peckvonhartel is a widely recognised national and international design practice with a reputation and commitment to delivering timeless, quality design and professional expertise.

The practice was established in 1980 by Senior Principals Robert Peck AM and Yvonne von Hartel AM. peckvonhartel has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane that operate to an international capacity. Each office functions independently and as an integral part of the total practice. A completely integrated IT communication network enables each office to operate as part of a single, linked open plan environment. People in different locations can work on the same project in real time, achieving major benefits in scalability, flexibility and efficiency.

The portfolio of work undertaken by the practice is extensive and multidisciplinary, ranging from large scale master-planning and urban design, architecture and interior design, to small detailed fixtures and fittings, graphics and displays. The professional capacity spans all facets of the built environment including project development, planning and management, procurement advice and execution, planning consultancy and expert witness services.

Award winning projects include commercial office buildings at 1 and 333 Collins Street Melbourne, One National Circuit Barton, the Australian National Museum (completed under an Alliance Contract as the Australian Canberra Federation Celebration), the first Australian five star environmental office fit-out for Land Victoria and many other international and national awards.

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.

Nominated Architect Robert W Peck AM VIC Reg. No. 12299, ACT Reg. No. 1109, NSW Reg. No. 5960, QLD Reg. No. 4663, TAS Reg. No. 960

design excellence

Design excellence is the ultimate objective in architecture and design; it is a process involving thorough and continuous research, negotiation, rationality and creativity to achieve a total realisation of a multi-dimensional concept. It requires exploration, development and technical resolution of conceptual ideas and a vigilant overseeing of the execution of the works to finality.

We believe design excellence is achieved when a client’s needs, visions and objectives are fully realised. This requires constant communication and a sustained relationship between design team and client. Design solutions are singular and specific; a high end product is the result of clear comprehension across all levels.


peckvonhartel’s Management System has been certified in Canberra and Melbourne as complying with the requirements of ANZ/NZS ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and AS 4801. The management system is implemented in all peckvonhartel offices and our commitment to continuous improvement is set out in our Quality Assurance, Environmental Management and Occupational Health and Safety policies. These policies, along with our Office Environmental Impact and Aspect Register, are available upon request.

sustainable design

peckvonhartel employs sustainable development measures as an holistic approach to design. We follow the nationally recognised Green Star system to identify environmental initiatives and best practices and are fully aware of the office design rating tools. Several of our staff members are Green Star Accredited Professionals and we have a representative in each office.

We recognise that a sustainable approach spans many facets of a project: from innovative technology, the application of materials, to the attitudes of how a project is managed or initiated.

peckvonhartel completed the first 5 star rated tenancy (Green Star) fit-out for Land Victoria which involved the development of many new materials and fabrication techniques for commercial offices.

Senior Principal, Yvonne von Hartel is a member of the Victorian Building Commission’s Advisory Council which oversaw the introduction of 5 star ratings for residential buildings in that State. Victoria is currently the only State requiring 5 star housing in Australia and as such much of the new materials and practices for housing have evolved in that State. Yvonne is also Chair of the Sustainable Buildings Committee of Standards Australia.

Senior Principal, Robert Peck represented the Building Codes Board at the Green Buildings Conference in Pittsburgh in 2003 as a member of the Australian Green Building Mission. Following the visit, the Australian Green Building Mission has been an exponent and supporter in the reduction of barriers limiting the use of environmental measures in the Australian built environment.