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Bringing Your Vision
to Life Through Design

ZONE Designworks is a Sydney based architectural practice with international offices. We design beautiful spaces and create memorable places that enhance the value of a project. Whether it is a residential or commercial project, we will realise your vision by combining design with practicality.



We seek to collaborate with our clients throughout the life of the project from inception to completion. We listen carefully in order to capture client strategies and aspirations in all aspects of the projects. Through our combined knowledge and experience, we are not afraid to explore different solutions in order to realize our client’s brief and project budget.


Architecture is the amalgamation of art and science. At ZONE Designworks, design is developed from a combination of experience and insights gained over time and from innate artistry. We believe in injecting creativity from the outset of any projects. Our work seeks to redefine standard practices and reconnect people with their environment through the careful considerations of light, form, material and space.


Innovation is the application of ideas and fresh solutions to meet new requirements or the changing needs of established industries and markets. We are forward thinkers and we encourage our staff to challenge the collective preconceptions and questioning if there is a better way doing things. We are always pushing the boundaries to create ideas and formulate solutions that aim to exceed our client’s expectation.


Our holistic design approach allows us to deliver social and environmental sustainability outcomes for all types of project. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to sustainability. We strive to ensure that every project we carry out respond to the specificity in terms of location, cultural sensibility and economic circumstances. We are continually improving skills and knowledge in sustainable design and innovation in order to apply this knowledge for the benefits our clients through an all-round better performing buildings.


Although we are an international design practice, we endeavour to consider the cultural, climatic, geographical, political topographical and situational aspects of each project and develop architecture individually. We aspire to produce a form of architecture that will eventually become a place of identity and character, which is a result of searching for solutions that are inspired by content rather than mere formalistic solutions.
Zone Designworks Pty Ltd, Sydney

Tan Beng Kay


Xion Lin


Tan Beng Kay

BengKay Tan,
Managing Director B.
Planning and Design Uni. Of Melbourne B. Arch. (lions.) Uni. Of Melbourne
An experienced architectural practitioner who has been based in Sydney since 1996. BengKay was instrumental for the inception and formation of ZONE in 1993 together with Jeffery and others. Since moving to Australia, BengKay has primarily worked on single residential projects and interior design for shop fitout across different suburbs in Greater Sydney. BengKay now heads ZONE Designworks in Sydney and with the new partnership has since taken on a few high-rise multi-residential projects. By bringing local knowledge and experience into the practice, as well as drawing from the skills and talents from ZONE’s collaborative offices overseas, BengKay will continue to expand ZONE’s profile as a multi-disciplinary and truly international firm that has the capability to undertake projects of different types, complexity and sizes, regardless of their locality.


Director B. Arch.
Studies UNSW M. Arch. UNSW
Registered Architect NSW 

Talented designer and project architect with 10 years of experience in a range of projects from master planning. hospitals. multi residential and retail development in Sydney. Having worked in renowned and established architectural practices in Sydney, Xion has developed the team and leadership skill to carry out projects from conceptual stage. DA and CC stages right to documentation stages. As a registered architect in NSW, Xion is well versed with planning and building regulatory requirements and permit approval processes.

Jeffery Cheah (ZDSB KL)

B. Sc. (Merit)
B. Arch. (Hons.) Uni. of Newcastle

Jeffery Cheah studied architecture in Australia, and had the opportunity to work in the office of reputable architectural practices from 1987 to 1991 before returning to Malaysia. Soon after having worked two years for Veritas Architect in Kuala Lumpur, he founded Zone Architect in April 1993 and was incorporated and registered with the Board of Architects of Malaysia. ZONE initially undertook projects in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Pahang, Perak, Seremban and Penang. In the year 2002, ZONE undertook its first overseas project in China with a local Malaysian developer. Since the initial overseas project, ZONE has had the opportunity to carry out design work in multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Abu Dhabi and Dubai office branch was established in 2007, to tap into the Middle East market. During that period, Jeffery Cheah was instrumental in getting the branch office fully set-up and market for work in the region. The Abu Dhabi office managed to secure a substantial volume of work which contributed to the firm’s growth.

With 32 years of experience, he has wide exposure handling hands on projects from housing schemes, high rise towers, specialist manufacturing plants, master planning, Interior design and hotel resorts. His experience in handling projects and clients from the Asia-Pacific region as well as the Middle East, he brings to the design process a breadth of design which can be tailored to the requirements of the site and client.

His passion has always laid with the integrating IT usage and the architectural profession. Towards that end he has been involved with numerous task force and projects that allowed local authorities to be ready to accept electronic eSubmissions.

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