About Us

David Bridgman has over 25 years' experience in all aspects of architectural practice for a range of private and public sector clients

An exceptional manager of the entire design process, David has completed a number of specialist projects throughout the Territory and is committed to sustainable design principles.

Living in Darwin for most of his career, David has worked with Woods Bagot, MMP Architects, The Architects Studio, and was the Studio Manager for MODE in Darwin before starting his own firm. He also lectured at Charles Darwin University for two years and retains a strong interest in architectural education.

A member of Australia ICOMOS, (The International Council on Monuments & Sites) David is passionate about the built heritage of northern Australia and specialises in the field of heritage conservation. In this role he has completed a number of conservation projects and studies on several of the Territory’s most significant heritage buildings and sites.

David Bridgman

David is also an architectural historian and writer with major works including Acclimatisation, a study of tropical housing in the NT, and several entries in The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture including ‘Tropical Architecture’ and an article on the architect ‘BCG Burnett’.

David is a member of the National Trust, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, the NT convener for architect’s registration exams set by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the NT Representative for the Association of Consulting Architects. He holds a Doctorate from RMIT, a Degree in Architecture (RMIT), a Degree in Sociology (CDU) and a Degree in Music (CDU).

His interests include listening to and playing music, flute performance, making musical instruments, architectural history and travel.

Selected Publications


The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture

Goad, P, & Willis, J, (eds), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012


Acclimatisation: [Architecture at the top end of Australia]

Bridgman, D, Acclimatisation: [Architecture at the top end of Australia], Canberra: RAIA, 2003


The Anglo-Asian Bungalow in Australia’s Northern Territory

Bridgman, D, The Anglo-Asian Bungalow in Australia’s Northern Territory, PhD Thesis

Available in the NT Library and at the NT Archives Service.


BCG Burnett, Life and Works

Bridgman, D, BCG Burnett, Life and Works, Thesis

Available in the NT Library

Image: Beni Burnett
Northern Territory Archives Service, Burnett, Beni Carr Glynn,
NTRS 1127, Scrapbook of sketches and photographs of BCG Burnett, ca1910-ca1950