Human Potential
Episode 14

Peter Geyer - Managing Director, Geyer Design - On pioneering commercial interior design, lateral thinking and winning big accounts.

Oliver Freer published on

Peter Geyer’s name is synonymous with high quality commercial interior design in Australia. Peter was a pioneer in creating the specialist niche of commercial interior design, rather than it being an add-on to architecture. Peter built a highly successful business in an extremely competitive environment, he broke into new markets and managed a period of longevity and success admired by peers in the property industry. Peter talks about building a successful design practice, the importance of processes supporting creativity, and the application of lateral thinking.

Peter Qualified FRMIT (Interior Design) in 1971. Peter was Head of the Interior Design team at Perrott Lyon Architects at the young age of 25. He started Geyer Design in 1977 with his wife Sandra Geyer, in Nth Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Peter was Managing Director of Geyer Design from 1977-2002

Geyer Design grew with its commercial success. Peter won the BHP Headquarters relocation in Melbourne in 1989 and then relocated to Sydney in 1992, after winning BT Australia fitout contract in the new Chifley Tower.

Peter was the First Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Hall of Fame inductee in Interior Design 1996.

Peter has been Chairman and Member of the Interior Design Course Advisory Committee for 15 years.

Under Peter’s leadership Geyer grew to 130 people with studios in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Wellington and Singapore

Peter and his wife, Sandy Geyer won an IDEA Awards Gold Medal in 2018.

(Ps. His current book recommendation is "Istanbul" by Bettany Hughes)

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