James Watt-Smith

James Watt-Smith

Design Manager / Architect

Jim is a seasoned designer with nearly 40 years of experience in building design. He is well-regarded for his expertise, having collaborated with various Sydney councils, gaining in-depth knowledge of local regulations. As a registered building designer with BDAA and a registered class 2 practitioner, Jim’s work reflects exceptional quality and attention to detail. His extensive experience and commitment to excellence guarantee that each project he undertakes exceeds client expectations.

Professional Memberships


  • Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) member number: 6689
  • Regulated building design practitioner, Class 2, Midrise DEP00008089


  • Design Software Proficiency: Advanced skills in AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD, and other design software.
  • Project Management and Coordination: Proficient in Microsoft Project, with a strong track record of delivering projects on time and under budget.
  • Leadership and Communication: Experienced in leading design teams and collaborating with stakeholders to meet project goals.

Professional Achievements

  • James Hardie Design Award Winner, 1990
  • Third place, James Hardie Design Award, 1991
  • Recognized in local and national publications for innovative residential design projects.

Certifications and Professional Development

  • Continuous professional development through annual architecture and design conferences.

Employment History

2022 – Current – KBG planning and design

Professional Experience

Zac Homes, Penrith, NSW
Design Manager (2021 – 2022)

  • Lead the design department, setting strategic direction for both sales and production teams.
  • Innovate and introduce new home facades, improving market competitiveness and visual appeal.
  • Conduct detailed client consultations to create personalized design solutions that align with financial and aesthetic requirements.

DevelopCorp, Parramatta, NSW
Design Manager / Planner (2013 – 2021)

  • Managed architectural and planning operations for large-scale residential projects including townhouses and bespoke single-family homes.
  • Spearheaded the development of a $7 million waterfront luxury home, overseeing all phases from concept to completion.
  • Improved project delivery by streamlining design processes and enhancing cross-functional team collaborations.

Chateau Architects and Builders, Castle Hill, NSW
Consultant Architect Planner (2009 – 2010)

  • Directed the design and master planning for high-end residential building projects, with budgets up to $5.0 million.
  • Provided comprehensive client service from initial concept discussions through to final building approvals and construction oversight.

Australand, Rhodes, NSW
Architectural Design Manager (2003 – 2005)

  • Managed a team of eight in the design office, responsible for the architectural output across multiple residential developments.
  • Led the design and planning for over 2,000 residential units across Sydney, enhancing community offerings and architectural aesthetics.

Mirvac/HPA Architects, Parramatta, NSW
Senior Manager, Design Manager, Project Architect (1995 – 2003)

  • Integral leader in expansive residential projects that included luxury houses, community facilities, and large-scale lot developments.
  • Oversaw the design and construction of over 1,000 residential units, emphasizing sustainable building practices and innovative design solutions.

Self-Employed, Consultant Architect and Planner (2005 – 2021)

As a Consultant Architect and Planner, I have spearheaded multiple residential and commercial projects that emphasize sustainable design and innovative use of space. Key projects and roles include:

  • Master Planner and Designer for Chateau Architects and Builders: Led design and client consultations for luxury homes with budgets up to $5.0 million, ensuring bespoke client requirements were seamlessly integrated from conception through to construction.
  • Consultant Architect for DevelopCorp: Managed design and planning for diverse projects, including master planning, development approvals, and high-end residential constructions.
  • Independent Contractor for Various Developers: Provided architectural and design services across a broad range of projects, from small residential remodels to large-scale commercial developments. Developed unique design solutions that enhanced functionality and aesthetics, contributing to community development and architectural excellence.

Throughout my self-employment, I have maintained a commitment to high-quality, client-focused results, managing all aspects of architecture from initial design to final project completion.