About Us.

ARKit is a design and build group specialising in high quality, customised prefabricated building solutions.

As an architect led practice, ARKit collaborates with its clients to develop sustainable, hand crafted prefabricated buildings for a variety of residential and commercial applications.

ARKit offers the most comprehensive range of integrated consultancy and construction services available for prefabrication. We design and build our projects locally for delivery throughout Australia and overseas.

ARKit team

As an architect led practice, a focus on design is central to everything we do.

We carefully assess and individually approach the design process for each project. We collaborate with our clients to discover their requirements, analyse the site and develop an optimum design response to the project. Our prefabricated building systems have been developed to allow us to explore endless design possibilities in the delivery of both residential and commercial projects.

We value innovation and enjoy working with clients to explore prefabricated applications for a variety of building types. From our Melbourne based design studio, our in-house design and build team works closely with our clients to individually design and deliver high quality, prefabricated projects. ARKit’s team comprises highly skilled design and building professionals. Key team members include:

Craig is an architect and registered builder with twenty five years’ experience in the design and delivery of residential, commercial and government projects in Australia and overseas. A keen interest in progressing architectural thinking to include the assembly and construction methodology of buildings resulted in the establishment of ARKit as a prefabricated design build company. Craig is the director of ARKit and was a founding board member of PrefabAUS.

Craig Chatman

Clare is the ARKit studio manager. Her role incorporates the smooth running of the Design Studio, HR and marketing. She also manages new enquiries, guiding clients at the start of their ARKit experience. Clare has a background in client-facing roles across various industries and is fascinated with the process of ideas coming to life.

Clare Knight

Sascha is a production manager and a highly experienced master carpenter, with his apprenticeship and training completed in Germany - renowned for their world class system of practice. He is also a certified Passivhaus carpenter, having completed many projects internationally and locally.

Sascha Ladiges

Andrew is a Victorian and South Australian registered architect who has been with ARKit since 2018. His focus is on bespoke residential projects, and he heads the residential enquiries team. His design interest lies with practical prefab solutions that are deeply site responsive and bring delight. He also has extensive experience in master planning and designing for disability.

Andrew Fotia

Chris is an experienced site manager for residential and commercial projects. His skills and attention to detail come from 10 years of experience working in the construction industry. He establishes a good rapport with clients, and always rises to the challenge of delivering high-quality architectural homes on time and budget. Before joining ARKit, Chris led a carpentry business focused on renovations and extensions.

Chris Fraser

Miyan is head of systems and operations. His passion lies in the development of Design for Manufacture and Assembly principles, which aim to integrate architectural design with manufacturing processes to offer significant social and environmental solutions. Prior to ARKit, Miyan was an architect, successfully delivering public projects. Additionally, he gained valuable experience by leading a manufacturing business abroad, where he oversaw the production and delivery of high-quality products on a global scale.

Miyan Mears-Dagan

Ashley is a project manager for residential and commercial projects. She is detail-oriented with a background in engineering and contract administration. With a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and over 4 years of experience in the industry, she has developed a solid understanding of project planning, execution and control. She is passionate about the construction industry and is committed to contributing to the success of every project she works on.

Ashley Han

Aiman is an architect with professional skills in numerous design and delivery phases in diverse building typologies and complexity. He has contributed to several high-profile and award-winning projects in Australia and overseas. His role recently was delivering design packages that entail prefabricated methodology for Victoria's public building projects. He advocates and advises on socially responsible design with a focus on community benefits.

Aiman Ahmad

Richard is a site manager with experience in the co-ordination and management of commercial construction. He is interested in sustainable, high-end projects and striving to improve his knowledge and quality in all aspects of offsite construction. Before ARKit, he was working as a lead carpenter on residential and commercial projects throughout South-East Queensland.

Richard Magrath

Daiman is head of product for MULTIKit – a new ARKit business developing low-carbon solutions for mid-rise residential buildings. He has 20+ years of experience in architecture, construction and property, focusing on product design & strategy for building systems. Daiman pioneered the use of Mass Timber in multi-residential buildings in New Zealand and worked as a product strategist for Lendlease’s development projects in California.

Daiman Otto

Haben is a BIM manager and highly motivated documenter with over 5 years of experience in both the architecture and construction industries. His experience includes both Architectural and Structural documentation on projects for commercial, residential, and educational buildings, specializing in Prefabrication. He has the ability to quickly model concepts for both visualisation and documentation purposes using advanced building information modelling technology (BIM).

Haben Ghebre

Justin is a proficient project analyst with a proven track record of construction management experience. His role entails overseeing the administration of construction projects, the contract management of trades and their scope of works, contract cost adjustments and executing the project program. He has a strong passion for delivering projects within budget and meeting allocated timelines, always striving to provide excellent customer service to the highest standard.

Justin Huynh

Ali is a senior project manager, working on the design and construction phases of unit developments, Government, residential and commercial projects. Ali has a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Engineering, and a Diploma in Building and Construction. He brings valuable experience from his previous role working for a high-volume builder, and enjoys being involved in projects from concept to completion, allowing him to understand and deliver the project successfully.  

Ali Ahmed

Naomi is an office assistant and receptionist who is our friendly face at the front desk. With a varied history of roles specialising in administration, she has the experience to keep the team and office well organised.

Naomi Strauss

Grant is a graduate of architecture who focuses on the design and development of residential projects. His role includes design, planning and documentation. He is interested in sustainably driven architecture that prioritizes health and wellbeing, from the unique arrangement of spaces to reflect the needs of its occupants, to the energy efficient performance of the building. Before ARKit, Grant worked with a small-scale builder that specialized in residential renovations and extensions.

Grant Sanderink

Brad is a project manager with vast career experience in the construction and property industries. His main focus is on residential projects and he enjoys managing the finer details of multiple projects throughout the construction process all the way through to successful completion.

Brad Cain

Maria is a registered architect in both Victoria and Spain with over 15 years of experience in the architectural field. She is passionate about processes, functionality, and maintaining quality throughout the lifetime of a project. She is responsible for designing and documenting both commercial and residential projects. Prior to ARKit, she worked as a lead designer, specializing in the educational sector.

Maria Torres

Joel is a site manager who has worked in the construction industry for 20 years, with experience in residential new homes and renovations, as well as commercial fit-outs. He enjoys the challenges of prefabricated construction, and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Prior to working at ARKit, he ran his own Carpentry business for 8 years.

Joel Jacobs

Joe is an experienced senior site manager with extensive valuable experience across residential and commercial construction. Joe is well versed in managing and coordinating the activities of site-based trades and working with the client and contractors to minimise disruption arising from construction activities.

Joe James

Tiffini is a graduate of architecture with wide project experience. Her key roles at ARKit are as architectural designer and documenter and marketing lead. She strives to bring strong environmental and social sustainability to prefab buildings, to improve and maintain the quality of the everyday for the community. 

Tiffini Tran

Digit is our second-longest serving employee. At 12 years old, she is still young at heart and will likely greet you upon arrival. 



  • Production
  • Building Systems
  • Innovation


Our buildings are handcrafted from our Melbourne workshop co-located with ARKit’s design studio.

Each project is supervised by our architects, construction and project managers, individually built by our in-house construction team and delivered in close consultation with our design team and the client. Our established workshop combines the best of traditional carpentry techniques with the precision of modern production facilities.

Through this approach we are able to deliver the following benefits, as compared to traditional site based construction:

Faster construction timeframes

  • Offsite construction occurring in parallel with site based building work
  • Shorter pre-construction period
  • Earlier approvals applications
  • Better build quality

Better build quality

  • Higher construction tolerances
  • Factory controlled, secure, weather protected environment
  • Architect designed and supervised construction
  • Fully customised buildings

Greater project value

  • Time, cost and quality control
  • Superior environmental outcomes
  • High quality construction


As architects as well as builders we are committed to challenging the perceived design limitations associated with prefabricated construction.

Through our range of prefabricated building systems we are able to explore endless design options and tailor the building system to suit the design, rather than the other way around.

Modular Building System

With modular building we construct modules in our workshop to a stage that is as complete as possible. This includes installation of cabinetry, fittings, fixtures, floor and wall finishes and even furnishings if desired. Larger buildings are designed to seamlessly join together with minimal time on site. This system is suited to new build and addition projects.

Panelised Building System

Prefabricated components combine the time and quality benefits of offsite construction, whilst not constraining the design to transportable, module sizes. Using this system we build wall, floor and roof components as a series of panelised cassettes complete with plumbing, structural framing, insulation and linings. Components are then assembled on site. This system is suited to new build, addition and renovation projects.

Hybrid Building System

By combining both systems we are able to achieve a myriad of design possibilities. This system is suited to new build, addition and renovation projects and combines the benefits of both systems.


Innovation is inherent to ARKit’s existence.

We value the skills of invention, engineering, design and imagination and apply these to develop new and emerging applications for prefabrication. As a founding member of PrefabAus, the peak industry body for prefabrication in Australia, we recognise private sector research and development as key drivers to the advancement of the local industry.

Through our specialist consultancy services we have provided advice to a range of client organisations and assisted with the development and application of prefabrication technologies.

Examples of our research and development activities include:

Design and development of a new prefabrication construction system specifically intended for remote project applications.

Development of this system has seen us critically assess all aspects of construction logistics to streamline the process to better suit an environment where access to labour, materials and equipment comes at a significant premium.

Eco Studio

With environmental engineering by GHD, ARKit’s Eco Studio was Australia’s first carbon neutral prefabricated building.

Product development

Product development for our wall panel system centred on the reuse of waste from the milling process to create an integrated structural and architectural cladding system.

First prefabricated educational facility

The first prefabricated educational facility for the Victorian Department of Education and Training to be contracted through a traditional design and construct procurement model. An approach that can positively impact the quality of future modular education buildings throughout Victoria.

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01 What makes ARKit’s approach different? +
02 What is modular construction? +
03 What is panelised construction? +
04 Are all of ARKit’s projects fully custom designed? +
05 Are there design limitations associated with prefabrication? +
06 How long will it take to design my project? +
07 What authority approvals will be required for my project? +
08 What is meant by handcrafted? +
09 Do ARKit’s buildings satisfy all regulatory requirements applicable to conventionally built projects? +
10 Does ARKit manage all aspects of construction? +
11 How long will it take to build my project? +
12 What are the environmental credentials of ARKit’s projects? +
13 What are the specific design features of ARKit’s buildings? +