Classic design never goes out of style.

Your home needs to suit the way you live, work, and entertain. It needs to serve you, but also be your sanctuary. We listen carefully to your requirements to ensure that your needs are met.

Many of our clients own a heritage listed property and want it to function better, with larger, open spaces and generally more amenity. We can maximise the potential in your property without destroying the essence of its traditional design.

Other clients own a farm or estate and need assistance with locating and orienting a new home and other buildings. Maximising light and views and getting the most amazing homestead, along with the best site planning possible.

We work best with clients who are ready to make guided decisions, then are able to let go and trust us to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. That way you can get on with what you do best!

We interpret a classic design style to suit a contemporary Australian way of life.

How we have evolved…

MBA was founded in 1998 to serve clients that were mostly in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. After many alterations and additions to beautiful old homes and local heritage items, Michael developed a style based on European classicism but with an Australian twist.

Then came several projects with large horse studs, and the MBA country homestead aesthetic evolved. They’re iconic: large iron roofs, big verandahs, French doors and classic detailing. Amazingly beautiful with abundant country proportions.

Today we enjoy serving clients with both city and country projects. Mostly residential, sometimes commercial, but always grounded in classic style and always beautiful.


“In my entire life I never dreamed I would have a home like I do now. The difference that (Michael Bell Architects) have made to my functionality is unbelievable. When you live at work, it can be difficult to switch off. But now I can go into the house and … I feel such a sense of refuge and distance from the business. It’s still right there on the doorstep, but it feels much more removed.”

Linda, horse stud owner.


What we stand for…

We believe if the project isn’t right, don’t do it. We are brutally honest and will tell you if we think it’s not the right thing to do.

 We believe that traditional design and proportion has been proven over hundreds (actually thousands) of years, and its elegance will continue to be appreciated as other trends come and go.

 We believe that the most sustainable designs are those that will stand the test of time.


Whether you’re ready to get started now, in six months, or a year, you’ll naturally have questions. Give us a call, and we promise to put your mind at ease. Ph: 612 9212 0422

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MBA’s specialty in classic architecture was recognised by the National Trust in 2017 for ‘Continuing Tradition’ on the Georgian Revival Estate in Berry.
According to Judges;
“A house built around a collection – this house is a ‘new’ and carefully detailed building which allows traditional techniques and details to be enjoyed.”
Read The National Trust Article about the Award.