Individual or bespoke building design has its rewards: one-on-one contact with client, builder or owner-builder.  Designing around location demands (one standard design does not suit everyone or site) and your choice of builder. Many times an award winner, formally qualified altogether with years of practical design experience in this state.

Enjoy your design creation experience with ACW or WDG

A little about us

Following years of study at design school, winning awards and working in drawing offices,  Alex branched out on his own in the belief that he could provide a personal affordable approach to the design of buildings, not only for homeowners but also builders and developers, bringing together both experience and fresh ideas.

Rather than being part of a large company, the client or builder benefits by becoming directly involved with all aspects of the building’s design on dealing with Alex – without costly overheads. This makes it affordable and  a raft of independent consultants are available should they be required.

Projects come from many sources: private clients/owners, commercial syndicates or the wider community.

With a design based education the approach has always to bring robust critique about the design: some practical ideas, others unique, or, slightly different, always working with the owner on their very own  place. Often the circumstance or the brief is complex: a mixture of demands where regulations, policies and a desire to deliver on a creative opportunity, will always result in that no two projects being the same.

Alex also recognized how important it is to continue with education – a lifelong journey.  Heritage too has become evident more-so than ever before.  Over time Alex has added university qualifications to meet this challenge and to work his design skills further,  for example:  Master in Cultural Heritage (Deakin) enriching work in heritage.   Master in Planning (Deakin) (Professional)(Urban Design) working  beyond just the place – the built environment.  An RAIA certificate on the Business and Practice of Architecture (Newcastle) .  All have proved beneficial in easing the approvals process but they also deliver on marrying both aspects of creativity, policy and practice.  Similarly by belonging to and supporting many Institutes and Associations such as: Planning, Heritage, Design, Building, Building Designers, Architects and the like, the memberships ensure keeping abreast of current issues while maintaining professional development.  Alex has mentored TAFE students in a design unit for many years.

Have a thorough look through the website – should you be interested in pursuing a design for any sort of building including heritage or place-making project,  Alex will certainly be your person.


In support it is often a requirement to provide specialist services:
In addition to consulting with local authorities,
Willis Design Group P/L augments the services as determined:

  • Structural Engineer
  • Hydraulics
  • Land Surveyor
  • Interior Designer
  • Landscape
  • BCA Compliance & Certification
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Modelmaking
  • Heritage
  • Fire Services Engineer
  • Traffic Engineers
  • Estimator
  • Acoustic Engineer
  • Soils Analysis
  • Thermal Assessor
  • Planners
  • Drone


Golden Key International Honour Society. Top 15% on university academic performance.

Building Designers’ Association of Western Australia and National Designers Association of Australia.

Winner and or finalist of different residential/commercial/heritage categories within the following years:

1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2017

Housing Industry Association of W.Aust. Home of the Year: 1989, 1993, 1994.

Sponsors’ Awards: 1995, 1995, 1996, Western Power, CSR Monier.

James Hardie.

Student awards/certificates – winner category:

Pyneboard Fine Furniture.

Peter Sim Industrial Design.,

Leederville Technical College: Top Student Interior Design.