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+61 03 9005 5610 Australia
+1202 6575216 USA

+61 03 9857 9317

41 Burroughs Road, Balwyn, Victoria, 3103, Australia

Hunarch Consulting is the trading name of Rod A. Hunter and Associates Pty Ltd. (ABN 65 006 758 756).


Principal: Rodney A. Hunter, Managing Director
Partner: Robyn L. Hunter, Director

Rod Hunter

Rod Hunter is a graduate of architecture (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and psychology (Monash and Melbourne Universities), and has undertaken post-graduate studies in applied social psychology (Swinburne Institute of Technology and Deakin University). He is a registered architect and building practitioner in Victoria. His professional experience spans over twenty-five years.

Through his firm, he has provided consultancies in architecture and social research, and building construction and project management.

Rod Hunter has had a long-standing and active interest in the amenity of built environments for their occupants. For over ten years a major focus of his firm has been on built-environmental accessibility for people with a disability.

Rod Hunter has served as the National Practice Director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) in 1990. The position entailed representational, negotiation and liaison roles, as well as the drafting of building contracts and building industry regulatory review.

Representative and community roles

Australian standards

Rod Hunter represents the Association of Consultants in Access Australia on Australian Standards committees dealing with slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces, and wheelchairs. He occasionally also represented ACROD on the technical committee for AS1428 Part 1: Design for access and mobility.

Building Industry

In his role as RAIA national Practice Director, Rod participated on numerous RAIA committees including the National Practice Committee; the National Council of the RAIA; the National Fees Committee; the National Limiting Liability Committee; the Professional Development Working Group; the Building Regulations Review Committee and Building Contract Drafting Committees.

Rod represented the RAIA on national industry bodies, including the National Joint Consultative Group, and the Construction Industry Training Association. (the National Joint Consultative Group comprised of the National Building and Construction Council and the National Public Works Conference - the peak bodies in Australia for the private and public sectors of the building and construction industry - in order to contribute to the Commonwealth Government's micro-economic reform program. The Construction Industry Training Association was a venture initiated by the National Building and Construction Council and the National Public Works Conference).


Rod was a member for many years, and then chairperson of the ACROD Victoria Access and Mobility Committee of ACROD (Australian Council on Disability). In this role Rod provided extensive expert advice about environmental accessibility and regulatory requirements to regional disability groups, State and municipal government departments, companies and private individuals.

On behalf of ACROD, Rod:

  • convened workshops with the Office of Major Projects to address the accessibility of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Regent Theatre and the new Museum of Victoria.
  • convened community meetings with the Village Roadshow Corporation and community representatives to discuss accessibility of the Jam Factory entertainment complex in Prahran, and with the City of Stonnington to discuss redevelopment of the malvern city Town Hall.
  • represented ACROD on the national Austroads performance measurement project
  • appeared on commercial and community radio and television stations in Melbourne in relation to building accessibility.
  • participated on the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ jury for State Architecture Awards, Access Category, for which in 1999 he was jury chairperson.

Rod is a founding member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA) and is a member of its Management, Membership and Information Committees, and is its web-page developer and editor.


  • `More Accessible Housing for Independent Living', 1994; a 300-page technical guide on the design of housing for people with a disability. Published by City of Sale with Victorian State Government funding.
  • Australian and New Zealand supplement to `More Accessible Housing for Independent Living’, 1996
  • Conference paper: `Museum Access for People with a Disability' for the Museums Association of Australia's National Conference
  • Conference paper: `Buildings Accessibility: Work done, work yet to be done, & future tasks for the disability community’ for Australian Cerebral Palsy Association national conference, 2000
  • Journal articles for ACROD Victoria.

Lecturing, Seminar and conference presentations

Rod Hunter has been engaged as a tutor and lecturer in architectural design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; lecturer at the Council of Adult Education on the subject of architectural design and architectural psychology; and guest lecturer in architectural psychology at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.

  • ACROD (Australian Council on Disability)
    Contributed to ACROD seminars on building accessibility and regulations.

He has presented papers at:

  • Australian Cerebral Palsy Association national conference, Nov 2000.
  • National Trust Victoria: 'Accessibility for people with a disability and historic buildings', 2000.
  • Panel chairperson at seminar on built-environmental accessibility at the national Access Expo in Melbourne, 1999.
  • Museums Association of Australia national conference. 'Accessible museums'

Robyn Hunter

Robyn Hunter is an experienced business administrator and manager and has managed associated commercial operations of the firm. She has qualifications in education and is highly-regarded and experienced in educational administration.


The firm commenced in 1975.

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