Gary McCartney

Australia - NSW

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With more years in the industry than he cares to think of, Gary has gathered a wealth of stories and the grey hairs that come with them.

He is a great listener, a keen observer, a writer, a speaker, an artist, and Ironman. Last but not least, he is a visionary creative director and team leader. As McCartney Design’s senior strategist, he sets the foundations for their award-winning concepts.

Gary has written for many publications including Inside Retail and The Retailer in Australia and has spoken at many retail and marketing industry events including IdeaWorks’ Retail Therapy series and the South African Council of Shopping Centres Conference in 2022. He has spoken at several online conferences and has been interviewed on the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s podcast. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Having worked as an architect in the UK and the USA, he has been calling Australia home for twenty-seven years and has completed projects in North America, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Gary spends his time between Sydney and regular visits to France, the UK and the USA where he is constantly on the lookout for new ideas to write and speak about.

McCartney Design celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2023. Gary will continue to lead the team to explore a world of new opportunities.

Speaking topics

  • Retail design
  • Customer experience
  • The future of retail
  • Makerspaces
  • Healthcare design
  • Workspace design
  • Hospitality design
  • Large format retail
  • The relationship of physical to digital

All through a design lens and from the point of view of customers and users.


Gary certainly left our delegates with food for thought. Very engaging presentation and certainly an engaging personality.
- Events Manager, South African Council of Shopping Centres

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