Chris Dunkerley - Nominated Architect Reg. 4694

Director and Principal Architect of DTB. On graduating Chris worked at the University of NSW as a research assistant and tutor in natural lighting design and solar energy research, thus fostering his commitment to environmentally sustainable design. He then worked for four years in the United Kingdom in hospitality, commercial, recreational, residential and industrial fields. Chris’ heritage experience is grounded on this early experience on a major hotel complex requiring extensive renovation of two National Trust listed Victorian mansions and new buildings as well as major site infrastructure.

On returning to Australia Chris was project architect with a long standing and respected architectural firm specializing in grandstand and sporting projects including the Bradman Stand, Sydney Cricket Ground, Rosehill Racecourse, Canterbury Racecourse, Randwick Racecourse, Harold Park and various regional tracks. He has recently completed the $35M relocation of the Paceway to Menangle including Grandstand, Stalls, Administration, Retail, Hospitality and Media facilities.

In recent years Chris has undertaken over 300 refurbishment & infrastructure projects for the University of Sydney, Australian Catholic University, UTS, University of NSW and Macquarie University. Many of these included the design of a significant number of laboratory refurbishment projects, which expertise has now flowed beyond the University to commercial enterprises.

Further details of Chris’ career are available on the separate CV page.


Helga ten Brummelaar - Nominated Architect Reg. 4692

Having worked as Principal and Project Director at DTB for 10 years, Helga was hand picked for her particular skill set in strategic planning and took a two year break to expand her experience by assisting Sydney Water to consolidate and divest portions of their substantial land holdings.

At Sydney Water, Helga was Team Leader of the Strategic Programs Group responsible for the initiation and implementation of major strategies including Risk Mitigation of Trespass on Sites, options for the Workplace Accommodation Program for 2,000+ staff and amenity, feasibility and concept studies for the use of and development of major Sydney Water sites including prioritizing and development of numerous Heritage buildings.

Helga returns to DTB with renewed vigour and energy to resume her role as Project Director responsible for day to day management of specific projects while assisting with the Quality System, Human Resources, Profit reporting, Strategic Planning and Business Development.

In addition to her extensive experience in the health and aged care sectors, Helga brings a genuine passion for architecture and its place in community. She discusses plans closely with the users, presenting drawings and ideas, listening and then translating the feedback into the built form.


Antoinette Lee

Antoinette provides project management services for clients as distinct from architectural services and also assumes the role of internal programming and coordination for larger projects. Antoinette joined DTB in 2011 in the role of Practice Manager to oversee and continue the company’s Quality Management System. She assists in client and consultant coordination on several projects.

Antoinette has spent the last 20 years in design, property and development management. She has extensive experience in all stages of management for a wide range of projects including commercial office towers in the CBD, large scale, individual and multi-unit residential development within the Sydney metropolitan area, commercial, educational, retail, hotel and hospitality facilities.

Antoinette trained in Architecture prior to moving across to project management. She has vast experience in the “up front” preparation for construction including client and authority liaison, site investigation, feasibility studies, master planning, programming, coordination and management of the design, documentation & approval phases.

Antoinette prides herself on responding to the brief on time. She enjoys the challenges of coordinating the cross flow of information and interaction of the myriad parts of a project which create the entire package.


Robert Tayeh

Robert has recently joined DTB as senior architectural draftsperson and is returning to architecture after a break of several years, which allowed him to realize that his passion lies in architecture.

Robert has a number of qualifications, including an Advance Diploma in Architectural Technology. Prior to that Robert worked continuously as an architectural draftsman and CAD technician for 15 years.

He has a reputation as a conscientious worker and meticulous detailer. He has spent his time so far with DTB detailing discrete packages of tender documentation for a new high school seniors wing.


James McHugh

James has recently joined DTB as a graduate architect, he has a Master and Bachelor certificate in Architecture from the University of New South Wales. He has a practical background in residential construction, working on site through his fathers construction company from an early age.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of a number of residential and small commercial projects, helping with the design and drafting process from concept right through to construction. This includes projects such as an Eco-tourist resort in Bundeena, as well as a residential home in the hinterlands of Byron Shire.

James joins DTB to continue to learn and develop his skill set within the field, through the exciting commercial projects ahead.


Vanessa Elias

Vanessa joined DTB late 2016 in a part-time capacity while studying and is just about to complete the Bachelor of Interior and Architecture at UTS. She has a Diploma in Design in Visual Communications and has worked as an Architectural Draftsperson on numerous residential projects.

Vanessa enjoys the learning process and is employing her skills and learning to commercial projects. While with DTB Vanessa has been working on concept and tender documentation for animal holding facilities for a university, expansion of an existing Council water play facility, kitchen upgrades to an early learning centre, rectification works for a university student accommodation and tender documentation for a new high school seniors wing.

Vanessa has also been working on the for construction documentation for unit upgrades at an aged care facility and has been assisting with the construction documentation for the University of Sydney upgrades to laboratories and teaching spaces.


Belinda Brown

Belinda has supported the team in the role of Administration and HR Manager since 2002. Prior to joining DTB Belinda was with the Fundraising Department of Royal North Shore Hospital and with the Commonwealth Bank as Executive Assistant overseeing the accounts of several departments.