Milica Tumbas

Milica Tumbas
Milica Tumbas
Principal — Architecture
BArch Eng (Belgrade) Affiliate RAIA
Project architect Milica Tumbas leads a team of architects and conservation specialists under the design direction of founding principal Kai Chen. She works on all phases of projects, co-ordinating the multidisciplinary team and delivering award-winning new buildings and extensions, refurbishment works and adaptation projects. Her work includes architectural design, design development, consultant liaison, documentation and contract administration.
Milica is a Lovell Chen principal. She joined the practice in 1995 and has over 30 years’ experience in architecture, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse. Part of her work involves the preparation of documentation for state and local authority heritage submissions, and for town planning applications.
Milica is responsible for the delivery of major built environment projects, including complex large-scale public and institutional schemes. She manages projects for long-standing clients with diverse properties and assets, such as the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Arts Victoria, Parks Victoria and Ormond College in Melbourne. She is also responsible for a number of residential projects, large and small, and a diverse range of projects in various sectors.
Her expertise includes the design and adaptation of buildings to Passive House standards, and the seismic strengthening of heritage buildings to meet current requirements. Most of her work at Lovell Chen involves the integration of old and new, and in this work she places importance on extending the life of existing buildings and fabric — often through finding new functional uses, as well as improving the fabric and building services. She focuses on the well-being of occupants for a whole project, whether the fabric is old or new, while maintaining the heritage values of existing buildings.

Milica’s recent projects include …
Circus Oz, Collingwood, Melbourne
• Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne — interior and exterior conservation and refurbishment
• Flinders Street Station, Melbourne — exterior works
Boyd and Renowden Chapels, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria
Ormond College Graduate Centre, Melbourne
• Ormond College staff residences, Melbourne
Melbourne University Boat Shed extension
St Kilda Pier Kiosk (reconstruction) and Cafe (new), Melbourne
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne — adaptive reuse, public open space
Port Melbourne Library
• Government House, Melbourne
• Royal Exhibition Building dome promenade project, Melbourne
• University College new kitchen and dining hall, Melbourne
RMIT Building 13, Melbourne
• Mosspennoch, Melbourne — adaption and restoration of historic house