The DesignInc Sydney and Nguluway DesignInc teams have moved into a new studio that fosters collaboration, creativity and connection.
Nguluway DesignInc is a majority Indigenous-owned design firm on Gadigal land, of the Dharug Language Group. We offer architecture, interior design, landscape and urban design services.
Led by Wiradjuri Architect Craig Kerslake, Nguluway DesignInc is a unique partnership fusing Indigenous design thinking with the technical capability and capacity of the DesignInc team.
Collectively, our combined talent of over 100+ architects, urban planners, interior designers and landscape architects will bring an Indigenous lens to your project—designing from Country.
Traditional Custodians of our lands have a strong and enduring connection to the landscape and this profoundly influences how we view ourselves. We envisage the preservation of Australia’s unique history and cultural connections captured on all projects, enhancing cultural literacy in our society.
With the ever increasing demand for First Australian voices within the profession, we seek to foster and grow their representation and contributions within the sector through mentoring, scholarships and employment opportunities.
Our Nguluway studio is on Gadigal land
Designing from Country involves a cultural moral framework which guides my architectural practice, and all of my team as well. Carbon neutrality is one thing, creating neighbourhoods and connecting those neighbourhoods to the natural world is really essential for the work that we do.Craig Kerslake, Director
Our vision is to help build a prosperous nation that values and embraces culture in our built environment. We are culturally-led and inspired, bringing connection to Country to the forefront of design. We strive to enhance built environments by interweaving cultural knowledge and traditions of place in all that we do.
The Nguluway DesignInc team is led by First Nations architect and proud Wiradjuri man, Craig Kerslake. Craig draws upon his cultural heritage, community and knowledge of Country. He fosters this way of knowing and doing across the team, bringing deep understanding to inform spatial planning and architectural form.
Design and delivery experience
Nguluway DesignInc combines Aboriginal leadership with the design and delivery experience of the DesignInc Sydney Studio. For each project we tailor a unique team which includes our Aboriginal leadership, client, consultants and community representatives together with the best people from our pool of over 100 talented architects, urban designers, landscape architects and interior designers.
Cultural literacy and awareness
We are committed to enhancing cultural literacy and awareness through our organisation, industry and society. We foster a shared understanding of identity and belonging grounded in Indigenous world views, to enhance the experience and knowledge across all of our team.
Mentorship and employment
First Australians are inherently connected to place and space and yet are under-represented in the design and architecture industry. Our mentorship and employment programs aim to support greater opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise and a more culturally inclusive industry and society.
Accreditations and certifications
Nguluway DesignInc is an affiliate of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI), the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) and a member of Supply Nation. We have a number of nominated architects with the Australian Institute of Architects.