Our team


Father of our growing family and a leader in the architectural field with over 37 years of experience. Daryl founded the company in 1999 and has successfully grown the business for the past 22 years. He is responsible for oversight of all work completed in all 4 offices.  He has achieved much in his life, but his proudest accomplishments are his marriage to his wife Deanna of 30 years and his three beautiful daughters. An avid fitness and sports fanatic, Daryl brings the same intensity to his sporting & spiritual life as to his family and work.   An unabashed follower of Jesus, Daryl spends as much of the little free time he has working in his local church, volunteering as a Chaplain at his local football/cricket club, playing competitive cricket and following the mighty Tigers in the AFL.   A self-confessed chocoholic, don't even think of walking past him with any Cadbury chocolate. You might just lose a finger.


Nick is an avid sportsman and handyman who loves his time in the gym almost as much as his time at work.   Nick has been with us at HDG for 8 years but has been handling Architectural Documentation for 11 years. His greatest strengths are his positive attitude, adaptability, reliability, perseverance, and high level of motivation. He is as dedicated to his work as to his family and friends and will always go the extra mile to keep his clients happy.  Nick can often be found washing everyone elses dishes in the communal kitchen which tells you something of his character.   Nick is one of our Victorian managers in the Pakenham &  Bentleigh office & performs all his duties with professionalism.


Matthew is one of our office managers and is responsible for all workflow decisions in the Bunbury office.  A skilled Revit documentor & problem solver, Matthew has been with us since 2012 and manages all the Revit templates & drawing standards. Outside the office he is a keen golfer and current premiership player with Harvey Brunswick in the SWFL.  Having grown up locally he has a good understanding of local regulations & building conditions.  If you have Matthew handling your job you're in good hands.


Husband and father of two beautiful children, Scott is one of our office managers in the Pakenham office, he is also our resident outdoors-man and adrenalin junkie. He loves spending his time riding motocross, trail biking, surfing, snowboarding, fishing, camping, and landscaping. Supremely confident, but never arrogant, Scott brings the same passion he possesses for the outdoors to his design work. A master of 3D visualization, Scott is passionate about contemporary design, construction techniques, and customer satisfaction. He has been with us for 8 years but has been in the design industry for 22 years and still brings youthful exuberance to work each day.


Matthew joined our Ringwood office in the capacity of Office Manager in March 2020.  He bring with him a wealth of 16 years of knowledge in the commercial & residential fields of building design. Matt recently moved to The Basin with his new Bride & loves working close to home.  In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and exploring the great outdoors.  He enjoys a good pizza & gets to the AFL footy whenever he can. It must be said that, as an Essendon supporter,  he rarely enjoys it!


Jimmy joined our Ringwood East team in 2021 after 12 years as a Registered Architect.  He brings with him an expertise in dealing with the Town Planning system & loves designing new medium density developments. Jimmy is a family man with a wife of 13 years & 3 young children.  He is a keen soccer fan and loves having a kick in the backyard with his kids.  He follows Manchester United but by his own admission is a bit of a bandwagon follower.  The  Mighty Reds this week & maybe the Gunners next? Jimmy loves to learn new things & also appreciates a good Lamb Shank.  In his spare time, when not locked down, you may find him hiking the trails in our national forests with his family.


Cassie joined our Ringwood East office during the 2021 Covid 19 lockdowns. She is an experienced designer & loves helping bring her clients visions to life with a vast array of knowledge having come from a family in construction. She has a bright and bubbly personality and is the ultimate professional when relating to clients & their specific requirements. Outside of work Cassie has spent most of her life riding horses and participating in competitions. Cassie loves spending time with her family, travelling, & being in the great outdoors whether it be camping, hiking, snowboarding, or gardening. On weekends you may also find her enjoying some wine & cheese around local Yarra Valley vineyards. She also enjoys most chocolates & loves it when clients come prepared to their meetings…hint, hint.


Gavin joined the Pakenham team in 2016. He brings with him a wealth of volume building knowledge. He is proficient in both architectural & structural drafting & has been involved in all aspects of pre-construction in a builders office. His addition brought the combined experience in the office to over 150 years. Proficient also in martial arts, the only downside for Gavin is that he supports Hawthorn, but we don't really let him talk about that.


Gary owned & operated his own award winning design business in Esperance for 20 years before joining us in 2017.  Gary has a breadth of professional experience which would raise most people's eyebrows.  His construction knowledge gives us a real advantage when dealing with difficult design issues. He is a jovial individual who enjoys a good laugh & is terrific conversationalist.  Gary enjoys a beer or 3 with friends & visiting his Grandchildren in Dubai when he gets the chance.


Deon joined our team in 2020 and brings with him a wealth of national &, being born in Pretoria,  international experience.  He is a specialist on commercial construction & works well collaboratively other consultants.  Through the wonders of modern technology, Deon works remotely from Port Albert in Gippsland (Vic) producing quality documentation for our Bunbury (WA) office. Outside of work Deon has a keen interest in nature, conservation & environmental issues.  He is a qualified horticulturalist &  enjoys kayaking & hiking in nature.  He has recently graduated from kayak to paddle board but we are yet to hear how smooth that transition has been. As a vegetarian, his ideal meal would be either Thai or Indian with a nice glass of wine.  A Christmas party at a winery is music to his ears.


Rose joined the Pakenham office in 2019 & brings with her 5 years of engineering experience & 4 years of Australian building design experience. She is passionate about design, which runs in the family, as her father is a civil engineer by profession. Rose was born in Cochin, India & is a loving wife & mother of two little children. Her special talent, outside of design, is Indian Classical dance. She also loves to cook & travel with her family. Rose rates her three most important things in life as trust, dedication & love. This fits perfectly in the our office ethos & we look forward to watching her develop as a senior designer.


Taj is one of our building designers in our Bunbury office.  A skilled Revit documentor & problem solver, Taj has been with us since 2015 and manages all Revit documentation with skill  & precision. Outside the office he is a keen photographer and has just returned from 6 months of world travel.  Having grown up locally he has a good understanding of local regulations & building conditions.  If you have Taj  handling your job you're in good hands.


Leah joined us  in November 2016 as a work experience student & joined the team full time as a graduate building designer in 2017. Leah has travelled extensively and this has provided a diverse background from which she draws fresh insights regarding the use of building form. Leah has brought to us a variety of skills including her passion for design combined with her previous experience in customer service. Leah is enjoying her new stage of life as a new parent with her husband Matthew.  Her bubbly personality adds life & humour to the office on a daily basis.


Richard joined our Bunbury office in 2020 at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic.  Originating from Bromwich in England, he has worked for the last 9 years in Perth with Architectural firms.  He brings with him 15 years of experience in commercial, hospitality, health & residential spheres. His recent move to Donnybrook in the sunny South West has enhanced our office's capacity to produce quality designs over a broad spectrum of projects.  A soccer player & big fan of West Bromwich, you may find him knocking out a tune on the guitar or painting the new 'Corona Lisa' when not on the pitch.  Richard is married with one young daughter (soon to be 2)  & a lover of all things chocolate.


Lisa joined the team in 2018 after many years’ experience in Administration & Personal Assistant roles within Education & Public organisations. She brings a sense of order to all our offices & makes sure the work flows smoothly from start to finish. In her spare time she is a wife & mother to 2 children & loves to spend time at church and camping with her family. Her daughter keeps her active as a ‘Calisthenics Mum’ & she serves on the State Youth Games Committee as well. We love having Lisa on board & she is enjoying working in the building design industry.  She also makes a mean hot chocolate!


Diane is the administration guru & director of first impressions in our Bunbury office.  She is well versed in all administrative tasks & also manages the accounts receivable. Di is responsible for the production & submission of all tender documents & follow up with authorities. Di is always quick with a laugh & has a definite weakness for Cadbury chocolate bars which she keeps stacked in the fridge.  Don't let the salad she's eating fool you.


In every company someone has to keep the boys and girls in line. In our office that's Deanna. Responsible for accounts payable, Deanna cares deeply about making sure things are running smoothly. Her friendly face & outgoing phone manner make her the ideal person to resolve any account issues in a prompt & efficient manner. Deanna loves a laugh but never at someone else's expense. She passionately cares about her family & friends and can be trusted to go the extra mile every time. Deanna has been with the company since the very beginning in 1999 and brings common sense with her every day to work. Her weakness...chocolate bullets (Aldi brand please).