Residential design services on Sydney’s lower north shore


Arc Design Studio

We provide design, documentation and project management services for residential projects including renovations, alterations and additions, interiors and landscape design.
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Our Residential
Design Services

We believe that communication is vital to success
throughout each stage of every project, and especially at
the start. We invest a great deal of time listening to our
clients and understanding their needs and aspirations, the
way they like to live, what their priorities are, and then
focus on what we can add to this - things we’ve learned
through our training and experience that perhaps clients
haven’t considered and which may enhance their project.

It is not a matter of us imposing upon clients our “vision” or “style” of architecture, but rather understanding their needs and bringing something new and unique to the mix that will hopefully surprise and delight them.

We believe that collaboration and the free exchange of ideas is essential to achieving the best design outcomes. We have great respect for the contribution our consultants make to each project – builders, engineers, and all the trades involved. Each has a particular skill set and getting their creative input can add value to a project, often increasing cost efficiency and resulting in better design.

Our studio has developed close working relationships with several trusted landscapers, interior designers, artists and building and construction professionals who share our desire to provide high quality, personalised services for clients. We also have a strong network of professional relationships with other architects. These relationships are often a source of referral work, as well as a valuable source of knowledge and ideas.

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  • / Concept Designs

    We produce schematic design options that respond to the challenges and opportunities of the brief.

  • / Design Development

    We develop and refine the preferred concept design until it is fully resolved and agreed with our client.

  • / Design Documentation

    We document the design in technical drawings and models (as required) to obtain planning approvals and competitive quotes from builders.

  • / Planning & Construction Applications

    We prepare and/or coordinate the documentation required by councils and/or certifiers to obtain planning and construction approvals.

  • / Project Management

    Depending on the scale and nature of a project, we may coordinate the trades and suppliers, or we may advise the client and work with their builder to deal with any design variations or unexpected issues that might arise during construction.


Mary Beatty is the founder
& Principal of Arc Design Studio


Our strength is seeing opportunities and inspiration where others see problems and constraints.

Our goal is to create designs which inspire and delight you.

Our practice is to work collaboratively with our clients and other professionals to provide the highest level of design quality and personal service.

Experience & Qualifications:

Mary achieved a High Distinction average in her Bachelor of Design, and a Distinction average in her Master of Architecture courses at the University of Sydney. She was included in the Dean’s Honour Roll in 2010 and was chosen to be a student participant in the Glenn Murcutt Master Class in 2007.

In 2010 Mary participated as a construction volunteer in the architecture student project “EgresStudio’s 3 Houses at Pokolbin” (now known as The Long House, Pokolbin).

During and immediately following her studies, Mary worked for several architectural practices, both large and small, including Simpson + Wilson Architects, Eeles Trelease Architects, and HASSELL.

After being approached to take on several small to medium sized residential projects, Mary established her own practice with Arc Design Studio in 2012.

“Having my own studio allows me to be across every stage of the project and every element of the design, from the very beginning to the very end. My clients appreciate that they can always speak with me directly about any questions, ideas or concerns they have throughout the life of the project. It is an enormously satisfying way to practice design.”

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  • Additional Services

    Will your neighbour’s proposed development affect your property?

    Arc Design Studio can review your neighbour’s development application and help you understand any impacts their proposed works may have on your property. If there are negative impacts, we can suggest options for alternative solutions that might reduce negative impacts and hopefully minimise expensive and stressful conflicts.

  • Additional Services

    Selling instead of renovating?

    If you’d rather sell than renovate, we can prepare Concept Designs for use with your sales campaign. This can help prospective purchasers visualise your property’s potential for improvement and help secure a sale and achieve a better price.

  • Additional Services

    Buying a home to renovate or rebuild?

    We can advise you on design opportunities, constraints, and possible planning issues to help you make an informed decision about what may be involved in turning your dream home into a reality before you commit to purchasing a property.

Arc Design Studio

Mary Beatty

0411 623 504
233-237 Military Road
Cremorne, NSW 2090 ABN 955 346 404 76

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