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Global Director at Woods Bagot Rodger Dalling will be hanging up his hat after 23 years at the helm. Scroll through the image carousel above to see 

Dalling has played a major role in the transformation of Woods Bagot from an Australian interior design business into the practice it is today. 

He recalled there were only 22 staff, two computers and two secretaries on golfball typewriters when he first started in the Melbourne office. A major game changer in Dalling’s career was winning the Southern Cross project, a tower located in the Melbourne CBD; he says he remembers the client at Brookfield praising their work highly and saying ‘the quality and detail of the trade packages provided by Woods Bagot exceeded the quality of any other consultancy team in this country’.

During his time at Woods Bagot, Dalling continued to focus on major development projects, using his specialist knowledge of workplace design and the integration of retail and hospitality functions to achieve optimum commercial outcomes. This included leading teams in the $450 million Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Docklands and the five-star Hilton South Wharf hotel design.

Dalling also spent time abroad leading teams on projects in Asia and the Middle East including the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) which became a career defining moment for him personally.

In 2012, Dalling transitioned from Melbourne to the Shanghai studio helping to diversify Woods Bagot’s presence in the international market. Apart from playing a key role in the delivery of the Luijazui Masterplan, a residential development situated in the prestigious Pudong area in Shanghai, he was also a key member of the project team when the Shanghai and New York studios collaborated on the 431m tall Chongqing, China tower.

Going forward, Dalling plans to remain an active player in the industry, working part-time and helping clients with reviews, while continuing to source major projects.

The firm says that Global Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Nik Karalis says Dalling’s extensive experience leading and managing local studios and the Australian region over the past 23 years will be sorely missed. Having been a Director at Woods Bagot from March 2000 to June 2014, Dalling has nurtured staff and emerged as a guiding hand in many careers at the firm. He adds that Dalling leaves behind a great legacy.