ABOUT THE FIRM Derek Raithby Architecture (DRA) is a Sydney-based design studio specialising in residential, commercial and education developments. Our design philosophy is realised through a collaborative approach between the design team, client and other consultancies to ensure a successful outcome for every project. Our success is a result of our innovation in design through careful planning, cutting-edge technology and a willingness to think outside the box. This ensures we provide an architectural solution that not only fulfils the client and architects vision, but also the functional reality of the build. Our firm is committed to producing architectural designs that consider the life cycle of the building in its setting, as well as the social, cultural and economic framework of the clients vision. After consideration of these elements, strategic design initiatives are developed which direct passive use of the buildings’ mechanical, electrical, thermal and water consumption. This process allows us to deliver workable and sustainable designs which provide not only a reduction of operating costs but also efficient construction, system longevity and increased user comfort and productivity.
ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT Derek became interested in practising architecture while working for PKA Acoustics, where he was able to work closely with principal Peter Knowland on the Sydney Opera House and other iconic buildings in Australia and abroad. Derek went on to study architecture at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Design Science (Architecture) and a Bachelor of Architecture. During this time, Derek was tutored by internationally-renowned architect Harry Seidler, who was an adjunct professor of the university. While studying, Derek worked for Zone Architects and Ergo Architecture and Interiors, gaining valuable experience in a range of architectural fields. In 2003, Derek joined GGF Architects in partnership with Christian McCullum, both of whom became directors in 2005. Derek was accepted into the Australian Institute of Architects in 2005.
ABOUT THE TEAM Our team is made up of talented, innovative and skilled staff committed to facilitating a collaborative design process. Our designers have diverse cultural and architectural backgrounds, which ensures our designs are fresh, engaging and innovative. Our architectural services include design, documentation, interior design, project management and contract administration, 3D visualisations and animations, as well as other general services and consulting.