Category Culture

Leading the Way

We are proud to announce four new Principals and Associates in the DesignInc Sydney team: Paul Wallace, Principal, Miriam Enoch, Associate Joyce Lim, Associate and Paul Rea, Associate. Collectively, our new leaders bring a wealth of experience across architecture, landscape… Continue Reading →

We have Moved!

After over 20 years in North Sydney, we are excited to have moved across the Bridge to the Sydney CBD. Our new premises is in the iconic JP Morgan Building above the Westfield Shopping Centre. Our new address is:Level 1485… Continue Reading →

We are Moving!

We are excited to announce that at the end of June 2020 the the DesignInc Sydney Office is moving to Sydney’s CBD. After over 20 years in North Sydney, we are heading across the bridge to the iconic JP Morgan… Continue Reading →

Building Community in Burwood

Civic spaces – including libraries – have seen a marked shift over the last few decades. The emergence of digital technologies and networked access to information / communities has led to a transformation of these spaces. Gone are the silent… Continue Reading →

Getting to Know Our People – Mabel Ibekwe

This interview took place a few weeks ago, before COVID-19 reverberated through our community. At DesignInc, like most businesses in our industry, we continue to work effectively and collaboratively from a variety of locations, meeting our project milestones while caring… Continue Reading →

Delivery as Usual

Despite the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, DesignInc Sydney can assure valued clients and design collaborators alike that our strong commitment to daily operations and projects remains intact and unaltered. Similar to friends and peers across the industry, we continue to exceed… Continue Reading →

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Working from Home Trial

DesignInc is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation in Sydney — we have had no confirmed cases of the virus in our office to date. We are communicating closely with our team, and continue to take advice from NSW… Continue Reading →

Leading the Way with LEDA

Creating a thriving culture within an organisation is crucial to growth and success – yet can be challenging to maintain. At DesignInc we want our people to sustain a balance between multiple demands in their lives to reach their personal… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Welcomes Three New Principals

DesignInc is thrilled to introduce three new Principals to our Sydney office: Lisa King (Interiors), Nathan de Leeuw (Aviation) and Matthew Todd (Education). Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their teams, our new leaders are passionate about engaging… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Supports New Architecture Scholarship

DesignInc is excited to be financing the first donor-funded scholarship for Architecture at Western Sydney University. Valued at $30,000 p.a. over five years, the scholarship will be offered to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student enrolled in Architecture from… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Year in Review: People and Culture

People are at the heart of DesignInc and we couldn’t be prouder of the DesignInc team and what we have achieved this year. DesignInc had a very successful 2019, which translated into significant growth of the core team. We started… Continue Reading →

A Week in the Life of an Architect: Roger Fan’s student work experience at DesignInc

Every year DesignInc has the pleasure of hosting high school students for their year 10 work experience. It’s a valuable opportunity for DesignInc to introduce students to the world of architecture, and for students to learn more about the day-to-day… Continue Reading →

It’s time to woman up! DesignInc is at the forefront of supporting and promoting gender equality in architecture and leadership.

DesignInc embarked on a journey in 2015 to increase female representation across all levels within the company. We now proudly buck the industry trend in architecture with a 50:50 gender ratio and the appointment of highly skilled and talented women… Continue Reading →

Meet DesignInc’s newest recruits in the rail and aviation teams

2019 has been a very successful year for DesignInc, and the team has grown significantly, passing more than 100 employees. We are always delighted to bring new recruits into the DesignInc culture and have recently welcomed 21 architects and designers… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Architecture Scholarship

DesignInc has a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and industry and is proud to announce the first donor-funded scholarship supporting an Indigenous Australian student in Western Sydney University’s faculty of Architecture. DesignInc’s collective values promote… Continue Reading →

DesignInc is starting the conversation about mental health in the workplace

October 10 is World Mental Health Day – a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy. At DesignInc, we actively support our team’s mental health throughout the year with a holistic program of workshops, classes and initiatives to aid… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: DesignInc Associate Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher is an Associate at DesignInc, having joined the company in 2016 and bringing his local and international experience and expertise on a wide range of building types. We spoke with Tom about his architectural work and influences and… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: Principal Landscape Architect Steven Holmes

Principal Landscape Architect Steven Holmes joined DesignInc in 2019, bringing his passion for landscape design to our practice. We spoke with Steven about his work, biophilic design and how the game of golf has inspired his career. Steven’s passion for… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: Principal Urban Designer Lynne Hancock

Principal Urban Designer Lynne Hancock joined DesignInc’s urban design and planning team in 2019, bringing her experience and expertise on a wide range of urban design developments and large complex infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand. We spoke with… Continue Reading →

Flex@DI: Committed to promoting employees’ work/life balance

We value our employees’ dedication to DesignInc, but we know they also have other priorities in their lives. That’s why we developed the Flex@DI program, which supports employees in achieving work/life balance by giving them the opportunity to adjust their… Continue Reading →

Landscape architecture: For individuals, community and environmental health

When Frederick Olmsted designed Central Park in Manhattan in the nineteenth century it was not merely to create a green space. Rather it addressed rising concerns of the increasingly urban situation. He believed there was an inherent harmony between nature… Continue Reading →

DesignInc’s Voytek Trzebiatowski

DesignInc Associate Voytek Trzebiatowski is a key member of the aviation team, working as senior architect on a series of projects at Sydney Airport. We spoke to Voytek about his work, his approach to architecture and his love of travel… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: DesignInc’s Joyce Lim

Senior Architect Joyce Lim joined DesignInc’s transport and infrastructure team in 2015, bringing her experience and expertise to the upgrades of Transport for NSW railway stations. We spoke with Joyce about her architectural work for DesignInc, her favourite pastime of… Continue Reading →

ABC News gives viewers a first look inside Lindfield Learning Village

Lindfield Learning Village featured on ABC News’ 7.30 Report on 23 January 2019, with reporter Nadia Daly taking viewers for a first look inside. Billed as the school of the future, Lindfield Learning Village is seeking to change the way… Continue Reading →

Royal Adelaide Hospital featured in Indesign magazine

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) featured in the November 2018 issue of Indesign, focussing on healthcare and wellbeing. Designed by DesignInc with STH Health Architecture (STH), RAH is part of the largest health and research precinct in the southern… Continue Reading →

Lindfield Learning Village features on 7 News Sydney

7 News Sydney featured a story about Lindfield Learning Village on 2 October 2018. Designed by DesignInc in collaboration with Lacoste+Stevenson and BMC2, the unique environment makes use of the old UTS Kuring-gai Campus to deliver a new model of… Continue Reading →

Promoting gender equality in architecture: DesignInc features in HRM magazine

HRM magazine is the Australian HR Institute’s flagship publication, helping HR professionals make an effective contribution to their organisation. DesignInc is proud to feature in the September 2018 issue of HRM, in which Nicola Heath discusses how DesignInc is actively challenging… Continue Reading →

R U OK? Day: Supporting mental health and wellbeing at work

DesignInc Sydney is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive environment for our team’s growth and development. Keeping up with this commitment, each year we support R U OK? Day with discussions about wellbeing, mental health, how to look… Continue Reading →

Shellharbour Civic Centre by DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson

Shellharbour Civic Centre opened to the public in January 2018. Serving as a hub for Shellharbour’s cultural and community activities, the building provides a state-of-the-art library, museum, auditorium, council offices and chambers. Designed with user engagement and inspired by the… Continue Reading →

Meet DesignInc’s five newest team members

DesignInc Sydney has enjoyed consistent year-on-year growth for the past five-plus years and 2018 is no different. We have recruited 12 new members to our team in the last 3 month, each bringing valuable experiences and skills to the practice… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Director Ian Armstrong and the Royal Docks Taskforce in London

Ian Armstrong, Director at DesignInc Sydney, is undertaking an Executive Masters in Cities at the London School of Economics and is a member of the Royal Docks Taskforce, an academic exercise that forms part of the program. The 12-member taskforce… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Mentoring Program: Building a Stronger Team

Mentoring is a triple-win partnership, as mentees gain valuable knowledge and support, mentors develop communication skills and give back to others, and companies develop internal talent and corporate knowledge. DesignInc initiated a mentoring program in August 2017 that has seen… Continue Reading →

Spotlight: DesignInc Interior Design

DesignInc’s interior design team takes a research-based approach to their work with a strong focus on the user experience to create people-focused environments. We go beyond the surface with the interior design team to learn what underlies their approach. As… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: DesignInc’s Francesco Camillo

Francesco Camillo, project designer at DesignInc, grew up in Italy around some of the most preeminent examples of historical architecture and exposed to the work of the world’s great artists and thinkers. We spoke with Francesco about his architectural work… Continue Reading →

Wellbeing and lifestyle – DesignInc Sydney’s commitment to supporting our teams health.

Office workers spend approximately one third of their waking hours at work every week, which adds up to 90,000 hours over an average lifetime. We know that people and businesses thrive when workers are healthy and happy, which is why… Continue Reading →

Celebrating our cultural diversity with an international food festival

Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country with a population that spans from the oldest continuous culture in the world to those of our newest arrivals. At DesignInc, we are proud to embrace and respect diversity, celebrating our multiculturalism with an… Continue Reading →

Designing for Future Generations at Sydney Build Expo

Sydney Build Expo is a two-day exhibition and conference for the construction, architecture and design industries. This year marked the third annual Expo and it featured more than 200 exhibitors, 50 conference and workshop sessions and 90 speakers including DesignInc… Continue Reading →

Seeing is Believing: How DesignInc is using virtual reality technology

DesignInc is always looking to engage new technologies and programs to streamline design and construction processes so that clients can better appreciate what designers are trying to deliver, and architects can better understand what they have designed. Virtual reality (VR)… Continue Reading →

Celebrating International Women’s Day at DesignInc

DesignInc celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March, recognising the achievements of women in architecture, design and construction, and hosting a panel discussion about the experience of women in the industry. Our panel discussion, “Lean In: Courage, hard work and… Continue Reading →

Team DesignInc – Getting to know Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong is a Director at DesignInc Sydney and is currently the Chairman of DesignInc Limited. As a registered architect, urban designer and town planner, Ian is uniquely positioned to draw on his skills, knowledge and experience across all three… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Year in Review 2017

DesignInc is wrapping up an exciting 2017, as this year we’ve won international competitions, tenders, completed projects and received industry awards. We talk to Managing Director Sandeep Amin about DesignInc’s highlights, milestones and successes, and check in with other team… Continue Reading →

DesignInc Associate Jacqueline Urford discusses heritage at Sustainability Live

DesignInc Associate Jacqueline Urford joined the panel discussion at Sustainability Live to consider how we balance conservation of our past with a more sustainable future. Hosted by Architecture & Design, Sustainability Live took place on 26 October 2017 with more… Continue Reading →

The DesignInc Sydney raise money at MS Sydney to the Gong Charity Bike Ride 2017

Congratulation to the DesignInc Sydney Cycling team who survived MS Sydney to the Gong Charity Bike Ride 2017 and raised more than $4000 in the process. Every year tens of thousands of cyclists hit the road for MS Sydney to… Continue Reading →

How DesignInc creates Environments for People

The environments we design must first and foremost meet their functional requirements. But these spaces can have far greater significance than function alone. By thinking about the broader benefits and consequences of an environment, we can create ‘Environments for People’… Continue Reading →

DesignInc’s Annual Ski Trip.

DesignInc Sydney is blessed to have a fantastic team that regularly gets involved in fun activities together outside of the normal working day, and a big highlight of the year is the annual ski trip. Organised and planned by the… Continue Reading →

The value of qualitative research in project planning

As architects and designers, we know the importance of aesthetics, function, compliance and legislation for a project, particularly one in the public realm. But throughout the planning and design process – and even after a building is complete – it’s… Continue Reading →

Have you checked out the new DesignInc branding and website yet?

It’s a new-look DesignInc for a new age. We’ve hit the refresh button on the DesignInc brand and website, and we’re delighted to announce it’s all gone live. The new website and updated brand are part of creating a unified… Continue Reading →

Getting to know: DesignInc’s Christopher Malouf

  Chris Malouf is an architect at DesignInc, and outside of work, he’s an artist, cyclist, rower, singer, horticulturalist and Archibald Prize entrant. We chatted to Chris about his painting and how being an artist contributes to his work as… Continue Reading →

Team DesignInc – Getting to know Sándor Dúzs

Sándor Dúzs is an Associate at DesignInc. Born and raised in Hungary, Sándor has been interested in architecture since he was a child and his approach and work is influenced and inspired by a semester he spent in Helsinki, Finland…. Continue Reading →

DesignInc Sydney participate in the Fit24 Challenge

  Throughout the month of June, forty-three staff members at our DesignInc Sydney office participated in Fit24 wellbeing team challenge. Fit24 is a popular team challenge program to increase positive teamwork in a fun way by embedding good nutrition, sleep… Continue Reading →

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