Directors

  • Bruce Wolfe | Managing Director

    Since being appointed managing director of Conrad Gargett in 1998, Bruce has worked on some of Queensland’s largest building projects and significant design awards with roles ranging from Project Architect, to Project Director. This has included the design of many facilities for Universities, Health Sector and Defence, demonstrating an understanding of the inter-relationships between client, user groups, facility management and procurement. He also had teaching commitments at the Schools of Architecture at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.

    Bruce contributes to projects with complex and competing social sector interests effectively dealing with political sensitivities, integrated design and urban issues. His key role is in managing and coordinating large multi-disciplinary teams on significant projects, providing smooth delivery of service, commitment and innovative thinking. Bruce is a member of the Board for Urban Places, The Society of College & University Planners and has won awards in the field of design, construction and master planning.
  • Lawrence Toaldo | Director

    Lawrence is a Design Director with Conrad Gargett with considerable experience in the management, design and documentation of a diverse range of projects including public and educational buildings, commercial work environments and defence projects. Lawrence graduated from Queensland University of Technology with honours where he has since taught design subjects. He has developed comprehensive skills in coordinating large project teams, client liaison, user consultation and managing projects throughout the briefing, design and documentation phases.
  • Rebecca Moore | Director

    As a Design Director with Conrad Gargett, Rebecca’s particular focus is in client engagement and creative problem solving. Rebecca graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998, has tutored in design subjects at UQ and has been a regional architecture awards juror.  Rebecca has worked on a broad range of project types including health, hospitality, educational, public buildings, commercial and adaptive reuse.
  • John Flynn | Director

    John is a Design Director with Conrad Gargett and has worked in Australia and overseas on a broad range of project types including residential, commercial, educational, public buildings, health, defence and master planning. John has developed comprehensive skills in leading large projects and working through master planning, brief, design and delivery.
  • Leanne Conley | Director

    As Conrad Gargett's CFO and Director of Human Resources, Leanne works to maintain the collaborative environment of the practice while working closely with the Directors to ensure compliance to the business requirements of each project. Since joining Conrad Gargett in 2000, Leanne’s comprehensive skills in joint venture management, resource and cash flow forecasting have proven invaluable. As a skilled CPA, her qualifications in financial management combined with strategic experience guarantee effective project planning and forecasting.
Principals

Principals

  • Harm Hollander | Principal

    Harm is a Project Principal with Conrad Gargett with extensive experience in the areas of Health and Defence. A Fellow of the AIA, Harm has lectured in Construction / Technology, Professional Studies and Design at both the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. Harm has developed comprehensive skills in leading large projects and working meticulously through brief, design and delivery challenges. In the health sector, Harm’s industry leading knowledge in both strategic and practical health requirements has seen him lead the health planning on major projects as well as speaking engagements at a number of conferences.

  • Ian Mitchell | Principal

    Ian is a Principal with Conrad Gargett with extensive experience in a broad range of project types including health, educational, public buildings, commercial and defence. A Life Fellow of the AIA and previously the Queensland Chapter President, Ian has taught Design at Queensland University of Technology and been involved in numerous design award jury panels. An award winning architect, Ian’s areas of expertise are: design and master planning; management of complex projects; client and stakeholder engagement and team leadership.

  • Robert Riddel | Principal

    Robert was the Founding Director of Riddel Architecture before his practice joined with Conrad Gargett Architecture. He is now a Principal of Conrad Gargett with expertise in contemporary design, the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and heritage conservation. Robert recently completed his PhD in architectural history at The University of Queensland where he is currently an Adjunct Professor. His work was subsequently published as a book entitled “Robin Dods: Selected Works”. Robert is a member of Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel, the AIA National Heritage Taskforce and is a former Queensland Heritage Council Member.

  • Phil Baigent | Principal

    Phil was a Director of Ancher Mortlock Woolley before his practice joined with Conrad Gargett. As a Principal, Phil’s expertise includes major redevelopment projects, the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and heritage conservation with notable projects including the State Library of Victoria and the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Phil is highly experienced in master planning, architectural design and construction phase services and has served on a number of design juries for the University of New South Wales.

  • Dale Swan | Principal

    Dale was a Director of Ancher Mortlock Woolley prior to the practice joining Conrad Gargett. As a Principal, Dale is a highly respected designer with particular skills in master planning, urban design and architectural design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has served on a number of design juries including the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney. Dale’s design expertise is broad, having delivered a number of key projects in heritage, adaptive reuse, residential, hospitality, commercial, public, health and research sectors

  • David Gole | Principal

    David was a Director of Riddel Architecture before his practice joined with Conrad Gargett Architecture. He is now a Principal of Conrad Gargett. He has a wealth of experience in contemporary design, adaptive reuse and heritage conservation, working across a broad range of project types, from complex heritage sites to aged care and residential. David is an accredited UNESCO assessor for world heritage sites and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2000 to study conservation in Venice. His passion for bringing new life to existing buildings has resulted in many successful projects including the nationally awarded restoration and adaptive reuse of the former West’s Furniture Showroom and the current redevelopment of the former Red Hill Skate Arena.

  • Gillian Donaldson | Principal

    Gillian, until recently has been a director of Donaldson Worrad, an architectural firm based in Sydney with specialist retail focus. Her project experience spans a diverse range including retail, commercial developments, educational facilities, and exhibition spaces. Gillian has specific skills in the areas of design & documentation management, fitout planning, interior design, services co-ordination and contract administration. She has managed diverse teams of architects and specialist consultants throughout many of these projects.

  • Michael Worrad | Principal

    Michael, until recently has been a director of Donaldson Worrad, an architectural firm based in Sydney with specialist retail focus. His experience covers a diverse range including television and print media facilities, correctional and court facilities, commercial fitouts, laboratories, industrial developments and retail developments. Michael has specific skills in the areas of facility planning, design & documentation management, fitout planning, services co-ordination and contract administration. He has managed diverse teams of architects and specialist consultants throughout all these projects.

  • Laura Cockburn | Principal

    Laura is a Principal 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.

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

    Katharina leads Conrad Gargett's Landscape Department and has considerable experience in the management, design and documentation of a diverse range of landscape and urban design projects including public and educational buildings, health and defence projects. Katharina is a registered landscape architect and planner and has practiced both locally and internationally. She is highly skilled in stakeholder consultation and managing the complex requirements of large scale land forms whilst coordinating detailed design issues.  Her design approach embodies sustainability, practicality and longevity grounded in research and analysis. Katharina works collaboratively with clients and user groups, contractors, other design consultants and approval agencies to fully understand the objectives and parameters of a project.

  • Jane McConnell | Principal | Interior Design

    Jane leads Conrad Gargett’s Interiors Department. Her approach focuses specifically on how the built environment can support and drive organisational change and creating spaces that integrate functionality, sustainability, aesthetics and cultural needs. Jane’s key strength is client communication and she is well versed in maintaining a clear conceptual direction throughout the design and delivery process.

Department Leaders

Department Leaders

  • Greg Sexton | North Queensland

    Greg Sexton is a Senior Associate and manages Conrad Gargett's North Queensland studio. Greg joined Conrad Gargett in 1995, graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2001 and established the North Queensland studio in 2007. Greg has completed a wide range of commercial, educational, defence and health buildings. Through this project experience he has developed comprehensive skills in managing complex projects whilst positively engaging with clients, stakeholders and contractors. Greg's meticulous approach to considering how a project is procured delivers robustly resolved documentation and proactive engagement with site construction teams.