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Sarah Paddick

Principal Architect

B. Arch .Hons – University of Adelaide


“For me, architecture is about a collaborative process between designer and client that results in a unique solution that fulfills its purpose elegantly, simply and effectively.”

With over 20 years experience in the Adelaide architectural sector, Sarah brings a broad range of experience to the table. Equally comfortable in her niche specialist area of secure architecture or delivering residential, commercial and government projects, Sarah applies the same diligence and care to all her projects and clients.

As one of the establishing members of Totalspace Design in 1994, Sarah is an accomplished design architect, project manager and creative director who endeavours to lead by example and provides support and input into all of TSD’s projects.

Sarah was the 2010 recipient of the Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship and during that time carried out a research study into mother and baby accommodation within secure facilities. She has been a regular presenter and chairperson at the National Prison Planning Conferences, and has authored a number of articles in various publications. Her Secure Facility experience has led to her association with the Electronic Security Consultancy company, ctg Security Matrix. This has resulted in her involvement in a number of larger secure facility projects in Victoria and Tasmania.


Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) University of Adelaide 1991

Registered Architect 1994, Member of AIA 1996

Security Architecture

Yatala Labour Prison – New Control Room, B-Division Bunker, Video Conferencing Facility, SA

Adelaide Women’s Prison – New Control Room, New Dormitories, Education Centre, Medical Centre upgrade, Dining Room upgrade, SA

Mobilong Medium Security Prison – Control Room, Gatehouse Reception, SA

Adelaide Remand Centre – Control Room, Movement Control, Video Conferencing Facility,

Port Augusta Prison – New Control Room, Education Centre, Gatehouse Upgrade, SA

Mount Gambier Prison – New Control Room, SA (Winner of Best New Security Installation ASIAL 2005)

ARTSA New Control Room, SA

Cadell Training Centre Control Building, SA

Magill Youth Training Centre Control Room, SA

Alexander Maconochie Centre Control Room, ACT

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre Main Security Console and Monitor Stack, ACT

Risdon Prison Master Control Room Upgrade, TAS

Middleton Annexe, Control Room VIC

Loddon Prison, Control Room, VIC

Cavan Youth Training Centre, Control Console

General Architecture

Education – numerous alterations and additions to SA school facilities including:

Woodcroft PS, new classroom

Davoren Park PS, Junior Primary Upgrade

Modbury Special School, Learning Centre for Children with Autism

Highgate School – New Administration Building and General Learning areas

Morphett Vale East Primary School – New Administration Building

Gilles Plains Childrens Centre – New Accommodation

Seaford Community Childrens Centre – Extension

Residential – Many projects ranging from minor additions to existing residences, to complete new houses

New Contemporary Residence at Belair

Modern extension to Queen Anne Villa in Parkside

2 storey extension to heritage cottage in Glenelg

New 2 story contemporary dwelling in Rosslyn Park

2 Storey extension to Heritage Maisonette in Norwood.


Presenter at the World Emergency Games Conference on Secure Facility Control Room Design and also at four National Prison Planning Conferences, on the topic of integration of the security and architecture in secure facilities, Residential Parenting Programs, and Children Visiting their Parents in Prison.

Major Awards

2005 Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence ‘Major Installation Award’ Principal Security Architect and Project Manager

Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship Recipient 2010 – Research into Mother and Baby Accommodation in Secure Facilities


Paddick, S. 2015, “An Alternative approach to Incarceration”, SACOSS News

Paddick, S. 2014 “Women and Children in Prisons”, Adelaide Indaily

Grant, E. and Paddick, S. (2014). Aboriginal Women in the Australian Prison System, Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, September.