We’re always up front with you. We value your opinions and what you’re looking to achieve, but will also share our professional opinion on what we think will work best. We’ll be transparent and explain things clearly all the way through the process.
We think imagination and creativity are more precious than gold. But we don’t want your ideas to exist only in your head. So we use cutting-edge, innovative technology, including 3D rendering, walk throughs, and even virtual reality(!) to help you visualise what your home will look like. Then we use every tool at our disposal[…]
We’re not mind readers, but it’s our job to be! So we ask questions, we listen, we research, and we don’t stop until we’ve understood exactly what you’re picturing in your mind. Not just the style and the basic details, but even your personal take on the style, and what it is you love about[…]
We know building or renovating can be stressful, so we do everything we can to avoid nasty surprises for you, and keep the project flowing as smoothly as possible.Before we even meet with you, we’ll research the site and find out any constraints. We’ll work out what other consultants you’re likely to need, and[…]
If you start with inaccurate or unclear plans, you’ll have issues leading to poor construction or the need for redesign work.We don’t rely on existing plans, or anyone else’s accuracy—we do our own measuring. You know the saying, “Measure twice, cut once”? We take it seriously.We make the plans clear and easy to[…]
You’d think we wouldn’t have to say this, but unfortunately, it’s not always true. We don’t settle for second-rate design. We don’t cut corners. We take all aspects of design into consideration, including form and proportion, energy efficiency and sustainability. Everything we do is done for a reason and with a purpose. We strive to[…]
The UDS Team
Dave Russell – Director / Head Honcho
Dave’s passion for architecture and design began in high school, when he had to design a house as a school project. After the project was over, Dave continued to spend hours sketching home designs in his spare time. When he finished school, he went straight into the industry, working and studying simultaneously.
The experience and mentorship Dave received over 15 years helped shape his philosophy of design, and he started Urban Design Solutions with a vision of producing high quality designs and documentation while focusing on the individual needs and lifestyles of each client.
Dave enjoys watching clients’ faces when he presents their design to them, and they visualise themselves living in their new home. He truly cares about the outcomes he and his team achieve for their clients, and about bringing their ideas to life.
He loves spending time with his family, and watching his two young kids grow. He’s interested in property investing and development, and in sport… but guess which he spends more time on?
Peter Clyne – Senior Designer
Having over 17 years’ experience in all aspects of the building industry. From real estate and finance, to design and residential construction, Pete is passionate about the building industry and believes that great customer service should be the cornerstone of any business and project. Pete developed his design skills over 9 years before starting his own successful design business on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Relocating to Brisbane in 2019, Pete joined our team and is a valuable asset.
In his own business, Pete had the philosophy that, at times, the building process can become more complicated than it needs to be. His aim to keep things simple for clients, so that the clients can have the positive experience they deserve, aligning with the philosophy at UDS.
Pete’s core values include:
- Ensuring a high level of customer service so that customers feel they are valued and always informed about where they are in the process.
- Striving for continual improvement of processes and standards.
- Versatility to adapt to changing circumstances and business environments.
- Ability to meet and communicate with people on their level and develop rapport.
Jana Crnjanin – Designer and CAD Technician
With 15 years industry experience as a master technician, primarily in Interior Design, Jana completed her Diploma of Building Design in 2016 and is gaining in experience and skill at a rapid rate, bringing her documentation skills to our team and maintaining our high standards.
Jana’s ability to convey design intent and buildability through thoughtful, concise documentation is a rare talent. Jana’s background is broad; from delivering documentation for large government fit outs to small office refurbishments, hospitality packages, retail and residential projects.
Jana has a passion for documentation and believes that her skills in this area give her the ability to serve clients in a way that can help them not only in the design and documentation stage, but also moving into approvals and ultimately construction.
Jodie Jonasen – Customer Service
Jodie is a highly experienced administrator, with proven record of generating, developing and maintaining key business relationships. Proficient at managing projects from concept to completion, Jodie has industry experience spanning 21 years, working in trade businesses (including her own very successful Roofing business) as well as experience with a certifier/town planner, combining all of these skills very successfully to help our clients wherever and however she can.
Jodie believes the key to good customer service is building good relationships with clients. Delivering professional, helpful, high quality service and assistance before, during, and after the customer’s requirements are met, making sure the needs and desires of all clients are taken care of.
Jodie’s goal is to provide a positive, helpful and friendly environment to ensure clients leave with a great impression.
Shari Hope – Junior Building Designer
Shari has a background in interior design, but after completing renovations on her own home, she knew she wanted to be a building designer.
Her passion is solving problems—she’s constantly meeting challenges head-on, overcoming design obstacles whenever they present themselves (which is often in our line of work!). Every time she finds solutions that make homes more liveable and workable, she’s reminded again how much she loves her job.
Joanna Kane – Interior Design
With over 12 years’ experience in the Interior Design industry, Joanna has led many notable projects throughout Queensland, New South Wales and overseas. Joanna’s passion is to create considered and distinctive spaces that enhance people’s lifestyles, within budget, whether it be of a contemporary style or traditional or somewhere in between.
Guided by the client’s objectives, Joanna creates high quality interiors which balance aesthetic design together with functionality, crafting initial visions into signature surroundings. The finished project will reflect our commitment to meticulous planning and strong design, ensuring property enhancement both aesthetically and in added value.
This is our team, supported by our additional contract drafters as required and our outstanding consultant team, such as tailored artwork (art assets), landscape designers, engineers, town planners and certifiers, we can help with all aspects of your project, including finding a suitable builder for construction!