Bourke and Bouteloup Architects practice directors have a collective experience of more than thirty years in the architectural industry spanning a variety of project types. Michael Bouteloup has worked with some of Melbourne’s well known architectural design practices including  Lyons, Architectus, and as a senior associate at Paul Morgan Architects. Sarah Bourke has also worked at prominent Melbourne practices including Allen Powell and Boschler Architects as well as working for her own practice.  Both directors have taught at RMIT University School of Architecture in Architectural Design, History and Technology.  Bourke and Bouteloup have been practicing together since 2007 on institutional projects.



The practice has the capability and expertise in the following areas:

Educational - including primary and secondary schools, vocational training, university learning spaces and customized university facilities, including automotive, logistics and fabrication workshops

Research and laboratory - specialized containment PC2 and PC3, animal housing, specialist infrastructure and equipment integration

Health - Clinics, General Practitioner, procedure spaces, Optometry Clinics, Dentist surgeries, cancer facilities

Public - libraries, theatre refurbishment, market projects

Heritage - facade restoration, Heritage Victoria liaison

Residential and multi-residential/mixed use - including sensitive heritage additions

Landscape - integrated learning spaces


Design Approach

We are concerned with the specifics of a site; we investigate a site for its physical, environmental, historic and social value. 

We are interested in the city and how architecture and landscape forms a part of the continuum of the greater city/campus environment.

We  believe that the development of the brief (program) is an integral part of the architectural process sometimes yielding innovative solutions and unique architectural outcomes.

We are architects who understand the power of precedent, where existing architectural knowledge, exemplars, peers and other benchmarks provide a background for quality in design and innovation.


Design Research 

We have a background in architectural design research undertaken at RMIT University some of which has been explored within many of the projects shown on this website. 

This research considers the campus as a distinctive urban condition with frequently varying parameters which allow fleeting and often incomplete architectural outcomes.  This is due to the changing requirements in these dynamic institutions over their lifetimes, where flexibility and future proofing are implicitly required to maximise the potential of the investment. The design research looks at ways of engaging with and acknowledging the incomplete and the indeterminate and finding new design methods for defining identity and coherence on the campus.



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Where appropriate the work undertaken within other practices is referenced.
*Bourke and Bouteloup Architects subcontracting under Michael Bouteloup Senior Associate in charge, Paul Morgan Architects.
**under Michael Bouteloup Design and Project architect in charge, Architectus Melbourne.



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