Designing aged care facilities that help seniors continue to live happy, healthy and productive lives is a gratifying task.

Our goal is to always create a safe, warm, welcoming environment, a place of community richness and vitality, that also fulfills the specific requirements of our client’s model of care.

For each project, we work closely with professional care providers to ensure we develop a clear picture of the needs of staff and residents. With our deep applied experience we then deliver highly effective solutions.

Having delivered over 100 projects to date, few can match our experience in this area and we’re pleased to have recently invested further in our Aged Care team.

Designing respect into everyday use

Some of our Aged Care projects

Griffith, ACT

BaptistCare Griffith

To provide a village-feel community that allows residents to enjoy the right balance of care and independence, depending on their needs.

Type of project:

Residential Aged Care facility





The contemporary facility at Griffith comprises 160 rooms catering to the specific needs of low-care, high-care and dementia residents. All rooms have easy access to dynamic shared spaces including sun rooms, glazed internal winter gardens, as well as accessible landscaped gardens. The large facility was designed around an internal street that provides additional resident amenities including a café, movie theatre, saloon, day spa and physiotherapy centre.

The building employs simple and effective environmentally sustainable design principles to reduce operating costs over the life of the building, including high thermal mass, water harvesting, operable sunshade devices, natural sun and daylighting, passive heating and a night purging system.

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Eventide Homes

To provide an active yet safe environment for our residents that feels part of the local community.

Type of project:

Seniors living


DA Approval. Completion Date: TBA



The masterplan design of this campus was dictated by the bounding 3 roads one of which is a major arterial Henry Lawson drive.

With the surrounding building fabric being predominantly private residential, pushing the built envelope was a challenge which was overcome with multiple shadow and visual studies demonstrating little to no impact. The proposed buildings respond to the surrounding streets in an active manner promoting security and neighbourhood watch.

The proposal consists of 6 buildings with a mix of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units. The built form bound an internal open
piazza for the resident use with sensory and visual cues.
The gradient issues of the site are resolved with effective landscaping, civil and architectural connections allowing the residents to make maximum use of the central piazza and connecting pathways promoting physical activity essential for the users.

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Red Hill, ACT

BaptistCare Red Hill

Real independent living for low-care residents.

Type of project:

Independent Living units and community facilities


Under construction. Expected completion: Dec 2022



The proposed Red Hill Development in Canberra will replace outdated housing stock on the site with a contemporary residential village.

The design responds to numerous site constraints including a maximum height of 2 storeys to maintain the suburbs residential character and large setbacks from surrounding neighbours.

The design aims to create a dynamic and supportive community within the development through the provision of a range of resident facilities. Located within the complex and with accessible links to residential units will be a swimming pool, health club and landscaped gardens. All dwellings are adaptable to accommodate ageing in place for all residents.
The design will utilise environmentally sustainable design principles, incorporating open space with northern orientation to maximise solar gain, passive heating and cooling and the implementation of water harvesting and reuse systems.

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Aged Care Team

Mahi Lau


As a one of the Principals at Stanton Dahl Architects, Mahi leads and delivers projects with a client focussed mindset. She has developed long term professional associations with all stakeholders through a collaborative approach, understanding not only the big picture but also the finer details on each project.

Mahi has a sophisticated understanding of projects developed over two decades of delivering architecture within the categories of Residential, Aged Care, Retirement Living, Aviation, Commercial and Education.

Over the last decade, she has realised her niche passion to contribute to the specialised residential built space including Aged Care, Retirement Living and Social and Affordable housing. She is constantly mindful of the impact of the designs on the residents physical, mental & spiritual health and their quality of life and is committed to a holistic and integrated approach towards the built form.

Mahi has amassed an impressive portfolio working with leading not for profit providers, housing organisations and also high-end boutique firms, ensuring the projects deliver the client’s vision for the end users.

Phillip Stanton Dahl

Phillip Stanton


While an architect’s role is to objectively analyse a client’s needs using ‘outside eyes’, Phillip’s work as a client prior to founding what became Stanton Dahl in 1984 has given him an acute perspective from both sides of the fence.

Developed over many years and honed on hundreds of buildings, his ability to develop design solutions that serve the priorities of both the client as well as the building’s users is almost intuitive and continues to inspire the practice to this day.

Phillip became a Registered Architect in 1974. He joined the Property Dept of the Commonwealth Bank, rising to 2IC in the Major Projects Division where memorable milestones including securing the bank’s support in the early 1980’s for his plans relating to the total refurb of its property 48 Martin Place at a budget in excess of $125m.

Over the past 35 years in private business, he has grown Stanton Dahl Architects from a single-practitioner business to the significant enterprise with over 40 staff it is today.

Shayne Evans Stanton Dahl

Shayne Evans


Combining his passion for design, obsession to serve the needs of our clients and management skills, Shayne leads the practice into its next 35 years.

As a lead architect, Shayne has extensive experience in the design, documentation and administration of projects ranging from high-end residential work to low-cost schools. Several of the projects that Shayne has worked on have won national design awards and he relishes maintaining a hands-on role in Stanton Dahl’s significant design projects.

Shayne has a keen interest in using his skills to assist disadvantaged communities achieve high quality built environments without having to spend a lot of money. To that end Shayne spends some of his time providing architectural services to such communities.

This provides many opportunities to identify and implement creative and low cost solutions to some very complex problems.

Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman

Architectural Technician

Paul is a senior architectural technician with over 20 years experience graduating from University of Sydney in 1992. After graduating, Paul spent several years in Hong Kong until 1998 and has worked in a number of practices throughout Sydney. Paul has extensive experience across a broad range of project types including aged care, educational, commercial, and transport projects.

With a sound knowledge of approval processes, procurement options, codes and standards, Paul brings a strong focus to design development, detailed design and documentation of projects with which he is involved.

He has a wealth of knowledge running projects from concept to completion, along with meticulous documentation and project coordination with clients and consultants. Paul strives to deliver the best outcome for his clients and projects.

Domenic Marra

Studio Manager

Since graduating from UTS, Domenic has gained 13 years architectural experience across a range of sectors including Aged Care, commercial, hospitality and education projects throughout cosmopolitan and regional NSW.

Demonstrating a strong passion for architectural detailing and focus on successful project delivery, he has extensive experience in the design development and documentation of projects ranging from $35 to $100 million, and also undertaken contract administration roles on a number of these projects.

Inherent in his capacity as project architect, Domenic is responsible for the integration and co-ordination of all specialist consultant input on projects, and while under construction, for liaising with the head contractor.

Since joining Stanton Dahl, Domenic has been a valued team member working on the $20 million Arden Anglican School and $22 million Morling College Theological Education Facility projects.

Susan Plowman

Studio Manager

Susan is a registered architect who has worked in aged care, civic and education architecture in regional and cosmopolitan New South Wales for the last 16 years. She has comprehensive experience of project procurement, master planning, design, documentation and contract administration with projects ranging in value from $100k to $20 million

Susan’s past experience as a high school teacher has informed her specialisation in education projects.
Susan enjoys the challenge of resolving complex projects and working together in a team environment to meet and exceed the client’s expectations.

Strapline Testimonial
  • “Stanton Dahl brought a deep level of experience in the design of our social and affordable housing programme for BaptistCare”

    Greg Philips, Project Director

  • “respectful of limited resources but also desirous of achieving the best outcomes”

    St Augustine’s Anglican Church

  • “challenging us and providing insight”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “innovative design possibilities in the educational sphere”

    Seventh Day Adventist Schools

  • “good communicators. great design outcomes”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “without doubt the most enjoyable projects”

    Denham Constructions