Michael Harnack
Principal Structural Engineer

Michael is a pro-active engineer with a drive for quality design and an innate appreciation for the structural integrity of buildings. As Principal Engineer in our Melbourne office, he leads the team with a breadth of experience spanning over 20 years across retail, residential, office, industrial, health, aged care, community and education projects in Australia and abroad.

From his early studies Michael was committed to developing his career as a structural engineer and has endeavoured to seek and explore professional opportunities both interstate and overseas. These have included attending University in Sydney before establishing his home in Melbourne, as well as postings in London and Bristol, giving him an invaluable insight to learning different design methodologies, building systems and techniques.

Michael holds Westfield London as a flagship project in his career thus far, due to the immense budget, size and logistics it entailed. A first for Westfield in the English market, this project attracted a significant amount of publicity and combined with the added complexity of being coordinated from three different offices across the globe, was a major stepping-stone for Michael in operation and logistics management.

Inspired by design in particular, Michael approaches each project with an unrivalled enthusiasm to deliver his clients with aesthetically pleasing, practical and economical project solutions. He is practiced in utilising many different construction techniques and enjoys working closely with architects and builders to produce projects of the highest standard. Resolute in his ability to provide quality service, Michael enjoys being involved in the entire design process, from concept to completion, working collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve outstanding results for his clients. 


Michael’s project experience includes:

  • £1.5B Westfield London (Western Sector)
  • $70M 600 bed Student Accommodation Building, La Trobe University VIC
  • $85M 150 bed Baptcare The Orchards Community VIC
  • $40M Rosebud Aquatic Centre
  • $35M Roxburgh Park Shopping Centre Redevelopment VIC
  • $40M The Warleigh Apartments, Brighton VIC
  • $35M Serrata Apartments, Docklands VIC