Meet the Team 


Dean Picken

Dean began his design and construction career at age 16, moving to Melbourne to study and gain experience with reputable Australian design firms, including INARC Architects, before starting his own practice. Specialising in sustainable commercial and residential projects, Dean’s mission is to provide a boutique service driven by innovation and quality outcomes. Passionate about coastal architecture, Dean has designed and built his own 8-star Green Building Council of Australia rated home.


Emma Sommerville


Emma’s passion is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable design, which she pursues in her work with Designers by Nature, and through her Master of Architecture studies. Emma works across residential and commercial projects, with a focus on interior design and documentation. She is our nominated BIM guru, helping to communicate our designs to our clients through technology. Emma enjoys travel, surfing and hiking. She also has her own ethical clothing label, Folktribe Clothing.


Louise Batchelor


Louise holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Deakin University and has skills across all facets of the design process.

With a focus on the Town Planning and Design Development stages, she has a keen interest in sustainable design that positively impacts people and their experience within the built and landscaped environments.


Alice Piazzoli


Alice is a creative International architect who obtained her Master of Architecture at the renowned Academy of Architecture in Switzerland. Her love for travel inspires, enriches and influences her style providing Designers by Nature with fresh new perspectives, which she applies to the conceptual design of many projects. One of Alice’s most important stylistic traits is the continuous refinement of creating harmony between architecture and nature.


Martin Hogan

Martin holds an Advanced Diploma of Building Design and is a Passive House Consultant with the PassivHaus Institute. Martin is skilled in the design, management and delivery of projects, from planning through to 3D modelling and consultant coordination. Passionate about the Australian landscape, Martin is an advocate for sustainability and renewable energy.


Kellie Sommerville


Dechlan Picken

Growing up surrounded by the building and design industry, Dechlan brings a business qualification, and experience in accounting and project management to his administration role with Designers by Nature. Scheduling, project and office management are Dechlan’s main focus, supporting the team to ensure all projects are delivered on time and to budget. Dechlan has a passion for music and also enjoys playing footy for his local team.