HDR Rice Daubney

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HDR Rice Daubney
Practice information
Firm typeSubsidiary of HDR
  • Kevin Rice
  • John Daubney
Founded1976 (1976)
LocationSydney (head office)
Significant works and honors

HDR Rice Daubney, formerly Rice Daubney, is a Sydney based architectural practice with over 100 staff. It was established in 1976 by Kevin Rice and John Daubney, both formerly of Fombertaux Rice Hanly Since 2003 the practice's head office has been located at 110 Walker Street in North Sydney, a building that was designed by Rice Daubney in the late 1980s. In 2013 the firm was acquired by HDR, a US-based architectural, engineering and consulting firm and rebranded as HDR Rice Daubney.[1]

Rice Daubney have a broad range of work which covers most sectors of the architectural design industry. The firm has a strong emphasis on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a design tool and has also demonstrated a continuous desire to be at the forefront of implementing sustainable design practices in building. Rice Daubney pioneered the use of a new glazing system for multi-storey buildings and foresaw a shift away from high-rise office towers to lower-scale, more personalised buildings.[2]


In 1976 Kevin Rice left the firm Fombertaux Rice Hanly where he had been managing director and with another former employee of Fombertaux Rice Hanly, John Daubney jointly established Rice Daubney. Early projects that helped establish the firms reputation include the Queen Victoria Building renovation/restoration (completed 1986) and the Zenith Centre in Chatswood (completed 1987). Additional offices were opened in Jakarta in late 1987 and Brisbane in 2004.[2] In 2013 the firm merged with US-based global architecture firm HDR.[3][4]

When Kevin Rice retired in 1990, John Daubney took over as managing director.[2] Rice Daubney employ over 100 staff, the majority of these in its head office in Sydney.

Notable projects[edit]

HDR Rice Daubney has designed some of Australia's landmark buildings including the following major architectural projects:

Completed Project name Location Award Notes
1986 Queen Victoria Building renovation Sydney central business district
Orion Town Centre Springfield, Queensland
  • UDIA (Qld) State and presidents Award
1987 Zenith Centre Chatswood, Sydney
1987 Erina Fair Erina
  • RAIA Premier's Awards for Innovation in Design (2005)
Sunshine Coast University Hospital Kawana Waters, Queensland
The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown, Sydney
Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre and
Australian Advanced Treatment Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital
Randwick, Sydney
Liverpool Hospital Clinical Services Block 2 (CSB2) Liverpool, Sydney
2007 Rouse Hill Town Centre Rouse Hill, Sydney
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Urban Design Award
  • RAIA (NSW) Lloyd Rees Award for Outstanding Urban Design (2008)
  • Banksia People's Choice Award
2010 Coca-Cola Place North Sydney
  • Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards – NSW Development of the Year (2011)
  • Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards – Best New Sustainable Development (2011)
  • AIA NSW Awards Commercial Building Commendation for Outstanding Architecture (2011)
  • Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award – Development of the Year (2010)
  • NSW Excellence in Property Award (The Australian Property Industry) – The Environmental Development Award (2010)
  • New South Wales Excellence in Building and Construction Awards (Master Builder's Association) – Best Use of Glass (2010)
  • New South Wales Excellence in Building and Construction Awards (Master Builder's Association) – Energy Efficiency (2010)
388 George Street Sydney central business district

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rice Daubney Joins HDR Architecture" (Press release). HDR. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, Malcolm (13 January 2011). "Architect helped to develop and preserve Sydney: Kevin Rice, 1932–2011". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ Chua, Geraldine (24 October 2013). "Rice Daubney merges operations with global firm HDR Architecture". Architecture And Design. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Going for a premium? Some Australian architects are". BRW. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Website". Rice Daubney. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  6. ^ "The Rice Daubney-designed Ark-Coca-Cola Place is NSW Development of the Year Award Winner". Graphisoft. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Landmark Building Project Wins Major Awards". Theiss. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Ark Coca-Cola Place, Australia". AUrecon Group. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.

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