Architectus acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and work.

We pay our respects to Elders, past and present.

Architectus is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

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About us

We design to make a positive and lasting impact on people, cities, and communities.

Our practice combines deep expertise in every sector with critical problem-solving skills and a commitment to exceptional design.

Through our collaborative ethos and insightful, human-centric approach, we create design outcomes that exemplify elegance, functionality, and sustainability.

In 2023 Architectus and Conrad Gargett merged practices. Together, we offer unparalleled expertise spanning the sectors of Education, Public, Transport, Defence, Health, Heritage, Urban Futures, Landscape Architecture, Commercial, Residential and Interior Architecture.

We have a strong relationship and joint ownership structure with Architectus Aotearoa in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. This expands the expertise and capacity we offer each market, drawing on beneficial ties between us dating back to 2001.

As a unified force, we are now one of Australasia’s largest and most diverse design firms, with more than 770 talented designers and specialists working across eleven studios.

State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria (Image: Jesse Marlow)

Design
philosophy

We describe our design philosophy in the shorthand of 5Ps: people, place, purpose, planet, and production. This is our framework for creating, discussing, and assessing our design.

People
Human experience is at the heart of our approach. We design for all people who work, travel, visit, learn, and live in the spaces and places we create.

Place
We recognise the sacred lands of our First Peoples, and through design we respect and acknowledge the landscape, climate, history, culture, and custodial presence that defines place.

Purpose
Working with all stakeholders, we explore the purpose of each project, to reach its full potential beyond the functional brief.

Planet
We champion sustainability and resilience in every aspect of our business and aim to make our environmental impact a net positive for the planet.

Production
Our design thinking revolves around intelligent, efficient, and safe ways to contribute to the built environment. We use the term ‘production’ to describe our technical and digital expertise in creating resilient, liveable places.

Human experience is at the heart of our approach.

Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct, Macquarie Park, New South Wales (Image: Jesse Marlow)

Our people

Architectus has built a culture around the exceptional skills of our people – committed designers and professionals who our clients can trust to realise their vision.

Our talented architects, urban designers and planners, interior designers, landscape architects, and digital specialists bring together deep expertise, local and global experience, and a commitment to enduring design that improves people’s lives.

We embrace the diverse backgrounds of our people and the rich perspectives they bring to our studios and our work.

Architectus Studio, Melbourne, Victoria

How we work

Partnering with clients, collaborators, users, and communities is a fundamental part of how we work – and how we create exceptional places together.

As a practice, we follow a rigorous creative process that draws on the latest design thinking and technologies.

Our design teams uncover, test, and refine what makes each project special. Working alongside them, our in-house technology consultancy uses advanced tools to analyse data, forecast challenges, and help clients visualise design solutions.

This process of research, iterative exploration, invention, and refinement pushes the boundaries of what’s possible, leading to design outcomes that combine rationality, ingenuity, and beauty.

Using virtual reality to enable a sensory design experience

Architectus Studio, Sydney, New South Wales

Governance

Architectus is governed by a Board made up of executive directors Ray Brown and Ruth Wilson along with non-executive directors Chris Criddle, James Penn, Lawrence Toaldo (Conrad Gargett) and Clark Perkins (Chair).

The Board presides over the Executive, Client, Operational, Delivery and Design Management Groups, a company structure that institutes best practice across all aspects of operations.

All shareholders in the business, our Principals are invested in providing our clients with excellent outcomes.