Susan Playford

Managing Director/Partner

Susan is a forward thinking and motivational leader who ensures the PDT philosophy of collaborative working and delivery of considered detailed design is actioned.  

About Susan

Susan was appointed Managing Director in 2009 after 10 years in PDT’s senior leadership team.  Susan chairs the PDT Board working closely with her co-directors and practice partners to provide strategic direction to the practice and ensure continuity between PDT’s culture and values.  Susan sits on Brisbane City Council Parks and Botanical Gardens Advisory Committee and is a Green Star Associate and Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and past Vice President of the Brisbane Development Association.


  • Directs practice strategy and planning
  • Strong leader and confident decision maker
  • Oversees all key areas of PDT’s operations
  • Good communicator

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

The art of fashion was the philosophy behind the redevelopment of one of Brisbane’s premier retail hubs.


Flight Centre Global Retail Stores

The PDT team developed a design to be adapted globally for flight centre stores.


Telstra Urban Retreat

A unique and flexible staff retreat that evokes the ambience of a contemporary tropical resort.


Former Baulderstone Queensland Headquarters

A vibrant, open, healthy and inclusive workplace created to meet the clients brief.