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.

Reena Mishra

Reena Mishra

Reena’s career in finance spans more than 20 years. She has held various positions in construction, manufacturing, education, and corporate finance companies.

Reena has a proven ability to support sustainable business growth and boost profitability in a highly competitive environment. She is a dynamic, business-minded finance professional providing guidance on corporate governance and ensures the company is up-to-date with regulatory and statutory obligations.


  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Registered member, Tax Practitioners Board of Australia

Chris Townend

Chris is a chartered accountant with a boutique consultancy where he focuses on governance and strategic financial management.

Chris sits on the boards of ThomsonAdsett, UnitingCare Queensland, and the Australian National Polytechnic. He is an external member of the Finance & Audit Committee of Brisbane South PHN which is a local primary health network established by the Australian Government that works closely with community primary health care services, health professionals, government and non-government organisations to improve health outcomes. He has previously had board roles in the financial services, education, construction and transport sectors.


Katrina Miranda

Katrina Miranda

Katrina is an award-winning, interior designer with more than 11 years’ experience throughout Australia and in South East Asia. She has a long history of creating beautiful experiences for users of retail and commercial places, workplaces, government institutions and resorts and leisure spaces.

Her strengths are strategic design, visioning and placemaking, space programming, design management, observational and feasibility analysis, accommodation briefs and design/style/fitout guides, post-occupancy evaluations and graphic/verbal/written communication.

Katrina is passionate about sociology and environmental psychology, health and wellbeing, environmental conservation, architecture, project management, business and change management, property development and leasing, marketing, writing, carpentry, travel and art makes her exceptional for leading the project of all scale.

Robert Puflett

Robert Puflett

Robert has more than 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, along with the Melbourne studio remotely.

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

Naomi Herzog

Naomi Herzog

Naomi Herzog is an accomplished business development professional who has been working in the property industry for over a decade. She has a sound understanding of all aspects of the property cycle, from development and project management to construction. Her broad experience gives her an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing projects to life.

Naomi is passionate about design and is aligned with ThomsonAdsett’s values and ethos of care. She is committed to helping the ThomsonAdsett team promote its multi-disciplinary expertise and pursue opportunities to build on its fifty-year legacy through new projects and strategic partnerships.

Wayne Schomberg

Wayne is an Architect, Partner and the Group Project & Operations 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

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.

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, TAS & SA

David Lane

As one of Australia’s best-known architectural specialists in the seniors living industry, and chairman of ThomsonAdsett for over 15 years, David has personally been responsible for delivering over 1000 seniors living projects in Australia and internationally over the past 35 years. David has practised in Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China demonstrating a strong knowledge of international markets particularly in Asia. He established ThomsonAdsett’s studios in Malaysia, Tokyo and Hong Kong in the mid-1990s and more recently in Wuhan, China, 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, their role in society, and the impact of the built environment on elderly people’s well-being and sense of community engagement. He has also authored numerous papers and continues to be a prolific and highly regarded public speaker, presenting at conferences and workshops. Throughout his career, David has been actively involved in committees and boards associated with industry peak bodies and client organisations providing advice on capital programs and growth strategies. Key roles in these activities included, the chairman of the Australian Aged Care Exporters Network (AACE), committee member for the Property Council – Retirement Villages QLD, DACADS, Uniting Church Property Committee, Presbyterian Aged Care NSW, and is currently the co-chairman of the Australian Silver Industry Group (ASIG). As a recently appointed consulting partner to Thomson Adsett, David continues to build ThomsonAdsett’s international profile to meet the rapidly emerging opportunities for the seniors living market in Australia and Asia.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment) – QUT
  • Graduate Diploma in Architecture – QUT
  • Registered Architect QLD

Tony Houston

With over 45 years’ experience in the retail industry, Tony has successfully delivered more than 250 projects working with developers and retailers across Australia.

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

Tony strongly appreciates the fine balance of project feasibility and design sustainability to deliver the best outcomes for clients.

He 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. Tony acts as an expert witness in the Planning and Environment Court cases involving shopping centre developments. He served on the Retail Committee of the Property Council of Australia’s Queensland division and was a judge for their annual Retail Awards between 2010 and 2018.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Registered Architect QLD

Gavin Kickbush

Gavin is an experienced architect and Principal at ThomsonAdsett. For almost 25 years, Gavin has worked largely in the healthcare and commercial space.

He has been involved in one of the largest ThomsonAdsett Australian project to dates, The Townsville Hospital Redevelopment, working as Project Architect. The $450m redevelopment was 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

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

Daniel Covarrubias

Daniel is a proactive project leader with more than 15 years of experience working both in architecture and construction with experience in residential, health, retail and master planning.

Being part of award-winning companies in Australia, Europe and South America has allowed Daniel to work across all aspects of the projects from feasibility studies to delivery including development applications, design development, tender documentation, construction certification and construction documentation stages.

Daniel has a deep understanding of Development Control Plans, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia, among other codes, ensuring he can work efficiently in the early design processes through the different phases of the projects to deliver in the required time frame.

Passionate about design, Daniel is always seeking a way of creating spaces that reflect the nature and context of their surroundings. His outstanding Revit and Enscape software skills have enabled him to explore the design intent and desired outcome in a three-dimensional way.


  • Master of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architecture

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Katharina Koschitz

Katharina has practiced as an architect for over 20 years, and has experience in a broad range of project types, complexities and scales across new builds and refurbishment/heritage projects. Katharina has led multiple health projects, including The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Project Co-Lead, Project Management, Team Lead, and Schematic Design Stream Lead Architecture), and the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment – Stage 2 (Facade Stream Lead).

Katharina led her own practice in Austria for 10 years and has delivered projects in Austria and Australia. Taking projects from inception to completion, she is skilled in client liaison, project management and leading large teams.

Using strong, holistic concepts to guide the planning and building process, Katharina aligns innovative design concepts and financial feasibility with client and stakeholder expectations. As project and team leader, she puts emphasis on good communication and creating a healthy work environment for all parties. She strives to uphold efficiency and accountability and deliver outstanding architecture.

Katharina has a keen interest in urban design and undertakes continuous professional development within and outside the architectural industry. She is committed to mentoring others and has contributed to several publications on topics including sustainability and infrastructure.


  • Architect Registration No. NSW 11853
  • M.Science - Arch (Austria)
  • PGDip.Project Management
  • PGDip.Dispute Resolution
  • PGDip.Project Management & Real Estate

Alex Du Plessis

Alex is a registered architect with more than 25 years’ experience in visualisation and 20 years’ experience as an architectural and interior designer and a project coordinator. He has a longstanding commitment to lead ThomsonAdsett’s design and visualisation nationally.

As a principal and part of ThomsonAdsett’s senior leadership team, Alex is also responsible for business development and overseeing the successful delivery of retail and commercial projects.

With an enviable portfolio of local and international projects, Alex’s significant retail experience ranges from a 240,000m² retail centre down to tenancy fit-outs. His broader project experience spans sectors including multi-residential, corporate headquarters, hospitality, tourism, seniors living, health and major airports.

Alex is valued for his ability to explore design options efficiently from project inception as a result of his comprehensive digital workflow. His technical expertise uses computer modelling and visualisation as part of the design process, ensuring the design is feasible and of the highest quality.

As a 3D specialist, Alex creates photo-realistic digital models that enable clients to gain a clearer understanding of their projects, and his images are often utilised by clients for their marketing campaigns.


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Architect Registration No. QLD 5863

Lachlan Meehan

With more than 30 years of award-winning design expertise, Lachlan brings an unparalleled level of educational facility knowledge and skill to ThomsonAdsett’s senior leadership team.

Throughout his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of loyal clients and a passion for creating innovative and functional designs that meet their unique needs. He has worked on a wide range of projects from masterplanning through to completion, and he has a talent for bringing complex designs to life.

Lachlan stays current with industry trends and technologies and has a proven track record of delivering design excellence on time and within budget.

As a principal, Lachlan has been recognised as deeply knowledgeable and passionate. He is responsible for providing leadership across the practice, identifying and validating new business opportunities, overseeing project delivery, and sharing his knowledge with colleagues, clients and partners.

With a client-centric approach, Lachlan’s designs are functional, driven by value, and focused on creating a unique experience. He is often heavily involved in the early stages of a project from the initial contact with the client, brief development and concept design. From here, Lachlan consistently develops design solutions that allow the realisation of the project. During the documentation and construction phases, Lachlan continues to oversee the project and closely liaise with the client.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Design)
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Associate of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Member of Learning Environments Australasia (LEA)
  • Member of the Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA)

Jason Stewart

As the team leader for ThomsonAdsett’s Retail & Commercial sector, Jason is the main point of contact and project lead overseeing the construction documentation and delivery for many retail and commercial projects.

Jason’s background as an architectural technician since 2002 provides him with a thorough understanding of the challenges associated with project documentation and delivery. His extensive experience provides peace of mind to clients which results in regular repeat business.

Jason recently completed a Cert IV in Access Consulting, enhancing his comprehensive knowledge of the adaptability and accessibility standards.

Prior to joining ThomsonAdsett in 2013, Jason was involved in the design and contract documentation of over 100 residential and multi-residential projects, as well as various other typologies.

Jason prides himself on his attention to detail and the quality of his work, and he believes his broad experience, reliability and ability to learn quickly are his best assets.


  • Dip Architectural Technology
  • Grad Cert Architectural Digital Illustration
  • Cert IV Access Consulting

Armin Causevic

Armin joined ThomsonAdsett in 2015 as an architectural technician. His diverse experience includes residential, retail and commercial, seniors living, health, education and community projects.

As ThomsonAdsett’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager, Armin is focused on the continual improvement of the practice’s CAD systems. He is responsible for ensuring that our Revit software, team workflows and documentation processes support accurate and efficient project delivery and maximise the benefits of BIM technology. He also assists with strategic planning and engages with IT and senior staff on integrating BIM systems into IT infrastructure.

Armin has high-level technical proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3D visualisation software including Enscape, Twinmotion and Lumion. He is passionate about the possibilities and benefits of BIM and enjoys collaborating with like-minded consultants and contractors. As a valued member of the ThomsonAdsett team, he makes a significant contribution to the quality of our service and projects.

Randal Williams

Having practiced architecture for over 30 years in Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and London, Randal has had extensive experience in the delivery of a broad range of institutional, industrial and commercial projects under a wide variety of environmental, commercial and social conditions.

His comprehensive knowledge and experience in master planning, coordinating and managing of complex multi-discipline projects combined with excellent communication skills mean that Randal can successfully deliver projects from the development of the brief, through all stages of the project including contract administration, to achieve an exceptional outcome.

Randal has a comprehensive background and understanding of regulatory systems and strict compliance requirements both in Australia and internationally.


  • B Arch
  • Registered Architect (QLD) #3250
  • Revit Architecture Fundamentals 2015 – A2K Technologies

Simon Hackney

With over 15 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Simon has amassed a large and varied body of work. His work covers a range of disciplines ranging from high-end resorts, apartments and hospitality projects to health, aged-care and more recently retail where he has led a national refurbishment roll-out alongside many other projects.

Throughout his career, Simon has worked on many exciting and challenging projects ranging from Harrods in London to Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. As a senior designer and documenter, his previous position combined controlling CAD standards within the office and running drawing production teams ensuring all documents were correct and issued before deadline. While working on residential projects such as Soul, Oracle, Reflections and Circle-on-Cavil or Commercial projects such as Intercontinental Resort Fiji and Etihad Towers, Simon’s work included design and construction documentation, interior design, services and documentation coordination and client liaison.

Prior to joining ThomsonAdsett, Simon has worked for another international design practice where he focused on architectural design, documentation and detailing predominantly heath care projects from concept to completion, as well as coordinating all services and consultants, obtaining approval from all regulatory authorities and administering contracts.


  • BA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch

Phil Bugden

Phil joins the Interior Design team at ThomsonAdsett with over 11 years of post-graduate experience from multiple national and international architectural practices.
Phil is responsible for interior design projects across all sectors, from establishing briefs and strong concepts to delivering design development and coordinating construction documentation through liaison with consultants and project stakeholders.
Driven by a passion for detail and a desire to help produce the best client outcomes, Phil enjoys working with clients and builders alike to produce well-designed and detailed spaces to be used and enjoyed for years to come.
He has experience across a range of sectors from commercial, civic and hospitality, through to education, health and residential design. With a passion for joinery design and detailing, Phil also works on furniture designs under his own brand.
Phil has extensive knowledge and experience in all stages of the interior design process from concept to delivery and final handover. He has worked extensively with clients and builders, creating a flexible working environment to deliver projects that best reflect our shared design journey.


  • BDes(IntDes)(Hons)