About dsarchitecture

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 dsarchitecture

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.

Naushin Rahman– Student Of Architectural Design

Naushin is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Design, majoring in Architectural Design at the Queensland University of Technology. She also minors in Landscape Design and French Language studies and has studied at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy where she completed a 6 month exchange.
Naushin is proficient in many programs and works for dsarchitecture on a variety of tasks including drafting, finish selections and producing architectural renders. Previously Naushin has worked as a draftsperson in Water Sensitive Urban Design and Water Engineering.

Naushin holds a strong interest in residential architecture, sustainability, bio-mimicry and exploring interesting materials in producing environmentally friendly design. Aside from design, Naushin is passionate about food, nature and travelling the world and always has a good story to share from her adventures.



Jess websiteJessika Marek – Marketing Associate & Administrator

Jessika is a  graduate from the UQ Business School with majors in marketing and international business.  She has a varied role within the dsarchitecture office from handling all of our marketing needs to keeping the office running with numerous administration tasks. Jessika’s previous marketing experience comes from numerous industries’ including finance and accounting, mining technology and hospitality marketing.

Jess is passionate about all forms of marketing and communications and really enjoys keeping us current on all social media platforms. Her friendly voice is the one you often hear answering our phones and she is usually the first face you’ll see when visiting the dsarchitecture office. Keep smiling Jess!



leese_seminara_lgLeesa 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.

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

Quest Media

Design earns accolade – download article

Queensland Homes

20 years of trust – download article

Dion Seminara Architecture Embraces Family Living in Brisbane Home

Australia’s Best Houses

Australia’s Best Houses – August 2013
Australia’s Best Houses – February 2013

In the spotlight

dion seminara architecture – in the spotlight.

Brisbane News

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)

‘Quest’ Newspaper

Modern makeover magic (in ‘Quest’ Newspaper, 4 March 2011) Dion always had designs on architecture (in ‘Quest’ Newspaper, 25 July 2007)

‘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)

‘Lifestyle’ Magazine

Modern Style… Old Charm (in ‘Lifestyle’ magazine, Oct/Nov 2003)

‘Renovate & Extend’ Magazine

Face Value (in ‘Renovate and Extend’ lifestyle magazine, Issue 2.3) A natural progression (in ‘Renovate and Extend’ lifestyle magazine, Issue 1.3)

Queensland: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Western Country Queensland, NSW: Tweed heads to Byron Bay and surrounds
Northern Territory: Darwin, Palmerston, Darwin River


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