Practice

About Us

peckvonhartel is a widely recognised national architectural design practice with the reputation and commitment to deliver exceptional design and professional expertise.

The practice was established in 1980 by Senior Principals Robert Peck AM and Yvonne von Hartel AM and has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra operating in a national capacity.

Our portfolio is extensive and multidisciplinary, ranging from large scale master-planning and urban design to architecture and interior design. Our professional capacity is cross sectored creating intelligent and innovative design solutions for our clients based on business outcomes rather than sector.

We provide design services to all facets of the built environment including advisory, project development, planning and management, procurement advice, execution, and expert witness services.

We are trusted and loyal advisors to our clients. We listen deeply to our client’s objectives and respond with intelligent and responsible design solutions. We advocate for the best solution and are focused to drive inclusive and thorough processes in all our work.

The practice participates in the community at the broadest level. Senior Principals Robert Peck and Yvonne von Hartel have individually received an Order of Australia for their contributions to urban design, architecture, design and building.

Commitment to Sustainable Design

Underpinning all aspects of our approach is a commitment to sustainability. We implement sustainable design practices through all facets of a project: from innovative technology, the whole life commitment and application of specifications, to how a project is managed and operated short and long term.

peckvonhartel completed the first 5 star Green Star rated office fit-out in Australia for Land Victoria. Our practice also completed the first platinum WELL accredited building in Australia, the second globally.

Design Excellence

Our processes are based on quality assurance and rigour founded on 40 years of experience and commitment to excellence. Design excellence is achieved when our client’s needs, visions and objectives are fully realised. This requires a healthy and sustained relationship between the design team and the client.

peckvonhartel continues to maintain ANZ/NZS ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and AS 4801 certifications which are linked to our policies and procedures, underpinned by our client relationship management processes.

Our practice is recognised for our commitment to design excellence, and our extensive design awards both nationally and internationally a representative of this.

Our values underpin everything we do.

Committed

We strive for the best outcome. We are proactive and take ownership. We deliver.

Considered

We apply knowledge, insight, and deep thinking. We communicate thoughtfully. We listen to learn.

Engaged

We value collaboration. We add value at every touchpoint. We solve problems.

Our Offer

We are totally client focussed

We are trusted and loyal advisors to our clients and advocate for the best outcomes.

We are focused on an inclusive process to deliver design that is unique to each of our clients. We treat each client and each project individually. We solve each problem uniquely.

We use every touch point as an opportunity to create a greater experience, a better design.

We drive commercial outcomes.

We use design as a communication tool to create an engaged, and inclusive project journey.

We love solving problems

We excel in articulating the real problem for our clients and how we can solve it through design.

We implore rigor and quality in our design process.

Our approach is strategic, our design translation, intelligent.

We use co-design as a basis for true collaboration to get the best design solutions

We use design as a business tool to understand, communicate and design places that enable our client’s businesses to thrive.

We are committed to excellence

We are always respectful of the environment we design. We produce design that lasts.

Our practice is founded on producing technical documentation of the highest quality.

Through our extensive work in the government sector, our commitment to quality and accreditation ensures our clients are in safe hands.

We do clever design.

 

Our Methodology

Our Mission: ‘‘to create places that make a difference. A difference that improves our client’s business and improves the experience of the user.’

We produce architecture of quality and sustainability. We believe that the best design is intelligent, timeless, commercial and underpinned by a deep understanding of our client’s business drivers to make their business more successful. We design environments from the inside out, prioritising the end-user persona and journey to elevate the human experience and create meaningful places.

Our team have cross-sector knowledge, we thrive on project partnerships and team collaboration to produce the best thinking.

Our methodology is based on a strategic process to ensure that we are solving problems and improving our client’s business through design.

Diversity of Design

Our studios have a diversity of talented professionals focused on achieving outstanding design solutions. We pride ourselves on attracting and retaining, the best in the industry. We think outside the box when considering how people can contribute to our organisation. As a result, we have a valuable mix of skills and experience across a varied portfolio of projects from workplace, hospitality, retail, architecture and civic master planning. 

A Collaborative Spirit

The most important person in our team is you. Embedded in our design process is a rigorous engagement process, where we begin translating the design through drawing immediately, with you. We use design as a tool to visualise in real-time with you, the design narrative we form together. Our mission is to work flexibly and diligently to reach a consensus agreement without sacrificing quality or beauty. Whether public or private, our client’s input, vision and needs are always the drivers behind the finished product.

Holistic Approach

peckvonhartel’s process is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Innate in our design processes is designing environmentally responsible environments, Drawing on the strengths of our other internal practices as well as those of our consultants, we design comprehensive, holistic, sustainable design. We diligently listen to define a comprehensive understanding of the past and current needs for all stakeholders, groups and individuals who will be invariably affected, both directly and indirectly, now and into the foreseeable future. Our process combines creativity, innovation and realism to ensure that the resulting design response captures the full value of the project objectives and facilitates cost-effective solutions.

Our Design Pillars

We believe Design Excellence comes firstly from our knowledge and experience. Our quality assurance systems, years of lessons learn and risk mitigation.

User Centric

We strive to exceed expectations every time.

We are results driven, relationship orientated, and we love to share in our clients’ success.

We listen, seek to understand and immerse ourselves in every aspect of our clients’ business and the challenges they face both today and into the future.

We strive to engage, inspire and enable our clients to be their best.

Insight Driven

Our solutions are underpinned by rigorous inquiry and proven methodologies.

This gives us the confidence to be courageous. To be bold and innovate.

We strive to always be inquisitive and well informed.

We are commercially responsible.

Inclusive

Our design process establishes deep engagement and empathy. 

We believe in partnerships and alliances to improve project outcomes

past and current needs for all stakeholders, groups and individuals who will be invariably affected, both directly and indirectly, now and into the foreseeable future. Our process combines creativity, innovation and realism to ensure that the resulting design response captures the full value of the project objectives and facilitates cost-effective solutions.

 

Our Design Pillars

We believe Design Excellence comes firstly from our knowledge and experience. Our quality assurance systems, years of lessons learn and risk mitigation.

User Centric

We strive to exceed expectations every time.

We are results driven, relationship orientated, and we love to share in our clients’ success.

We listen, seek to understand and immerse ourselves in every aspect of our clients’ business and the challenges they face both today and into the future.

We strive to engage, inspire and enable our clients to be their best.

Insight Driven

Our solutions are underpinned by rigorous inquiry and proven methodologies.

This gives us the confidence to be courageous. To be bold and innovate.

We strive to always be inquisitive and well informed.

We are commercially responsible.

Inclusive

Our design process establishes deep engagement and empathy. 

We believe in partnerships and alliances to improve project outcomes.

We commit the involvement of senior personnel and their expertise throughout each project.

Integrity

We believe in timeless, sophisticated, and responsible design. 

We are recognised and trusted architectural advisors.

We fight for what is right, what is in our client’s best interest.

We do the right thing.

We listen to learn.

We deliver.