Tanya SimCo-Founder and Managing Director
Tanya Sim was born in Perth, Western Australia. Tanya is that rare creative in the design world – not only is she a talented designer but she is a management and organisational powerhouse.
After living in Edinburgh, Scotland, she worked in New York with world-renowned designer Naomi Leff, a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Tanya rose to the position of Senior Designer, working for clients such as Helena Rubinstein and United Airlines.
As a project manager at Rau & Associates, in Richmond, Virginia, Tanya was part of a team responsible for managing the firm’s largest project: part of a $100 million new village near Pinehurst, North Carolina. Other projects Tanya worked on at R&A include a new building which houses a Spa (now one of her specialties), a natural food supermarket, and the design and construction management of the offices of R&A.
Tanya’s combination of organisational and creative skills serves her well in the role of Block’s Managing Director. Tanya is responsible for setting and executing Block’s business strategy and managing the financial side of the business. As Managing Director, Tanya is responsible for all studio administration, including issues relating to the team, finance, IT, legal, clients and other general enquiries. Tanya’s business acumen has seen her grow the business from a start-up of two in 2002 while growing profitability and developing world-class systems.
In 2011, Tanya was awarded the WA Business News 40 Under 40 award, and she was shortlisted for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. With any spare time she has left, Tanya enjoys cooking at home with her family, growing vegetables and discovering the world of pilates.