03.05.2018

Robert McLauchlan Retires

Successful Designer and Industry Leader Retires

Robert McLauchlan, a Fellow and Past President of the BDAV, has retired from the workforce after running the successful design firm, McLauchlan & Associates Building Design Consultants, since 1979.

Rob leaves a legacy for the building design profession, being one of the ‘founding members’ of the BDAV. He contributed to the progression of the Association which has become the successful well-regarded industry body it is today. He  joined the Association in 1991, and served two consecutive terms as BDAV President, from 1993 to 1997, when the profession was going through a significant milestone, with the introduction of registration of building practitioners in Victoria, including Draftspersons. At that time, the BDAV had 42 members. It has grown significantly over the years, and currently has more than 1,700 members.

During his career in the industry, Rob has mentored and nurtured several Building Designers who worked for him, who have since gone on to run their own successful building design businesses, including Peter Jackson, Zol Nagy, Mal Waters, and Kevin Starling.

Rob leaves a successful, award-winning design business in the hands of another BDAV Member, Jahan Trevena, who recently bought the business, so the McLauchlan name will live on. The new owner is retaining the existing staff, including Steve Guiney who has been with Rob for 20 years, and Les Serin, Rob’s Technical expert, who has been with him for 25 years.

Rob and his wife, Gillian, will shortly embark on a well-earned overseas trip, starting in Paris and, upon their return, they intend to caravan around Australia. But no doubt there’ll be time for Rob to enjoy his passion for tennis and golf.

Congratulations Rob McLauchlan on a successful journey in the building design profession, and best wishes from all the friends you have made along the way.

Images are of Blackfriars Court, Toorak, for which McLauchlan & Associates won the 2001 BDAV Building Design of the Year
Images are of Blackfriars Court, Toorak, for which McLauchlan & Associates won the 2001 BDAV Building Design of the Year