Shane ThompsonShane Thompson is the recently elected Queensland President of the Institute and represents the Queensland Chapter on National Council. Shane is the Principal of Shane Thompson Architects, a new studio recently established after 24 years as a Principal of BVN Architecture, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. He has undertaken a wide range of projects across Australia and off shore. Lately these include the Athletes Village in London for the 2012 Olympics and the RNA Redevelopment Masterplan, Brisbane’s largest ever Urban Renewal project. He is the recipient of over 100 awards and prizes including the Robin Boyd Award for the Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Living In Accommodation and a Sir Zelman Cowan Award Commendation for the University of the Sunshine Coast Faculty of Arts. More recently he presented 2 finalist projects, The Ivy attached houses and, Boolarong and Kinkabool beach houses, at the 2010 World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona. Shane is best known for his contribution to the growth of BVN as an important national practice, his design leadership on numerous residential, education and cultural projects and his public advocacy through work on a number of government, arts and environment boards, these include Queensland’s Industry Advisory Board, Queensland’s Board for Urban Places, the Queensland College of Art Industry Advisory Board, the Centre for Sub-tropical Design and he was recently appointed to the Architecture Australia Advisory Committee. In 2010 he was commissioned by the Queensland Government to curate an exhibition of recent Queensland Architecture and Design in Shanghai and he chaired an Urban Design Seminar organised by QUT and the HEAT program in Venice at the time of the Architecture Biennale.
Michael Rayner AM
Michael Rayner is the Principal of Cox Rayner Architects, the Queensland practice of Cox Architecture. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for services to architecture and urban design, as well as to the Queensland community. Michael is a member of the Queensland Design Council, the Queensland Government Board of Urban Places, the Queensland HEAT Architecture Advisory Board, the Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board, and the University of Queensland Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Strategic Development Council. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and Chair of the Architecture Advisory Board at Griffith University. Michael’s practice has won two World Architecture Festival Awards for Transport Architecture for the Helix Bridge Singapore and Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane in 2010 and 2011 respectively. At National Institute level, Cox Rayner have won premium awards for James Street Market Brisbane and for Thuringowa Riverway Townsville, and are the only practice to have twice won the Australia Award for Urban Design – for Cairns Esplanade North Queensland in 2003 and SW1 South Bank Brisbane in 2011. Michael was a member of the Queensland Premier’s Smart State Council (2006-2011), and was President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects from 2000-2002. His firm’s most recent projects of interest are the organically-structured 111 Eagle Street office tower in Brisbane, the Flinders Street Redevelopment in Townsville and the pro-bono designed Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum sited on a mesa in Winton in central north Queensland and opened at Easter.
Peter Skinner is the immediate Past Queensland President (2010-2011) and member of Queensland Chapter Council. Peter is Professor and currently Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Queensland. He was formerly Head of Department at UQ, where he has taught Architectural Design and Architectural Technology for twenty years. In 2000, he won the Robin Dods Award forthe St Lucia house, designed with his wife Elizabeth Watson-Brown, currently Design Director at Architectus Brisbane. In 2007, Peter was Chair of the Queensland Awards Jury. Peter’s current research areas are subtropical housing design, climate-responsive urban design,
rail station design and Queensland architectural history. Peter is
an active commentator on contemporary architecture and
design issues and has been active in the Institute’s response
to the recent Queensland flood and cyclone events.