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A new structure for Smart Design Studio

We are thrilled to announce a broader structure at Smart Design Studio moving forwards. This is an exciting future-focused step that promotes the longevity of the practice. It recognises our talented and ambitious staff and their leadership qualities and provides a pathway for their professional growth. Under the new structure, William Smart moves from Creative Director to Principal, nominated architect Christina Markham is now Studio Director and Jane Johnson steps into the Managing Director role. Practice Manager Nicole Leuning, Derek Chin and Harald Straatveit are promoted to Senior Associates. And joining our current Associates, Goldie Peligrino, Hon Loong and Maggie Lum are Adrian Walsh, Angus Hardwick, Arash Engineer, Dominic Tanaka, Donatus Gurnito, Linda Tjaturono, Nik Dunoski, Olivia Moore, Stefanie Taylor and Stephen Sharkey. Congratulations to all our team and here’s to the next 25 years of SDS.


Nestled within a refurbished inner-city laneway in Sydney’s Surry Hills, Beau and Dough is a refined and bespoke 200sqm hospitality venue spread across two separate ground floor tenancies for the Nomad Group. Beau, the rear tenancy, is a boutique 50 seat neighbourhood wine bar serving locally sourced produce and exceptional wines. The front space Dough serves signature baked breads and accommodates the main purpose-built commercial kitchen. For more click here


Smart Design Studio has been awarded another Interior Architecture Award – this time at the 2023 NSW Architecture Awards for our Amara project.

Jury Citation:
“This proiect demonstrates architectural finesse in its reworking of an historic house with an elegant addition at the rear. The floor plan has been carefully rationalised and the interiors reflect a breath-taking design rigour. Amara is a beautifully calm residence where each element feels deliberate and purposeful.
The interiors of the original house have been reimagined with fabric panelled walls, white timber detailing and a suspended steel staircase. The formal simplicity of the house leads through to a crisp and sculptural double-height lounge room addition with a curved mezzanine. Here, the interiors conclude with a framed outlook to a tree centred in a black granite pond.
The project is remarkable in its confidence, reflecting an architectural practice adept at contemporary and long-lasting transformations of historic properties. The interiors are beautifully crafted, effortlessly minimal and they successfully combine two opposing parts into an entirely contemporary whole.”

This accolade would not have been possible without the winning combination of a talented and dedicated team, inspired collaborators and above all our trusting and visionary clients.
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