sustainable living + innovative architecture





MacKinnon Design will deliver your project from conceptual design through to final completion

  • Architectural Design

  • 3D Models

  • Interiors + Colours

  • Feasibilities

  • Grant Writing

  • Site Analysis

  • BAL + FR5 Assessments

  • Planning + Building Permit Applications

  • Landscape Design

  • Tendering

  • Builder Recommendation

  • Project Management

Our professional relationships with all the stakeholders including the Client, Consultants, Trades, Planning, Building and Regulatory Authorities is key to a successful partnership and project outcomes.


Servicing throughout regional Victoria, Melbourne + beyond

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Just a note to say how very much we appreciated the work you did for us to create our most wonderful family home. Your ability to listen to us and turn our thoughts, musings and dreams into a tangible space is something to treasure and we feel so very, very lucky to have worked with you and to now live inside one of your beautiful designs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 


I am delighted to write a review for Ross Mackinnon. If you are looking for a building designer who does all of the following then I strongly suggest you have a chat to him. He designs stunning homes, listens to your vision for your home, works in partnership with you to make sure the design reflects the way you want to live. Respects your budget and designs accordingly. Designs for practicality and maximum energy efficiency. He is brilliant with landscape design concepts and is a delight to work with.


Ross from MacKinnon Design is an interested and engaged designer, who maintained his connection to our project from the beginning to the end, including the undertaking of tasks (not included in the brief) when others were unable to assist.
We achieved a fantastically sustainable and contemporary renovation which continues to please us. Working with many constrictions, Ross created light-filled spaces, with clever capture of limited winter sun. Ross is passionate and committed and continues to weave sustainability principles into all his work.


Ross Mackinnon combines empathy with experience, practical skill and a profound design aesthetic to bring life, joy, and logic to the complex project he worked on for me. The result is a space that concurs with my philosophy, and meets all my criteria. Importantly the project came in on time and on budget. Ross's commitment to understand me and my life (style) was central to the result. That he uses traditional hand drawn techniques rather that CAD ensured the project was both unique and not formulaic. I would recommend Ross without hesitation.


The team behind MacKinnon Design is renowned for innovative, timeless building design that combines livability with beauty - in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Principal designer Ross MacKinnon is passionate about building and design that will endure – both in terms of aesthetics, and of environmental impact.

Ross has over thirty years experience in custom building, interior design, and construction, in both heritage and contemporary homes. His early career flourished internationally when he was chosen as one of twenty freelance architects engaged to work on major alterations to ‘The Windsor’ in London (now known as the Landmark Hotel). Here, Ross was immersed in the traditional methods that he still uses today. “There were no laser measurement tools back then, we had plumb bobs and profile combs,” Ross reflects, “so the skill and craft of architectural documentation was at it’s finest.”

Those old-school skills and crafts still play a major role in MacKinnon Design’s philosophy. Traditional hand-drawn designs using ink on tracing paper, pencil on butter paper - a palette of coloured pencils always on hand – ensure Ross and his exceptionally talented team take a hands-on approach to building design. This unique approach to design weaves Ross’s creativity seamlessly with practical innovation and consideration for environmental and budgetary concerns.

One client describes Ross as “brave, innovative [and] inspired. He combines empathy with experience, practical skills and profound design aesthetics to bring life, joy and logic to the complex project…”  Reviews of his work repeatedly note Ross’s eye for detail, a strong, considerate work ethic, and passionate commitment to projects from beginning to end.

One of Ross’s iconic designs on the outskirts of Yea is a perfect example of the MacKinnon Design philosophy in action. Orana, from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘welcome’, was collaboration between Ross and the original owner-builder, Jo Knorr. Setting an intention for a build is an integral part of the process; for the Orana project, this was to create a place of healing and calm. The stunning design immediately was at one with the surrounding landscape.

Years after the completion of Orana, Jo invited Ross to work with her on the gardens of the house. The combined vision of Orana’s ‘Rainbow Angel Garden’ is testament to Ross’s sensitivity and intuition around his clients’ needs. There is something deeply spiritual in his approach, and in his reverence for the land upon which we build.

John Baker, Chairman of the Monash Business Incubator, said of Ross, “His perspective on the environment, combined with recognition of his client requirements has resulted in remarkable designs.” Though quietly spoken and modest about his achievements, Ross MacKinnon is a man who exudes confidence in his own unique approach and style. His designs are built to suit the individual needs of each client, and to endure,  at one with the Australian landscape.


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Stuart is a registered Landscape Architect and serves as design co ordinator for landscape components. Stuart has access to a wide team that are activated when needed and ensures that team is managed to your vision and budget. Whether it's a production garden, wetland, mountain bike track, an amazing planting, a nice place to be or a combination of all we have you covered.


Adv dip Horticulture - Uni melb (Burnley 2006)

Masters Land Arch - RMIT 2011


AILA (Aust institutes of LA) Member 4711