Atelier Mentorship

The Preparing for Practice Mentorship Program initiated in 2015 by Atelier Red+Black aims at mentoring female architecture students in their final year of study. The program provides the selected mentees with a ‘real world’ insight into the architecture profession and guidance through their transition from university into professional practice. The ultimate purpose is to address the problem of lower industry participation rate of women architectural graduates.

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Atelier Red+Black

Atelier Red+Black are a dynamic architecture practice led by Directors Sonia Sarangi and Michael Smith.

Atelier Red+Black is based in Fitzroy, Victoria and is a registered architectural practice with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria. They are also A+ members of the Australian Institute of Architects.



The Mentors


Sonia Sarangi


Registered Architect (ARBV)
A+ Member :  Australian Institute of Architects
ArchiTeam Cooperative Member
Masters of Architecture, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of  Arts (Architecture), National University of Singapore

Sonia has over 14 years of industry experience, which spans across international and local architectural offices. Prior to co-founding Atelier Red + Black, Sonia gained experience in a diverse portfolio of projects in Singapore & Melbourne. She has worked on projects across a vast spectrum of Architectural scales – from Urban Design through to Furniture Design.


Michael Smith


Registered Architect (ARBV)
A+ Member : Australian Institute of Architects
ArchiTeam Cooperative Member
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Deakin University
Bachelor of Construction Management (Hons), Deakin University

Michael is a registered Architect in Victoria with over 12 years industry experience. Prior to co founding Atelier Red + Black, Michael gained valuable experience with boutique small practices in Melbourne, which enabled him to work on projects from sketch design through to construction.

Michael is heavily engaged in the architecture community and writes the Red and Black Architect blog.


NORTHBOURNE_Sally Holbrook_


Registered Architect (ARBV)
A+ Member, Australian Institute of Architects
ArchiTeam Cooperative Member
Masters of Architecture, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design, University of Canberra.

Sally Holbrook is the director and founder of NORTHBOURNE Architecture + Design. She holds more than 14 years’ experience in residential design, renovations, high-end fit-outs and project management, working with some of Australia’s best architectural practices.

Sally is committed to innovative and sustainable architecture and is passionate about interior design – how interiors speak to, and build upon, the shape of the building. Sally’s design philosophy seeks out unconventional solutions to pragmatic problems, while empowering clients through the design journey.