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Ruth Newman Architect (RNA) is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice with expertise across Residential, Commercial, Government, Retail and Hospitality Design.

The RNA Team

Introducing Ruth Newman Architect

Ruth Newman Architect is essentially an architectural practice but what we focus on is helping our clients uncover the amazing possibilities for their property. Whether you are looking for help with your residential, commercial, retail or hospitality design, we work with you to explore your options and work with you to achieve the best outcome for you and your needs. We guide you through the process just like a tour guide in Europe, knowing where to go, what to see and how to get there. We will tailor our designs to suit you and make sure the trip is the best experience of your life.

Meet our team

Ruth Newman

Meet Ruth Newman

I established Ruth Newman Architect in 2006, having worked in a variety of architectural practices throughout Sydney and Wollongong. Having my own practice was always one of my goals and our relocation to the Sutherland Shire provided the ideal opportunity to make that dream a reality. I am really passionate about what I do and love the opportunity to help people make the most of their ideas and their money to get what they need in their property. Being an architect was my plan when I was 10 years old and I have loved it from the day I walked into my first lecture at University.

Our practice has grown significantly since we started in the study at home but the core values of having fun and being honest and open have not changed. We focus on understanding the needs and desires of our clients from the initial briefing and if we cannot deliver on these we will let you know.

As a Project Director I am involved in all stages of design from inception through to construction documentation and administration for our clients in the residential, commercial, health, sports and leisure sectors as well as Government departments.

Leanne Hildebrandt

Meet Leanne Hildebrandt

Leanne is a Building designer and brings over 20 years’ experience to the practice having worked in various architectural offices and local Government departments.

With diplomas in Environmental Management & Science and Architectural Drafting and Heritage Leanne focuses on our Residential and Local Government projects and is an expert in Planning Controls.

Leanne’s passion lies in personalised design and environmental sustainability, and she is an amazing member of our team.


Meet Seirah Woodward

Seirah is our most senior interior designer with over 18 years of experience, having worked at several architectural and interiors practices in NSW before joining Ruth Newman Architect. She qualified from TAFE studying Interior Design & UTS with a Post Graduate Diploma in Design and has worked on a wide range of projects such as St. Vincents Hospital upgrade, Dept of Community Services Head Office, Department of Immigration and the Office of Film and Literature Commission.

She has an extensive knowledge of commercial and residential design in both a design and project management capacity. She now resides in WA and continues to provide design support to our team.

Seirah’s passion is colour, design and sustainability.

Ruth Andrew

Meet Ruth Andrew

Ruth Andrew is our bookkeeper. She has been with us since 2006 and is a key member of our team.

She has a thorough knowledge of accounting systems and practices and makes sure that all of our systems are up to date and fully compliant.

No matter what type of project you have we understand that the investment is significant and understand that this can be a challenging time. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure you get the most from the experience and ensure the smooth delivery of your project.

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Registration No. 5601 NSW

A PO Box 736,
Sutherland NSW 1499

F 02 9540 9959