Melissa Bright

Portrait of Melissa Bright

Founding Director, Studio Bright


Mel Bright is the owner and founding director of Studio Bright, a Melbourne-based practice that has already gathered a collection of diverse and highly acclaimed built work. Studio Bright is best known for its houses, but the practice is currently working on a number of city-making projects across a variety of scales and types including civic, educational and multi-residential projects.

Mel has led the Studio Bright team since starting the practice in 2006. Prior to this, Mel has worked in numerous design practices locally and internationally. Across London, Europe, South East Asia and China, this broadly based lineage of work experience has allowed Mel a long gestation of the ethos that underpins Studio Bright today.

Studio Bright value innovative design thinking, thoughtful material explorations, respect for heritage, deference to civic context and rigorous acknowledgement of environmental influences. A deep-seated passion for design excellence has fuelled these Studio Bright values to widely awarded built outcomes.

Mel has amassed a portfolio of significant and award-winning projects, that have been widely published and recognised at State and National levels. As a member of the AIA, Mel actively contributes her time as speaker, juror and in other leadership roles.