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Jacqui Nguyen

Graduate Architect

Bow House



Edwards Moore - Jacqueline Nguyen, Juliet Moore, Ben Edwards


Fraser Marsden


Complete, 2014


Dezeen, Arch Daily, Domain

Utilising diagonal bow shapes in both plan and section, Bow House sensitively responds to its brief on a narrow inner urban site. The bow gesture elegantly shapes the house from its double storey massing down to an intimate central kitchen, bringing the outside in, maximising sunlight and bringing privacy to the external spaces. Warm materials further contribute to the power of this simple and modestly scaled architectural solution.

Bow House received Commendation for the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards, and was part of the Robin Boyd Foundation Open House in 2015. It has also been published in internationally recognised websites Dezeen and ArchDaily and The Age, an Australian newspaper.

Unliveable City

Multiple Residential


Jacqueline Nguyen


Conceptual, 2013

Every minute 8 people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to are and persecution.

Today, 43 million people worldwide have been displaced. - UN Refugee Agency. A Home for Refugees is a temporary housing system for refugees who are new residences of Australia. A place where they can call home with a strong sense of community and support until they have settled into a more permanent lifestyle.

The architecture is wedged in the heart of Melbourne CBD, between Hardware Lane and Niagara Lane. Its contrasting form and materiality makes it stand out from its surrounding context, confronting walkers by of the current issue of refugees settling into Australia.

The tent-like structures that fold open from the circulation corridor allows natural light to enter the building when active but also creates a connection between the public and the refugees, giving them a passive insight into the lives of these occupants.




Jacqueline Nguyen


In development

Saprobe \ sa ́prōb\ n. - An organism, usually referring to a fungus, that feeds on dead or decaying organic matter.

The Locavore food movement stems from the practice of supporting local produce and agriculture in any way possible, within 160km of participants homes, reducing food miles for the food industry. This project takes inspiration from this methodology, applied to an architectural proposition.

Further, the concept for Saprobe derives from the analysis of waste production in the city and the degradation of the environment due to this both socially and physically.

One of the most wasteful materials employed currently in the hospitality industry is polystyrene foam. As a man-made material, this product is rife with damaging effects to the environment, through its production and its usage. The goal of this thesis is to develop and employ a more sustainable solution from the genesis of a restaurants life cycle, taking into account current tropes employed in the hospitality industry.

By looking at precedents who have used this methodology, like Philip Ross, The Living Design Studio, and Ecovative, Saprobe aims to develop a strategy that is relevant and contextual to our current environment, Melbourne. Here, we see a thriving food culture and an increasing awareness of ethical and environmentally aware production and consumption. The question is: can we grow a restaurant using waste produced by the restaurant?

Saprobe is designed to educate users in a passive way. Taking three main materials not commonly used in construction in Australia – bamboo, mycelium, and scoby leather - the restaurant has two functions, to educate and to innovate. The cycles employed in the construction of the building themselves are cyclical – the by-product of each stage of the cycle forms the genesis for the next stage. As saprobe is an organism that feeds on dead, organic matter, the waste becomes the fuel for the next stage, in an environmental cycle and a structural one.

In this way, Saprobe is itself a sustainable entity – both in production and consumption. The restaurant manifests as a vehicle for the Locavore movement locally and engages its users on both an environmental, social, physical and chronological level – the epitome of sustainable design practice.


Research Event

Event Team

Foolscap Studio

Table Design

Jacqueline Nguyen


Completed, 2018


Penny Lane

Neo-nOMAdic: Experimenting with the Future of Work

Foolscap Studio and Relative partnered with MPavilion, Australia's leading architecture commission and design event, to host an interactive co-work experience investigating the future of workplace culture and environments, a one-day event that explores a cross-section of local professionals to relocate to the MPavilion to challenge traditional notions of workplace and community.

As part of the event, myself and two colleges designed the 'Nomadic Desk'. A cardboard work station that allows you to comfortably work anywhere.

A humble, simple and versatile design.


Public Installation


Ex Lab


Completed, 2010

Digital Design and Fabrication examines the relationship between form and materials within the context of the contemporary cultural, economic and industrial landscape. The Tectonic Reef evolved through advanced digital modelling and parametric design. The installation and design process aimed to produce a physical object that manifest through performance driven designs that adapt to their settings as live organisms to their habitats.

By exploring the generative capabilities of computing, the studio aimed to demonstrate that outcomes of architectural design can be usefully understood as dynamic and responsive performances rather than static and passive objects. Culminating in the design, fabrication and construction of the St Kilda installation, the piece embodied this potential by allowing the final form of the installation to be defined by the participants at the festival by following a simple set of rules, much like the growth of a simple organism.


Multiple Residential


Ben Edwards, Juliet Moore, Jacqueline Nguyen


Concept, 2015

A proposal for a five storey mixed use building in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne. Predominantly residential use, 90M includes the addition of 3 levels above the existing building & first floor within the existing building mass. The ground level (original) building to function as a mixed use space, comprising of Office studio & part residential. The upper floors are set back from Moor Street.

Inspired by the industrial history of the original Elecrtoplating factory. This heritage brick skin cases the proposed galvanized metal panel system that clads the upper levels. The external cladding together with the expanded perforated sheets create permeability & expresses the circulation spaces, allowing natural light to permeate the entirety of the site.

Market Forces

Master Plan


Jacqueline Nguyen


Conceptual, 2012

A design proposal for the revival of one of Melbourne’s oldest markets - South Melbourne Market established in 1867. The concept aims to identifying key strategies to improve the market’s existing qualities, keeping in mind the importance of circulation, natural light, wayfinding and activities zones to improve the quality of the existing market.

Flinder St

Master Plan


Conceptual, 2014


Adrian Amore, Ben Edwards, Juliet Moore, Jacqueline Nguyen, Gianni Del Forno

This design proposal establishes a new city precinct based on the proliferation of pedestrian experience. A three dimensional public space located at the tributary of many of Melbourne's most iconic attractions. Offering a variety of programs, at a variety of scales, bringing life to the entirety of the site.

The low level, undulating surfaces melt seamlessly into the Melbourne's existing urban grain, whilst the elevation of the pedestrian creates an entirely new and exciting outlook that celebrates the Yarra River and its surrounds.

The scheme activates the existing opportunities offered by the site constraints. An array of small scale gestures tie the response together into a unifying architectural language that operates with a clarity and overarching logic without necessity for grand gesture.
The existing heritage structures, which over the years have become suffocated through inaccessibility, are invigorated through the installation of an elevated circulation route to the length of the existing south facade.

New access points established within the buildings existing fenestrations ensure the buildings are not only retained as a visual anchor to the stations history, but are actively involved in the redefinition of its future, through improved administration and public spaces as well as the reinstatement of the buildings grand interiors, the buildings will once again become a premier destination in their own right.
The transport program is integrated into the experiential nature of the scheme through permeability and visual connection, creating a relationship between pedestrian and passenger. The Yarra River is addressed on a variety of levels and from all vantage points to ensure its dialogue with pedestrian, passenger and observer alike.

The scheme is not only sympathetic to its host city; it actively encourages the evolution of its surroundings.