CityLab helps local and state government, universities, airports and cultural institutions find the best architects, urban designers, landscape architects and interior designers for their project.


Competitions and Procurement

CityLab advises on the full range of procurement options, from open, select and invited architectural competitions, to Expression of Interest, RFPs and RFTs. CityLab can help guide the client to determine the most appropriate format and structure of their competitive process, understanding that each project has its unique set of priorities and requirements. We work with an extensive network of advisors, including: legal and probity advisors, project managers, graphic designer, editors, writers and drafting/modeling services.
Where a client has existing organisational infrastructure CityLab can work alongside this. Where they don‘t, CityLab can provide a full independent service, from beginning to end.

CityLab works closely with both the Australian Institute of Architects to ensure that all competitions follow best practice and are endorsed by the relevant institute.
CityLab can provide a full procurement advisory service including: 

  • Jury selection and management
  • Stakeholder consultation and advice
  • Brief writing and document development
  • Site analysis
  • Background and context research
  • Moderating advisory groups and panels
  • Communications and media advice
  • Competitor management
  • Contract development
  • Liaising with the Australian Institute of Architects
  • Technical and jury report writing
  • Secure document management

Workshop Mediation and Facilitation

Andrew Mackenzie has extensive experience in hosting design-based workshops bringing together clients, stakeholders and design professionals for a range of project requirements.
CityLab’s facilitation service can include:

  • Positive Guidance Workshops
  • Site options testing
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Industry forums
  • Community engagement and consultation
CityLab promotes ethical procurement.
This means:
  • Respect the intellectual rights of those who create it
  • Embrace equity and transparency in the procurement process
  • Invest in design briefs that are legible and rich with opportunity
  • Provide appropriate levels of site and existing condition information
  • Fairly balance all responsibilities, indemnities and liabilities
  • Respect the role of jury members and selection panels
  • Observe competition and tender commitments

Citylab acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, recognises their continuing connection to land, water and community and celebrates their enduring presence and knowledge.