Robert Valk, director, designer and more…

Canberra designer humble beginnings…

Robert Valk is owner and director or VRD Design. A boutique architectural firm in Canberra that is priced between a drafting company and architect firm but standard and experience is priceless. 

Rob from a young age loved drawing and designing. He was also a keen soccer player and still loves to watch the sport. 

His first drafting job was within the shipping business drawing ship components for Needham Clark & Associates.

He made his mark in 1979 starting his own drafting company with a business partner and later taking it over himself in 1986. 

“His work is always professional and of a consistent high quality. Rob is easy to work with and I have always been completely satisfied with his work. Nothing is too much trouble to him, always gets the job done quickly AND professionally, big or small.” Bob Shepard (developer) writes

VRD Design- Drafting company or architectural firm?

His business name changed from VR Drafting to VRD Design, as his business today is now much more than drafting services. He has architects working for him and they design, new houses, extensions, dual occupancies, shops, business fit-outs, unit developments and much more. A common theme at the moment is childcare centres, veterinary hospitals and eye clinics.

Experience in Canberra and surrounds…

Rob has a vast knowledge of planning authority better known as ACTPLA. With all of their rules and regulations, he understands the building industry which also makes him perfect for project management and consulting work. His vast range of knowledge helps him to price work on the spot and also be able to put himself in the clients’ vision, to make their wants come ‘as true as possible’ with their budget.

“Robert and his team have been providing professional services for our Company and for our own personal building activities for the past 30 (yes really!) They have been wonderfully responsive and creative and guided us through the processes and paperwork with patience and knowledge. It is our pleasure to highly recommend them to everyone looking for personalized services with their project.” Lorraine Neish recommends VRD

Robert has been in business for over 40 years and not only helping his clinets, but he has also been teaching young architects and drafters the key elements to design and business. Since then, they have gone on to build their businesses and become successful in their own right in Canberra and Sydney.

Robert Valk’s passion behind the business

Rob prides himself in looking after each client like he would a family member or close friend.

“I’ve been dealing with these Guys for years…! I can’t speak highly enough of the professional service that they offer. Great value for money and a friendly ‘work with you’ approach to building.” Pete foster (builder) states

His passion is helping others and designing, therefore in VRD Design, he gets to live his passion each day. Robert has also recently created VRD Developments which developed the modern granny flat called The Pod Canberra. It is a high-end secondary residence company with his modern and livable style. The pods are ideally perfect to add value to a property, by putting it in the backyard. He has his daughter and partner working for The Pod to create that family vibe he enjoys so much. He certainly has his hands full with now two businesses but Robert stays “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Highlighted in this article are only some of the rave reviews Rob and his team receive about their work. You can reach VRD Design in Canberra on (02) 61015917 Or to see some examples of work.