Forum is an architecture and urban design studio recognised for inspiring projects that balance art, innovation and purpose.

Great ideas, combined with the beauty of art and enduring design, define our work. An open, collective and collaborative approach guides our personal process.


We look to work with inspiring clients, on the best projects, and to enjoy the process
as much as the result. This simple vision is what leads to great project outcomes,
amazing buildings and public spaces that last a lifetime.

With a respect for the past and an eye to the future, our work seeks to balance
the beauty of the physical form, with innovation and human purpose.

We believe architecture is not only defined by physical design, but also
the spatial, visual and interactive relationships it creates between us all. Designing for today,
while thinking about tomorrow, we are guided by our responsibility to craft enduring
designs for society and the environment.


We are an Architecture and Urban Design studio working in Adelaide and Melbourne,
recognised for excellence in thoughtful and beautiful architecture. Developing personal
relationships is the core to our process.

Our Directors, Ed and Rory are engaged every step, from idea to construction.
As a result, our projects are a reflection of perspectives and partnership.

What We Do

Our work crosses many typologies, project scales and forms.

Forum specialise in the following disciplines;

Design and delivery of commercial, residential, cultural, heritage, health and education projects.

Urban Design
Master Planning and implementation of major urban renewal projects, from large city changing
projects to new livable communities and single sites.

Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking; partnering with clients to create project visions, return briefs, and feasibility
studies for Architecture and Urban Design projects.


Ed Mitchell – Director

Ed established Forum after 15 years of experience in Melbourne and Adelaide with a leading international design practice, most recently as a principal.

Ed has delivered many city changing, world class, award winning, Architecture and Urban Design projects in both Adelaide and Melbourne – with broad experience across master planning, commercial, cultural, heritage, residential and education projects.

Long lasting and trusted client relationships, built on great outcomes, are a key focus for Ed. He has worked with some of Australia’s most influential and respected private clients, as well as State and Federal Government departments over the last 15 years.

Ed graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double degree, Master of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and a registered architect in South Australia and Victoria.

Rory Sheppard – Director

Rory established Forum after 10 years of working in London and Melbourne with a leading international design practice.

With a previous career in Corporate Finance and Management Consulting, he brings a unique perspective and commercial understanding to our projects.

Rory has worked on projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, focussing on master planning, commercial, cultural, heritage, residential and education.

Possessing a communication style that expresses graphic and visual design with vivid clarity, Rory is able to provide clients with a rich vision and appreciation of their project.

Rory graduated from Monash University with a Master of Architecture and is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. He also holds degrees in Economics and Finance from the University of Adelaide.