Dock4 Architects are based in Melbourne and Hobart and also registered in NSW, the ACT and Queensland. Though we are a relatively small practice we are well-established, growing carefully and sustainably and our client base and project scale experience continues to develop. We work regularly with regional and remote communities. Our size and company structure means that our directors oversee projects in detail, from inception through design to construction and completion and we are always the points of client and community contact.  We are client-focussed and responsive, concentrating on meeting our client’s budget and programme requirements while working with strong, flexible designs that grow from our clients and their stakeholders’ needs. We see design as a collaborative process, driven by each project’s individual requirements and our commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability.


Level 2, 100 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS 7000

GPO 338, Hobart, TAS, 7001

(03) 6231 0469

Dock4 Architects


Level 3, Progress Central, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

C/O Dock4 Architects (as above)

(03) 8376 6169

Dock4 Architects

Meet Our Team

Richard Loney

Richard Loney

Director | B.Env.Des, B.Arch

Richard is a founding director of Dock4 Architects and has over 18 years experience in the architectural profession. This includes 5 years working within local government, at a project base level. This experience within local council and in particular projects on the Hobart waterfront is seen as a valuable asset to the design team. Richard’s specialties and experience include analytical skills and conceptual visualization through highly developed 3 dimensional and marquet modelling skills.
Giles Newstead

Giles Newstead

Director | B.Env.Des, BArch (Hons)

Giles has over 13 years experience working as a sole practitioner across the eastern seaboard of Australia. His clear, analytical designs incorporate his passion for their natural and cultural context. Giles provides Architectural lead management, his excellent communication skills achieve positive turn – key outcomes. As a director of Ehabitat Pty Ltd Giles has also gained experience in industrial prefabrication and modulation of buildings to achieve low cost, environmentally sustainable buildings.
Richard Brenchley

Richard Brenchley

Director | B.Env.Des, B.Arch(Hons), Bsc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Richard has a wealth of experience of State and Local Government projects and a keen knowledge of community facilities both in Tasmania and Victoria. Richard’s experience has provided him with an acute understanding of the various external pressures that can be exerted on community projects. In addition, his original training and practice as a Quantity Surveyor in Hobart and overseas has given him a valuable insight into cost management and cost control, a skill not shared by many other architects.
Franka Tuchelt

Franka Tuchelt

Project Architect | Dipl. Ing (FH) Arch

Franka has graduated from architecture school in 2007 in Leipzig (Germany) and has since lived and worked in Melbourne. She has worked 6 years for a market leading retail design company before starting with Dock4. Throughout University she has worked  in several small to medium size architecture practises in Germany working on residential and educational projects. Her home country Germany, as a leading nation in sustainable design, has left her with a great interest in environmentally conscious and energy efficient building.
Kirsten Fox

Kirsten Fox

Graduate Architect | B.Env.Des, M.Arch.

Kirsten completed her Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Tasmania in 2010, before moving to Melbourne to work for an architecture firm, concentrating on small scale commercial projects. After 1.5 years of travelling abroad and being submersed in different environments + cultures she returned to Tasmania to complete the Master of Architecture degree.
Jesse French

Jesse French

Graduate Architect | B.Env.Des

Jesse joined Dock4 in 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. He is passionate about the positive ways that architecture can impact the everyday lives of those it involves. Having travelled extensively in Asia, Jesse is keen on exploring ways to make good design accessible to people from all types of backgrounds and cultures.

Our Clients


Australian Institute of Architecture 2016 Winner

Clarence High School Sports Pavilion

Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture

This is a bold architectural design that explores the geometric purity of two cylindrical volumes of different sizes, to establish a truly three-dimensional building without any sense of front or back. It elegantly responds to the challenging brief of servicing two sports fields on disjunctive axes. The design emphasises reconfiguration and flexibility on a tight budget and, when not in use, is fully secured by sliding grilles. A restricted material palette of steel and dark, glazed bricks succeeds in addressing resilience, legibility and cost. It is softened by considered insertion of varnished timber and laminate for detailing and screening. Judges Comments

Australian Institute of Architecture 2014 Commendation

Pilgrim Coffee

With an adventurous client, the architect has provided critical design moves in direct correlation with a very tight budget. The design cues embody a necessity for restraint to expose the curious and fascinating histories, whilst capitalising on this unlikely group of intersecting spaces within inner city Hobart. It is an exercise in knowing what to leave, what to focus on and what to do away with. The ambience of the residual space is unparalled anywhere in Hobart City. The jury celebrates this unique client – architect relationship and looks forward to seeing the future stages of the project towards it’s completion. Judges Comments


Clarence High School Sports Pavillion

Architecture Australia

Frankston Arts Centre

Herald Sun

Campbell Street Extension

The Home Magazine

Bonnet Hill House (1)

Architecture AU