Public Realm Lab is a design practice focussed on creating environments that nurture social relationships and enhance (sub)culture at home, at work and in our cities. 

We do this through strategic masterplanning, architectural design and research. 

Public Realm Lab is led by Anna Maskiell and Philip Ward. 

Anna has lived and worked across Australia and China, following and feeding a deep curiosity for human habitation and patterns of occupation. She is obsessed with the impact of our built environments - how a space can prompt behaviours, how light can soothe and direct our attention, how textures and details can delight - and believes that architecture is enriched by strategy, consultation and research. 

Anna has been awarded the University of Melbourne Dean’s Honour Award (2008) and the Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour for emerging Architects (2011). She is active in the architectural community organising talks such as The Expert and The Architect, writing and as a jury member for the Victorian Architecture Awards.

Philip has over 25 years' experience ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of architectural practice. Philip Ward Architects was absorbed into Public Realm Lab. Philip is expert at delivering strategy and design that transforms organisations - working across change management, strategic consulting, masterplanning, architectural design and project delivery as a consultant and client-side. He spends his spare time researching the origins of the city, walking any waterfront he can access and exploring ways to create physical environments that meet the endlessly shifting requirements of our world today. 

Key projects include strategy and design for the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police and teaching and learning environments for Monash College.

Principals Anna Maskiell and Philip Ward

Principals Anna Maskiell and Philip Ward