Hannah Tribe     


B.Arch, B.Sci (Arch) (Hons)

Hannah founded TRIBE Studio in 2003 to create architecture of intelligence, empathy and energy. Since then, the studio has won more than thirty awards. Hannah is also a committed mentor and teacher through her university lecturing, an advocate for better cities through public talks, and volunteer work. 

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Manu Doebelin

Associate Director


Manu joined TRIBE Studio in 2018 as a specialist in high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. She studied architecture at Technische Universität in Berlin, where she practiced for two years before moving to Sydney in 2007. Outside of leading complex projects from design through to construction, Manu is a seamstress and baker extraordinaire.


Nic Santarelli

Associate Director

B.Arch (Hons)

Nic comes to TRIBE Studio with a wealth of experience across cultures, typologies and scales. He lived in the UK for over a decade, working on social housing, residential and commercial projects in Japan, Austria and Cuba. His Sydney experience includes high-end single housing and multi-residential projects. He is a keen traveller and food safarist, who has visited all the continents, bar Antarctica.


Phillip Bouffler

Practice Manager

MBA (Exec)

Phillip takes care of the Studio's finances, budgeting and business strategies. He also works with senior management to oversee workflow resourcing and logistics, keeping projects on time, and on budget. Having first studied architecture, Phillip earned his MBA (Exec) from RMIT.

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Jules Le Poer Trench

Studio Manager

AdvDip IntDes

An interior designer with a fashion and arts background, Jules joined TRIBE Studio in 2018 as Studio Manager and Personal Assistant to the principal, Hannah Tribe. Drawn to the marriage of heritage architecture and contemporary design, Jules is also a lover of cities and a maker of mean martinis.

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Jonathan Newton

Contract Administrator

M.Arch, B.A. Env.Des

Jonathan worked in the United States and UK before moving to Australia in 2009. He joined TRIBE Studio in 2018, with a background in infrastructure projects (gained with Grimshaw Architects) and design, manufacturing and building. A skilled maker and traditional craftsman who has also built an aircraft, Jonathan is slowly replacing all the furniture in his home with his own hand-built designs.


Javier Saiz Merino



Spanish-born architect and interior designer, Javier worked with Studio KO in Paris, on luxury projects like the Four Seasons Hotel in Tunisia and Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Morocco. As a passionate photographer and graphic design enthusiast, a sense of intimacy and serenity, and purity of form are key elements of his work.



Marina Goncalves



Global citizen Marina Goncalves studied architecture in Portugal and Stockholm before beginning practice in Zurich, where she learnt the methodical process of non-monumental architecture. At the Berlin studio of Swiss architect Max Dudler, she was immersed in international competitions, as well as schools, commercial offices, and public projects.  


Charlie Channon 



A specialist in high-end residential design, Charlie studied architecture and sustainability in the UK, where she worked with Wilkinson Eyre , then Piercy & Co, across the spectrum from individual homes and apartment buildings to affordable housing. She brings a critical environmental design lens to TRIBE Studio, and a curiosity to her practice of yoga.


Elke Jacobsen



Elke is a talented designer with diverse experience in urban strategy, public and community based design, and high-end residential projects. Elke regularly teaches design studios at UTS where she completed her Masters of Architecture. She has an inherent interest in the art world as well as the finer skill sets of jewellery and object design. In her spare time Elke enjoys the intimate process of making and exploring Australian landscapes.


Arash Katrak


M.Arch, B.Des (Arch)

Arash recently completed his Masters of Architecture at the University of Sydney. His interest in material relationships, particularly within residential design, extends to the culture of making and craftsmanship. He is also a keen, surfer and cook.

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Sam Koopman



Sam studied art in Stockholm and received his degree in architecture at The Cooper Union in New York. He interned at the architect-led rural housing project, The Sea Ranch, in California before returning to Sydney in 2018. A keen photographer and swimmer, Sam aspires to civic-minded architecture that draws on art, literature, and the intimacies of everyday life.


Tony Tribe

Special Consultant


Architect and certified planner, Tony Tribe serves as a mentor and project consultant. As a local government design panellist and examiner for the NSW Architects Registration Board, with alternative dispute resolution qualifications, Tony brings invaluable strategic credentials to the practice.