Cath Muhlebach

Partner, RAIA

BPD, BArch (Hons) MELB, RAIA

I like going on a journey with people to work out how to accommodate whatever it is they really need in the best way possible.

Hospitals are hierarchical places. Hectic. Reactive. Cath’s a calm, measured, attentive stakeholder engagement specialist. She takes the time to listen carefully to the diverse groups involved in every project, from small community health facilities to complex ward refurbishments. She’s organised, efficient and focused. She keeps everyone on track – patients, families, executives and clinicians – as they tease out their vastly different perspectives and needs.

Cath works closely with our in-house Clinical Health Planner to help stakeholders move beyond shopping lists of demands and find each project’s imperatives. Cath’s a people person with an uncanny recall for rolling conversations. She listens, agenda-free, to find out what people are really trying to achieve. Her openness encourages everyone to drop their guard, question their assumptions and create the most effective, adaptive systems and spaces possible.

Cath keeps communication flowing from beginning to end. She’s our compass, pushing our design teams to keep listening to clients, responding to briefs and developing budgets strategically to create the biggest possible impact. She has served on boards and committees and knows how hard fundraising is. How much pressure clients are under to get things right.

Mental health projects are a specialty. Helping people in crisis is challenging technically and personally, but Cath understands the impact of well-designed environments in supporting recovery while reducing aggression, risk and length of stay.

Cath Muhlebach joins ClarkeHopkinsClarke's partnership, bringing a focus on the mental health services sector, a passion for nurturing team culture and fresh perspectives on leading the practice into areas that can elevate our impact.

Selected Work

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St John of God Hospital Geelong

Our objective was to grow market share for St John of God Health Care by creating a state-of-the-art facility that would attract and retain the best surgical team and medical staff in a very competitive environment.

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Melbourne Zoo Growing Wild Ground Zone Precinct

A place where children can physically (and safely) interact with animal and insect species, learning through touch, sight, smell and sound.

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Monash Health Pakenham Health Centre

The Pakenham Health Centre project transformed the former Cardinia Shire Council offices into a new integrated health facility, enabling the consolidation of a range of health services that were previously located across numerous sites.

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The design of facilities for the delivery of healthcare services presents a particular challenge: to find a robust solution that more than satisfies the varying competing interests, focussing on the provision of care, patient experience, and the work environment.