Rob Backhouse

We have the opportunity to change how people feel, how they work, how they live. On every project, we want to create something people love walking into – a place that inspires them.”

Rob is instrumental in shaping Hassell’s ambitious design culture, both as a designer and Chair of our Board of Directors.

An interior designer, Rob is now widely known for his work on collaborative, integrated projects drawing on diverse disciplines and perspectives. In 2017 IDEA awarded him the gold medal – their highest honour – for his enduring contributions to Australia’s design culture over the course of his career. In 2022, Rob was welcomed into the Design Industry of Australia’s (DIA) Hall of Fame.

Rob’s international, award-winning projects range from some of the world’s largest and most complex workplaces to residential developments and one-off residences.

He’s an engaging, instinctive leader who inspires by example. He’s also an eloquent advocate for the value of design, and is regularly invited to contribute to academic programs, industry publications and international design events.

Now working on his PhD at RMIT University, Rob loves the visceral, tangible impact great design has on people every day – and the potential it has to transform a business or change an entire city.


  • Arup workplaces, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
  • Lendlease workplaces, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia / New York, US
  • Baker McKenzie, Sydney, Australia
  • Medibank Place, Melbourne, Australia
  • ANZ Centre, Melbourne, Australia


Principal / Chair



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