Design practice principal Brian Steendyk’s career began with the distinction of being awarded university honours and a Royal Australian Institute of Architects design prize. He furthered his study in Chicago after receiving a scholarship to undertake a Master of Architecture degree at Illinois Institute of Technology under thesis advisor Myron Goldsmith (project architect for Mies van der Rohe’s seminal work the Farnsworth House). Brian then worked internationally in Amsterdam with Van Berkel & Bos Architekt Bureau (UN Studio) and in Singapore with the Cox Group International. After returning to Brisbane, Steendyk commenced his design and architecture practice in 2002. In September 2005 Brian furthered his overseas experience and completed a three month Australia Council Milan studio residency developing furniture and product designs with leading Italian manufacturers, as well as studying European architecture.
Steendyk has been involved with macro and micro aspects of the built environment from the Inner City Bypass, a major Brisbane arterial road as project architect and urban designer (for Cox Rayner), to designing a number of riverfront houses, apartment developments, public art commissions, and master planned residential developments. In 2003 the studio's Cero chair became the first furniture piece to receive a prestigious Australian Design Award. In 2007 Brian Steendyk was named the inaugural Home Beautiful ‘Australian designer of the year’. Steendyk received a Royal Australian Institute of Architects commendation for the Hamilton Residence, Brisbane in 2004, and for the Bowman Residence, Kenmore in 2007, and both a State RAIA award and Australian Steel Institute award for the Canoe Reach Residence in 2008. Currently Steendyk is realising an outdoor furniture range with Italian manufacturer Serralunga with the first piece revealed at the 2008 Milan International Furniture Fair, and has just released a range of furniture pieces with Schiavello. The studio's architectural and product designs have been exhibited in Milan, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, Taipei, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and featured in numerous publications.