About Us

About BSS Group

bss-officeBSS Group (the name coming from previous companies Building Surveying Services, Building Consultants, and Design Group Australia, Architects) had it origins in July 1975 when Alasdair MacLeod conceived the vision of creating a company known for providing assistance to people with everyday building problems. Helping people with concerns regarding the maintenance of their home or a new home under construction and similar building related issues quickly became the focus.

The vision includes wide ranging architectural services from initial design consultations through to comprehensive design and documentation services for residential, institutional and commercial projects.

BSS is a Practice Member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

While BSS has grown the core values and principles have remained. We aim:

  • to listen to and respond to client needs. This is reflected in our motto: “First we listen, then we advise”
  • to provide a range of approachable, low cost building consulting and architectural services
  • for our commercial clients we also provide a range of fixed fee, time critical services
  • to provide an architectural design focus with inspired yet workable design solutions for everyone
  • to provide truly independent professional advice
  • to gather together a range of tried and tested Trade and Professional services to which we refer clients when the need arises


Others have recognised BSS’s (and its forerunner’s) unique combination of professionalism and client focused consulting skills in dealing with everyday building problems. The awards and recognition include:

  • Department of Justice Fair Trading Awards 1999
  • Department of Justice Fair Trading Awards 1995
  • Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence Award 1991


Our Directors

alasdair_macleodAlasdair Macleod (Managing Director)

Dip Arch (RMIT). BBldg (melb). MSc (H-W. Edin). FAIB. MASBC. MCIOB. AIA, Architect & Chartered Building Professional
Alasdair is the founder of BSS and has practiced as an Architect and Building Consultant for many years and for a period was also Head of the Building Unit at RMIT. His expertise is as an Architect, specialising in the residential field, and as a Building Consultant giving expert evidence in building disputes.


sunny_blumsonSunny Blumson (Director)

Dip.Build, M.PM, RBP DBL 21039
Sunny is a senior building consultant who has worked with BSS since 2004. Prior to that he has worked in a wide range of roles, including contract building work, supervision and construction management.  His current role with BSS involves various managerial duties in his capacity as director, including work on a contract with a major Victorian project builder. His achievements include project managing the BSSinspect electronic reporting system. His area of expertise is in independent quality inspections for residential construction including detached dwellings, units and multi-level apartment buildings.


david_gairnsDavid Gairns (Associate)

BBldg (Hons). MBldgSc. FAIB. MASBC, Chartered Building Professional
David has worked at BSS since 1990 and has combined a career in mainstream construction with the practice of building consulting. He was a senior lecturer and research fellow in Architecture and Building at the University of Melbourne, after working as a project manager. David is a much published author. His expertise is in the area of building disputes, and the investigation of a wide range of building problems.


Ian JohnsonIan Johnson (Associate)

Ian is a Registered Building Practitioner who has been associated with BSS for over 20 years incorporated within the time that he ran his own building business, specialising in high quality domestic and commercial construction. During a career in the building industry spanning over 35 years he has gained invaluable and comprehensive practical experience which is now applied in his role as a Senior Building Consultant. Ian’s expertise is in the area of building disputes and the investigation of a wide range of building problems.

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