Our Story

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.

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 started in 1905 when Alex S. Eggleston FRAIA began practice in Melbourne, leading to the establishment of renowned architectural practice Eggleston, Macdonald and Secomb in 1954.

From the outset, 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 and progressive mental health initiatives, and acknowledging the relationship between environment and the design thinking of First Nations peoples.

2008

Stafford Architects merges with DesignInc Adelaide

Stafford Architects merged with DesignInc Adelaide in 2008 with the aim of further expanding the breadth of sector expertise that DesignInc offered

2000

DesignInc established

DesignInc began through a conglomerate of established firms
DesignInc logo

1976

SHPH is formed through a merger in Sydney

Harold H Smith merges with Payne & Hunt and renamed Harold H Smith, Jesse, Payne & Hunt Pty Ltd

1976

Nairn Architects established in Adelaide

The Adelaide studio commenced operations as Geof Nairn Architects

1954

Harold H Smith established in Sydney

The Sydney studio commenced operations as Harold H Smith

1954

Eggleston, Macdonald and Secomb established

Eggleston, Macdonald and Secomb was established in Melbourne

1905

Alex S. Eggleston FRAIA established

Alex S. Eggleston FRAIA began an architecture practice in Melbourne

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. DesignInc continues to evolve.

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