Prior to the establishment of Dunn Architects, the principal, Russell Dunn, was employed in the retail design field. Over an eight year period  Russell was involved in the design and documentation of twenty three shopping centre extensions, a large number of shop fitouts and undertook many tenancy coordination roles.

Perhaps the most notable retail experience was Russell’s role as Project Architect on the $100 million extension to the Castle Towers Shopping Centre at Castle Hill, Sydney.



Client Manager/Regional Director, 1995 - 1997

B+N Retail Group Pty. Ltd., Mosman NSW

Project management, including project programming, preparation and administration of budgets, tendering, contract preparation, chairing/minuting project meetings and progress payment certification.

Construction management, including trade package tendering, trade contract preparation, programming, co-ordination of trades and contract administration.

Client management, including developing new business, preparing services proposals, fee negotiations, resolving terms of engagement, design presentations.

Personnel management, including leading and educating architectural and interior design staff, resources allocation/project programming, quality supervision, reviewing office skills requirements and administering contract staff.

Quality assurance, including implementation of new procedures, documentation standardisation, introduction of new software and information systems, staff training.

Marketing, including the introduction and promotion of graphic design, project management, construction programming, construction management and contract administration commissions.

Financial management, including preparation and monitoring of cashflow projections, invoicing, review of creditor status/follow up and reviewing expenditure/budgets/profitability.

Design, including interpretation of briefs, schematic design/retail planning and ongoing design overview through design development and contract documentation.

Senior Architect, 1990-1995

Buchan Group Architects, Sydney

Project Architect through design development, construction documentation and contract administration phases of $90 million, fast-track additions and alterations to Castle Towers shopping centre, Castle Hill, NSW.

Project Architect for $1.5 million additions and alterations to shopping centre, Kogarah.

Concept design and retail  planning input for proposed $40 million refurbishment of Henderson Square shopping centre, Auckland.


Team leader for speciality retail component of $140 million refurbishment and additions to Grace Bros. store, Market street, Sydney.

Concept design input and DA documentation for $50 million shopping centre at former Grace Bros. site, Broadway, Sydney.

Job Captain, 1989 - 1990

Buchan Group Architects, Melbourne

Job Captain through sketch design and design development phases for 20,000 sqm GLA office building, Moonee Ponds; additions and alterations to regional shopping centres in West Melton and Northcote, Melbourne.

Input to concept design and retail planning for proposed 40,000 sqm GLA shopping centre, Auckland


Cafe alterations: Maroubra, Malabar and Bronte;

Veterinary clinics: Waterloo, Alexandria and Brookvale

Illawong Shopping Village additions

High rise residential/retail Central Avenue, Manly NSW    

Bondi Carousel DSS Offices, NSW    

Leichhardt Marketplace Shopping Centre, NSW

Rowes Arcade, Brisbane, QLD    

Westpac Mosman Branch, Mosman, NSW

Cinema Complex, Bangalore, India

Bay Village Shopping Centre, Bateau Bay, NSW

Parabanks Shopping Centre, SA

Shellharbour Square Shopping Centre, NSW

Suncorp Banking Branches, NSW and QLD     

Liverpool Town Centre Arcade, Liverpool, NSW

Canberra House Arcade, ACT

Dapto Shopping Centre, Dapto, NSW

Grace Bros Site, Broadway, Sydney, NSW

Henderson Square Shopping Centre, Auckland, NZ

Kogarah Town Centre, Kogarah, NSW

Grace Bros Centre, Market St., Sydney

Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill, NSW

Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, Northcote, Vic.

Deer Park Shopping Centre, Deer Park, Victoria

Sky City Shopping Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

West Melton Shopping Centre, West Melton, Vic.

Knox City Shopping Centre, Knox, Victoria

Epping Plaza Shopping Centre, Epping, Victoria

Sky City Shopping Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Central Post Office Redevelopment, Auckland, NZ