Ralph Wheeler is Owner and Director of RWA Sports Architecture, an Australian based architectural practice specialising in the design of sport, entertainment and community facilities.
Ralph has over 20 years experience designing a broad range of projects from masterplanning and concept design through to a full project delivery. As Project Leader, Ralph has been responsible for the day to day running of projects involving a high degree of technical and functional complexity, demonstrating abilities in the coordination of multi-disciplinary teams and the coherent translation of the client’s brief into built form.
Ralph’s experience includes delivering world-class projects at various AFL and rugby venues, cricket training facilities and horse racecourses throughout Australia. For example, the recently completed Margaret Court Arena sets a new global benchmark for indoor arena design. In 2015, it received a National Commendation from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Recent projects Ralph has completed with RWA include Melbourne Park Stage 3 Masterplan, Eagle Farm Racecourse Upgrades, St Kilda TAF Masterplan, Caulfield Racecourse Masterplan, Casey Demons AFLW upgrades, and the University of Queensland Fitness and Wellness Centre.
Rick is a talented Design Architect with over 12 years experience working on designs for numerous sports facilities in Australia and throughout Asia.
Rick’s love for sports architecture began while working for a previous employer where he fulfilled active roles in designing stadiums, arenas and COEX buildings. During this period he also led numerous design competitions for national and international projects.
Since joining RWA, Rick has been instrumental in the completion of many projects including Melbourne Park Stage 3 Masterplan, Eagle Farm Racecourse Upgrades, St Kilda TAF Masterplan, Wollongong Sports Precinct Masterplan, Casey Demons AFLW upgrades, and University of Queensland Fitness and Wellness Centre.
Being bilingual in English and Chinese has allowed Rick to work collaboratively throughout Asia, developing skills in project coordination, management and leadership.
Rick’s creative ability is enhanced by his outstanding presentation and 3D rendering skills that ensure design intent is effectively communicated. He has the unique ability to produce simple graphics to convey complex problems.
Damian is a highly experienced sports architect with involvement in a wide range of sports projects both nationally and internationally. Damian is particularly experienced in the delivery of large complex projects and is able to deliver optimal design outcomes.
Prior to joining RWA, Damian worked for Populous over a period of 10 years. Damian led the redevelopment of Spotless Stadium at Homebush to create a new home for the emerging GWS Giants and played a key design and delivery role in Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Damian was Project Architect on the Moonee Valley Racecourse Masterplan Report undertaken in 2014.
As a senior Design Architect, Damian provides valuable design input based on his specialist experience in designing sports facilities. His highly developed design and management skills also help coordinate daily correspondence with consultants and the design team, particularly during the design phases. Damian has successfully completed several projects for RWA including the Wollongong Sports Precinct Masterplan.
Pearl Lin is an experienced Project Architect based in Melbourne. Pearl became a registered architect in 2006 and has since completed a variety of commercial and residential projects. Pearl joined RWA in 2019 to assist with a several RWA projects within Melbourne's iconic MSAC sports complex. This included upgrades to the existing basketball facilities and entry foyer. Currently Pearl is assisting with the Sidney Myer Music Bowl upgrades to help coordinate the replacement of all existing seats and aisle lighting.
Pearl's meticulous attention to detail and her methodical approach to architecture are her strongest assets. Pearl plays a critical role on all RWA's Melbourne based projects.