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Sarah Paddick

Principal Architect and Totalspace Design Director

“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 30 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 educational fields of architecture and numerous 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 endeavors 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 South Australia 1991

  • Registered Architect since 1994 Member of RAIA since 1996

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects 2017

  • RAIA Chapter Councillor 2017 - 2022

Security Architecture

Over 100 minor works projects in Secure Facilities across South Australia, including:

  • Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre, redevelopment

  • 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)

  • Port Augusta Prison, Greenbush Unit and Yard Refurbishment

  • 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:

  • Lockley’s North Primary School, Mellor Building refurbishment

  • Hamilton Secondary College Redevelopment, including Performing Arts Centre

  • Highgate Primary School Redevelopment

  • Kapunda High School Redevelopment

  • John Pirie Secondary School Redevelopment

  • Hamilton Secondary College, STEM Centre

  • Lockleys North Primary School, STEM Centre

  • 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

  • Hillcrest Children’s Centre, Extension & Refurbishment

  • 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

Public, Conference and Seminar Presentations


  • Operating and Designing for the Gender Gap – A Case Study, the Adelaide Women’s Prison, ICPA Webinar

  • Trauma Informed Design – Laying down new principles for the design of women’s prisons, ICPA 2022 AGM and Conference, Orlando, Florida


  • The UTurn Construction Pathways Program: Providing real work experience to female offenders on Prison Construction Projects. Future Prisons Conference, Melbourne


  • The UTurn Construction Pathways Program and the Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project. ICPA 20th AGM and Conference, October, Montreal

  • Women talking Architecture, the female voice in the profession. AIA and University of Adelaide Event, Adelaide


  • Secure Facility Design. Experiences as a Practitioner. Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators Annual Conference, Adelaide

  • The Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project, Prison Design and Development Conference, Melbourne.

  • The Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project. NTCOSS Conference, Darwin


  • The Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project, Prison Design & Development Conference, Sydney


  • Incarcerated Mothers and their Children: Maintenance of family ties throughout a prison sentence, ICPA 17th AGM and Conference, October, Melbourne

  • Child Friendly Design in Prisons, Prisons 2015, Melbourne

Major Awards

  • Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award - Winner - 2023 Australia Day Awards, Government House, South Australia
  • Community Partnership Award, SA Department for Correctional Services 2018 and 2022

  • The Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project and U-Turn Construction Pathways Program - Winner - Industry Collaboration Award, SA Training Commission

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

  • International Corrections and Prisons Association ICPA, Nominated in Research Category. Mothers and Babies in Prison Accommodation Study 2010-2011.

  • 2005 Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence ‘Major Installation Award’, Principal Security Architect and Project Manager, Mount Gambier Prison – New Control Room.


Board Appointments 

  • Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship Board (nominee) 2022

  • UTurn Foundation, Director

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