Susan Dugdale and Associates is a small architectural practice located in Alice Springs in central Australia. Since establishing in 2000 it has created a reputation for innovative and exciting work.
The practice provides creative design and responsive project management on urban and remote projects including commercial, residential and institutional projects along with projects for Indigenous communities and organisations.
Director Sue Dugdale has a personal passion for discovering and developing a unique regional identity based on the particular culture, climate and geography of central Australia. The practice evolves this broader project with each commission undertaken, by embedding stories in design; manipulation of water and light; landscape design and creating a particular sense of place; and through design of form, and selection of materials and colour.
The practice carefully considers the cultural and economic context of each client and project. This philosophy extends to all 'cultures', including Indigenous clients and communities, youth and aged groups, and the corporate culture of particular organizations. We engage with artists where possible and develop opportunities for local employment on our projects, with some very positive outcomes. We believe culturally appropriate design has positive repercussions beyond the provision of functional facilities. We aim to affirm and enrich individual and community life through our work.
Since 2000 the team has included Sue Dugdale, Katherine Ashe, Dave Donald, Kathleen Cheong, Nancy Lau, Homer Coderre, Marijke Coenders, David Havercroft, Brendan Chan, Daniel Wolkenberg, Alan Mulvey, Miriam Wallace, Luke Turner, Jarrad Needham, Maria Raharjo, Daniel Charnock and Flynn Carr.