Andrew Donaldson Architecture & Design is a cross-disciplinary architectural practice that specialises in bespoke residential construction and public art gallery design.

Our particular expertise is in the creative transformation of complex existing buildings, urban environments or natural landscapes.

We are an award-winning, internationally recognised, design focused full-service architectural firm based in Sydney that collaborates nationally. ADAD was featured in Architecture Australia 2017, Architecture Bulletin 2016 and Architectural Review 2015 as an emerging, ambitious Australian architectural practice to watch.

As ADAD clients, whether you are an individual, couple or family undertaking the most major investment of your lives through the creation of your new home – or a corporation, institution or government seeking to balance creative innovation with risk minimisation and demonstrated expertise for the transformation of your gallery asset – with our ADAD team you can be assured that we hold your dreams, budget and deadlines as equally sacred.

Andrew Donaldson is Founder and Principal of ADAD. He is a Registered Architect in NSW with over 17 years experience.

Andrew has travelled the world on multiple architectural scholarships analysing the worlds great houses and galleries, first as the inaugural Eric Parker Memorial Travelling Scholar then as 1 in 5 national winners of the inaugural RAIA Dulux London Study Tour for Emerging Architects.

Graduating from the University of Newcastle, Australia with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours Class 1) in 2005, Andrew cut his teeth as design architect for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia at Architect Marshall from conception in 2007 through completion mid 2012.

Upon delivery of the Museum, Andrew Donaldson Architecture and Design was established in Sydney in 2012.

ADAD won the City of Sydney EOI in collaboration with Lochbuild to create Wis(c)h, the William Street Creative Hub, where the ADAD studio was first located. We service clients throughout Sydney City, its Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches from our Surry Hills rooftop studio in Sydney.

Andrew Donaldson works as the principal design architect and project architect on every ADAD project, supported by a small and very talented creative young team of award winning architectural graduates.

Andrew Donaldson Architecture & Design is an Australian Institute of Architects A+ practice.


National Architectural Design Award – Realflame Fireplace Design 2017
North Curl Curl House (Winner)

The University of Newcastle Alumni Award for Regional Leadership 2016
Andrew Donaldson (Winner)

AIA Blacket Prize – Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter 2016
Watt Space Gallery (Winner)

AIA Small Project Architecture Award – Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter 2016
Watt Space Gallery (Winner)

AIA Public Architecture Award – Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Chapter 2016
Watt Space Gallery (Winner)

AIA Small Project Architecture Award – Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Chapter 2016
Watt Space Gallery (Winner)

National Architectural Design Award – Realflame Fireplace Design 2015
Bondi House (Winner)

City of Sydney EOI – William Street Creative Hub 2013
Wis(c)h (Winner) (ADAD in collaboration with Lochbuild)

National Inaugural RAIA Dulux Study Tour – Australia’s Top 5 Emerging Architects 2008
Andrew Donaldson (Winner)

Inaugural Eric Parker Memorial Travelling Scholarship in Architecture 2001
Andrew Donaldson (Winner)


“Headland House” – Grand Designs Australia (airing 2018)
North Curl Curl House

“Bondi Modern” – Habitus #34 (2017)
Bondi House

“Research Through Design” – Architecture Australia AA 106 (2017)
Bondi House, North Curl Curl House, Watt Space Gallery

“Architects of Ambition” – Architecture Bulletin AB Spring/Summer (2016)
Andrew Donaldson

“Andrew Donaldson Architecture and Design (ADAD)” – (2016)

“2016 State Awards” – Architecture Australia AA Sept/Oct (2016)
Watt Space Gallery

“Chapter News” – Architecture Bulletin AB Winter/Spring (2016)
Watt Space Gallery

“New Life for Watt Space” – NBN News (2015)
Watt Space Gallery

“Andrew Donaldson Architecture and Design” – Architectural Review AR 141 (2015)
ADAD Studio Profile

“Out-of-the-Box Design for House on the Hill” – Sun Herald (2015)
North Curl Curl House

“Dazzling Design Winning Over Buyers” – (2015)
North Curl Curl House

“William Street becomes Base for New Creative Hub” – (2013)

“William Street Creative Hub” – City Central Magazine (2013)

“Profile of an Architect” – Wentworth Courier (2012)
Andrew Donaldson

“Critical Thinking” – (2012)
Andrew Donaldson

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