Neil Appleton

Practice Executive, Directors

Neil Appleton is a design Director of Lyons renowned for his expertise in sustainable urban design, collaborative work and learning environments and major specialist research and laboratory facilities. Over 30 years’ experience in delivering highly complex, large scale public and private sector projects has made Neil a leader and expert in every stage of a project’s development. In particular, he possesses specialist skills in leading the design and briefing process with multiple stakeholders and organisations, and in presenting design concepts to all levels of client organisations.

Within Lyons and across Australia Neil is recognised as a highly innovative architectural thinker. He brings leading edge skills and a human-centred design focus to the projects he leads, and in his role co-leading Lyons’ discursive approach to design; a creative coalescence of ideas – building cultural meaning in the visual world through design research about the City and an acknowledgment of country – that guide the development and design of Lyons’ award-winning projects.

The projects Neil has led prove him to be an outstanding mentor, leader and collaborator. Beyond the drawing board or meeting room, Neil generously shares his decades of experience with future architects and his contemporaries. He has been a member of, and chaired, numerous Australian Institute of Architects’ awards juries and is a visiting lecturer and critic in design at RMIT University.

  • Qualifications
  • Masters of Architecture, RMIT University

    Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours), RMIT University

  • Registrations


    New South Wales
    Western Australia

  • Memberships


    Fellow Australian Institute of Architects
    Australian Institute of Architects

  • Honours


    Chair of the RMIT Architecture Program Industry Advisory Committee (2016 – 2019)

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“Context is critical for us, not only the site and climate but the cultural and social context. Our client’s aspirations are at the core of our design thinking. Every project is an opportunity for positive change.”

Design philosophy

“We thrive on open and honest discussion. We are expert listeners but also bring our wealth of experience, research and strategic thinking to challenge norms and assumption, with the aim of designing with you the very best form of your project.”

Working with you

“Our industry is dynamic and ever changing. We are deeply interested in how our client’s organisation is changing – our collaboration methodology is structured to form a comprehensive understanding of this and to design to cater for that trajectory -so designing for real flexibility is paramount.”

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