Our practice culture is tuned to foster exploration and research and encourages our talented teams to realise extraordinary results.

Founded in 1971 as a partnership between architects Gerry Nettleton and Mike Tribe, nettletontribe has expanded into a multi-disciplined international practice. With multiple studios around the country and an extensive portfolio we are renowned for our iconic design and an unwavering commitment to shaping the urban environment.

Working at nettletontribe

A primary focus at nettletontribe is ensuring intelligent and meaningful output. The complex process of design is demanding, which is why we foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration. We believe that a great working environment, one that challenges and supports the individual, leads to the best possible collective outcome.

We value each staff member for the skills and perspective they bring to their work. No building is the product of a single person. No idea is autonomous. The best outcomes are the result of a strong team dynamic whereby many individuals have engaged their individual strengths. Ongoing appraisal and acknowledgement of our staff is made consciously part of a system to reward creativity and inventiveness. Our workforce, after all, is our best asset.

nettletontribe understand the value of our team members having a work/ life balance. We strive to provide an environment which motivates and inspires creativity. Our design studio actively provides opportunities to make quality relationships with our peers; promoting collaboration and consideration. Through a variety of training programmes and activities, each individual is nurtured and encouraged to be the best they can be. Enabling these initiatives facilitates our more informed and collaborative creative output.

For us, great design emerges through strategic thinking and collaboration.

We aim to challenge boundaries, expand horizons and inspire imaginations.


nettletontribe encourage broad sector involvement across the industry, ensuring expertise in a variety of project types amongst the team. Further to this, an emphasis is placed on participation in industry events, such as conferences, seminars, institute presentations, exhibitions, festivals and supplier events. As a company nettletontribe promote involvement in external design competitions, for example the World Architecture Festival. Connections across industry are facilitated through our staff regularly participating in weekly intercompany sport challenges at lunch times.

nettletontribe are involved in the Champions of Change coalition which work to address equality and diversity within the Architecture industry. Further to this, we have memberships with WIDAC and Parlour which support our team members in networking and continuing professional development opportunities.

nettletontribe believes in the ability for innovative thinking with architectural expertise to make a positive impact on the world. Our studio is extensively involved with pro bono work, including project management of Stage 2 of the MacKillop Grange Retirement Village in Mosman, Giant Steps School for Autistic Children at Gladesville, The Rooftop Multipurpose Indoor Sports Centre at Crows Nest, and numerous small projects for local sporting clubs. Most recently, this has included assisting with the Kompian Hospital for Baptist Minister David Mills in Papua New Guinea, registered with Architects Without Frontiers (AWF).


At nettletontribe we believe in nurturing our employees’ interests, whilst assisting in developing and expanding their skillset. A structured internal mentoring programme is in place for the advancement of personal and professional skills of our staff. Tutorials are provided to assist graduate architects to complete their registration. We nurture the passion and skill of our creatives with design workshops and internal design competitions. nettletontribe value the importance of education, in bringing new talent to the industry and sponsor student events, such as the UNSW ARCHEX Graduate Show.

As a company, nettletontribe believes in the importance of being with an internal sustainability group. As such we are involved in several initiatives contributing to the betterment of such issues. Across each of our offices, recycling initiatives are followed for materials such as inks and paper. Support is given to environmental initiatives such as ‘who gives a crap’ recycled toilet paper, a company that improves hygiene standards in developing countries. Many of our staff members participate in a broad range of charity fundraising events, such as Movember, City Mile Dash, City 2 Surf, Melbourne Marathon, Orange Sky Laundry, Steptember, Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, Spring Series Breakfast and POSH Gala Ball for Cancer Council, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cromehurst Charity Golf Day, Redkite Corporate Quiz, National Hard Hat Campaign, the list goes on.

Our quality design process brings out the strengths in our leaders and teams and proves that a creative environment thrives in a positive culture.

Being part of a team that challenges the design process as much it challenges the individual is what makes our studio such an energetic and engaging workplace.


Encouraging a dynamic and engaging work atmosphere, nettletontribe organises and supports many social occasions for staff. Fortnightly staff lunches, the annual Melbourne Cup Lunch, culture feast, and annual end-of-year Ping Pong Tournament are arranged for us to come together and share a meal. While more informal social afternoons Friday drinks and the Christmas parties, are there for staff to unwind and have a laugh.

Communication is about more than facilitating social interactions, it is about listening to the needs of your staff. In this regard, nettletontribe provides premium income insurance for all staff, as well as a tailored superannuation fund. Conscious of our staff’s wellbeing, an annual flu shot is offered, access to a health and wellbeing platform, whilst fresh fruit and quality coffee machines are always available.


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