.

The director, Martin Morrell, is a registered architect with 25 years of experience in architecture. He has worked as an architect in Australia, France, China, Iran, Switzerland, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Martin is also currently a visiting lecturer at Udayana University in Bali and is affiliated with Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali in Denpasar.

Pedagogy and Architecture

Cover image of Pedagogy & Architecture articleThe design of school environments should reflect current educational philosophies and technology. New student centred learning approaches require spaces that offer variety and flexibility.

Improved access to resources allows teachers to employ a greater variety of learning strategies. From one-on-one explicit learning to inquiry based learning, the new school environment needs to reflect the technological and cultural changes in education.

You can read more about the meeting of educational philosophies and architecture, specifically in relation to the design and planning of the St Pius X High School ‘Factory Wing’ refurbishment, by reading the article Pedagogy & Architecture.

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9 Marine View
Newcastle NSW 2300
AUS +61 0432 566 293
IND +62 0813 3930 7848
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