Carabiner

Our people

  Aaron Wong   Senior Architect  After 16 years of experience, Aaron has become a versatile architect who strives to go above and beyond for his projects, clients and team. His understanding of architectural practices and the construction industry mean he is equipped to manage all aspects of a project. He’s a perfectionist and loves nothing more than a problem without a solution. Aaron embodies ‘extraordinary architecture’.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Aaron Wong
Senior Architect

After 16 years of experience, Aaron has become a versatile architect who strives to go above and beyond for his projects, clients and team. His understanding of architectural practices and the construction industry mean he is equipped to manage all aspects of a project. He’s a perfectionist and loves nothing more than a problem without a solution. Aaron embodies ‘extraordinary architecture’.
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  Ahmad Salam  Senior Architect  Ahmad has built a portfolio of project experience that has its roots in cultural and architectural diversity. He has experience working on projects around the globe and has spent the last fifteen years focussed on his new-found passion, health architecture. By applying his wealth of practical knowledge to projects, Ahmad always finds the best solutions for the space in which a building exists and the people in it.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Ahmad Salam
Senior Architect

Ahmad has built a portfolio of project experience that has its roots in cultural and architectural diversity. He has experience working on projects around the globe and has spent the last fifteen years focussed on his new-found passion, health architecture. By applying his wealth of practical knowledge to projects, Ahmad always finds the best solutions for the space in which a building exists and the people in it.
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  Chris Chee  Associate  Chris will never do what a client requests. He will do much, much more. He simply doesn’t believe in working for, only working with. Chris has been able to create a portfolio of incredible buildings, both domestically and abroad, with a focus on creating individual and rewarding twists on a client’s vision. With a background in design and illustration, Chris presents with flair and designs with creativity.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Chris Chee
Associate

Chris will never do what a client requests. He will do much, much more. He simply doesn’t believe in working for, only working with. Chris has been able to create a portfolio of incredible buildings, both domestically and abroad, with a focus on creating individual and rewarding twists on a client’s vision. With a background in design and illustration, Chris presents with flair and designs with creativity.
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  David Karotkin  Managing Director  David brings a world of experience to Carabiner. The last 30 years of his career have seen him work in the United Kingdom, Israel, USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is an awarded architect who believes that well-designed environments improve people’s lives. Specialising in public building, David understands how a building can create community. He was elected WA State President of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2011 and elected as National President in 2014.  See my profile on LinkedIn

David Karotkin
Managing Director

David brings a world of experience to Carabiner. The last 30 years of his career have seen him work in the United Kingdom, Israel, USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is an awarded architect who believes that well-designed environments improve people’s lives. Specialising in public building, David understands how a building can create community. He was elected WA State President of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2011 and elected as National President in 2014.
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  Malaika Drew  Architect  There is no such thing as a boring project for Malaika. She loves the diversity of architecture and has experience in the design, documentation and delivery of projects. Malaika believes that architecture provides a stimulating mix of technical skills, creative flair and clear communication. She is a true ‘all-rounder’, ranging from feasibility studies, presentation imagery, through to design development and interior design.

Malaika Drew
Architect

There is no such thing as a boring project for Malaika. She loves the diversity of architecture and has experience in the design, documentation and delivery of projects. Malaika believes that architecture provides a stimulating mix of technical skills, creative flair and clear communication. She is a true ‘all-rounder’, ranging from feasibility studies, presentation imagery, through to design development and interior design.

  Marco Bense  Associate  Marco Bense is an associate at Carabiner with 15 years’ experience in the design and construction industry. As a design leader of projects both locally and abroad, Marco has developed a taste for creating unique spaces. He achieves this by using new materials, sustainable design initiatives or just through different room arrangements and functionality. He’s worked on a raft of award winning projects in Australia and overseas.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Marco Bense
Associate

Marco Bense is an associate at Carabiner with 15 years’ experience in the design and construction industry. As a design leader of projects both locally and abroad, Marco has developed a taste for creating unique spaces. He achieves this by using new materials, sustainable design initiatives or just through different room arrangements and functionality. He’s worked on a raft of award winning projects in Australia and overseas.
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  Michael Chamberlain  Architectural Technologist  Irrelevant of duration or scale, Michael has a knack for seeing the big picture. In recent years, he has worked on large and complex sporting and hospital projects where his breadth of skill has proven invaluable. More than an experienced Architectural Technologist, Michael’s dedicated, skilled in construction detailing techniques and has exceptional organisational skills.

Michael Chamberlain
Architectural Technologist

Irrelevant of duration or scale, Michael has a knack for seeing the big picture. In recent years, he has worked on large and complex sporting and hospital projects where his breadth of skill has proven invaluable. More than an experienced Architectural Technologist, Michael’s dedicated, skilled in construction detailing techniques and has exceptional organisational skills.

  Michael Henderson  Executive Chairman  Michael is an ‘out of the box’ big-picture visionary with strong strategic planning, master planning and commercial skills across several disciplines including healthcare, technology, architecture, education and training. He has extensive national and international professional networks, where he provides strategic advice and resourcing in global best-practice support for the delivery of local, regional and international projects. Amongst other appointments, Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at UWA and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, Business & Information Technology at Murdoch University.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Michael Henderson
Executive Chairman

Michael is an ‘out of the box’ big-picture visionary with strong strategic planning, master planning and commercial skills across several disciplines including healthcare, technology, architecture, education and training. He has extensive national and international professional networks, where he provides strategic advice and resourcing in global best-practice support for the delivery of local, regional and international projects. Amongst other appointments, Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at UWA and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, Business & Information Technology at Murdoch University.
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  Paolo Basini  Senior Architect  No matter who you are, Paolo will enjoy working with you. He can deeply engage with projects and people alike, and has been doing so throughout his 19-year construction career. As a father to a young family, he has extraordinary patience, which everyone finds invaluable. Paolo’s knack for all things digital helps Carabiner provide the very best for clients.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Paolo Basini
Senior Architect

No matter who you are, Paolo will enjoy working with you. He can deeply engage with projects and people alike, and has been doing so throughout his 19-year construction career. As a father to a young family, he has extraordinary patience, which everyone finds invaluable. Paolo’s knack for all things digital helps Carabiner provide the very best for clients.
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  Penelope Eagle  Architect  Penelope has 18 years of experience in architecture, working across private, civic and commercial projects. She has developed an understanding of client requirements, endeavouring to deliver projects within budget and with the required attention to detail. Penelope loves creative design and adds a vital push to the team regarding the timely delivery of projects.

Penelope Eagle
Architect

Penelope has 18 years of experience in architecture, working across private, civic and commercial projects. She has developed an understanding of client requirements, endeavouring to deliver projects within budget and with the required attention to detail. Penelope loves creative design and adds a vital push to the team regarding the timely delivery of projects.

  Peter Giangiulio  Director  Peter thrives on the nitty gritty of day-to-day practice. He works closely with his staff and clients to resolve all challenges and complete projects. Keen attention to detail, careful listening and honest communication make Peter a fantastic part of Carabiner. In recent years, Peter has led many large, complex projects and his involvement has meant that they were completed to the clients’ total satisfaction.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Peter Giangiulio
Director

Peter thrives on the nitty gritty of day-to-day practice. He works closely with his staff and clients to resolve all challenges and complete projects. Keen attention to detail, careful listening and honest communication make Peter a fantastic part of Carabiner. In recent years, Peter has led many large, complex projects and his involvement has meant that they were completed to the clients’ total satisfaction.
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  Shiqi Yu  Graduate Architect  Shiqi believes that architecture is not just a building, it is a combination of environment, climate, history, community and heritage. She keeps the faith that the role of architecture is to solve human problems and to give dignity to every single person. Shiqi combines a high level of design skill with a generous nature and willingness to take on any challenge.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Shiqi Yu
Graduate Architect

Shiqi believes that architecture is not just a building, it is a combination of environment, climate, history, community and heritage. She keeps the faith that the role of architecture is to solve human problems and to give dignity to every single person. Shiqi combines a high level of design skill with a generous nature and willingness to take on any challenge.
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  Siobhan Page  Architect  After 10 years of practical experience in Perth, regional WA, and the UK, Siobhan has proven her ability to work on projects of all sizes and complexities. More importantly, she has developed her love and hunger for a challenge. Siobhan’s creative and analytical approach to design, matched with an ability to communicate, makes her a perfect fit for Carabiner.  See my profile on LinkedIn

Siobhan Page
Architect

After 10 years of practical experience in Perth, regional WA, and the UK, Siobhan has proven her ability to work on projects of all sizes and complexities. More importantly, she has developed her love and hunger for a challenge. Siobhan’s creative and analytical approach to design, matched with an ability to communicate, makes her a perfect fit for Carabiner.
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  Stefano Bussi  Graduate Architect  Stefano is a father who lives and breathes three things: architecture, football and chocolate. He also believes that great design starts with careful listening and a desire to be challenged. Stefano has worked on multi-million dollar mansions in Sydney, Switzerland, and Colorado. A true passion for technology means Stefano brings a fresh approach to design, with an Italian twist.

Stefano Bussi
Graduate Architect

Stefano is a father who lives and breathes three things: architecture, football and chocolate. He also believes that great design starts with careful listening and a desire to be challenged. Stefano has worked on multi-million dollar mansions in Sydney, Switzerland, and Colorado. A true passion for technology means Stefano brings a fresh approach to design, with an Italian twist.

  Timur Kolchin  Graduate Architect  Timur is an experienced architect with knowledge obtained from his experiences in both Russia and Australia. Growing up in Moscow, he was surrounded by the diverse styles and periods that make up Russian architecture. No surprise that this influences his work today. Timur has the technical skills to be able to design and document complex buildings. He’s proficient with Revit and AutoCAD.

Timur Kolchin
Graduate Architect

Timur is an experienced architect with knowledge obtained from his experiences in both Russia and Australia. Growing up in Moscow, he was surrounded by the diverse styles and periods that make up Russian architecture. No surprise that this influences his work today. Timur has the technical skills to be able to design and document complex buildings. He’s proficient with Revit and AutoCAD.