For a small nation, Australia is seriously over-represented when it comes to impressive architectural firms. Maybe it is our distance from the rest of the world that breeds this uniqueness and distinctive creativity, but one thing is indisputable – we do design exceptionally well. Here are three of our best firms:
- Rice Daubney
With architecture, planning and design experience spanning 40 years and multiple continents, Rice Daubney offers clever commercial design solutions. Innovation and cutting edge technology are their bread and butter, bringing their signature creativity to a number of projects in the commercial, retail, healthcare, research and defence sectors. Rice Daubney has over 100 staff members working in 15 countries around the world, and they pride themselves on the dynamic collaborative approach they bring to the table.
Notable projects: 107 Mount Street; Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick; 825 Anne Street; 171 Squadron Holsworthy; Sunshine Coast University Hospital; National Measurement Institute; Liverpool Hospital; Macquarie University Clinic; Mosman House.
Awards: 2011 Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards - Best New Sustainable Development; 2011 AIA NSW Awards Commercial Building Commendation for Outstanding Architecture; 2010 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award - Development of the Year; 2010 NSW Excellence in Property Award - The Environmental Development Award; 2007 RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Urban Design Award for Rouse Hill Town Centre.
- Jackson Teece Architects
Jackson Teece are renowned in the industry for artfully combining over 40 years of experience with the sort of cutting edge expertise that meets the challenges posed by urban landscapes. Established in 1971, the business has expanded to employ over 50 staff, with offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. They deliver quality solutions for the entire spectrum of projects from small to large, bringing the same level of enthusiasm and innovation to developments no matter what the budget – whether it’s under $500 000 or beyond the $200 million mark.
Notable projects: Emergency Shelter, Brisbane; The Cooperage, Dulwich Hill; Icon Apartments, Brisbane; Southpoint Mixed-Use Development, Brisbane; The Stewart, Randwick; Julius Street Apartments, Brisbane; Great Southern Oceans Precinct, Taronga Zoo; Birubi Surf Life Saving Club, Anna Bay.
Awards: 2015 Australia Tourism Award for 'Unique Accommodation' for the signature Zoofari tents at Western Plains Zoo; 2012 Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards for “Best Heritage and Adaptive Re-Use” for 39 Hunter St; 2011 AIA QLD Brisbane Region Residential Housing - Multiple Housing Commendation for 1 Scott St Apartments; 2011 Landcom - Multiple Dwelling Award for Bellevue Hotel Apartments
BVN Donovan Hill Architect
One of the largest and most prestigious architectural firms in Australia, BVN Donovan Hill has offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Established in the late 1990s, BVN Architecture merged with Brisbane practice Donovan Hill in 2012 to become one of the leading powerhouses within the architectural industry. The broad scope of their impressive resume of projects includes developments in the commercial, residential, healthcare, defence, sports and transportation sectors.
Notable projects: 55 Elizabeth Street; Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment; Forgan Smith Building, University of QLD; Northern Beaches Hospital; ANZ Stadium Redevelopment; Woollahra Library; Australian Embassy Complex, Bangkok; London 2012 Olympic Athletes Village; The Boatyard, Bulimba.
Awards: 2014 New Zealand Architecture Medal for ASB North Wharf; 2011 RAIA ACT Residential Architecture Award for HMAS Creswell Griffiths House; 2013 WAF Future Projects – Education Shortlist for Artemis; 2015 AIA NSW Sulman Award for Public Architecture for Westmead Millenium Institute; 2014 RAIA National Award for Sustainable Architecture for Australian Plantbank; 2010 Premier's Design Award Finalist for Bendigo Bank.