Experts in our field. Years of experience under our belts. 

Maxa Design homes are built to last, on time and budget through tried and tested processes we’ve developed through years in the business. With over two dozen awards to our name, we combine great-value outcomes with best-practice sustainable building design. We progress an eco agenda through our practice – we designed Australia’s first 10 star rated relocatable home – while ensuring every project is unique and led by our clients’ needs. From humble beginnings as husband-and-wife duo, Maxa Design has grown to a team of seven with offices in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Our practice is proudly carbon neutral.


Sven Maxa

Sven Maxa established Maxa Design in 2004 and has developed the practice’s reputation for leading-edge sustainable design excellence. The studio specialises in high-level eco and energy efficient homes built to brief and budget with creativity, a practical can-do approach, and a singular dedication to creating the best possible outcomes for every client and every project. Sven is actively involved in the building design community as a member of the Committee of Management for the Building Designers Association (BDAV) of Victoria. He regularly presents to professionals and advocates for eco homes design to the broader community. Sven was also a judge in the 2017 BDAV Design Awards. Sven is an accredited HIA GreenSmart Professional, a Registered Building Practitioner, and a Certified Passive House Designer. 


Dawn Maxa

Together with Sven, Dawn established Maxa Design and has been instrumental in the growth of the practice through her studies in business, PR and marketing. Currently undertaking further studies in interior design and managing the couple’s young family, Dawn nonetheless remains a vital part of Maxa’s past and current success. She was responsible for the interiors of the couple’s award-winning Nunawading home, featured in Inside Out magazine’s first ever Open for Inspection event.


Matt Missen
Building Designer

Matt is a senior designer at Maxa, running projects from design concept right through to completion, and working directly with clients through each project. Matt has high-level passive solar design knowledge alongside his extensive building design skills. Prior to joining Maxa, Matt worked on a range of projects from small house extensions to large multi-use developments, hotels, and apartment buildings for some of Australia and Asia’s largest architecture firms. He spent two years with Australian Volunteers Abroad in Nanjing, China, teaching energy efficiency and building design, and is a permaculture enthusiast. 


Cameron Shelton
Building Designer

Cameron added an Advanced Diploma of Building Design to Fine Art and furniture making studies before joining Maxa Design. Starting life on a farm kindled his love for design and the environment developing in him an enduring attention to detail and innate creative abilities. Cameron shares the Maxa philosophy that good design impacts positively on our physical and mental health, our sense of wellbeing, and that it can connect us better to each other and our environment. At Maxa his time is dedicated to documenting projects to ensure that each design concept is brought to life accurately and efficiently. 


Dolly Desai
Building Designer

Dolly has an Advanced Diploma of Building Design and brings practical first-hand experience of the build process having designed and built her own home. She has a particular interest in passive house design projects and exploring new approaches to sustainable building. As well as cooking and travelling in her spare time, Dolly also shares her knowledge and passion for new and emerging technologies as a volunteer with Young Coders, a not-for-profit organisation teaching children about new technologies. At Maxa Design, Dolly applies her strong technical expertise, 3D visualisation and graphic skills to assist the team across all project phases, including design, town planning and documentation.


Katrina Rowe
Practice Manager

Katrina is practice manager and co-director Sven Maxa’s indispensable executive assistant. She is essential to the smooth running of the practice and is unflappable with busy workloads and tight deadlines. Katrina provides finance assistance, marketing, diary management, studio maintenance, and client communications. Prior to joining Maxa, Katrina spent 10 years advancing her project management and administration skills while coordinating south and central America tour groups at an adventure travel company (and enjoying the travel perks!)