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Team

We have an award-winning architectural team offering a wide range of architectural and design services. Combined with our experienced team of architects, and passion for achieving excellence in design, we ensure every project is nurtured in order to achieve the most desired result.

Les Finnis RAIA

Director

As the founder of Finnis, Les has established a studio with a strong architectural language and open, collaborative culture. He has a great ability to combine business acumen with a design agenda. He enjoys his role mentoring younger staff and gets great satisfaction from designing spaces that make people feel good. Les graduated with an honours degree in Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 1981 and began his career with Daryl Jackson architects, then in 1985 assumed the position of Associate Director at NTMH architects.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Architecture, Honours, University of Melbourne

Associations

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

UDIA Design Committee Advisor

Director

Damon Hills RAIA

Associate Director

Damon assists Les to lead the practice and oversee the design direction of projects. Creating buildings that will stand the test of time is important to Damon, and he also sees his role as an architect as helping to shape public policy and contributing to widerdialogues about our cities and environments. Damon studied Interior Design and Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Qualifications

Bachelor of Architecture, Honours, RMIT

Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design), First Class Honours, RMIT

Associations

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

Kelly Rabbito

Director, Communities

Kelly commenced with Finnis in 2010 in the roll of initiating several community-based projects which led to her to becoming director of Finnis Communities.  Kelly has established an extremely knowledgeable base and understanding in the field of development estates, approvals, guideline production and client liaison. The Communities division has rapidly developed into an extremely successful arm of the business and continues to expand under Kelly’s dedicated leadership.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Interior Design, Swinburne University

Associations

Corporate member of the UDIA