About us 

About DDA Design Building DesignersAfter years in the industry the staff of DDA Design have established a reputation as a practical yet creative building design firm, one with a strong grasp of the economics and finer points of building spaces accessible for all people.

When necessary, we draw on the complimentary skills of top-quality professionals outside of our company who we have forged strong relationships with over the years. These specialists provide a huge range of design services that help promote equal accessibility.

DDA Design aims to provide clients with solutions that are innovative, economical, and efficient. These relationships allow us to broaden our capabilities and provide our clients with the exact design services that they require.

We accept design briefs for commercial, educational, industrial, and retail projects from clients throughout Victoria. We are also readily available to provide consulting services on new designs being created, to ensure that they are in line with all applicable standards for universal access.

First and foremost, our key personal are Disability Access Consultants accredited by the Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc. Our goal is to make sure that every citizen of Australia, no matter what their limitations or disability, is able to sufficiently access their home, commercial spaces, and other places they want to visit or patronise.

DDA Design is also registered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS.

 

Bruce Bromley

Bruce Bromley Accredited Disbaility Access ConsultantManaging Director

Accredited Disability Access Consultant
Association of Consultants in Access Australia, Inc. Membership No 187
Advisory, Auditing and Design

Bruce has over 32 years experience in disability access, architectural design, documentation & project management

He formed Equal Access Pty Ltd in 2007 in response to a growing recognition, that whilst businesses were being urged to respond to their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act, the majority of assistance available was focused almost entirely upon the needs of the individual with a disability without an understanding of the impacts and practicalities for building owners, managers and consultants.

Bruce also specialises in evacuation procedures and policy for people with a disability and is a member of the Fire Protection Association Australia.

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Livable Housing Assessor. Registration Number: 10002
    Download registration certificate Livable Housing Australia Assessor
  • Member Standards Australia development committee FP-017 Emergency Management Planning – Facilities (AS3745)
  • Endorsed Changing Places assessor
  • Member, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
  • Certificate of Technology – Architectural Drafting
  • Registered Building Practitioner. DP-AD 27678
  • Member “Fire Protection Association Australia” (FPAA). Membership #17022
  • Completed Vic Roads DDA design workshop for Road & Public Transport design.

Mark Krause

Mark Krause Disability Access ConsultantDisability Access Consultant
Association of Consultants in Access Australia, Inc. (ACAA) MN 552

Mark is a qualified architect and registered building inspector (limited) with over 34 years’ experience in building and construction in Victoria. He has vast experience in management of design, documentation and contract administration of building projects including all, planning permit processes, preparation of documentation, design drawings through to preparation and administration of contracts and major subcontracts in a range of both private, commercial and government building development projects.

Mark has a sound up to date knowledge of Building Regulations (2006) and legislative requirements / Building Act (1993), BCA, Australian Standards, Local Planning schemes, Rescode and council variations to Rescode, relevant rules and guidelines, Local and council service companies.

Mark has worked with local government in both public housing and school design ensuring compliance with Australian Standards for Design and Access mobility and the Disability Discrimination Act

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honors)
  • Diploma of Building Surveying
  • Registered Architect A.I.A
  • Registered Building Inspector. IN-L- 41690
  • Livable Housing Assessor. Registration Number: 20039
  • Member of Architeam Co-operative Ltd
  • Construction Industry White Card (formerly Red Card)
  • Member of Archicentre

Leonie Hargreaves

Leonie Hargreaves Building DesignerArchitectural Draftsperson & Building Designer
Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc. (ACAA) MN Pending

Leonie is an experienced registered draftsperson who has spent years developing her skills within the field of architecture encompassing projects ranging from the design & development stage, through to completion. Leonie’s experience has been within the domestic market and in small scale commercial projects. Leonie is looking forward to further learning and applying her skills in removing barriers and providing greater accessibility for everyone within the built environment; particularly for people with disability.

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Diploma of Building Design & Drafting

Kate Cowburn

Kate Cowburn Accredited Disbaility Access ConsultantAssociate Disability Access Consultant
Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc. (ACAA) MN 533

Kate is a qualified Occupational Therapist with over 5 years of experience working with people with a range of disabilities across acute and community care. After pursuing some further studies in design she developed an interest in Inclusive and Universal Design.

Kate aims to combine her experience as an Occupational Therapist with her interest in design in order to advocate for people with disability, ensuring equal opportunities to access and participate in the built environment. She is working to provide specialist access advice for building compliance without losing sight of the functional needs of people with disability.

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Diploma of Access Consulting/ Qualified Access Consultant
  • Endorsed Changing Places assessor
  • LHA Design Guideline Assessor. Registration Number: 20038
  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy (Hons), Deakin University
  • Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card)
  • Member of Women in Design and Construction

Tanisha Cowell

Tanisha Cowell Disability Access ConsultantDisability Access Consultant
Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc. (ACAA) MN 527

Tanisha has 5 years of direct experience working with individuals with disability, and more recent indirect experience working in disability access.

Her knowledge of the intertwined influence of the person, their environment and the activities conducted therein through occupational therapy theory and principles, allows for an in-depth understanding of the importance of businesses to provide accessible built environments and adhere to their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Certificate III Health Services Assistance
  • Endorsed Changing Places assessor
  • Registered LHA Design Guideline Assessor No 20127
  • Bachelor Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card)
  • AHPRA Registration No: OCC0002093504
  • Board Member of Centre for Universal Design Australia
  • Panel Advisory Member – Living Future Institute Australia
  • Standards Representative – Consumers Federation of Australia
  • Member of Women in Design and Construction

The Tedster

AKA Teddy
Staff Relationship Manager & Office Counsellor

The Tedster HR Manager_RETeddy is our Human Relations manager and staff counsellor, his role within the company is to personally greet all staff at the door on their arrival and welcome them with a tail wag.

He takes his role very seriously and if need be is more than willing to have one on one counselling sessions whenever required which include hugs to show how much he cares.

Teddy often assists Reception by greeting clients and couriers upon their arrival and determining the reason for their visit.

Teddy has worked in both the private and government sectors and specialises in Specialist Disability Accommodation and Assistance Animal Consultation and Translation.

Affiliations/Qualifications

  • Diploma of Leadership & Management
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Member Australian Counselling Association
  • Member Australian Institute of Business
  • Apprentice Access Consultant, Specialist Assistant Animal Consultant