Fellows &
Life Fellows

4th Annual Life-Fellows and Fellows lunch 2022 | Photography by Flynn Graham and Wildkinds Studio


Life Fellows & Fellows

Life Fellowship is awarded to members who is a Fellow of the Institute and who, in the opinion of the National Council, has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship. Life Fellow is the highest honour class of RAIA membership available to members practising architecture.

Fellowship is awarded to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice. Each nomination requires the endorsement of two voting members and the Chapter Council.

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2021 Life Fellows


Alice Hampson has made an extraordinary contribution to the profession of Architecture and in particular in her design and public service to the profession. Since being awarded the status of Fellow in 2006 she has contributed in advisory roles to the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2007-2010).

Alice is also presently a Councilor of the Queensland Heritage Council (since 2017) and is also a Board Member of Queensland Board of Urban Places since 2019. In her work, she has been the recipient of various awards including the John Herbert Memorial Award and the Gold Heritage Award by the National Trust for her contribution in a publication on Contemporary Modernism.

Alice has also contributed greatly within the support of the Australian Institute of Architects being elected as a Nationally elected National Councilor in 2019 and has held the post of National President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2020-21.

Her role as advocate for the profession is exemplary and her contribution as a member of the profession to the public service of architecture is also exemplary.

She is easily able to be considered for the highest honor Life Fellow for these reasons.



2020 Life Fellows

Amy Degenhart

Amy Degenhart FRAIA is a Principal of degenhartSHEDD, a multi-award-winning practice based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. She has been a member of the Institute for 30 years (since 1990) and was elevated to Fellow status in 2008 (12 years ago).

Amy’s notable contribution to the fields of design, construction, urban planning and sustainability lies in the work she has undertaken to create and realise innovative residential forms, particularly micro-lot and mixed-use housing. She is passionate about solving Australia’s housing affordability issues while at the same time ensuring community cohesion and wellbeing through thoughtful architecture and engaging urban design.

Her focus in on identifying and utilising urban infill subdivisions to make beautiful, highly liveable tiny homes. Her design practice degenhartSHEDD (co-Director is Martyn Shedd) specialises in small-lot and mixed-use architectural and urban design, with extensive experience in successfully creating vibrant communities with diverse built form.

She is a worthy recipient of a Australian Institute of Architects’ Life Fellowship.


Bruce Wolfe FRAIA is an esteemed practitioner, company director, creative director, mentor and
philanthropist. His notable and sustained contribution to the profession lies in his leadershipof practice,
projects and the Institute’s Queensland Chapter from 2016-2018. He joined the Institute 32 years ago (in
1988) and was elevated to Fellow status in 1993 (27 years ago).

A stimulator of innovation and ideas, Bruce has a rare sensibility to both design elevation and the business
of architecture. He is a tireless advocate for the profession and is highly respected by academic, business, civic and creative leaders, and peers across the built environment.

Bruce Wolfe is legendarily credited with reviving (and arguably saving) one of Queensland’s oldest practices—the 125 year old firm Conrad Gargett. Under his 20-year leadership of the practice it evolved from a Brisbane-based firm of 26 to a multi-studio practice of over 150 team members across Australia, with an ever-expanding portfolio of global and award-winning projects. In terms of tangible jobs creation in the sector, this achievement is outstanding in its own right. However, he is noted also for his ongoing mentorship of student and emerging practitioners, having frequently hosted EmAGN events at Conrad Gargett. Another distinction attributed to Bruce’s leadership was the establishing of gender equity on the Conrad Gargett Board—one of the first practices in Australia to do so.

Bruce Wolfe FRAIA is an outstanding nominee for an Australian Institute of Architects’ Life Fellowship.


As an architect in Gold Coast, Queensland for almost 40 years, Greg Forgan Smith has rendered a notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, education, practice and research. Greg does not describe himself as a ‘trumpet blower’ but through his work and deeds he is well known within the local Gold Coast architectural fraternity for his efforts in practice but with the local Gold Coast Regional Architectural committee. Greg is a man who refuses to take a backward step and stepped up to the Chairmanship of the Gold Coast / Northern Rivers division way back in 1998. He is a true champion at a time where there were no takers. He commanded this position for six or more years and made a significant contribution to the Gold Coast Architectural community. Greg has been forthright in promoting ideas, sensible and long-term policies / strategies that can make a city better. He was instrumental in developing themed awards functions in the region that were the envy of the state and VERY Gold Coast. Greg has been a very strong advocate for the profession and pushed the newly amalgamated City of the Gold Coast to create and Urban Design Advisory Panel which he subsequently chaired bringing a range of design professionals to the table. Greg has also contributed to university life through intermittent critique attendances and as a profession we are indeed fortunate to have people like him advocating so strong for the quality of our built environment.

Liam Proberts

Liam Proberts FRAIA joined the Institute on 27 February 1992. He is the Director of award-winning
architecture practice bureau^proberts. Liam is a recognised figure in Australian architecture and is making
his mark globally in architecture and urban design. Since establishing his practice in 1990, bureau^proberts
has cultivated a vibrant design culture that positions the firm at the forefront of innovative solutions for large-scale, complex development, cultural and housing projects.

Driven to engage with the growth of cities and communities, Liam is dedicated to adding value to all projects within his care. Why? Because, in Liam’s own words, “better cities make better citizens”.

Intrigued by the intersection of art and architecture, Liam is highly regarded for his multi-disciplinary expertise. A review of his portfolio attests to his own belief that cultural and commercial endeavours can co-exist and, in fact, enrich each other. Among his most notable collaborations are work with artists such
as Idris Khan, Daniel Tobin and Sandra Selig in producing works including the National Police Memorial in Canberra, the Brisbane Powerhouse Masterplan and Wahat Al Karama (by bureau^proberts and Urban Art Projects, UAP) in Saudi Arabia.

An alumnus of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Architecture, Liam enjoys mentoring new talent and is a sought-after media commentator on the built environment. His work has been widely published in architecture and design publications.

Lindy Atkin

Lindy Atkin FRAIA joined the Institute in August 2003 (17 years ago). She was elevated to Fellow status in 2016 (4 years ago). Owing to her considerable energy and initiative in promoting the importance of
Australian regional practice and practitioners, she is a worthy candidate for elevation to Life Fellow.

After graduating from Architecture from the University of Queensland in 1989, Lindy studied for registration
in the UK and worked with Nicholas Grimshaw, Future Systems (now Amanda Levete Architects) and Richard Rogers in London. Returning to settle on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 1995, Lindy worked with John Mainwaring, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, Gabriel Poole and James Grose. She also worked with Bligh Voller Neild in 1997 before establishing her own practice—Bark Architects—on the Sunshine Coast with partner Stephen Guthrie.

Under Lindy’s and Stephen’s direction, Bark has achieved a national and international reputation for producing innovative responses to place with built forms that are function, cost-effective, sustainable and beautiful. During the twenty years as a Director of Bark, Lindy has been focused on the creation and continual professional development of a design focused award winning and well regarded ‘regional’
Australian architectural practice. Bark’s projects, across the private and public sectors, have won numerous architectural, construction and planning awards and commendations. Lindy has been awarded for contributions to business development on the Sunshine Coast, winning the Sunshine Coast Corporate Business Woman of the Year in 2010.

mark trotter

Mark Trotter joined the Institute on 1 January 1983 immediately following his registration. He started attending the Gold Coast region’s member lunches in 1983 and was at the first Gold Coast Region Awards presentation events in 1983 and 1984. His first award acheivement was for the Mackley House in 1991. Later in that year he nominated for and was appointed as Gold Coast region chair. He was also elected to Chapter Council, the first time that a regional chair had secured a place on Chapter Council. He served on the Queensland Chapter Council for eight years (until 1999). Mark was the National Conference Convenor in 1998 (the conference was held in Cairns) and a State Awards juror in 1998 and 1999. He was Chair of the Queensland Practice Committee from 1998 to 1999.

Mark Trotter was Queensland President of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) from 2012-14 and also on the ACA National Committee over the same period. In that time, he was responsible for building up monthly activities and site visits which stabilised membership and finances. He was also responsible for completing and implementing a national atrategic plan which has revitalised the ACA with a growing membership.

He was the inaugural Queensland Chair of the CEFPI (now Learning Environments Australasia) from 2007-09 and Australasian Chair from 2013-15. He was the Schools of Merit International Awards juror from 2015-17. During his tenure members doubled from 350 to 700 and he was instrumental in starting new chapters in the ACT and New Zealand. He also oversaw 6 highly successful annual conferences.

Roger Mainwood

As an architect in Far North Queensland for almost 40 years, Roger Mainwood has rendered a notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, education, practice and research. Being a regional member without the immediate, local administrative support of the Australian Institute of Architects resources can be frustrating and difficult. Despite these potential setbacks, Roger has remained ‘true’ and enthusiastic about the profession over many years and is well known as a strong advocate for the far north and the AIA regional members. Roger’s career in architecture began in Adelaide, South Australia having studied in both schools and he graduated in 1986 as the most outstanding graduate in architecture in South Australia. Not long afterwards he moved to North Queensland working with Woodhead Australia to become a practice associate within six years. Roger ambitiously set up his own regional practice Total Project Group in Cairns and began his time as a business owner, advocate and active member of the AIA winning numerous architectural awards over many years. Roger has served as the Far North Regional Chair, Queensland Chapter Councillor, Awards Juror and assisted with a range of conferences including the National Conference and the recent ‘Spirit of Place’ Regional Conference all in Cairns. Roger’s contribution to the profession through the AIA has been enormous and we are lucky as an institute to have a regional member so positive and involved in the profession.





A list of all Queensland based Fellows and Life Fellows can be found here.

  • Alice Hampson
  • Amy Degenhart
  • Bruce Wolfe
  • Greg Forgan Smith
  • Liam Proberts
  • Lindy Atkin
  • Mark Trotter
  • Roger Mainwood
  • Alanna Coburn
  • Andrew Gildea
  • Andrew Lane
  • Charmaine Kai
  • Christopher Gee
  • Dani Martin
  • Dragan Majstorovic
  • Errol Loynes
  • Jo Case
  • Lada Bodnaruk
  • Lily Chan
  • Lisa Moore
  • Michael Dickson
  • Paul Sekava
  • Peter Gardiner
  • Stephen Guthrie
  • Alison McDonald
  • Andrew Watson
  • Anika Asplund
  • Brian Mahon
  • Caroline Stalker
  • Darren Greenaway
  • Dayne Mearns
  • Duncan Ross-Watt
  • Fiona Gardiner
  • Gianni De Clara
  • Gisela Jung
  • Jason Haigh
  • John Neylan
  • John Price
  • Julie Lawrence
  • Justine Ebzery
  • Katerina Dracopoulos
  • Lawrie Bertoldi
  • Paul Butterworth
  • Paul Sekava
  • Peter McArdle
  • Rodney Moyle
  • Ryan Loveday
  • Stephen Sims
  • Steve Guthrie
  • Tim Bennetton
  • Wendy Hay


Advancement to fellowship

Criteria for elevation

  • A minimum of 12 years as a Voting Member (Chapter Councils may consider a lesser period of membership as a special case);
  • Evidence of a significant contribution to the profession; and
  • Recommendation and endorsement of reasons for elevation by two Voting Members. In the case of overseas members, two short references of no more than 500 words, written by Voting Members of the Institute, must also accompany the application.

Guidance notes for the applicant

Fellowship is to recognise a level of achievement within the architectural profession. Therefore it applies similarly to generalists, specialists, academics, project managers and administrators.

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Fellowship should be regarded as a privilege, not a right.

Chapters have some latitude in their interpretation of the contribution criteria of the submission; however they should ensure that sufficient i nformation i s provided to demonstrate that the intent of Fellowship is satisfied.
To demonstrate their significant contribution to the profession candidates should provide the following supporting information:

a) Gaining of Significant Experience in the Practice of Architecture
For broad experience the candidate should supply a C.V. indicating employment, types of projects and their professional role to demonstrate their experience across the full range of architectural activity. For specialist experience, the C.V. should indicate their expertise in any area of architecture activity.

b) Significant Service to the Profession or Community
The candidate should supply details of their service to the community and profession through participation in organisations or groups such as the Institute, AACA, government, schools, community, other professional bodies, media, church etc. or through any other method. All details of service are of assistance to Chapter Council in assessing an application for elevation.

* These notes are provided for guidance only. This policy is subject to change; please refer to the current Policy Book available at your local Chapter Office.

Life Fellowship Nomination

Criteria for Elevation to Life Fellowship

Life Fellowship can be awarded to members who is a Fellow of the Institute and who, in the opinion of the National Council, has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship. 

“Notable contribution” is defined as being a contribution above and beyond the normal contribution made by an architect in the course of their professional career, eg. a record of long or high service in a professional or industry association; a long and sustained record of recognised excellent works or public service, or similar achievement in the fields of building technology, literature or education.

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Guidance Notes for Submission of Nominations for Life Fellowship

Article 3 of the Articles of Association of the Institute reads as follows:
Article 3. Life Fellows – The National Council shall have power to confer Life Fellowship upon an architect who is a Fellow of the Institute and who in the opinion of the Council has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship.

  1. All Corporate members of the Institute are eligible to make nominations.
  2. Nominations shall be in the name of a Proposer, who will be personally responsible for collating and submitting all relevant information together with a citation.
  3. Nominations shall be submitted to the Chapter of which the nominee is a member (or, if not a member of a Chapter, to the Secretary of the RAIA).
  4. Chapter Councils shall be responsible for checking that nominations are adequately prepared in accordance with these notes before onward transmission to National Council. They shall also be responsible to append their endorsement, or otherwise, of nominations, but shall not withhold from National Council any nomination on the grounds that it is not endorsed.