A team that cares and one you can rely on ...

Since starting the business in July 2002, owners Donna and John Harding-Smith have been passionate about their work and determined for Lateral Building Design to be the best!

John is a Registered Building Practitioner and along with our design team has qualifications in building design, architectural drafting and building construction. Donna is our Business Manager and together with the admin team looks after all of the admin, clerical and financial roles.

We're also members of the Building Designers Association of Victoria and professional development is important so we can provide the best services to you.





We're approachable and professional with our team, clients and consultants and we are striving for success all the time. Our line of work can be frustrating however enjoying our work and having fun not to mention being proud of our successes makes it all worthwhile.

We've completed thousands of projects and are thrilled that we have a 95% success rate in achieving permits for our clients! How good is that? It's important to us that you're comfortable with us and confident that we know what we are doing!

Our Services

Community service

It's important to us to play an active role in the community and to 'give-back', which we do in a number of ways:

Children of Gambia Services (CoGS) Australia
Donna is a co-founder and Treasurer of this charity which provides international aid to a village in The Gambia, a very remote part of West Africa.

www.cogsaustralia.org.au
www.facebook.com/CogsGambiaAustralia

Rotary Club of Ringwood
Donna & John were formally inducted as members in May 2015 and look forward to supporting worthwhile causes and events close to home.

www.ringwoodrotary.org.au

Uplift Project
This charity collects new and used items of clothing, particularly, bras which are distributed to many countries where young girls and women simply cannot afford to buy them.
 

www.upliftbras.org

Guide Dogs Victoria
We've raised and/or sponsored 10 guide dog puppies. Sometimes the puppies come to work where they learn how to behave in an office environment. They are also quite cheeky and often enjoy sneaking out from under the desk when we're not looking! Check out the pics of the gorgeous puppies on their site.

www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au

Introducing some of our team

John

John


Design Manager
Certificate of Technology - Building (Architectural Drafting)
Registered Building Practitioner

First day at LBD: 1/7/2002

Likes / hobbies
Golf, reading and good red wine!

Favourite quote
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality" - Walt Disney

Donna: Business Manager

Donna


Business Manager
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

First day at LBD: 1/7/2002

Likes / hobbies
Learning new things, looking after guide dog puppies, dining out, keeping fit

Favourite quote
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been."

Mark

Mark


Senior Designer
Associate Diploma of Architectural Drafting
Certificate in Building Thermal Performance Assessment (Residential)
Member BDAV

First day at LBD: 1/7/2002

Likes / hobbies
Movies, classic cars, photography, technology and cycling rail trails.

Favourite quote
"Do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be....yeah"

Kym

Kym


Senior Designer
Certificate of Applied Science - (Architectural Drafting)
Registered Building Practitioner

First day at LBD: 16/1/2012

Likes / hobbies
Reading extensively!!, Bikram yoga, days at the beach with my mini Dachshund, Tilly

Favourite quote
"The key to great design is capturing the spirit of the Client and the essence of the space".

Jane

Jane


Building Designer
Advanced Diploma of Building Design & Technology


First day at LBD: Oct 2008

Likes / hobbies
Renovating, gardening, tennis, wine and cheese!

Favourite quote
"Design is not just what it looks and feels like, but also how it works!"

Kath

Kath


Building Designer
Advanced Diploma of Building Design & Technology


First day at LBD: 14/11/2011

Likes / hobbies
Bike riding, travel, red wine & family

Favourite quote
"The longer you leave it, the harder it gets."

Cass

Cassandra


Building Designer
Advanced Diploma of Building Design & Technology

First day at LBD: 28/10/2014

Likes / hobbies
Horses, snowboarding, yoga and of course great food and wine!

Favourite quote
"Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try" - Michael Jordan

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Ben


Building Designer
Diploma of Building Design & Drafting 

First day at LBD: 10/10/2016

Likes / hobbies
Sports, movies, comedy and travel

Favourite Quote
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right"

Liza

Liza


Building Designer
Advanced Diploma of Building Design

First day at LBD: 28/10/2014

Likes / hobbies
Good food, historical architecture, and learning about the world

Favourite Quote
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

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Catherine


Building Designer
Advanced Diploma of Building Design - Architectural

First day at LBD: 10/07/2017

Likes / hobbies
Dancing, skiing, photography and antipasto platters.

Favourite Quote
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle

Lynley

Lynley


Admin Assistant

First day at LBD: 21/6/2010

Likes / hobbies
Reading, shopping, listening to music, spending time with my family

Favourite quote
"Happiness is found along the way not at the end of the road."

Kelly

Kelly


Reception / Admin 

First day at LBD: 28/9/2009

Likes / hobbies
Family holidays, dinner with friends, being creative

Favourite quote
"Happiness is the highest level of success"

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Zoe

Marketing & Communications

First day at LBD: 25/5/2017

Likes / hobbies
Mexican food, travelling and a good book

Favourite quote
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will" - Susy Kasem