A Personal View









Synopsis of work experience

I have been involved in the architectural profession in both the private and public sectors for over 40 years. Over this period I have gained significant experience in a range of building types including retail, commercial, residential, institutional, hospitals, tourism & hospitality and Commonwealth and State government Projects.

I am currently involved in the retail field, which is my area of expertise and passion, helping young retail business entrepreneurs with their business startups.

As Associate Director at Group GSA for 12 years, I was engaged to deliver the design and documentation packages of major, hotel & Leisure, retail, residential and commercial projects in both the US and Australia.

During the 90″s I owned and managed a design studio with my specialty being in Retail Architecture. We were involved in the design documentation and construction management of small commercial projects, and a wide range of retail projects nationally for individual retailers and National Franchise Chains.

My project expertise is in the areas of, team selection and management, project programming and resourcing, project fee proposals, planning, construction design and detailing, retail/commercial/residential design and documentation, and project coordination/management.

Along with traditional building design and construction issues, my main goal is to assist retailers to embrace the new world of retailing along with traditional ways.

I have a strong knowledge of, and have been using cadd since 1984 and am proficient in the use of Autocad 2009. I am proficient in the use of Microsoft word and excel and have used Microsoft Project at an entry level.


Along with a love of construction detailing and commercial/residential design, my specialty is in all areas of Retail and Retail Design and I am strongly influenced by the internet and use it extensively for marketing, research and business expansion and we are currently involved in setting up a range of services to assist the retail industry.
Personal Profile

I have a great love of life and people and have experience both socially and professionally interacting with individuals and groups across all levels of business, from different cultures and nationalities, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong customer focus.


I have a love of music, the blues in particular, great food and fine wine, and when my hips, back, knees, ankles, shoulders, memory…………. allows me to, I enjoy, walking, golfing, cycling and kayaking.

Harry Manx and Wazza       













A Work History in progress


Restaurant          Gaylord Texan-HBG Architects


October 2011 to Present

WGM Design

Owner / Manager

We are committed to great design outcomes, excellence in documentation, and an ongoing commitment to assisting the retail industry and the business startup entrepreneur. My expertise covers Commercial / Residential design and documentation with our specialty being in all areas of Retail and Retail Design. We are strongly influenced by the internet and use it extensively for marketing, research and business expansion and we are currently involved in setting up a range of services to assist the retail industry.

For some useful tips on starting your own business plus if you feel you would like further hand holding  go to http://retailstartupinabox.com . This is a great site for info on all the steps and the order to take in setting up your business.

We will be introducing a membership site and a blog site for retailers, designers, architects, builders/shopfitters.

September 1999 – October 2011

Group GSA


Initially engaged to setup and manage the documentation teams working on US projects.

Have worked as Project Director/Team Leader on both US and Australian projects and have been responsible for the production project fee proposals, cost plans, manning and project delivery programs, selection and management of project teams, project tenders, client management, coordination of consultants, construction design detailing, project coordination/management and site supervision.

Role involved both management of the teams and the management and delivery of the projects from both US and GSA offices, and to ensure compatibility of the cadd interface to ensure a seamless project delivery platform.

Have been involved in Marketing seminars across the US promoting the value and cost benefits of US Architects working in association with Australian firms on large projects.

Attended project Management Seminars run by PSMJ.

Services provided include full design and documentation services and all facets of project co-ordination including client management, coordination of all consultants site supervision and liaison with all relevant authorities.

From 2008 until October 2011 I was involved in projects within Australia and have been responsible for the production of project fee proposals, cost plans, selection and management of project teams, project tenders, client management, coordination of consultants, and site supervision.


Opryland Gaylord Texan, Grapevine Texas    Hnedak Bobo Group Architects- 60 Front Street Memphis

Major Projects

  • Opryland Hotel Convention Centre Orlando Florida US
  • Northern Quest Hotel Casino – Seattle Washington US
  • Greektown Casino – Detroit Michigan US
  • Potawotomi Bingo Hall – Milwaukee Wisconsin US
  • Opryland Hotel Convention Centre Grapevine  Texas US
  • Office building for Tosco Head Office Phoenix Arizona US
  • Small regional Shopping Centre in Estancia Arizona US
  • Small Regional Shopping Centre In Deer Valley Arizona US
  • Office Building in Black Canyon Arizona US
  • Teaching Facility for San Diego Gas and Electric Company San Diego California US
  • 40000 sq mtr office building for Centrelink NSO Grenway ACT.
  • 167 unit residential development on the Kingston Foreshore ACT
  • 26 unit Residential development in Chatswood.
  • Refurbishment of the Happy Wanderers Ski Lodge Thredbo.
  • Library at Narellan for the Council of Camden.
  • Holsworthy Army Base project design brief
  • Extension to Westfield Shopping Centre– Carindale QLD
  • Extensions to Westfield Shopping Centre – Eastgardens NSW
  • Coles supermarket at Westfield Shopping Centre – Helensvale QLD
  • Extension to Westfield Shopping Centre – North Rocks NSW
  • 110 unit Residential Development “Caritas/Dominion” – Darlinghurst NSW
  • 6 Social Housing developments – Hunter region.
  • 5 BER schools projects in the Bathurst / Southern Lachlan region NSW
  • Proposal for 35000 sq mtr office development for Centrelink2 – ACT
  • Proposal for the refurbishment of Lindeman Island Resort QLD

April 1991- September 1999

WGM Design

Owner / Manager

Running own architectural design studio providing full Design, Documentation and Project Management Services for a range of retail and small commercial projects throughout Australia.

Clients have included several national Franchise chains, individual retailers and The Department of Construction, providing consultant services for the documentation of both local and overseas Government projects.

Services provided  include full design and documentation services, equipment procurement schedules, and all facets of project co-ordination including tendering of projects, tender assessment and selection, co-ordination of construction of projects and liaison with all relevant consultants and authorities




  • Wide range of retail shops.(approx 350 retail shops)
  • Specialist doctors suite Red Cross House Woden
  • Australian Embassy in Suva Fiji
  • Refurbishment of Fishburn House – Phillip
  • Refurbishment of ATSIC Head Office MLC Tower Woden
  • Proposed refurbishment to AFP Head office at Weston.
  • Refurbishment/conversion of existing warehouse building – Fyshwick
  • Bruce Stadium East stand extension (Consultancy with Cox Architects)
  • Sirius Building Furzer St Phillip for APO.(Consultancy with LFA)

June 1988 – April 1991

Geoff Butterworth Armour & Partners Pty Ltd

System Manager/CADD Operator/Senior Architectural Draftsman


Involved in all facets of working drawing documentation, design development, and presentation drawings for major commercial projects within the ACT.

Engaged as System Manager to maintain, develop and operate CADD System using GDS software

Continued as Systems Manager involved in system development, maintenance, assisting in allocation of resources, selection of projects to be documented on the system and as Senior Architectural Draftsman / CADD operator.

Major Projects

  • Canberra Centre – Shopping Centre Development -Sections 38,51,53,56 and 70, Canberra City
  • ANZ Centre – Redevelopment – Blocks 8 & 9, Section 14, Canberra City
  • Australian Tourism Industry Association Headquarters Development -   Block 8, Section 9 Barton
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia Development – Block 3, Section 16, Barton

March 1987 – June 1988

Quantum Ideas Bureau

Associate – in – charge of Architectural Section of small multi-disciplined company involved in retail architecture and small commercial projects.


Design and documentation of a range of retail and small commercial projects including client brief, liaison with consultants, tender assessment, site supervision and project management.


  • Great Wall Restaurant, Canberra City, ACT
  • Redevelopment of Tumut Butter Factory, Tumut, NSW
  • Extension to Shopping Complex, Kaleen, ACT
  • Woden Plaza Shopping Centre, Canberra, ACT – Range of Retail Shops.
  • Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Tuggeranong, ACT – Range of Retail Shops.
  • Shop Rite Supermarket, Ainslie ACT
  • Shop Rite Supermarket , Jindabyne, NSW

February 1984 – March 1987

Geoff Butterworth Armour & Partners Pty Ltd

Senior Architectural Draftsman/System Manager/CADD Operator


Initially involved in the documentation of commercial projects on the drawing board specialising in construction details.

Selected to study GDS CADD software and establish CADD System within the office, operating through a bureau (Architectonic).

System Manager responsible for the maintenance and development of the system to suit site specific needs and involved in the interviewing and selection of personnel.

CADD operator

Major Projects

  • Ainslie Hotel Refurbishment and Additions (80 bed addition) Block 5, Section 56, Braddon ACT
  • Dickson I Offices – Block 6, Section 33, Dickson ACT
  • Dickson II Offices – Block 5, Section 33, Dickson, ACT
  • Perpetual Trustees Building – Block 4, Section 23, Canberra City, ACT
  • AIDAB Building – Block 7, Section 26, Canberra City, ACT
  • Amdahl Building – Block 13, Section 10, Canberra City, ACT
  • National Capital Centre (Buildings A, B, C & D) Blocks 2,3,4, & 5, Section 22, Canberra City, ACT
  • Woden Offices – Proposal – Block 1, Section 119 and Blocks 28A & 28B, Section 8, Phillip, ACT

June 1980 – February 1984

Department of Housing and Construction

Supervising  and Senior Architectural Draftsman


Design development, full working drawing documentation and construction detailing, including client and consultant liaison and site supervision.

Head of documentation team involved in the preparation of feasibility study for Canberra TAFE Welding School.

Head of team preparing a study document on Manufactured Housing in Australia for submission to the Minister for housing.             

Major Projects

  • Russell Drive Offices, Russell ACT
  • ADFA Administration Building, Canberra ACT
  • Canberra TAFE Welding School, Reid, ACT
  • Major Study of mobile home developments in Canada and US and the production of several schemes for Manufactured Housing Developments within Australia

September 1979 – June 1980

Wills Denoon and Partners

Senior Architectural Draftsman / Designer


Design development, full working drawing documentation and construction detailing, including client and consultant liaison.


Major Projects

  • Pier 1 on Sydney Harbour including site measure of existing building and preliminary sketch plans
  • Design development of Coffs Harbour Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium
  • Design development of new headquarters for Charge Card Services.
  • Design and submission of competition documents for Fairfield City Council Administration Building and Council Chambers
  • Sketch plans for Mt Druitt Shopping complex and markets
  • Full documentation for multi-storey office building on Berry Street, North Sydney

January 1979 – September 1979

Technican International – Personnel Consultants

Assistant Manager


Employed to build up contacts specifically within the architectural profession for placement of contract personnel and permanent staff throughout NSW and ACT.

Early 1970’s to January 1979

Engaged as a contract Architectural draftsman by the following Companies:-

  • Kevin J Curtain & Partners, Sydney
  • McNamara & Shirley, Sydney
  • Buckland Druce & Harley, Sydney
  • Wills Denoon & Partners, Sydney
  • Department of Housing and Construction
  • ACT Regional Office
  • Kevin J Curtain & Partners, Sydney
  • Prisma Studio, Architects, Sydney
  • Rob Cozens, Architect, Sydney
  • Brown, Brewer & Gregory, Architects, Sydney


  • Architectural Drafting Certificate
  • Sydney Technical College, Sydney, NSW
  • 1970  -  1974


  • Computer Graphics – GDS Software
  • Architectonic, Canberra ACT
  • 1984