40+ year old architecture practice, Scott Carver announces evolved rebrand as: Studio.SC

Celebrating and revering the firm’s rich 40+ year history, leading Australian architecture practice, Scott Carver has unveiled an evolved rebrand as Studio.SC, defined by their mantra of ‘thinking in new dimensions’ and ushering in a new era of creativity, growth and design excellence.

The new identity represents the company’s fresh thinking and commitment to creating inspiring spaces, designed to enhance and highlight their broad cross-sector work and engage clients, staff and future talent.

From cultural works such as 50 renewal projects at the Sydney Opera House or the new Southern Entrance and Parade Ground at the Australian War Memorial to a 30-storey high-rise commercial building and five-star hotel in the Parramatta CBD and even the new Sky-Safari experience at Taronga Zoo Sydney, their scope and depth of expertise is immense covering more than 20 sectors in the built environment.

Marking a coming of age and a new era, the rebrand crystalises the breadth of work the studio’s four directors, Doug Southwell, Thomas Hansen, Nicholas Bandounas and Edward Salib have delivered together with their 50-staff strong team of architects, over the past five years winning diverse cross-sector projects and some of Australia’s headline design competitions, bringing the practice firmly into the tier one space.

Thinking in New Dimensions: the new thinking that’s behind Scott Carver’s evolution as a practice which has led to a rebrand

The directors are excited to share the studio’s new identity and are committed to continue delivering innovative solutions to their clients and communities.

How does Studio.SC actually demonstrate thinking in new dimensions?

Co-Managing Director Thomas Hansen explains:

“The places that are made for the future won’t be formed by perspectives that live in the here and now.”

“Our new guiding principle – “thinking in new dimensions” expresses our commitment and philosophy of always thinking differently, and drawing on new and diverse perspectives to ensure we consistently deliver an exceptional client experience and the best design outcome for our clients and community.

“The deep generalist and cross sector expertise that our team brings to every individual project, we have identified as our competitive edge. This depth of expertise is the lens through which every project is conceived and delivered.”

“We are ecstatic to be unveiling this highly considered new brand and identity for our much-celebrated studio and team. We care deeply about what we do and this investment reflects our commitment to continue to innovate and create value for our clients and communities, differentiating our offering and brand experience in the highly competitive industry we operate.”

Drawing from a 40+ year design legacy and rich history

Scott Carver was established in Sydney in 1983 by Stuart Scott and Malcolm Carver using innovative and entrepreneurial spirit across commercial and experiential projects, including several Sydney CBD towers, hotels and 16 venues for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Since then, the studio has developed to encapsulate a broad range of local and international experience across its specialist disciplines including architecture, interior design and urban design.

Flagship Projects across multi-sectors

As a Tier 1 practice , Scott Carver is best known for its residential and mixed-use precincts such as the Wentworth Point Masterplan, the redevelopment of the former Balmain Leagues Club, soon to be Rozelle Village as well as its Ironbark Apartments by City West Housing, an Affordable Housing project which won multiple awards at the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence in 2021 including Excellence in Affordable Housing Development and the President’s Award.

Significantly, they have been involved with the emerging Build-to-Rent sector since 2017, with their flagship 700 apartment project, The Gladstone South Melbourne for Greystar, on track for completion later this year. Their breadth within the hotel mixed-use market is evidenced through their recently topped out 43 storey Hotel Indigo and Branded Residences in Auckland, New Zealand. They also received high acclaim winning the design competition for their 30-storey, 50,000sqm commercial tower and hotel precinct located at 197 Church Street in the heart of Parramatta for client, Holdmark.

Studio.SC has also a deep involvement in many arts and cultural projects since its inception, such as preserving the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, with close to 50 projects in the last 14 years. The studio is currently delivering the New Southern Entrance and recently completed Parade Ground at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal in Sydney CBD and the renewal of Victoria Theatre in Newcastle, NSW’s oldest remaining theatre.

Studio.SC core values: Fearless. Bright. Aware.

Longest-standing director having worked at the practice for the past 20 years, Co-Managing Director Doug Southwell has been instrumental to the success and growth of the practice. He explains the meaning behind these values:

Fearless: Unconventional and Intrepid

“It takes real courage to question the status quo. Backed by our unwavering determination and well-earned confidence we’re not afraid to lead people to new ways of thinking,” he says.

Bright: Switched on and Perceptive

“We greet any challenge with our enthusiasm and experience. We’ve got an optimistic mindset combined with practical street smarts which lets everyone around us know that we’re ready to be a positive part of every solution,” he notes.

Aware: Informed and understanding

“We listen intently to the people and planet around us. They can tell we understand their perspective – allowing us to help and guide them when they need trusted advice,” he says.

Bringing the depth of experience of its 40+ year history, Studio.SC exists to push strategic design thinking forward – in every aspect, of every project.

“We design and deliver beyond what’s expected,” Mr Hansen says.

“Working in tune with our clients and the broader community to make a positive real-world impact, in more ways. Our approach considers both the big picture and the finer details, while our design skillset enables us to amplify opportunities at every step of a project.

“By listening to what’s needed and considering what’s possible, we draw on decades of design experience to deliver something different.

“Here, we don’t just create new ideas and new places. We think in new dimensions.”

Studio.SC will celebrate the rebrand with clients, friends, colleagues and peers at a gala event at the Ivy Sunroom on 4 July.

To explore the new brand identity for Studio.SC, please visit www.studiosc.com.au