What's on

in Queensland

  • 1-12 Apr
    QLD State Jury Tour

  • 14 June
    State Awards Event
  • 2019 Queensland Chapter President's Honours Cocktail Event

    Thursday 21 February 2019 | Loft West End

    The event highlights the achievements of those within the profession and at different stages of their career; from those students who have achieved excellence in their studies, through to those who have rendered notable contributions to the advancement of the profession and are honoured with Life Fellowship of the Institute.

    The Queensland Chapter would like to thank all those who were able to attend including the following VIP guests; the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe, Kim Richards MP, Malcolm Middleton OAM, Dy Currie & Leah Lang.

    We would also like to congratulate the following who were honoured on the night.

    The Australian Institute of Architects Life Fellows

    David Baggs LFRAIA 

    David has been a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1993 and was an early adopter of sustainable strategies which has helped elevate the Architectural Profession’s profile in Sustainability for 25 years.

    A passionate advocate for sustainable futures in the built environment, David heads up a world leading Green Building Solutions consulting team, ecospecifier Global’s green product research hub and GreenTag™ certification program to help progress sustainability in the global construction industry.

    He is a member of and has had leadership roles in several organizations focussed on enhancing sustainable practices including, Australian Life Cycle Society, Green Building Council of Australia, Alternative Technology Association, Passive Solar Buildings Group and the Australian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society.

    In promotion of the architect’s role in sustainability David is a regular keynote speaker and much sought-after industry educator in the disciplines of green materials intelligence, ecologically sustainable building design and cost effective integrative design practices.

    David is co-author of several books and curriculum on sustainable development as well as a columnist for the Dubai based magazine Society & Environment.

    David’s extensive CV speaks to a continued interest and success in promoting sustainability in the built environment and linking of the architectural profession to “green” initiatives in the building industry.



    Ralph Bailey LFRAIA

    In his early years Ralph progressed quickly up the hierarchy at the State Department of Works mentoring several young architects and students along the way. He also taught (out of hours due to Government policy) at then QIT.

    His teaching extended for 17 years and included a whole generation of students. Along with others such as Spence Jamison, Dan Calligan and Rob Riddel and more, substantially raising the profile of the department as the school progressed from the Institute of Technology to University status. At this time he was also involved with the RAIA through the education committee.

    In his position in the Works Department, Ralph both challenged and inspired others at a time when such a large percentage of our profession had their early years associated with government projects.

    In all his projects for the government, Ralph was always a believer that landscape and Architecture were inseparable and consistently produced architecture that responded to climate and worked with the local regional landscape. This often resulted in the recycling of remote buildings into rural training centres, camp grounds or parks.

    Ralph left the works department and started practice with Tim Guymer and had immediate success with the Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island. This Eco resort was a clear demonstration of development with an environmental sensibility. It was a highly praised work that lifted the reputation of the profession in this type of project that was so often associated with poor environmental impact outcomes.

    The demonstrated integration with landscape was a lift to the image of buildings working with both climate and planting to enhance the amenity of the architecture.

    In another sector, correctional facilities, Ralph was also leading the field and placing the profession and design as an influencer of social outcomes. He worked closely with both the legal profession and correctional staff to demonstrate how design could enhance the ability for those leaving time in prison to be better assimilated into society. In this, he was instrumental in putting Queensland at the forefront of prison design in this country.

    Ralph has disseminated his knowledge in this area to a variety of audiences showing that the architectural profession can have a positive influence in this challenging environment.

    Ralph has continued to have a design role in the Practice of Guymer Bailey and continues to mentor students and graduates in materials, detailing and design as well as the importance of understanding the regional factors, both climatic and social in the buildings our profession delivers.

    As a practice they have been supporters of the Architecture Awards program and have consistently gained recognition for their work. Their practice supports Institute membership with the result that they have a 100% membership of those eligible.

    Thom Fussell LFRAIA

    Thom Fussell’s first love is Architecture, he has devoted much of his life to advancing the profession and influencing how the profession is viewed by industry and the community.

    Thom has witnessed and contributed to the advancement of Architecture in Queensland since graduating as an Architect in 1968. Thom’s career and his passion for Architecture developed through his roles in the Queensland Government where he commenced as a design Architect on TAFE projects, progressing through positions including Assistant Director, Services Division, Director of Accommodation Services and resulting in his appointment as the Department of Administrative Services’ Chief Architect and later as the Director, Professional Services Portfolio of Project Services, a commercialised business unit within the Department of Public Works.

    As the Director, Professional Services Portfolio of Project Services, Thom led the professional and technical team of more than 250 staff for 12 years during which time he established a reputation for high quality design and documentation and delivered many significant projects, a number of which were recognised in Queensland and nationally through awards by professional organisations including many Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

    Thom’s roles and further qualifications in Business Administration, Value Management and a Master of Science in Architecture supported his genuine interest in IT systems, which led to the first initiatives into Computer Aided Design for the Department in 1985 and then to the development of digital technologies for the design, documentation and construction of many public buildings delivered by Project Services.

    He also led and developed a strong capability in, and commitment to, environmentally sustainable design over many years which culminated in the design and construction of the Dandiiri government office building at Zillmere in Brisbane which, at the time of its construction, was the highest rating 6 star design office building in the country under the Green Building Council Australia's green star rating system.

    Thom was recognised personally for his contribution to our industry through the development of digital technologies and sustainable practices by being awarded the Queen’s Birthday Honours Public Service Medal in 2010 for ‘outstanding public service in Queensland through the promotion of architecture and building design’.

    Thom also influences the quality of our built environment through his ongoing role as the Chair of NATSPEC. This together with his strong interest in the profession and in particular his interest in the areas of advancing digital technologies and environmentally sustainable design continue to engage him in our profession.

    Derek Jones LFRAIA

    Derek led a long and distinguished career as a public-sector architect from the 1950s as a cadet with the State Works Department until his retirement in the 1990s as Principal Railway Architect. Derek qualified from the CTC in 1966. During his studies, he joined the RAIA as a student member and has maintained continuous membership for over 60 years.

    Derek worked at the State Works Department until 1969, then moving to the office of the Principal Railway Architect. In 1980, Derek was appointed Principal Railway Architect. Derek was Project Architect and then Project Director on many significant railway projects across Queensland during his tenure.

    Of significance in his career, Derek was responsible for saving the old Central Railway Station Building on Ann Street. Development pressures were moving to demolish this grand sub-tropical building from the 1800s. Derek was able to hold firm against internal and external pressures to save the building. On termination at QR in 1991, Derek was awarded a scholarship at UQ to prepare a research paper on methods of procuring University buildings.

    Derek served from 1990 to 1994 years on the Board of Architects and assisted for many years as  examiner. He also spent many years lecturing at QIT/QUT in several technical subjects.

    During his life, Derek served several community organisations. He was a scout leader and commissioner through the 1960s and 1970s and was P and C President of the Kelvin Grove High School for several years. For the last 25 years, Derek has served in Rotary International being President of the Rotary Club of Mitchelton in 2005.

    Both of Derek’s sons are architects and he has two architect cousins, one architect brother-in-law, and two architect grandsons. In point of fact, Derek inspired an architectural family dynasty.

    Derek is an eminent member of the profession, part of the proud tradition of public sector architects in Queensland, committed to the public good, and to preserving and improving our built  environment.

    Derek Jones is a worthy recipient of Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects for his long-term and principled involvement in architecture, teaching, practice and service to the  profession and to the wider community.

    Henry Peel LFRAIA

    Over the years, Henry has been influential in the successful development and the expansion of the firm’s involvement in major projects in various Qld centres. The firm has been successful in obtaining Qld Chapter awards for Waterfront Place and Robina Town Centre.

    In addition to his concern for design, an area where Henry has excelled has been in the documentation and contract management of major projects.

    Henry became a member of AIA in 1970, Associate in 1972 and a fellow in 1987. In 1973 he was a member of the ACT Chapter Education Committee and Secretary of the ACT Chapter 1975 to 1978.

    Since 1991, Henry has been a member of the Qld Chapter Practice Committee where he has brought a large practice perspective to practice issues under consideration by the Committee.

    In 2014, Henry became a Senior Counsellor for the Queensland Chapter and for over 20 years he has been an examiner for the Architectural Practice Examinations. In 1989 he became a member of the Qld ACA and was Qld ACA Vice President 2005 to 2008.

    To keep abreast of the changing needs of the community Henry has undertaken several study tours of U.S.A and Europe to further his knowledge of planning and building advancements in those countries.    

    Peter Roy LFRAIA

    Peter Roy has been an important and energetic practitioner and mentor to the architectural community in Australia and New Zealand for over 40 years. He has provided leadership as a practicing architect, practice director and advisor, educator and public commentator.

    Peter studied and worked in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia in the mid-seventies, first registering as an architect in Queensland in 1979. In the office of Robin Gibson he was the site architect for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre complex. The knowledge and understanding of theatres, civic architecture and public space he developed in that role has been an ongoing major theme in his contribution to the profession and community.

    He has shared his wisdom and wealth of experience as Brisbane City Council Architect and as Manager of the BCC Architectural, Landscape and Urban Design and Project Management Group. During this period he was Design Director for over thirty libraries as part of the BCC Library Renewal program and Project Director for the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts.

    Peter played a formative role in the expansion and establishment into Australia of the NZ founded practice, Architectus and helped shape revitalised practice management processes for Elizabeth Watson Brown Architects. In recent years he has served as Practice Manager/Head of Practice at the Architectural Practice Academy nurturing the skills and values of Queensland’s brightest architectural graduates. He continues to play an active role in Queensland’s architectural education programs and is a senior examiner for the Board of Architects.

    Peter exemplifies the altruistic publicly minded architect practitioner, giving far more to the profession than what he has taken. Generous in spirit, a figure from whom to seek sage advice.

    Susan Savage LFRAIA

    For over 35 years Susan Savage has made an extensive and significant contribution to the profession of architecture through her multifaceted role as architect, academic, educator, board chair, director and mentor. Her name is synonymous with higher education and governance of architectural practice in Queensland. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor and Director of Learning Futures at the Queensland University of Technology and a member and former director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

    As Chair of the Board of Architects Queensland for fifteen years, she’s one of the longest serving in the country, reporting to six ministers for Housing and Public Works between 2003 and 2018. She has been an exemplar in the role, upholding professional standards and public confidence in the profession and highly respected in architecture at both state and national levels. She worked in architectural practice for ten years before joining academia, ultimately becoming a senior leader in her field at QUT.

    Recognised nationally and internationally for her pioneering methodology in learning and teaching research, in 2000 she received the Australian Award for University Teaching and in 2010-11 she was the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Discipline Scholar in Architecture. Her ground breaking work has been acknowledged by numerous awards, grants and invitations to give keynote presentations in Australia and abroad.

    Universally embraced as a mentor and an inspiration for students, graduates and young architects, Susan Savage is a worthy recipient of Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects, having made a long and passionate commitment to advance the standing of the profession through her roles in education and governance.

    Brian (Jack) Williamson LFRAIA

    Jack Williamson is a distinguished Queensland architect who graduated with honours from the University of Queensland and wining the Department of Architecture’s prestigious travelling scholarship. As one of the first local graduates to complete post graduate training overseas, Jack successfully completed a Master of Science degree at Cornell University, New York.

    After working in America, he returned to Queensland where he rejoined the Works Department where he was soon promoted, later working for an extended period as a member of its senior management, including  serving as Chief Architect and the Director, Division of Building. After leaving the Department he embarked on an academic career at the Queensland University of Technology, where he undertook further post graduate training, contributed substantially to the establishment of a post graduate course in Building Fire Safety, while lecturing and mentoring very many students over a long period.

    He has been an active contributor to the Australian Institute of Architects and the profession generally including as chair of the Queensland Board of Architects. 

    The Australian Institute of Architects Fellows

     Elizabeth Anderson FRAIA               Michael Lavery FRAIA
     Eloise Atkinson FRAIA     Marissa Lindquist FRAIA
     Jayson Blight FRAIA                         Peter Lonergan FRAIA
     Miles Blucher FRAIA     Robert McCray FRAIA
     Sarah Briant FRAIA     Brian Mackenzie FRAIA
     Natalie Bush FRAIA     Ingrid Marshall FRAIA
     Michael Christensen FRAIA     Matthew Mooney FRAIA
     Geoff Cordingley FRAIA     Rebecca Moore FRAIA
     Mark Craig FRAIA     Yim Eng Ng FRAIA
     William Curnow FRAIA     Rodney Orange FRAIA
     Paolo Denti FRAIA     Adrian Papi FRAIA
     Jarrod Dorham FRAIA     Roy Rimando FRAIA
     Anissa Farrell FRAIA     Leigh Shutter FRAIA
     Ben Gepp FRAIA    James Stevens FRAIA
     Marco Giaroli FRAIA     Ben Vielle FRAIA
     Mark Grimmer FRAIA     Brad Williamson FRAIA
     Brent Hardcastle FRAIA
        Charles Wright FRAIA
     Susan Holden FRAIA    

    The Australian Institute of Architects Honorary Fellows

    Professor Cameron Bruhn Hon. FRAIA

    Cameron has made a significant and substantial contribution to architecture in an eminent career that includes the diverse roles of editor, researcher, publisher, writer, promoter and curator engaging at the forefront of Australian architecture and placing it prominently within the global context. Cameron has exhibited an indefatigable dedication to architecture and the architectural profession in Australia.  His perceptive and articulate portrayal of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and the built environment has been wide reaching and effective in advocating for good design and the betterment of the public realm.

    Dr Janina Gosseye Hon. FRAIA

    Dr Gosseye is a distinguished architect, urban planner, and architectural historian with a particular interest in post-war architecture. Her writing and exhibitions embrace architecture, architectural theory and urban planning as well as social and political history. During the 5 years she has spent in Australia, she has achieved more than many practitioners do during their full career. The exhibition and book Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-75 in which Dr Gosseye was a major participant, transformed knowledge of post-war architecture.  While working in Brisbane, she has also become an international authority on the use of oral history in the research of architecture and on the history of shopping centres after the Second World War. Dr Gosseye has been an exceptional role model, both for her colleagues, practising architects in Queensland and for students. She leaves a significant legacy which will remain a primary source for architectural and family historians, heritage professionals, students and other persons interested in the practice and history of Queensland architecture.

    President's Prize

    ISQ BGA Authority Citation

    The Independent Schools of Queensland Block Grant Authority is wholly owned entity of ISQ.  It has been created and charged with the responsibility of distributing and managing the use of both State and Federal capital funds in a way that is fair, equitable and accountable to ISQ and the tax payers of the nation.

    The ISQ BGA over many years has demonstrated and supported sound building procurement practices as was illustrated in the BER Taskforce Report back in 2010

    To this day the ISQ BGA recommend to private schools that they should employ an architect as their project manager / designer and their consultants for a fair fee and have all works tendered ethically via select tender method with works constructed under the superintendence of the Architect.

    The ISQ BGA over the years has advocated for the architects role across a wide of range of projects and worked constructively with our profession to deliver great outcomes for the school communities.

    The ISQ BGA have worked closely with their Federal and State counter parts to maintain this system of procurement and demonstrate through their actions how good buildings can be procured in a way that is supportive of the professions and benefits contractors who subsequently work with good quality documentation.

    In essence, the ISQ BGA get the best value from architectural services!

    QIA Medallions

    Claire Bazeley - University of Queensland
    Tegan Steggall - QUT
    Bernu (Phillip) Naude - Griffith University
    Dhruv Arora - Bond

    BOAQ Prize

    Claire Bazeley - University of Queensland
    Tegan Steggall - QUT
    Jacob Hough - Griffith University
    Anthony Pannolini - Bond