Director biography

Owner / Director
NSW Architect Registration Board #8867 – Nominated Architect
Australian Institute of Architects Member #52121
Bachelor of Design (Architecture), Master of Architecture (Hons)


Inspired by a technical drawing course in high school that was cancelled due to lack of numbers, Daniel set out to explore his initial interest in architectural planning of residential dwelling houses.

The technical skills gained within a Diploma of Architectural Technology from Hunter Tafe were reinforced by the design vision and validation earned through studies at The University of Newcastle.

Daniel’s career in the building design industry started following Tafe, as an architectural draftsman with Zaia Architects on NSW’s Central Coast. He then progressed to become a graduate architect with the same firm, however this time as a Design & Construct (D&C) role under the banner of Enviroarch Australia.

During this period, Daniel gained experience in the D&C process by being involved in all stages of architectural design presiding over a number of award winning projects including residential homes, medium rise residential units and commercial fitouts. It was critical in his mind to gain real world and onsite experience to help validate the more conceptual & theory based design ideas being pursued at University.

After relishing the D&C experience and completing NSW Architect Board registration requirements in 2012, Daniel joined Quicksmart Homes (QSH) in North Sydney as their in-house architect, which afforded him the opportunity to extend his D&C knowledge into the growing modular design industry in Australia. His main task was to produce prefabricated residential housing, at scale, passively designed, and to a level that would challenge the current home building trends.

The role extended to involvement with QSH’s construction arm, RCQ Construction, and led to him being made Design Manager of all modular operations, nationally and internationally. Daniel was a highly experienced and respected professional within the modular industry which also demanded a working knowledge in the student housing, hotel, hospital, aged care, high-rise apartment and services sectors.

With experience in the design process at all levels, Daniel is a dedicated building design professional with an intimate understanding of the entire project development process. He has consistently reconfirmed his capabilities by completing design ahead of time, to an innovative level and to the rigour required when consulting with associated design disciplines.

Specialising in new residential homes & alterations and additions, Daniel’s areas of expertise include client brief analysis, design feasibility, design and documentation, external consultant integration & coordination, liaising with building suppliers, tender package preparation and design management from contract administration through to project delivery.

Studio Leith is the successful result of years of dedication in quite a unique architectural pathway.

When not at the drawing board, you’ll either find Daniel with his young family or at the Golf Course, on a cricket pitch or a football field.

If you’d like to speak with Daniel in particular, phone us & ask for him.