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.

This Blog provides a platform to the Atelier Mentees to voice their views and personal insights on a range of architectural issues.

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.

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The Mentors

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

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


Michael is a registered Architect in Victoria with over 8 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. Michael’s strengths include an affinity for problem solving design & construction matters along with a very down-to-earth manner. He enjoys the process of teasing out the initial concept into a refined scheme and has a keen eye for the relevance of materials.

Michael firmly believes that Architecture is for everyone.


Sonia Sarangi

Sonia Sarangi

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


Sonia has over 11 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.

Sonia’s strength include an ability to intuitively filter a client brief into an articulate design with a keen desire to infuse the concept into all scales of the design.  She enjoys the collaborative nature of building and is an articulate communicator in a team setting.

Sonia firmly believes that Design enriches our lives.



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