Peter Schreuder, Managing Director, Architect

With 25 years industry experience, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Having begun his career at Peter Rich Architects, Peter joined Blomquist + Wark/DS Architects in 2001, becoming Managing Director in 2015. In this time he has become an expert in designing and delivering education and tertiary sector projects that meet diverse needs. 

From high-performance sports precincts to medical and laboratory-based settings, Peter has in-depth understanding of designing for specialised educational spaces and has done so across Victoria’s renowned universities. 

As Managing Director, Peter is particularly focused on stakeholder engagement, ensuring a client’s unique needs are understood from the outset before guiding the team’s comprehensive brief writing, project planning, and delivery. He is also heavily involved at the concept design phases to steer a design process that is intentional, considered and the result, therefore, uplifting. 

He is passionate about uplifting design that balances creativity with functionality. Peter leads a motivated team who share his enthusiasm, with the belief that every project is an opportunity to work towards an outcome that will better individuals’ interactions with the world around them.

David Miller, Senior Architect

David’s experience covers a broad range of technical projects within the practice, from educational facilities, laboratories, through to complex food processing facilities. With 17 years experience as a registered architect, he leads projects efficiently and contributes at all phases from design through to construction and project completion. In documenting he values ensuring the highest level of legibility, accuracy and consistency in architectural documentation and communication with building contractors. 

David’s keen focus on construction documentation, construction stage services and building contract administration earned him the architect’s Registration Board of Victoria Professional Practice Award in 2005. His passion for Architecture and design resides in design translation. As projects progress from one phase to another, my focus is to complement the design process by maintaining the design intent in real terms – such as negotiating compliance issues, build-ability, materiality, technical and engineering considerations.

Mark Gilling, Senior Architect

Mark brings over three decades of experience as a registered architect to his thorough project management approach. Since Joining Blomquist + Wark/DS Architects in 1982, Mark has gained specialised expertise in education and tertiary, institutional and industrial sectors, with clients including The University of Melbourne, Victoria University, Monash University, The Fairfield Hospital, the Howard Florey Institute, Murray Goulburn Co-Operative and Melbourne Polytechnic.

Detail-oriented by nature, Mark’s in depth understanding of construction processes and standards ensures that our elegantly refined designs are pragmatic and feasible. Having worked across many technically challenging and complex projects, Mark excels in developing a coordinated approach with the wider project team across all phases and develops strong and trusting rapports with his clients.

He believes that good architecture stands the test of time, and this motivates his desire to produce outcomes that are well thought through and fit-for-purpose. Mark respects that all projects are unique, each requiring their own inventive solutions and this makes architecture such an exciting and rewarding profession.

Carlee Smith, Architect, Associate

Since joining the Blomquist + Wark/DS Architects team in 2013, Carlee has developed a depth of knowledge across education and tertiary, industrial, community and health sectors. A highly trusted leader, she brings value by managing her team internally and liaising with subcontracts across all stages of a project, leading from initial feasibility phases to contract administration. 

Carlee’s design skills are an asset, with her 2D and 3D imagery ensuring that she is able to communicate clearly and explore design options with clients so that they can make decisions with confidence. Her thorough understanding of construction and experience in detailing ensures our buildings are not only elegant, but practical and serviceable. 

Carlee’s passion for sustainability sees her examine the detail of how it can be embodied within her architectural design approach and integrated into internal processes. With a deep interest in how the built environment can facilitate actions, behaviours and emotions, Carlee is enthusiastic about helping clients achieve the best possible outcome.

David Cardamone, Architect, Associate

With eight years in the industry, David has developed international experience that sees him able to balance the rigorous challenges of client, design and commercial outcomes. He is passionate about working on a micro scale in a collaborative and team environment to the macro, where complex and intrinsic project architecture requires bespoke and individual design responses.

Having worked for both large and small practices David has a unique understanding of the daily business management procedures of an architectural practice. He has worked across many market sectors including, Sport and Leisure, Education and numerous Community projects for Local Government. This has included all project delivery phases from leading successful submission tender proposals to concept through to construction administration.

David is driven by a want to make a difference through architecture and design that contributes to society. For him, the humble beginnings of a successful project start with absolute collaboration. He invests time to attentively listen to understand stakeholder’s needs and meet them with creative solutions that integrate lessons learnt and expertise of his wider project team. It is this sensibility that makes David a valued architect in the eyes of his colleagues and clients alike.

Paige Richardson, Architect

Paige is an Architect with over 9 years’ of experience working in Australia. Her experience covers a range of areas including large-scale retail developments, public buildings, commercial, educational, and residential projects. She has worked across all project phases from inception to developed design to delivery, including administration.

Having joined the DS Architects team in 2021, Paige has become an asset by contributing, in particular, documentation expertise, a collaborative approach to coordinating subcontractors, experience in supervising and training others in Revit modelling and BIM processes, and a reliable grasp of various compliance standards.

Paige is a critical thinker who was drawn to the profession due to the opportunity to blend her creative and scientifically-oriented mindsets, which see her appreciate the complexities of a brief in order to bring about a valuable design outcome.