Celebrating 21 Years Together

Born from three Australian architecture and design practices coming together in 2000, DesignInc is a powerful union of design talent, professional expertise, and multidisciplinary skills.

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26 October 2021

Our award-winning architectural and design practice is united by a vision to make a difference to the health and happiness of people’s lives through the quality of the environments they create.

DesignInc’s public work is the defining legacy of our past 21 years. Our collective talent in urban design, architecture, interiors and landscape has created engaging and artful civic spaces that bring people together from all walks of life.

When DesignInc’s journey began in 2000, our architectural heritage was already well established. Each firm had a legacy of at least 30 years’ experience. The earliest was in 1905 when Alex S. Eggleston FRAIA began an architecture practice in Melbourne. In 1954 the renowned practice Eggleston, Macdonald and Secomb was established.

For 21 years DesignInc have been leading advocates for positive cultural evolution in architectural practice. Our actions include embracing diversity and family-friendly workplaces, signing up to the Australian Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, adopting carbon neutral systems, mental health initiatives and acknowledging the relationship to environment and design thinking of First Nations peoples.

In 2020, Nguluway led by Wiradjuri architect, Craig Kerslake, joined with DesignInc to bring Aboriginal leadership and cultural knowledge to the architectural expertise of DesignInc by forming Nguluway DesignInc.

In this period of extreme disruption, we are honouring this milestone with a virtual retrospective and a gallery of images that celebrate 21 of our key projects. Follow #21yearsofDesignInc on Instagram as we reflect on our past and look forward into our future.

We thank our entire team of talented people, past and present, and our amazing clients. They helped DesignInc shape the fabric of Australia’s cities and regional towns, contributing to a huge output of work that has garnered global recognition.
DesignInc directors, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth

We have always placed people at the heart of every project. Whether we are designing environments for learning or healing, or places of discovery and technical innovation, our first question is – how can we improve the user experience?

Project highlights since 2000 include the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), New Royal Adelaide Hospital,New Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide’s Ingkarni Wardli building and the Parramatta Civic Centre – all projects that incorporate ground-breaking innovations in sustainability, research, and education. Many DesignInc projects are collaborative works with Australian and international architecture practices.

21 projects in 21 years

Projects listed in chronological order, noting which studios worked or collaborated together on them.
  1. Council House 2 | 2006 | Melbourne
  2. University of Adelaide Ingkarni Wardli Building |2010 | Adelaide and Melbourne
  3. Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Centre | 2014 | Melbourne
  4. Chatswood Transport Interchange | 2014 |  Sydney
  5.  Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) | 2016 | Melbourne and Sydney
  6. New Royal Adelaide Hospital | 2017 | Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney
  7. University of Melbourne Engineering Workshop and Old Engineering Building Refurbishment | 2017 | Melbourne
  8. Shellharbour Civic Centre | 2017 | Sydney
  9. Air 7000 | 2018 | Adelaide
  10. Barossa Valley Estate Cellar Door | 2018 | Adelaide
  11. Bio21 Institute David Penington and Nancy Millis buildings | 2004 + 2018 | Melbourne
  12. Adelaide Botanic High School | 2019 | Adelaide
  13. Mitcham Memorial Library | 2019 | Adelaide
  14. Lindfield Learning Village | 2019 | Sydney
  15. Sydney Metro North West | 2019 | Sydney
  16. Western Sydney Airport Landside | 2020 | Sydney
  17. Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre | 2021 | Adelaide
  18. Ramlegh Park Primary School – Schools 2021 Program | 2021 | Melbourne
  19. Glenroy Community Hub | 2021 | Melbourne
  20. Lakelands Station | 2021 | Perth
  21. Parramatta Civic Centre | 2022 | Sydney
Exterior image of the Ingkarni Wardli Building at the University of Adelaide
2010 | University of Adelaide Ingkarni Wardli Building | DesignInc Adelaide and Melbourne

In 2010, the University of Adelaide’s Ingkarni Wardli building was the first education project in Australia to achieve a 6-star Green Star GBCA rating. It went on to win the AIA Sustainable Architecture Award and the Green Building Award at UNAA World Environment Day Awards in recognition of its world-leading sustainability measures.

Exterior image of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Architecture by DesignInc Melbourne and Sydney in joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley plus McBride Charles Ryan (STHDI+MCR).
2016 | Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) | DesignInc Melbourne and Sydney in joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley plus McBride Charles Ryan (STHDI+MCR)

The VCCC is a ground-breaking achievement that brings together specialist cancer research, education and patient care in a single facility. A landmark in health care worldwide, VCCC garnered international attention and many awards including the AIA Victorian Architecture Medal and William Wardell Award for Public Architecture; an honour we shared with our collaborators Silver Thomas Hanley and McBride Charles Ryan.

Exterior of New Royal Adelaide Hospital from the main entrance forecourt, located in Adelaide, South Australia. Architecture by DesignInc Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley.
2017 | New Royal Adelaide Hospital | DesignInc Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley

The New Royal Adelaide Hospital reframes the care paradigm to put the patient experience first. By designing ‘a hospital within a park, a park within a hospital’, our idea of drawing nature into healing spaces reshaped health architecture and the nature of care in quite a radical way. Another collaboration with Silver Thomas Hanley, the project scooped several AIA awards for Sustainable, Public and Interior Architecture.

2022 | Parramatta Civic Centre | DesignInc Sydney
2022 | Parramatta Civic Centre | DesignInc Sydney with Lacoste + Stevenson and Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Looking to the future, a consortium of DesignInc, Lacoste + Stevenson and French studio Manuelle Gautrand Architecture won an international competition to design the Parramatta Civic Centre. Opening in 2022, the landmark civic building heralds Sydney’s second largest CBD with a prismatic glass envelope extending over the historic sandstone Town Hall building.

DesignInc continues to welcome working in collaboration and champions productive relationships with the architecture profession.

DesignInc 21 Years Together Projects
Follow the #21yearsofDesignInc hashtag on Instagram for our virtual retrospective and celebrations.

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