Directors

  • Lawrence Toaldo | Managing Director

    Lawrence Toaldo is the 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 respected architect and leader within the industry. Formerly managing director for twenty years, Bruce’s leadership has been instrumental in upholding the practice’s design legacy and driving its growth. During his tenure, Conrad Gargett has evolved from a Brisbane-based firm of 27 to a multi-studio practice of over 150 team members across Australia, with a portfolio of global and award-winning projects. Bruce is renowned for his inspirational work on some of the most prominent, innovative projects in Queensland. Guided by his astute design sensibility, appetite for idea exploration and commitment to collaboration, Bruce facilitates shared vision through design supported by Bachelor degrees in both Architecture and Design Studies. He is president of the Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter).
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Jane McConnell | Principal | Interior Design

    Jane is a Principal with Conrad Gargett who has led the Interiors department since joining the practice in 2016. An accomplished Designer and Project Manager, Jane’s career history showcases broad local and international experience across multiple sectors and building types. Her expertise in Interior Design is bolstered by her strong business acumen, supported by a Bachelor of Built Environments (Interior Design), and a Bachelor of International Business. Jane has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North Africa, fostering an appreciation for different ways of life, and a curious and responsive approach to design. She skilfully balances client and user needs with a sophisticated understanding of design principles and the practicalities of project delivery. She considers how all facets of a design work to support a cohesive and inviting building experience. This results in integrated interior designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable in both conceptual design and the selection of materials.

  • Greg Sexton | Principal | North Queensland

    Greg Sexton is a Principal 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.

Department Leaders

Department Leaders