This month dwp|suters celebrated the first anniversary of its strategic alliance with international design firm, dwp.
One year ago dwp and dwp|suters combined their design services to offer a one-stop integrated architecture and interior design service to their clients.
“The benefit for our clients results from our access to international research and best practice, enabling us to introduce innovations that allow our clients to build their brand and competitiveness,” CEO, Leone Lorrimer, said.
“Our strategic alliance has seen us grow, strengthen and broaden our reach globally. We’ve strengthened our position as a leading firm in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Our business is now shaping futures for innovative and sustainable communities and cities.”
With a studio based in Newcastle, during their 56 year history dwp|suters has completed many notable projects in the Hunter region. Recent projects completed locally include Mater Hospital, Northbank Enterprise Hub Masterplan, 670 Hunter Street, Coal Services Headquarters and City Exchange [former Hunter Water Facility].
With the significant focus on the revitalisation of Newcastle CBD and the strong desire for inner city living, dwp|suters are currently working on two residential projects in the CBD, ‘Arena’ and ‘The Wren’.
The Newcastle architecture firm that Brian Suters became partner of five decades ago has obviously grown and evolved considerably. Yet, they believe that while the company is now a national and international business, dwp|suters retains at its heart the key principals of its founder and the town that shaped him.
Having built his career in a working-class city, Brian Suters developed a very practical and non-nonsense approach to architecture. He believed it was essential that what was drafted was exactly what could be built. Careful, painstaking, documentation which left builders and sub-contractors with minimum questions and no ambiguity, became a hallmark of his projects.
From the outset, Brian Suters was and remains a committed modernist in the tradition of the Bauhaus, Le Corbusier and Seidler. Yet he is also a passionate conservationist, with a distinguished portfolio of heritage projects. In Newcastle, Australia’s second-oldest city, Suters was able to exercise his belief in balancing an embrace of the new with a stewardship of the old.
dwp|suters continues to create architecture that is both contemporary and modern, while being respectful of its historical and social contexts.
From humble beginnings Brian Suters built one of the most successful national practices to emerge from a regional base. In 2009 he received an Order of Australian in honor of his long-standing commitment to Australian design, architecture, community service and the arts.