Our Process

How we create spaces that change lives

Our process is built around the twin objectives of designing buildings that ‘work’ for our clients and the building users. We have two distinct phases.

Architecture that dignifies lives

Architecture in the Service of people

Our core purpose directs everything we do: creating buildings that service the interests of their users before all other considerations.

Phase 1


We start by developing a thorough understanding of the people who will inhabit the building, always staying focused on their needs and requirements, whether they’re managers, owners, occupants or users.


Then we identify the precise problem that we need to solve with our design, whilst aligning all our stakeholders around it, helping them understand their needs, assets and opportunities.


During the next stage, we generate as many potential design solutions as possible, ideally in collaboration with the people we are serving. We do this through workshops and brainstorming sessions.


Potential solutions are vetted and likely solutions are explored using 3D modelling approaches and space planning techniques, built in partnership with the key stakeholders and end-users.


We evaluate the preferred solution and test its ability to create positive and long-lasting impact for the end users.

Phase 2

Now that we have a proposed design solution, we test and refine it using three filters.

  • 1What are the desires of our end users? Does our solution satisfy these desires?
  • 2What is technically and organisationally feasible? Can the solution be achieved?
  • 3What is financially viable? Can we afford the proposed solution?

As we work through these two phases, we ensure that the key objectives of a project are clearly communicated to our team and ultimately inscribed into the DNA of the buildings we design.

We also dovetail Quality Assurance and Environmental procedures to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory frameworks.

Throughout our design process and in whatever context we find ourselves, our purpose remains clear. Our architecture is in service of people.

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