Rafael Contreras Morales

B.Arch (UPC), M.Arch AADRL (Architectural Association), CAP 9272

Rafael Contreras is a founding director of Contreras Earl Architecture trained in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design. Born in Lima, Peru Rafael gained his professional architecture certification from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC) and co-founded his first architecture firm in 2004.  He is a registered Architect in Peru.

He later received a Masters of Architecture and Urbanism (Design Research Laboratory) at the Architectural Association in London, where his thesis project received Distinction and was widely published. 

Rafael’s years of experience and unique design skills saw him leading international teams working in Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) exclusive ‘Design Cluster’ in London where he worked directly under Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher (current ZHA Principal).

For 7 years Rafael was design leader at ZHA on major commissions and competition winning bids such as the Grand Theatre in Rabat Morocco, the Tokyo National Stadium and the New Beijing Daxing Airport (world’s largest airport terminal).

Moreover during his time at ZHA Rafael was Lead Designer and Project Architect of large-scale luxury residential and mixed-use projects in Australia such as ‘’Mayfair’’ (St. Kilda, Melbourne), ‘’Grace on Coronation’’ (Toowong, Brisbane) and ‘’Mariners Cove’’ (Gold Coast).

After Zaha Hadid Architects Rafael co-founded Contreras Earl Architecture together with Monica Earl in 2016.  Currently the practice is based in Sydney, Australia and is delivering a number of large scale mixed-use and landmark projects on Queensland’s Gold Coast.





Monica Earl                                                                          

B.Des.Arch, M.Arch (USyd), MAUD (Harvard), ARB 10543, BOAQ 5416

Monica Earl is a founding director of Contreras Earl Architecture trained in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design.

Born in Australia, Monica is a Masters graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia and a Registered Architect having also won the Australian Institute of Architects prestigious Design Medal and receiving the honoured Frank Knox Fellowship at Harvard University to complete her Masters of Architecture and Urban Design. 

Monica’s experience in London crosses a broad range of sectors from heritage to cultural projects working for Foster + Partners, Carmody Groarke and acclaimed architect and theorist Farshid Moussavi where she worked extensively on the research and production of “The Function of Style”. At Foster + Partners, Monica worked on prestigious large-scale developments such as ICD Brookfield Place (Dubai) combining her passion for working across varying scales from the urban to the intricately detailed.

At Carmody Groarke she was involved in important cultural projects including exhibition design at the British Museum in London, Windermere Jetty Museum in England’s Lake District and an exhibition space for White Cube Art Gallery at Glyndeborne Opera House.

Monica’s Australian experience includes working for leading residential architectural firms Scale Architecture and Tribe Studio on high end residential projects.