Woods Bagot

Practice Profile

Practice Name

Woods Bagot






Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace




Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm, with a team of over 850 people working across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

The firm’s unique ‘Global Studio’ philosophy drives unprecedented knowledge sharing and true collaboration across time zones, producing innovative, inspired and functional design solutions.

Underpinning Woods Bagot’s knowledge culture is Public, the firm’s research arm, created in collaboration with leading thinkers and academics.

Specialising in five key sectors – Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace – Woods Bagot’s diverse portfolio spans more than 140 years, a legacy of design excellence.

Disciplines: Architecture, Consulting, Interior Design, Urban Design, Master Planning







  • Woods Bagot COO on future-proofing business strategies

    In the third instalment of the series, AR talks to Larisa Moran of Woods Bagot about future business strategies and managing a practice in the current economic climate.

  • Woods Bagot COO on her role and how architects are undervalued

    In the second instalment of the series, Architectural Review speaks with Larisa Moran, the chief operating officer of Woods Bagot, about a ‘typical day’ and what makes the architectural industry unique.

  • Woods Bagot wins design competition for five-star Parramatta hotel

    Woods Bagot has won a design competition for Parramatta’s iconic mixed-use building at 8 Phillip Street. The 54-storey structure will include 35 levels of apartments, a proposed five-star hotel, rooftop bar and will integrate with the existing Heritage St Andrew’s Church and St Andrew’s Hall.

  • Video: Larisa Moran, COO of Woods Bagot

    Watch Larisa Moran in conversation with AR as she discusses some of the challenges that arise when working across multiple offices and time zones.

  • Ruyton Girls’ School

    The school’s design, by Woods Bagot, follows a model that prioritises natural light, flexible furniture, technology-enabled teaching, and learning spaces for task-based, student-centred flexible learning.

  • On infrastructure and risk: Larisa Moran

    “There’s something fascinating about being part of something that’s physically built. And you can touch and feel when the end product is complete. There’s a buzz that you can get out of that that you can’t get in many other industries.” Larisa Moran is chief operating officer at Woods Bagot, and discusses her role with AR.

  • Woods Bagot’s plans to construct hotel atop historical Sydney building

    Woods Bagot has submitted an application for the construction of a 22-storey hotel atop a heritage meat packing building on George Street, as Sydney continues to revamp its historic architectural sites.

  • An interview with Nik Karalis, CEO of Woods Bagot

    Nik Karalis is a man of vision and throughout his twenty-two years with Woods Bagot he has been an outstanding contributor to design and architecture on a global platform. As the new CEO of Woods Bagot with a background in interiors, he is leading his team into a new era.

  • Woods Bagot takes sixth place in the 2016 World Architecture Top 100

    Alongside Woods Bagot, four other Australian practices including Cox Architecture, Bates Smart, Buchan Group and GHD Woodhead have been celebrated in the 2016 World Architecture 100, a list of the world’s top architectural firms.

  • Inside Woods Bagot’s Brisbane studio

    Work takes up so much of our time and how we work depends on the function, practicality and comfortable interiors that an office can contribute. Michelle Bailey visits the new Woods Bagot studio in Brisbane to experience an office that celebrates design in the heart of the city.