Directors

  • Lawrence Toaldo | Managing Director

    Lawrence is Managing Director of Conrad Gargett, appointed in 2017 after a 13 year tenure as design and project director. Lawrence graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours in 1996 and joined Conrad Gargett in 1999. He has established his reputation as an accomplished architect and visionary project lead, reflected in his portfolio of work showcasing a diversity of projects, both in Australia and abroad. An attuned and collaborative practice leader, Lawrence motivates and empowers his team, driving creativity, design excellence and the delivery of value that surpasses expectation. He is driven to uphold Conrad Gargett’s legacy of innovative, world-leading architectural structures that endure, not only because they are well-made and provide lasting utility, but because they understand the people that engage with them.
  • Bruce Wolfe | Company Chair and Director

    Bruce Wolfe, Company Chair and Director of Conrad Gargett, is a highly respected architect and esteemed leader within the industry. Formerly Conrad Gargett’s Managing Director before handing over in 2017, Bruce’s visionary leadership has been instrumental in upholding the practice’s design legacy and driving its growth. During his 20 year tenure, Conrad Gargett evolved from a Brisbane-based firm of 27 to a multi-studio practice of over 150 team members across Australia, with an ever-expanding portfolio of global and award-winning projects. Bruce is renowned for his inspirational work on some of the most prominent, innovative projects in Queensland, including the internationally awarded Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Guided by his astute design sensibility, appetite for idea exploration and commitment to collaboration, Bruce facilitates shared vision through design. He places people and sustainability at the centre of all his work, and is inspired by his ability to make a difference to the way people live, now, and in the future. He was President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (2016 - 2018), with a number of industry accolades and titles to his name.
  • Rebecca Moore | Director

    Rebecca is a Director with Conrad Gargett with over 18 years’ experience. An award-winning Architect and skilled Project and Design Director, her multidisciplinary portfolio demonstrates vast expertise in design and project management across a broad range of sectors and projects, both locally and internationally. As a project lead, Rebecca mobilises her teams towards an overarching vision, fostering creative growth and allowing ideas to generate collaboratively. She works closely with clients and communities to develop a thorough understanding of needs as well as social and cultural contexts, ensuring the creation of purposeful architecture that is layered with beauty and meaning. Her approach is underpinned by a deep appreciation for diverse cultures, people and their relationship with place, a core value that she attributes to the unique combination of her offshore birthplace, a Queensland upbringing and extensive international travel.
  • John Flynn | Director

    John is a Director of Conrad Gargett with over 30 years’ experience designing great places for people to call home. Formerly a Design Director with Mirvac, and Peddle Thorp preceding this, John draws from a strong history of design and project leadership. He has engaged in work and study across Australia, Europe, USA, the UK, South East Asia, Japan and China. His substantial body of work includes the design, planning, documentation and management of complex projects spanning various sectors, including commercial, mixed-use, residential, healthcare and defence. John is a two-time graduate of Queensland University of Technology, with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture. As Chair of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Queensland Chapter, he is regularly sought-after for his insight into emerging trends in urban design and planning. John designs buildings from the inside out, working in partnership with diverse teams to thoroughly understand people and their interactions with the space. He respectfully drives for innovative and sustainable outcomes, resulting in design that is not only functional and enduring, but also captures people’s imaginations.
  • Leanne Conley | Director

    Leanne is Conrad Gargett’s CFO and Director of HR. Since joining eighteen years ago, she has influenced the firm’s success through her focus on an expert balance of strategic stewardship, sound financial management, strong investment in people and culture, and the streamlining of creative processes. Leanne is a CPA with postgraduate qualifications. Her proven expertise in forecasting, budgeting, resource allocation and planning, together with her strong leadership and organisational skills, ensure she is a valued asset on project teams. Her approach is client-focused. She investigates innovations in costing, resourcing and the management of projects to enhance the efficiency and quality of service delivery. Leanne creates an inclusive environment where all team members feel valued and supported in their professional growth. She is committed to upholding the firm’s reputation as an employer of choice through nurturing the corporate culture and identity as the practice continues to evolve.
  • Tony Jemmott | Director

    Tony is a Director with Conrad Gargett with over 30 years’ experience. Formerly the founder and principal of Jemmott Associates, Tony joined Conrad Gargett through a practice merger in 2017. He brings with him a strong reputation for client-focused leadership, business acumen, and exceptional architecture, along with a wealth of expertise spanning multiple disciplines, project types and sectors. Clients describe Tony as an authentic and approachable Project Director. His enduring client relationships are built on honesty, the provision of exceptional value and his dedication to collaboration. An accomplished architect, Tony was one of just 35 architects from around the world accepted into the elite Glenn Murcutt Masterclass in 2014. Tony crafts structures of the highest quality that are coherent, responsive to client and user needs, sustainable and accessible. He believes that excellent designs should speak to people and enrich the lives of all who engage with them.
  • Laura Cockburn | Director

    Laura is a Director at Conrad Gargett and has a keen interest in the collaborative approach to design that underpins her work. She has significant experience in successfully leading teams from master planning and concept design through to contract documentation and construction on complex large projects in the Defence and Infrastructure sector. Laura’s strengths lie in fostering a strong client relationship from which the project can evolve. Many of Laura’s projects involve the compilation, dissemination and negotiation of complex client and user group requirements during the briefing stage and onwards through the life of the project. She achieves this whilst retaining balance and focus on achieving the best outcomes for all involved.
Principals

Principals

  • Harm Hollander | Principal

    As a Principal of Conrad Gargett, Harm pursues extraordinary, people-centred design outcomes. Joining the practice in 2007, he contributes a wealth of design and project leadership experience, working with diverse clientele to develop highly regarded designs of various type and scale. He has earned a reputation for industry-leading expertise in the health sector, but is passionate about all facets of architecture. A collaborative and influential project and design lead, Harm seeks to unite and motivate teams to draw out their best and seize design opportunities. Harm finds value in a life of inquiry and learning. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1982 and has been approved as a doctoral candidate in the field of Hospital Flexibility. He continues to immerse himself in knowledge-sharing and academic discovery through lecturing in Design, Construction, Technology and Professional Studies at Queensland University of Technology.

  • Ian Mitchell | Principal

    A Principal of Conrad Gargett, Ian is an award-winning architect who joined the practice in 2006 after building a distinguished career with firms such as John Simpson Associates and Daryl Jackson Pty. Ltd, as well as a period at the helm of his own practice. A highly regarded leader in the architecture and construction industry, Ian has previously enjoyed a term as the Queensland President of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and was made a Life Fellow in 2011. He is well-versed in project and design management across industry sectors. His thorough, purposeful approach to design is fuelled by a deep desire to create something meaningful, emphasising function and providing lasting positive experiences for inhabitants. Ian considers his work on prominent designs, such as the acclaimed Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, as some of the greatest highlights of his career. He is committed to a life of learning and education, contributing his knowledge and skills as a mentor through the AIA, a Design tutor at Queensland University of Technology, a member of numerous juries and award panels, and a presenter at design conferences nationally and internationally.

  • Phil Baigent | Principal

    As a Principal of Conrad Gargett, Phil is driven to create meaningful architecture through critical design thinking. Prior to joining the practice through a merger in 2013, Phil was a Director and General Manager of Ancher Mortlock Woolley. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and a Bachelor of Architecture, graduating from the University of NSW with First Class Honours in 1980. Phil’s comprehensive architectural experience includes the master planning, architectural design and construction phase leadership of a myriad of major projects, with particular expertise in heritage conservation and adaptive reuse of buildings. A career highlight has been his intricate work on the monumental State Library of Victoria redevelopment, which was completed over a period of 20 years and received the Award for Heritage at both the Victorian and National Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Awards in 2005. Phil recognises that great design is built upon deep understanding. He listens authentically to clients and community, engages in rigorous research, and draws upon his substantial design and technical knowledge to forge enduring built environments that challenge preconceived ideas of design possibility.

  • Dale Swan | Principal

    Dale is an acclaimed designer and Principal with Conrad Gargett, joining the practice through a merger in 2013 after building a prolific 30-year career as a Design Director with Ancher Mortlock Woolley. Dale has been responsible for a large and diverse portfolio of work, including a number of iconic, award-winning designs that have featured in Australian and international publications. He is particularly skilled in master planning, urban design and architectural design, and is highly experienced in project leadership across a variety of sectors. Dale promotes the art of architecture and endeavours to transform every brief and building programme into meaningful, considered works of architecture. Each project is undertaken with a high degree of creativity and rigour to achieve design excellence. His expertise is supported by a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1) and a Master of Science in Environmental Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, has participated in a number of domestic and international competitions, and has been invited to serve on numerous design juries, including the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney.

  • David Gole | Principal

    David is a Principal of Conrad Gargett and a leader in the field of heritage conservation, adaptive reuse and contemporary additions to heritage buildings and sites. He has built a respected career locally and internationally, living and working in London, the USA, Italy and Burma across a broad range of building typologies. His portfolio reflects a strong capability for delivering highly regarded, award-winning designs. Formerly a Director of Riddel Architecture, he has honed specialised knowledge and skills in conservation and contemporary design. David was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study conservation in Italy and the UK in 2000, and later undertook training in Heritage Impact Assessments with UNESCO in 2012. He spent a year based in Myanmar, Burma in 2015 as a Senior Heritage Architect with the Yangon Heritage Trust, advocating for the heritage-led development of downtown Yangon and providing expert advice to support the reuse and development of over 60 significant heritage buildings. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Honours) from Queensland University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts – History from the University of Queensland, where he now teaches as an Adjunct Professor.

  • Gillian Donaldson | Principal

    Gillian is a Principal and leader of the retail development team with Conrad Gargett. She is formerly a Director and founding member of Donaldson Worrad, which merged with Conrad Gargett in 2016. Her career and personal life have led her across the globe, traversing South America, Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom and America. Each location has deepened a global perspective, a value for conservation and sustainability, and a commitment to human-centred design. Collaboration lies at the heart of Gillian’s approach to design. She contributes specialist skills in the areas of design and documentation management, fitout planning, interior design, services coordination and contract administration. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of NSW, and her project experience spans a diversity of sectors, with particular expertise in retail, commercial development, educational facilities, and exhibition spaces. In all projects, Gillian is driven to create architecture in which communities can find happiness and meaning.

  • Michael Worrad | Principal

    Michael is a Principal of Conrad Gargett. Prior to joining the practice through a merger in 2016, Michael was a Director and co-founder of Donaldson Worrad, a practice focused on the retail sector. His 40-year career as an architect encompasses eight years as a Director of Havens Kirkwood & Meertens and ten years as an Associate of PTW. Michael’s substantial portfolio of work demonstrates comprehensive architectural expertise and experience across a broad range of project types. His career highlights include projects characterised by uncertainty and rapid change, such as designing for Channel 7 during their switch to colour television, working with Fairfax Broadway in their transition to computerised print, and providing full architectural services to ALDI supporting their entry into Australia. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Architecture), a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of NSW, and a Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Facilities Management) from the University of Sydney.

  • Katharina Nieberler-Walker | Principal | Landscape and Urban Design

    Katharina is a Principal with Conrad Gargett and an industry recognised leader in Landscape Architecture. She is an accomplished design and project leader with proficiency in leading large and complex developments, including an array of significant, highly-awarded projects both in Australia and internationally. Head of the practice’s landscape studio, she is passionate about developing integrated, people-oriented places, and interweaving natural and built elements to create a sense of place connected to community. A proponent of sustainability and creative problem-solving through design thinking, Katharina is committed to using design as a means to tackle complex 21st century challenges. She connects with stakeholders to understand their needs, articulate design ideas and, with integrity and insight, guide innovation for enduring design outcomes. She remains actively engaged in elevating the field of landscape architecture. She is a sought-after awards judge, having partaken in numerous national and international award juries. Her award-winning research collaborations have been published and presented locally and internationally.

  • Greg Sexton | Principal | North Queensland

    As Principal and North Queensland Manager of Conrad Gargett, Greg leads the delivery of quality architecture designed for people, with people. He is a longstanding member of the practice, commencing as a student architect in 1995 and establishing the Townsville studio in 2007. Greg holds a Bachelor of Architecture and has a wealth of hands-on experience leading diverse, complex projects across multiple sectors. His comprehensive skillset ensures he is equally comfortable navigating a construction site and client consultation as he is behind the drawing board, detailing designs by hand.
    His work is characterised by a deep consideration of people, process and place. His award-winning design for the Holy Spirit Seminary in Banyo is a key example, receiving the Public Architecture Award at the 2009 Queensland Architecture Awards for its purposeful design. Always seeking to elevate his design practice, Greg is an active Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a member of the Property Council’s Townsville committee, and a frequent state awards juror.