Design that speaks for itself

BKA Architecture is an established practice with a track record of excellence across a breadth of design sectors. From educational projects to commercial, community, and multi-residential developments and beyond, we’re committed to delivering thoughtful architectural and interior design solutions that meet client and occupant needs while championing sustainability.

Our studio culture is defined by three key characteristics: curiosity, humility, and a strong focus on delivering architectural solutions that work. We take a bespoke approach to every project, working closely with clients and stakeholders to tease out and address the complexities of each brief. Eschewing a signature style or approach in favour of site specificity and meaningful collaboration with project stakeholders, we consistently deliver highly tailored architecture that exceeds expectations and, above all, puts users first.


Leading by example

BKA is a passionate advocate for diversity and gender equity within the profession and views both as essential to creating inclusive environments that respond to user needs. Our commitment to achieving this is reflected in our culturally diverse leadership team, in which gender representation is equal.

Similarly, the practice takes a number of proactive measures to incorporate sustainability into all our endeavours, including an in-house Green Star-accredited professional, implementation of best practice environmentally sustainable design (ESD), and engagement of collaborators and product suppliers with demonstrable environmental ethics.


Founding Director

John Baker

  • B Arch (Hons)
  • Registered Architect NSW 3552

John established BKA with John Kavanagh on the foundation of a 40-year career spanning the commercial, residential, master planning, government, and educational sectors. Over the years he has distinguished himself through the breadth of his expertise and ability to integrate modern pedagogies into educational facilities of all types and scales.

An active member of the architectural community, John has served as Councilor to the NSW Chapter of the AIA and is a past examiner of candidates for Board of Architects registration. He is passionate about advancing the profession and is a vocal supporter of gender equity and sustainable design practices.

Founding Director (Retired)

John Kavanagh

  • B Arch (Hons)
  • Registered Architect NSW 5999

Prior to establishing BKA with John Baker, John gained extensive experience in the highly competitive architectural landscapes of London and Sydney. His ability to clearly visualise the unique possibilities of every site is partnered with a comprehensive technical skill set that enables him to translate these possibilities faithfully into reality.

Alongside championing sustainable design and architectural innovation, John takes a keen interest in nurturing the next generation of industry talent. In addition to tutoring regularly at the University of Technology Sydney, he provides support and advice to early career architects as part of the Australian Institute of Architects’ mentorship scheme.


Silvina Medel

  • BA (Arch)
  • Dip Architectural Technology
  • Dip Interior Design Visual Comm

Silvina has been a core part of the BKA team for nearly two decades, during which time she has been a key driving force behind the practice’s growth and evolution. Based in our North Coast studio, she takes a flexible and highly efficient approach to designing across a breadth of sectors including education, hospitality, and single- and multiple-dwelling residential.

A clear communicator and consummate professional, Silvina collaborates closely with clients, consultants, and community members alike to achieve the best possible outcome in every project and overcome the challenges entailed in managing the various needs of multiple stakeholders.


Allison Burrows

  • BSc (Hons I)
  • B Arch (Hons I)

Allison joined BKA in 2004 as an outstanding student from the University of Newcastle and has since developed expertise across a variety of architectural typologies. As the Director of our Newcastle office, she is actively involved in all project stages from concept design through to detailed design, documentation, and construction.

For several years, Allison was a member of BKA’s Dubai office, where she undertook large-scale educational, commercial, and multi-residential projects. Since returning to Australia she has further developed her skills in each of these sectors and proven integral to the practice’s expansion.


Jesus Garcia

  • B Arch (Hons)
  • Registered Architect NSW 10201
  • Registered Architect ACT 2515

Having worked throughout Australia, Venezuela, India, and Spain, Jesus brings over 14 years’ architectural and urban design experience to the BKA team. He has a nuanced understanding of the full architectural delivery process from feasibility through to detailing and contract administration, alongside a proven ability to manage client relationships, multi-disciplinary consultant teams, statutory approvals processes, and contractors on site.

An adaptable all-rounder and team leader, Jesus works across a diverse range of sectors including educational, mixed-use, and multi-residential, in addition to undertaking affordable housing and heritage-sensitive developments throughout Sydney.

Ashwin Kuruvilla

Ashwin Kuruvilla

  • M Arch
  • B Arch & Interior Design
  • Registered Architect NSW 12305

Ashwin is a highly skilled architect with over 12 years of local and international experience across a wide range of typologies. Since joining BKA in 2017, he has played a key role in numerous education projects, university facilities, and community buildings, demonstrating strong leadership and creativity.

Ashwin is adept in all aspects of the architectural process, from conception to completion. He has expertise in developing practical and economical documentation, and ensuring quality across projects. His excellent communication skills and work ethic enable him to build strong collaborative relationships with clients and stakeholders to deliver high-quality design solutions.


We’re always on the lookout for new talent.

Please contact with a current CV and portfolio if you wish to be added to our talent pool.