Donovan Payne Architects is an Australian Architectural practice specialising in Community Projects, Sporting Facilities, Offices, and Aquatic Complexes.  With over 300 buildings designed and built, we are the right people for any project.

The directors and staff have completed the design and delivery of more community-based centres in Australia than any other professional consultancy in the country. This list includes:

  • Cafes
  • Community Housing
  • Aquatic Centres

  • Libraries
  • Offices
  • Community Centres

  • Dry Sports Centres
  • Stadiums
  • Gymnasiums

Our designs are respected by our clients and our peers.  In 2016 we received a commendation in the WA Architecture Awards, and three National Timber Design Awards; as well as reaching the finals in 5 other national competition categories.

We also like to take on unusual projects that need unexpected solutions, including luxury housing and residential, as well as sculptural works.  No matter the type of works that we undertake, we have a strong focus on the following:


Donovan Payne Architects is committed to the long-term sustainability of buildings within Australia. Our staff are made up of specialised Architects who focus on modern passive sustainable design and embodied energy minimisation. For the client, this means that your operational costs will be the lowest that they can be. For the environment, this means the future of Architecture!


When dealing with public projects, Donovan Payne are serious about equal access throughout our buildings. We were at the forefront of designing accessible pools in Australia, and are constantly pushing the boundaries for public Architecture. For the client this means serious accessible credentials that gives an extra dimensions to your public facilities.

Unique Outcomes

Whether your project budget is $100 thousand or $100 million, clients have the right to expect a unique identity for their facilities. No two Donovan Payne solutions are the same, and this results in the highest quality buildings with the most relevant features for your project.

Donovan Payne Architects are geared to tackle projects of any size and complexity.  Although the majority of our projects sit between five and twenty million dollar budgets, our office is familiar with offering full Architectural services from smaller renovations up to large stadium jobs.

  • Our Biggest Project to Date
  • $80,ooo,ooo
  • Aquatic Complex and Stadium
  • Our Smallest project to Date
  • $3,000
  • Greenfield Site Masterplanning

For over 20 years, Donovan Payne Architects has delivered affordable community projects across the State and around Australia, from Broome to Albany and from Balga to Toowoomba. The attention to budget detail and our focus on strong client relationships has been the reason for our success in winning projects and delivering outstanding results.  Donovan Payne Architects’ experience has encompassed the full range of community-based projects from large multi-purpose recreation facilities such as the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre in Sydney designed for the Water Polo events at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, to smaller, very economical facilities for both local and remote communities.

International Projects
National Projects
Local WA Projects
Remote Projects

Donovan Payne Architects offers services in all aspects of architecture, from full service to project management services:


The majority of our projects are full-services Architecture. We act as the primary consultant and project manager and guide you through the entire process from day 1 until practical completion of the building. This methodology has consistently provided the best results for both the Architect and client.

Project Management

The Donovan Payne project staff are well-trained in project management techniques, and can manage a wide variety of delivery methods. Due to the unequaled depth of training an Architect must undergo to register, they are ideally placed as the best project managers.

Master Planning

Developers and Local Government clients often engage Donovan Payne to create development plans with scopes spanning from several years to several decades. Our 20 year history as Donovan Payne means that we have seen several of our master plans come completely to fruition. Clients can trust the accuracy and innovation of a Donovan Payne Master Plan.
The work Donovan Payne carried out was professional, exactly as required, and resulted in a great new facility for the town.
J Epis, CEO - Shire of Leonora
The city has engaged Donovan Payne Architects over a number of years and has been very satisfied with the professional services provided over this period.
M. Hall, Manager of Projects - City of Mandurah
We have been very satisfied with their professional services over this period, in particular Carl Payne and Scott Oswald. [Donovan Payne] has produced what will be a distinctive new contribution to the sports infrastructure in Armadale.
A. Barnett, Director of City Projects - City of Armadale
We have no doubt that Donovan Payne’s participation with us was one of the reasons for our success in the bid. Donovan Payne offered contemporary community-based sport facility architecture of a type that was not generally envisaged in Singapore at that time.
C. Vickery, Principle - Elton Roade Architects
Carl and Kim were straight-forward to work with – they were well-versed in the layout and technical requirements of the project; and they were positive about integrating local design practice and construction methodologies into the scheme.
A. Ford, Elton Roade Architects
The school relied heavily on Carl’s expertise to continue to drive the project. St Hildas has an exceptional, aesthetically pleasing, highly functional facility.
J. Shepherd, Principal - St Hildas Anglican School
I am pleased to provide a reference regarding the capability of Donovan Payne Architects as experts in the design of Aquatic Leisure Centres and can confirm that I would have no hesitation in commissioning Donovan Payne Architects again.
T. Reed, General Manager - Waverley Council
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Donovan Payne Architects are always looking for new and exciting projects to take on. Whether it is Community, Commercial or Residential, our team has the expertise to deliver a unique and tailored solution.

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