Located in Newcastle, Rainsford Architecture & Design approaches all projects with passion and dedication to quality, design, ESD principles and above all ensuring the client achieves their vision. The practice has a strong belief in the functionality of design and feels that through the exploration of this a well considered, emotive, responsible and above all, well-designed solution can be achieved. We can provide services in project feasibility, concept development, architecture, interior design, contract administration, project management, drafting, marketing plans, 3D visualisation, presentation graphics, signage design and graphic design.

our history

Rainsford Architecture & Design is a multi-disciplinary practice that was established in Newcastle, NSW in 2012 by owner and principal, Ben Rainsford who with him brings a vast amount of experience within residential, public, retail and commercial project types.

our community

As a practice we believe in helping and promoting the progress and development of the community and city that we live and work in. We try to get involved in the happenings of the area and help out where possible both through the practice and as individuals.

our studio

Rainsford Architecture & Design utilizes the latest 3D BIM design and documentation software in order to accurately communicate the project vision at any stage of the process in both 2D and 3D. We provide design services for projects all over Australia with previous experiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Mudgee, The Hunter Valley & Newcastle.


01Residential - Small alterations and additions, single dwellings, multi-dwelling developments, apartment buildings, boarding houses and everything in between.

02 Commercial - We provide services for new builds and internal/external fitouts. We have experience in the design and documentation offices, retail outlets, bars, cafes, industrial buildings and amenity facilities. 

03 Education - We have experience designing early learning and childcare centres, through to primary school buildings and refurbishments. We can provide services for new buildings or refurbishments to existing. 

04 Planning - Regardless of the project type, we can provide planning and feasability advice to help kick-start your project and give you the confidence needed to move forward. 

our process

FEASABILITY & BRIEF Feasability and early concept studies will typically identify what is possible, what restrictions a site has and what assets are available to benefit the project. 

CONCEPT DESIGNIn the  concept design stage we use the findings of the feasability and site analysis and develop the design to suit the clients needs along with the site.

DEVELOPED DESIGN The Developed Design stage will see the progression of the concept design into a more detailed solution and often involves building approvals, either privately or by council.

DOCUMENTATION Construction Documentation follows the approval stage where we prepare the documentation needed to tender and build the project. This is typically via drawings, specifications, schedules and samples. 



>Originally educated at the University of Newcastle, Ben has been involved with all aspects of the art and business of architecture. Ben has a gained extensive and diverse experience within the industry across many areas ranging from small single room extensions to large multi-story mixed use developments..

>Over the years he has worked on many building typologies such as residential, childcare, retail, office space, hotels, public buildings, industrial developments, aged care and urban design, and approaches all projects with passion and dedication to quality, design, ESD principles and above all ensuring the client achieves their vision

>Prior to founding R(AD), Ben spent two years with CH Architects in Melbourne then moving to Sydney he was project architect at the award-winning Sydney firm, Johnson Pilton Walker, working alongside the likes of Jan Utzon & Richard Johnson. .

>Ben then became a senior architect at Sydney based studio, Haughton Design before moving back to his hometown of Newcastle as project architect at local firm EJE and then, running the Newcastle operations of Cameron Anderson Architects Pty Ltd before founding RAD