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Up close with Melita Nadin

Melita Nadin joined APP as a Senior Project Manager in Queensland in late 2018, bringing with her very impressive academic design credentials that included 1st Class Honours in Architecture and the Deans Medal from QUT.
Melita

Her professional career has seen her work on projects from Wembley Station in the UK to a range of projects for QIC in Queensland, including Robina Town Centre redevelopment and the 141 Queen Street redevelopment. 

What projects have you worked on with APP so far? 

My first major project for APP was the final design and tender stage of Hines’ 260 Queen Street project, which brought a range of special challenges around the proposed ground and podium level refurbishment of a building that’s been there since the 1970s. I also worked on the design stage of a new building for Pimpama State School, as well as Brigidine College. While keeping an eye on the other projects which are moving into delivery phase, I am also currently working on a refurbishment of retail space for AMP at South Bank. 

Describe your dream project and why?

Easy. It would be very large, very complex and beautifully designed and the client would have a strong design ethos.
 
Do you find your architecture credentials give you special insights in your role? Why?

I think it helps me problem solve with a view to achieving better design outcomes within the project constraints of budget and program. I certainly feel it helps me add intrinsic value to projects. Because I understand what drives the design team and the design process, I think I’m better placed for the negotiations that are always inevitable and leads to rational outcomes best suited to the client and the project. 

Your husband is in construction also, how do you avoid talking shop around the dinner table?

This is not an issue. After ten years together, I am well practised to tuning out most of his conversations!