Melbourne, Australia

Level 1, 696 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

GPO Box 4584
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
+61 3 9329 1077

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At Buchan, we’re all about great design and seamless delivery.

Our vision is to be a leading global design studio, where diversity and integrated ideas thrive.

Built on local roots, we design buildings from the concept stage through to completion across a wide range of sectors. We do this as a global design studio with a team of over 340 experts working in our studios across Australia, New Zealand, and China.

We’re bursting with creative passion and experience. Every person in our studio brings a unique perspective that enriches our culture and our work.

But, it’s our clients who are at the heart of what we do. We aim to deliver quality results that clients can act on to achieve their business goals.

Watch our Buchan video to find out more about how we deliver on our brand promise ‘Design. Realised’.

Design DNA

Our experience is a reflection of our understanding of how cities work, but we still view each new project as a privilege to further enrich our knowledge.

We evolve with time, but never lose sight of the principles that shape relevant architecture and experience. Whether it be a city masterplan or a projection artwork in a laneway, we explore the experience of the individual and the community. Interesting outcomes evolve from layers of conversation and drawing, from boardroom to kitchen. We have leaders within our structure with hierarchy removed allowing a freedom of inquiry, questioning and listening. Humour is always present in our process; it grounds us while fostering a sense of freedom for ideas to emerge. This spirit flows through our work.

We look to forge genuine relationships with our clients which play a significant role in shaping the social, economic and architectural future of the project.


We asked our staff to create our values based on our distinctive culture.

These five values guide how we behave and how we do things at Buchan. We believe our values are as important to you as they are to us.


The making of a globally recognised leader in design.

Our journey began in the 1890s with the opening of the first practice in Geelong, Australia. The Perth practice has a history dating back to 1896 and the Brisbane practice opened in 1983. Starting in 1990, we operated as The Buchan Group, a combination of our three design practices.

In November 2017, we joined forces and pooled our expertise and complementary talents to create one unified studio. In May 2018 we launched to the market as Buchan and our new brand and visual identity represent the start of a transformation—the start of something new.

Our Global Alliance

Our integrated alliance with Nikken Sekkei makes us one of the most connected design studios in the world.

Nikken Sekkei is an architectural and urban design firm headquartered in Tokyo. Number 2 in the World Architecture 100, Nikken has 2800+ architects, engineers, planners and consultants and a portfolio featuring over 25,000 projects in more than 250 cities across 50 countries.

Nikken’s key current projects include the redesign of FC Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou stadium, designing the world’s tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper, and creating a new public attraction for Singapore, Lines of Life.

“The creative force of Nikken bolsters Buchan’s offering, providing clients with unified access to unprecedented experience and strategic guidance of the world’s leading architects, urban designers and engineers.” Frank Zipfinger, Non-Executive Chairman


Buchan Board members
Frank Zipfinger (Non-Executive Chairman), Peter Lourey, Bruce ShawDavid Thornton, Grant Withers, Todd Crighton, Anthony Palamara and Ikumi Inoue (Nikken Sekkei).

Leadership Team members
Managing Principals: Simon Gregory (Melbourne/Adelaide), Anthony Palamara (Sydney), Greg Sheehan (Brisbane), and David Thornton (Auckland/Christchurch) led by Stephen Auld (CEO) and supported by Carolyn Brown (CFO), Brett Mildwaters (CIO) and Laraine Sperling (Head of Strategy & Marketing).