Individual or bespoke building design has its rewards: one-on-one contact to meet client, and or, builder requirements; designing around location demands (one standard design does not suit everyone) 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

Alex started the design  practice many years ago in the belief that he could provide a personal approach to the design of buildings, including: heritage, planning and place-making – bringing together both experience and fresh ideas.

Rather than being part of a large company the client benefits by becoming involved with all aspects of the building’s design and can deal directly with Alex or with your choice of builder.   A raft of consultants are available should they be required.

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

The approach has always to bring robust thinking about design: some practical ideas others slightly different working with the owner on their own dream place. Often the circumstance is complex: a mixture of regulations, policies and a desire to deliver a creative opportunity, resulting in that no two projects being the same.

Alex also recognised how important the planning process, heritage too has become ever more complex and requires upfront specialist skills to meet this challenge. Over time Alex has added qualifications: design skills required to ensure competence, diversity and interest. For example: a Master’s in Cultural Heritage and another Master’s in Planning (Professional)(Urban Design). This has proved beneficial in easing the approvals process. Similarly by belonging to many Institutes and Associations such as: Architects, Planning, Heritage, Design, Building 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.