i2C has joined the Ryder Alliance, an international collaboration of like-minded, similar sized practices that share the same ethos and entrepreneurial ambition.

Our combined multidisciplinary experience will allow us to develop and provide great opportunities for our people and clients on a global level with a specific interest in research based design.


Some 5 years ago through a chance introduction in Australia, i2C Director Anthony Merlin met with Mark Thompson, Managing Partner of international design practice Ryder Architecture. Ryder are a 66 year old company with four offices in the UK, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Amsterdam. Over time the three Directors Anthony (i2C), Brian (i2C) and Mark (Ryder) quickly found that their companies shared a common work culture; had complimentary business sectors and entrepreneurial ambition.

Around the same time the three directors shared their first beer, Ryder established a joint venture – that of the BIM Academy. BIM Academy was co-founded with Northumbria University in 2010 with the vision of creating an international centre of excellence for BIM, through the complementary activities of research, education and consultancy.

Discussions continued over the years until earlier this year, the two architectural firms supported by BIM Academy entered into an agreement to form an international alliance of practices with particular areas of expertise and an interest in research based design. Several other conversations are currently being forged with European firms that offer complementary specialism to the alliance.

“We are very excited to be part of the international alliance as it will allow us to expand our sector and BIM offerings, but it also enables a fabulous opportunity for our teams to develop their practice and project management skills in exchange programs.” Anthony Merlin (i2C Joint MD)

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Ryder are a UK based firm founded in 1953 with offices in Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Amsterdam; their key sectors are Education, Healthcare, Commercial, Public Buildings, Residential. Heavily awarded for their architectural projects Ryder were also finalists in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for 2019. (Visit Ryder here).

BIM Academy is a commercial joint venture with Ryder Architecture and Northumbria University formed in 2010 with the vision of creating an international centre of excellence for Building Information Modelling (BIM), through the complementary activities of research, education and consultancy. They provide services in Strategic Implementation; Project Services; Asset Management; Training.

BIM Academy is represented in Australia by Will Joske (i2C).

Visit BIM Academy here

An entrepreneurial
alliance employing
research and advanced
technologies to redefine
architectural practice.

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These challenges present huge opportunity. Clients are seeking talented people dedicated to delivering an unrivalled service coupled with the best in architectural design – the best by international standards.

Visit the Ryder Alliance website.

Contact Will Joske (i2C) for BIM Academy Australia enquiries.