Tonya Hinde

Tonya Hinde is the founding designer at THID.

Back in 1991, Tonya qualified at RMIT University in Melbourne with a BA in Interior Design with honours. Working initially with Daryl Jackson Architects in Melbourne for 3 years, Tonya worked on educational projects and enjoyed being a part of big team projects.

While lecturing part-time in Interior Design at RMIT from 1994 – 2004, Tonya developed the studio - THID- focusing initially on residential projects, understanding clients’ characters and needs, and developing a love for seeing things built.

Tonya has been an accredited member of the Design Institute of Australia and a Registered Building Practitioner in Victoria, since 1997. She is also a member of NAWIC, National Association of Women in Construction.

Branching out, THID has developed close working relationships with other architectural firms – regularly consulting for Billard Leece Partnership – to bring this personal sense of scale to larger institutional projects such as Royal Melbourne Hospital, The New Royal Childrens Hospital, St Vincents and The Mercy Private Hospital, The Alfred Intensive Care Unit and Healthscope Hospitals.

For someone so small, Tonya’s been involved with some massive projects and has become a specialist in interior design for health environments. She was a proud member of the clinical design team of the award winning and fabulous New Royal Children's Hospital, recently opened in Melbourne. Tonya also has designed interiors for the new Emergency dept at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, heading the design of the inpatient areas for the New Children’s Hospital in Perth and currently is working on patient focused interiors for a specialist children's hospital in Hong Kong.

Tonya’s personal aim is to ‘humanize’ spaces big or small, and so her practice continues successfully by working closely on smaller detailed projects – such as houses and restaurants - alongside designing for larger scale projects. Twenty years on, Tonya finds the variety of projects really has contributed to her way of seeing…

“the best thing about working in built space is that it is constantly shifting and you keep moving with it… different clients, different scenarios, different cultural shifts. A good interior is not a static picture - It allows and is reignited by shift and change.”

Tonya’s is definitely not a boring life.