Cara is the co-founder of Made For and is recognised as an impactful emerging designer in the industry. With her work on large-scale projects across commercial, hospitality and residential channels, she has gained an understanding of design beyond its simplest forms, managing both timeline and budget when executing a vision to its full potential. Cara is a true client-centric designer, always seeking the best outcome both practically and aesthetically.
Cara enjoys the dual nature of design, as both a logical and creative pursuit. Her knack for problem solving coupled with her scrupulous eye makes her a formidable figurehead in her field. With a background in furniture design, Cara is most excited by the tangible details in the final stages of design: furniture and finishes. Cara delivers projects with clarity and is made for success.
Mitchell founded Made For with Cara in 2016. Growing up, Mitch’s father worked as a joiner and carpenter, and Mitch remembers much of his youth working alongside him. These early years on site gave way for a lifelong love of construction, and a passion for seeing projects evolve from their initial stages of development through to final execution.
Mitchell leads the commercial side of the business as a workplace strategist, with a firm belief that great spaces should be accessible to all Australians. Mitch’s aim is to distil down their process so as not to intimidate clients from seeking design consultation. His style is characterised by collaboration and a hands-on approach with clients. Mitch creates with purpose and is made for people.
David joined Made For as the Architectural Director in 2018. Although most of his work is in residential, he has led commercial and public projects in Melbourne, Queensland and overseas. During his time in London, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of architecture mogul Zaha Hadid. Dave guides his projects through all stages of design and is concerned with both the big picture and the material details of construction.
David is trained in carpentry, which has lent him an intimate understanding of timber construction and detailing. A compulsive innovator, David’s work is characterised by the use of natural and recycled materials. His process focuses on efficient construction principles and passive, sustainable design. David makes spaces that age gracefully and selects materials that develop character and patina over time. David designs with intent and is made for today.
Cara is Made For.’s marketing and communications expert. She is an experienced campaign and brand manager and has trained in public relations, marketing and journalism. Cara has vast experience from global FMCG brands to pharmaceuticals but has a particular passion for small business. Her skills are in unearthing lesser-known organisations; showcasing emerging talent; and connecting end users with the experts they seek.
Cara’s brand management, editorial and relations skills help to grow the business’s reach. Her goal is to demystify architecture and design and make the industry accessible to the masses. Cara is a masterful communicator and is made for development.
Maddi brings with her a lifelong commitment to architecture and design. What began as a childhood obsession has germinated into a fully-fledged vocation. Maddi trained in interior design, with specialisation in industrial design. Her style is purposive, conscious, and champions the ethos that form follows function. Equipped with generosity of vision, Maddi is respected for her commitment to seeing the best in a space.
Maddi is the adhesive that pulls together the key components of a project, from building owners to leasing agents, builders and clients. Maddi is dynamic and adaptable and is made for growth.
Christian is a highly skilled, design focused Project Manager with experience across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. A love for people has brought Christian client side with his passion being the ability to bring a client’s ideas to life, all whilst getting the best out of himself, his team, the stakeholders and clients.
With interests in music and photography as well as construction, he is particularly driven by opportunities to amalgamate the nonphysical arts with solid physical build. The juxtaposition of the two draws him to find a healthy middle ground and fuels his passion for architecture.
Christian’s strong can-do attitude and a desire to help those around him makes him the ultimate teammate. Christian manages projects with intent and is made for relationships.
With a background in Australia and New Zealand spanning across commercial, education and healthcare projects, Lara brings an infectious energy to the Made For team. Her passion for collaborative design, organised and efficient processes and watching a project come to life makes Lara a well rounded Interior Designer with a commitment to functional user experience. Lara designs with intention and is made for creativity.
Steph brings a wide range of experience as an Architect from working on hotels in London to boutique residential work in Australia. Her awareness and sensitivity to her environment gives her an attention to detail and connection to her work that only comes from a core desire to solve problems creatively. Through her work, Steph aims to improve the way we live and transform communities. This makes her a highly engaged and intuitive architect. Steph creates with care and is made for innovation.
Jess is known by her peers for her infectious energy and ebullient nature. This warmth and generosity translates into her work. Jess sweats the small stuff: she is precise, attentive, and pours over every detail. Jess is an agile team member, working from concept design through to construction. She brings with her a wealth of experience from boutique residential to heritage properties.
A conscious and curious creator, she is attuned to the challenges facing the industry and is oriented for change. Jess understands the demand for better design and is particularly interested in the evolution facing Melburnians, as we try to combat the urban sprawl. Jess designs with intent and is made for the future.
Katie holds a Masters of Architecture from University of Melbourne, specialising in sustainable practice. With experience in projects of a variety of scales and programs, her strengths lie in the communication and coordination that takes place during all stages of a project.
Katie is interested in the role that design plays in connecting people to themselves, to each other and to their environment in deep and meaningful ways. Katie designs with purpose and is made for connection.
Kaitlyn has worked in a variety of sectors, internationally, including hospitality, retail and multi-residential, and has been immersed in all stages of design from initial concept through to completed construction.
Kaitlyn has always been interested in visual arts, which is important for understanding her process. Kaitlyn is sensitive to the expression of personality in a space and enjoys being actively engaged in the creation of beauty. Kaitlyn designs with rigour and is made for artistry.
Experienced in exhibition design, Sally has an astute understanding of the relationship between space and psychology. Sally is interested in how intelligent design can be used to enhance liveability and productivity. She is invested in the way in which considerations around our interior environment can enrich our everyday experiences. Our use of space, shape, colour and volume can influence the intangible qualities of a room and the way people behave in it.
Sally is also training in furniture making, meaning she is concerned with how things are put together – not just how they look. Her work is both practical and ornamental. Sally delivers with intelligence and is made for thought.
As Made For.’s furniture and finishes specialist, Stephanie’s deft hand controls the final aesthetic considerations of a project. A tactile designer, Stephanie is invested in the sensory experience of a space. Textures and tones, contrasts and compliments are Stephanie’s bread and butter. Her cohesive design skills tie together the disparate conditions of a space so that it functions as a harmonious whole.
Stephanie is equipped with a trained eye. A talented visual artist, her own work has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria. Stephanie works with the client at the fore; she envisions a project wholly and leaves no detail unconsidered. Stephanie is motivated by passion and is made for excellence.
With a background spanning workplace and hospitality design, Sean is skilled in all stages of the design process from client meet to construction and handover. Sean comes to Made For with a unique theatrical and conceptual centre to his work, driven by a curiosity of the capabilities of architecture, design and lighting.
With a passion for leading ideas from development through to actualised, singular spatial outcomes for clients, Sean is made for creativity and designs with intent.
Jess comes to Made For with a strong background in administration and data analytics. With her attention to detail, optimism and eagerness to learn from her environment, Jess always exceeds client and in house expectations.
Jess energises from people and the positive workplace she builds, and brings a sense of determination to the team that is contagious. Jess cultivates culture and is made for community.