Melbourne studio appoints new principal

Darryl Suttie takes on the newly-established role of Principal in our Melbourne office, working closely with the directors to drive practice growth.

Melbourne | Studio News

23 July 2020

We’re happy to announce the appointment of Darryl Suttie to the position of Principal in our Melbourne office. In this newly established role, Darryl adds capacity to our leadership team; working closely with the directors to drive practice growth, develop teams, and deliver healthy buildings through exceptional design and technical skills.

At this time of rapid change, creating the position of principal increases the momentum of our practice and strengthens support for our vision to create Australia’s healthiest buildings.

In his new role, Darryl will be actively involved in business development. ‘I’m looking forward to contributing to the growth of DesignInc’, he says, adding, ‘My strength is leading large projects with a complex range of problems; projects like the 75,000 m²  Melbourne Markets Relocation and the highly sustainable and technical government, health and science precincts that DesignInc is well-known for.’

A leader with over two decades of experience and Senior Associate for our Melbourne office for six years, Darryl is highly experienced in managing multiple stakeholders and dynamic relationships. He describes his approach as people-first: ‘I invest in building relationships, not just within our design team, but also to foster effective relationships with client teams and consultants. Enhancing our ability to collaborate and work together is at the core of our success when delivering these big projects.’

A keen advocate for the healthy workplace initiatives in our office – including the JUST program, Champions of Change, and the Architectural Work Cultures wellbeing research project – Darryl says, ‘These and other initiatives support and enable our people to grow and thrive in a positive and balanced culture that champions innovation and creativity. With the current health and economic challenges facing us all, our people-centric and resilient culture has proven to be a great strength.’

There’s a thread that links DesignInc’s most successful projects: that is where we have pulled apart the challenging issues and developed a really functional yet elegant solution. To create productive results, we meld together a project’s functional demands, the client needs, and the users’ experience to deliver healthy, people-focused outcomes. That is our sweet spot where DesignInc delivers.
Darryl Suttie, Principal