misson statement

At REFRESH*DESIGN we believe that great architecture leads to a better functioning society. We use design as a tool to enhance people’s lives in a holistic way. We do this through balancing the individual’s motivation together with the impact of each project on the environment as well as on society.

Our work has a strong focus on sustainability, which we define as the capacity to endure; it is contextual, adaptable, harmonious and long lasting; well considered in the use of space, light, material and technology.






Erhard Rathmayr 


Erhard Rathmayr graduated with a Masters in Architecture from TU Graz, Austria. During that time he went to Mexico to research urbanist theories regarding the chaos theory in connection with favelas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. While studying Erhard co-founded a multi award winning Austrian architectural studio, was awarded a talent promotion and won several student awards. Since 2004 Erhard has been practising in Australia where he founded R* together with Monika in 2010.

monika obrist


Monika graduated with a Masters in Architecture from TU Graz, Austria. She studied architectural influences of Spain at Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and Mexico at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. After that, Monika worked in architecture and visual communications, perfecting her skills as a designer, while working for other design studios in Austria. In 2010 she established R* with the inspiration to combine European design and the diversity of the Australian environment and climate.


Corinne trang


Corinne joined R* in 2015 after having worked locally for prominent architectural practices. Growing up in France, she completed her studies with masters at the ESAG Penninghen in Paris. Corinne has accumulated a variety of project experience from working in France, Hong Kong, Beijing and Melbourne. This international exposure has honed Corinne’s design aesthetics and truly adds flair to her projects. With a keen eye for design, Corinne thoroughly enjoys a challenge and pushing the boundaries.


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ashneel maharaj


Graduating with the design prize and honours in architecture, Ashneel has wide experience on a range of project types and scales, including award winning and boutique residential projects. He has also served on the New Houses Awards Jury for the Australian Institute of Architects. Ashneel is a registered architect, a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland.