Carr’s next generation of leaders

18 June 2024
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Carr is pleased to announce the succession of Stephen McGarry, David Brooks, and Richard Beel to Directors – a move that represents the next generation of leaders.


Director Stephen McGarry. Portrait by James Braund.

The Directors have overseen awarded and anticipated residential, commercial and hospitality projects over the past decade, including 835 High Street in Armadale, Como Terraces in South Yarra, The International in Brighton, 116 Rokeby in Collingwood, United Places, and Jackalope.

As Directors, they look forward to continuing their commitment to the studio and its longstanding and future clients.

Stephen says, “Alongside the unique and innovative design outcomes, the consistently successful delivery of each project from conception to completion is a testament to the talented team we have at Carr and what we will build on.”

David adds, “I am very excited about continuing to develop projects with our clients centred around placemaking, craftsmanship and thoughtful resolution.”

Richard also shares, “This is an exciting time for Carr, working and collaborating on such a diverse range of ambitious projects and wonderful clients across Australia.’’

Stephen, David, and Richard will work closely with CEO Nick Carr to foster a strong collaborative and diverse environment that brings together all disciplines and sectors. Their combined knowledge and optimism will further strengthen Carr’s rigour for innovative and considered design as the studio moves into its sixth decade.

Director David Brooks. Portrait by James Braund.
Director Richard Beel. Portrait by James Braund.

After 13 years with Carr, Managing Director Chris McCue leaves Carr having made a tremendous contribution. We thank Chris and wish him well with his next steps.

Founding Principal Sue Carr says, “We are grateful to Chris for his leadership during a period that has experienced significant growth in architecture particularly, through his focus and initiatives. The elevation of Stephen, David and Richard as Directors signifies the outstanding contribution of each to the studio.  Over the past decade, they have laid the foundations as leaders at Carr and within the industry. It is an exciting chapter for the studio, and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Carr has a series of milestone commercial and residential developments due for completion in the coming months, including 116 Rokeby in Collingwood, Como Terraces along the river in South Yarra, Brunswick Yard, and The International in Brighton.

Carr’s portfolio of projects will continue to widen under the leadership of Stephen, David and Richard.

The leadership succession of Stephen, David and Richard coincides with Carr relocating to 116 Rokeby Street in Collingwood later this year, re-enforcing an era of exciting transition and future commitment for the team.

After calling Flinders Lane home for the past 20 years, the studio’s new residence is a Carr-designed passive building, founded on the desire to shape spaces that harness the fundamental characteristics of natural light, adaptability and environmental sustainability.

CEO Nick Carr says of the new appointments, “Broadening our project typology at Carr has been one of our long-term strategies to leverage our continual growth across interior design and architectural disciplines. Stephen, David and Richard have designed and delivered some of our most significant projects across our residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. We are very excited to take the next step in this strategy, which will help define Carr’s sixth decade.”