Our people make our practice unique. We foster an environment of collaboration and continuous learning, and strive to create both a challenging and rewarding workplace for our team.

Using our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we ensure the best possible ideas are explored for your project. As a global family of specialists, we work across traditional boundaries to realise your current and future vision. Our team draws on our long history of industry knowledge, to create business strategies that result in lasting designs.

We’re passionate about each aspect of your project, whether architecture, interior design, planning or business.

Chris Straw


Chris joined ThomsonAdsett in 1991, bringing with him extensive and varied business and architecture experience. Prior to joining the practice, Chris ran his own architecture firm and had been involved in several other business and marketing ventures. This experience has helped shape his holistic business and design approach.

Chris’ main focus over the last 20 years has been in seniors living design with his interest extending beyond just the built form – to assisting clients achieve operational success and understanding the impact of design on an individual and their quality of life.

Chris is actively involved in the continued education and development of future models for seniors living, including SAGE (Studying and Advancing Global Eldercare), which offers innovative study tours to the aged care and retirement living industries. He is also a Founding Board Member of CommonAge, an organisation focused on advancing the interests of older people throughout the Commonwealth by building capability and capacity in health and care services.

Chris is invested in the development of future models for aged care, focusing on emerging trends and the cultural and market shifts shaping this sector. As Managing Director, Chris plays a pivotal role in shaping and defining ThomsonAdsett for the future, including gearing up the company to be agile and responsive to a rapidly changing environment.

Chris actively participates in industry events, seminars, discussions and knowledge sharing on the future of architecture, and is a recognised champion for the seniors living sector.


  • Bachelor Architecture
  • Registered Architect, VIC, NSW, QLD, TAS, SA & WA

David Lane


David is Australia’s best known architectural specialist in the seniors living industry, having directed over 500 projects in Australia and internationally over the past 30 years.

David has practiced in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, resulting in a strong knowledge of international markets. He was responsible for establishing ThomsonAdsett’s Tokyo and Hong Kong studios in the mid-90s and has been instrumental in building the practice’s international profile and securing work throughout Asia.

David is a passionate advocate for social and corporate responsibility internationally, particularly relating to issues impacting the elderly and their built environment. He is a prolific and highly regarded public speaker and has authored several papers on this issue.

David is currently building upon ThomsonAdsett’s international endeavors, having recently partnered with Borderless Healthcare Group to develop a revolutionary new suite of smart home design technologies which are set to transform the burgeoning seniors living market in Asia. He is also focused on the future direction of ThomsonAdsett, determining how best to position the company moving forward.

David has served on several professional and charitable committees and boards including the Australian Institute of Architects Practice Committee, Aged Care Exporters Network (Chairman) and Australian Masters in Aged Care Services.


  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Built Environment)
  • Graduate Diploma in Architecture
  • Registered Architect, QLD, NSW, VICSA, WA & NT
  • Registered Architect, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong (within the company environment)

Sandra Parker


Sandra has 20 years’ experience in the design and documentation of a range of education and community projects across Central Queensland for clients such as Rockhampton Grammar School, Central Queensland University, and local Government bodies.

Over the past 10 years, Sandra has led significant upgrades to Rockhampton Grammar School including the design and documentation of three major mixed use buildings and a current extension to the school’s Early Learning Centre.

Sandra enjoys the variety of work and range of clients on offer in Rockhampton and has developed a flexible and adaptable team approach in responding to local community needs. This flexible, community-driven approach has led to Sandra developing her skills in Seniors Living design in particular. One of Sandra’s many strengths is her ability to work collaboratively with clients in finding the best possible solutions on projects. An open communicator by nature, she is able to swiftly and intuitively understand the needs and desires of clients and end-users, resulting in highly considered, appropriate designs.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Registered Architect, Queensland

Robert Puflett


Robert has twenty years’ experience in architectural practice in Europe and Australia. In 1993 Puflett Associates was established after returning from the Architectural Association in London. During this time, Robert also held the position of the Architecture Editor for the architectural magazine, Monument. Along with this, he was also a lecturer for the University of NSW for six years. In 2010 Rob’s practice merged with ThomsonAdsett and Rob now leads ThomsonAdsett’s Sydney studio.

Robert’s commitment to design theory and the process is one of his many strengths, as is his client-focused approach. He has worked on significant projects throughout Australia, India and Europe. His core values are that the consideration for design excellence comes from all social, economic, physical, and cultural levels. Rob has extensive experience in the design documentation and delivery of master planned aged care communities. Rob has experience working with heritage, brown-field sites & green-field sites in an integrated and holistic manner.

Underpinning the projects of the last 10 years is a commitment to the smooth integration of sustainable design principles and technology such as co-generation and tri generation into each project. Life cycle costing is a specific interests that can benefit the long terms commercial sustainability and viability of Rob’s work.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Higher Degree Graduate Diploma (History and Theory), Architectural Association, London
  • Registered Architect, New South Wales

Ann-Maree Ruffles

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Ann-Maree has 30 years’ experience designing and delivering residential, multi-residential and community projects. She is particularly passionate about housing for disability and aged care.

Ann-Maree combines a perceptive and sensitive approach to design with a depth of skill and rigour in documentation and client care.

Her career has included many senior positions and major leadership roles with some of Australia’s leading practices, where she worked on projects of vastly varying scales – from $500,000 to $110 million. For 20 years, Ann-Maree ran her own practice, specialising in luxury home design.

Most recently, Ann-Maree has increased her focus on inclusive and adaptive universal design for vulnerable people.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Design Studies
  • Registered Architect, Queensland
  • Board of Architects of QLD, Examiner
  • ACAA QLD Committee Member
  • APAP National Visiting Panel Accreditor
  • NAWIC Member

Tim Bentley

Tim Bentley


Tim first joined the firm almost 30 years ago, before starting his own Cairns-based practice in 1993.

His passion for tropical architecture has seen him manage over 1,000 commissions in North Queensland, making Tim instrumental in a number ofbenchmark developments in the region. In the past few years, Tim’s focus has expanded to large-scale projects valued between AU$20 to AU$300 million, in the Asia Pacific Region.

Tim’s outcomes-driven philosophy has recently seen him work on the Bisini Sports Complex for the 2015 Pacific Games, and Port Moresby General Hospital Masterplan in Papua New Guinea, as well as a number of local projects. After working in the building industry for almost 35 years, Tim is a valuable senior member of the profession, consistently delivering commissions to their desired outcomes.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment)
  • Graduate Diploma of Architecture
  • Registered Architect, Queensland and Papua New Guinea

Don Marshall


In his 20 years at the practice, Don has worked on a range of award winning urban design and architectural projects across commercial, public and health sectors.

Don has taken lead of ThomsonAdsett’s Health group and is designing important health care facilities in Australia and overseas. He and his team are currently working to transform Hong Kong’s health care service with the anticipated delivery of several hospital projects in the next 10 years.

Don is known for both his expert design and professional project delivery, and his extensive knowledge of the health industry.  He has a particular interest in creating architecture that encompasses the spiritual and psychological, as much as functional, needs that will make a real difference to a person’s state of mind and general health.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban Design (Distinction)

Tony Houston


With over 30 years’ experience in the retail industry, Tony has successfully delivered more than 100 major projects working with developers and retailers across Australia.

As an experienced retail professional, Tony’s expertise lies beyond architecture in applied retail logic, stakeholder management, site analysis, and master planning. He is well-respected by the national supermarkets due to his intimate understanding of their design and operational requirements.

Tony is passionate about creating designs that attract and engage the customer and provide the wow factor and point of difference to the sterile, artificial environment of the traditional shopping centre experience. Well-known developments by Tony include the Centro (Federation) at Airlie Beach, Nundah Village Brisbane and Burleigh Homespace on the Gold Coast.  Tony acts as an expert witness in Planning and Environment Court cases involving shopping centre developments. He has served on the Retail Committee of the Property Council Queensland Division since 2012 and has been a judge for their annual Retail Property Awards since 2010.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Registered Architect QLD, VIC, NSW, WA & TAS

Tieran Kimber


Tieran has over 18 years’ experience in designing and delivering seniors living facilities, with a passion for creating user-focused designs that enhance quality of life.

Tieran brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the current and future directions of designing accommodation for the elderly – an area of which he first investigated in his university thesis, and continues to be passionate about today.

He has delivered several notable seniors living projects including Continuous Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in Melbourne such as UAC Noble Park which accommodates up to 34 high care, 17 low care 17 dementia care residents, and UAC Kingsville, comprising 49 apartments and 68 residential aged care beds.

Tieran is currently exploring memory care design (designing for dementia), a growing focus of the aged care industry. He is also behind the movement towards the creation of more integrated boutique hotel-style living options for seniors, with two high-end integrated developments currently under construction in Melbourne. Tieran is committed to utilising technology and project delivery systems to bring about innovation on projects and enable clients to become more closely involved in the design process.


  • Bachelor of Planning & Design (Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Registered Architect, Victoria

Patrick Ong


Patrick is one of Australia’s leading design architects in seniors living, ranging from aged care through to assisted living and, in particular, lifestyle independent living. He frequently manages teams of experts to arrive at design solutions based on sound financial and operational models.

Patrick has been a key note speaker at conferences throughout Australia and, more recently, Asia. Subjects often include adapting Australian models to those of specific regions. His portfolio includes both local and internal award-winning work across urban design, resorts, commercial developments and corporate interiors.

With an understanding of commercial realities gained from over 20 years in the industry, his works have been commercially successful whilst retaining a high level of design integrity.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Master of Business (Marketing)
  • Registered Architect, Victoria

Dayne Mearns


Dayne has considerable project experience in all facets of architecture from masterplanning through to contract administration.

Above all, he has the ability to quickly develop a rapport with clients. Dayne listens to their needs and translates those needs into economical and functional built solutions. He has extensive
experience in ecologically sustainable design principles and has been an advocate throughout his career of passive solutions to the comfort within the built environment.

After conducting considerable research, Dayne was the project architect for the first school of its kind to be built in New South Wales that combined disability and standard streams in one school. He has a thorough understanding of library funding, functioning and user requirements and has been a speaker on design at library conferences in New South Wales and Queensland. In addition, he has extensive healthcare experience, overseeing the development of significant projects often including specialist facilities.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Registered Architect, New South Wales & Queensland
  • Green Star Accredited Professional, Green Building Council of Australia

Brett Somerville


Brett has nearly 30 years comprehensive architectural experience in the building industry, with a focus over the past 20 years on many major health and aged care projects.

In his time with ThomsonAdsett, Brett has been involved with the design, documentation, administration and masterplanning of a diverse range of projects. His responsibilities within the practice extend to staff management, main client liaison, coordination and production of contract documentation, tendering and tender evaluation, contract administration of significant projects and QA of all drawing and contract administrative procedures.

Brett has a particular interest in Dementia care and the majority of his aged care design work over the past 15 years has included Dementia-specific care environments. Brett also has particular experience in redeveloping heritage buildings in conjunction with heritage specialist advisers and Heritage Victoria.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Registered Architect, Victoria

Gavin Kickbush


Gavin is an experienced architect and newly-appointed Practice Director at ThomsonAdsett. For almost 25 years, Gavin has worked largely in the healthcare and commercial space, with a recent focus on strategic practice development.

He has most recently been involved in the largest ThomsonAdsett Australian project to date, The Townsville Hospital Redevelopment, working as Project Architect. The $450m redevelopment is one of the first projects commissioned by the Queensland Government to provide full Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a deliverable.

Gavin’s strategic vision for the future of design is reflected in his planning and advising on Quality Management systems, IT initiatives, Computer Aided Design and Drafting standards and software, and extensive knowledge of Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD.  His attention to detail, effective leadership and keen technological interest and skill played a key role in the success of two new commercial buildings at the Port of Brisbane, which were both awarded 5-star GBCA Green Star ratings, and the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Commercial Architecture Award.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Registered Architect, Queensland

Wayne Schomberg


Wayne is an Architect, Partner and the Group Projects Operational Director at ThomsonAdsett. He has over 30 years’ experience in architectural practice, with the last 20 years spent working solely health and aged care projects throughout Australia and Asia Pacific.

Wayne has worked on a number of large Hospital campuses, Retirement Villages and Aged Care Facilities, including Independent Living Units and Frail Aged accommodation. He’s adept at understanding the operational and pragmatic aspects of health and aged care.

He’s particularly interested in designing environments that are cognisant to creating community. Wayne’s designs encourage social interaction and create a strong link between wellness and the natural environment. Wayne’s passionate about designing communities that empower and support people’s independence.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Design Studies
  • Registered Architect, Queensland

Chad Brown


Chad has over 15 years experience at ThomsonAdsett, His passion for design is reflected across a range of projects, largely in the education & communities sector.

Chad has collaborated with Graham Legerton on numerous education facilities, including the Griffith Library Extension and GUMURRII Centre.Chad is on the AIA Queensland Sustainability Committee and has extensive experience in designing for Green Star projects.

He recently acted as Project Architect for Australia’s first 5 Star Green Building Council Version 3 rated facility. Chad’s skills in 3D digital modelling enable him to conceive visions for projects, and deliver them into reality. His approach to creating a dynamic and interactive environment for clients, fosters collaboration from even early design stages.

Chad believes every project is an opportunity to enhance the experience of the people who inhabit it–workers, visitors, or residents. Good design must be more than just a practical resolution of the brief. It is about striving to bring magic into the spaces people occupy.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Applied Design
  • Registered Architect, Queensland
  • Green Star Accredited Professional, Green Building Council of Australia

Iwan Sadono


Iwan has been with ThomsonAdsett since 1996 when he first joined as Project Architect and was appointed as Office Manager of ThomsonAdsett Jakarta in 1999.

Since joining ThomsonAdsett, Iwan has gained extensive experience in all stages and processes of Project Management. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including hospitals, hotels, offices, residences, aged care, schools, churches, and retail developments. These projects are located across the Asia Pacific region, including in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Australia. This wide range of experience attests to Iwan’s ability handling complex designs and projects.

As he leads Jakarta office operations, Iwan is responsible for managing all projects coming from ThomsonAdsett offices in Australia as well as other cities in Asia, including planning, timeline and resource management through to ensuring quality outcomes are produced in each step of the project.


  • Graduate Diploma of Architecture
  • Registered Architect, Jakarta

Pino Gentile


Architecture has the ability to define and reinforce social behaviours. From this position Pino works to achieve outcomes that not only meet the client’s requirements, but also result in designs that are functional, safe and enjoyable for the buildings end users.

Since joining ThomsonAdsett in 2002, Pino has worked almost exclusively on senior’s living projects, during which time he has developed a thorough working knowledge of the drivers affecting the this sector. He has demonstrated that through building a strong rapport with clients, coupled with an understanding of their business, that specific design outcomes to suit a client’s long term needs can be achieved.

Pino is proficient in all aspects of architectural practice and has a thorough understanding of construction documentation, construction logistics and building contracts. Applying these skills to a project, Pino drives a project to meet the milestones for each stage of a project.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Registered Architect, Queensland & Tasmania

Liza Ringdahl


Liza has significant experience in commercial, retail and education projects throughout Australia. She has a particular interest in neuroscience and the cognitive benefits associated with the ‘sense of place’. Liza enjoys exploring how design can influence and enhance quality of life and in particular, learning outcomes in education design. She regularly engages with educators to gain an understanding of their pedagogical techniques to ensure learning outcomes are maximised, and the physical environment not only supports, but promotes these opportunities.

Liza is also known for her significant expertise in retail and commercial design, having delivered a number of major projects throughout Queensland over the past 15 years. She is highly regarded for her strong leadership skills and business savvy. In 2011, she was awarded the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Queensland Women in Property award, and in September 2015 was awarded the NAWIC Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry, and the Award for Achievement as a Business Woman (Small Business).

Liza has also been a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and is a member of several professional organisations including the CEO Institute, Australian Institute of Architects, Neuroleadership Institute, School Library Association of Queensland, and Australian Institute of Management (of which she is a fellow). As well as a highly qualified Architect, Liza is a classically trained musician, with a strong interest in theatre and the arts.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Registered Architect, Queensland
  • Green Star Accredited Professional, Green Building Council of Australia

Paula Newman


Paula is our Cairns Studio Leader. She has a broad range of experience working on projects including residential, education, retail, commercial and interior fitouts.

She is a Cairns local and moved back to Far North Queensland in 2011 to pursue her passion for tropical architecture. Paula has extensive experience in the management and co ordination of sub consultants and documentation, leading the production of documentation packages, construction details and responses to RFIs. This experience includes contract administration on both traditional and Design and Construct form of contracts and management of documentation from Schematic Design through to working drawings.

Paula is a driven and enthusiastic individual who seeks opportunities to develop her skills and fully commits to each project undertaken to ensure the highest standard possible is attained. Her commitment to achieving a very high standard of work and attention to detail produces the best possible outcomes for clients.


  • M Arch, B Built Environment (Arch)

Graham Legerton


Graham is a specialist in education design and masterplanning who understands the importance of visionary ideas, strategic thinking and customer needs.

He is passionate about designing for the end user, and leads projects that positively influence the way people use and interact with the built environment. He believes in open, collaborative and personal approaches to design and practice. Continually striving to exceed expectation, Graham is committed to a thorough design process that achieves the best outcome for the customer and end user, as demonstrated in the recently completed Charles Sturt University Engineering Building and Deakin Iconic Cube project.

Graham led the design of Loreto College’s new Cruci building – a highly successful new-year level facility that has attracted national and international publicity for its innovative design. He is a regular speaker at education design events, including the Nobel Forum in Sweden and the International Library Symposium. He has authored a number of papers, the most recent about his experience designing the multi-award winning Griffith University (G11) Learning Commons.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architecture
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
  • Professional Practice Qualification (Distinction)

Philip Wong

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Since joining the practice in 2005, Philip has worked on major healthcare projects mostly in the Asia Pacific region.

His principal role is to work with hospital management and user groups, and provide them with solutions both collectively and individually. Philip links ThomsonAdsett’s Australian based health design and planning teams to its regional partners in Hong Kong and enjoys the process of liaison and project management.

Philip is also connected to ThomsonAdsett’s networked Health team to ensure a direct response to project needs. The success of this process is most evident in St Paul’s and St Teresa’s hospitals where operations and communications between architects, consultants, and client user groups have shown to be efficient and thorough.

Philip has extensive experience in most architectural project sectors including single residences, townhouse developments, high-rise unit developments, small commercial projects and sports stadiums. Currently, Philip is working on several hospital and seniors living projects in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Built Environment
  • Registered Architect, Queensland & Hong Kong

Ben Kearney


Ben has a vast portfolio, encompassing leisure, mixed-use, multi-residential, commercial, civic, masterplanning and seniors living developments, as well as in health, aged care and aviation infrastructure.

Ben’s design approach focuses on achieving both developer and end-user outcomes. He is adept at up-front design and planning, masterplanning, quick response design and conceptual design solutions, through to disciplined, comprehensive design development. Ben has developed an expertise at delivering projects under tight time and budget constraints, and has a knack for finding innovative approaches that can reduce delivery time frames and keep a project under budget.

Ben has been the lead designer on several significant projects in the South Pacific. These include Taumeasina Island, a luxury $50 million resort located off the coast of Samoa; Airvos Apartments, a $16 million new luxury residential block in Port Moresby; and The International Hotel, a $50 million development incorporating prefabricated construction modules, creating a high quality high-rise building while significantly reducing construction time.

Ben’s demonstrably adept sense of leadership has led to him being appointed as Sector Leader. He has since relished in the opportunity to incorporate his managerial skills into the design teams he leads.



  • Bachelor Architecture
  • Bachelor of Built Environment,
  • Registered Architect, Qld
  • Registered Architect, Papua New Guinea

Mark Eden


Mark has over 25 years experience delivering successful projects through Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and PNG to clients across a range of sectors.

Mark has overseen various retail and office developments in Victoria, including national roll-out programs for Kmart and Coles, and the concept and design development for the recently-completed $450m Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. His international portfolio consists of several large-scale projects in Dubai, including a $600m shopping complex, resort hotels, and detail designs for Dubai Zoo.

Working in a collaborative, and culturally varying environment has allowed Mark to provide the best possible design and business solutions for differing needs.  His design work has won him many nominations and awards, including a nomination for the prestigious Aga Khan Award. One of Mark’s great strengths is his proven leadership and project management capabilities, while encouraging strong team environments, leading to repeat client relationships and recommendations in the industry.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Architecture
  • Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Registered Architect, United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea

David Stoneley


David has over 25 years’ experience being involved in all facets of project delivery, from inception through to completion. For the past 15 years, he’s worked extensively in both the public and private health sectors, where he’s overseen the development and refurbishment of a multitude of hospitals and healthcare projects. David and the Health team are currently working on the redevelopment of Hong Kong’s largest hospital, as well as several Australian projects.

David has a track record of implementing the perfect balance between high quality design, on budget and within the building timeline.

He’s particularly interested in the consultation process, and ensures health staff are engaged in planning and design decisions. This approach results in layouts that are specific to health staff and patients’ needs.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment)