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Karla Martinez
Woman in dark woollen cloak, perspex disc earrings, hair in high bun, sits cross-legged in grey office armchair, smiling broadly to camera

Karla Martinez

Senior Architect


Karla thinks good design should be a right, not a privilege. Since joining Foreground early in 2020, she has led flagship affordable and community housing projects for the practice. She understands the importance of creating resourceful residential environments that are inspiring, safe, and supportive of connected community.

Karla showed prodigious talent during her architecture studies, winning the ARBV Association of Women in Architecture Award in 2003. Her thesis caught policymakers’ attention when she reduced a 1000 student secondary school footprint in Dandenong from 80,000 sqm to 15,000 sqm.

In 2007, Karla was a member of the project team for Paul Morgan Architects’ Cape Schanck House, which won the Australian Institute of Architects’ most prestigious prize: the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Buildings.

Outside of practice, Karla has been an associate lecturer and tutor of Master of Architecture design studios and other subjects at RMIT. In 2017, she was a member of the NGV Architectural commission team, which was awarded AIA’s Melbourne Prize.