dsarchitecture is a boutique architectural firm committed to creating designs that are perfectly tailored to suit our client’s needs. We see ourselves as partners with our clients, our employees, our community and the environment. Our aim is to grow our business through referral and repeat business and to ensure our client’s satisfaction by staying at the forefront of design styles and architectural trends. Our company will always exhibit the highest levels of
- integrity – only ever advising and acting in our client’s best interests
- professionalism – producing the highest quality work in a timely manner
- transparency – with no hidden agendas or third party deals
- sustainability – making the most of the finite resources this planet has to offer
- utilitarianism – with practical designs that focus on useability and lifestyle.
dsarchitecture is made up of a number of people who bring their different strengths and talents to the practice so you get the best possible result for your project.
Dion Seminara – Principal (Architect)
Dion is an award winning architect with over 20 years of practical industry experience in design and construction. He is recognised as a highly qualified industry professional who delivers innovative design solutions for his clients.
After working for a number of reputable Brisbane based architectural firms, Dion commenced private practice in 1993. In this time he completed two major residential landmark projects – Glentworth, a $6.5 million renovation to a National Trust house and the well-known $4 million contemporary new home at Mt Nebo.
In 2003 Dion founded dion seminara architecture, also known as dsarchitecture. His expertise with residential design, with an emphasis on renovations of character homes, has earned him a reputation as one of Brisbane’s residential architecture, interior and landscape specialists.
Dion is also a Licensed Home and General Building Contractor.
Lillian Arli – Interior Designer/Project Designer
Lillian is a seasoned Project Designer with experience in both small and large scale residential and commercial architecture sectors.
Before joining dsarchitecture in 2014 Lillian worked for Nettleontribe (Sydney), Denton Corker Marshall (Jakarta) and Ellerbe Becket (Minneapolis).
Key projects that she has been involved in include Lifestyle Working Collins Street (Docklands), Doltone House Even Centre (Pyrmont), Workplace 6 (Pyrmont) and The East Apartment (Edgecliff).
Lillian has a strong passion in architectural and interior design as well as construction details. Her energy and enthusiasm for projects leads her to creatively explore design solutions.
Leesa Seminara – Landscape Designer
With a passion for creating garden designs that provide additional living areas, Leesa’s skill and expertise in landscape design will add the finishing touches to your custom new home build or renovation. Her services can also be engaged for an independent project.
Our focus is on enhancing our clients’ lives through better design rather than winning awards. But we have still won a few of them.
- International Design Awards “Honorable Mention” for two projects
- Affordable and Flood Free award winner
- 2011 Winner of L J Hooker Grantham Flood Home Design Competition.
- 2006 Finalist in the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Renovation & Additions Award (projects over $250,000)
- 2006 Finalist in the HIA Residential Building Designer of the Year Award
- 2005 Winner of the HIA Renovation & Additions Award
The awards listed below were won by Dion Seminara’s previous architectural practice, ‘ArcStyle’.
- 2002 HIA Residential – Award Winner (Renovations & Additions)
- 2001 HIA Residential – Award Winner
- 2001 HIA Innovative Use of Steel – Award Winner & National Finalist
- 2000 Smart Housing that is energy efficient, universally designed, affordable, safe & secured
- 2000 Smart Housing for Inner City Residential Design
- Tropical Housing Design Competition Award
Australia’s Best Houses
In the spotlight
dion seminara architecture – in the spotlight.
A number of my client’s projects have been featured in a variety of publications over the years. My own home has attracted a considerable amount of media attention including television segments and articles, like this article here in the Brisbane News. Read Brisbane News online (page 36/37)
The Sunday Mail – ‘Homeground’ Section
“Bigger really is better for rejuvenated family home” (19 February 2012)
Architecture & Design Website
“A flood of new ideas” (17 June 2011)
Townsville Bulletin – ‘Property’ Section
New design offers solution to floods (in Townsville Bulletin, 09 July 2011)
Cairns Weekend Post – ‘Real Estate’ Section
Flood-safe design (in Cairns Weekend Post, 02 July 2011)
Ararat Advertiser – ‘General News’ Section
Flood resistant housing design (in Ararat Advertiser, 01 July 2011)
Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin – ‘Home’ Section
Flood resistance a winner (in Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, 25 June 2011)
Singleton Argus – ‘General News’ Section
Flood resistant homes feature in competition (in Singleton Argus, 24 June 2011)
‘bMag’ Lifestyle Magazine
Renovation Rescue (in ‘bMag’ lifestyle magazine, Feb 2009)
‘Brisbane Circle’ Lifestyle magazine
Designing the Deck for Indoor Outdoor Living (in ‘Brisbane Circle’ lifestyle magazine, Nov 2008) Designing the Home Office (in ‘Brisbane Circle’ lifestyle magazine, Oct 2008) Thinking of Renovating… get some advice first (in ‘Brisbane Circle’ lifestyle magazine, Sept 2008) Renovation… Key to better living (in ‘Brisbane Circle’ lifestyle magazine, Aug 2008)
‘Brisbane News’ Lifestyle Magazine
After the dark ages (in ‘Brisbane News’ lifestyle magazine, April 2009) High and Mighty (in ‘Brisbane News’ lifestyle magazine, April 2008) Jolly’s Lookout (in ‘Brisbane News’ lifestyle magazine, March 2008)
‘Brisbane Renovator’ Lifestyle Magazine
Here’s why you must have a Lifestyle Assessment before you start renovating (in ‘Brisbane Renovator’ lifestyle magazine, Issue 6)
The Courier Mail – ‘Home’ Section
Feature Article ‘Judging a book by its cover’ for the home section (originally published in ‘The courier mail’ Newspaper, June 26-27 2010) Pooled Resources 2010 Feature Article ‘Full House’ for the home section (originally published in ‘The courier mail’ Newspaper, Septemeber 3-4 2005)
‘Style’ Lifestyle magazine
Dion Seminara (in ‘Style’ Lifestyle magazine, March 2007)
Modern Style… Old Charm (in ‘Lifestyle’ magazine, Oct/Nov 2003)