Conrad Gargett celebrates 125 year history

Award winning national architecture firm Conrad Gargett is celebrating the firm’s 125 year anniversary.


Bruce Wolfe, Managing Director, Conrad Gargett notes the longevity of this practice in an industry that sees so much change is quite remarkable.


“There is an enviable loyalty and consistency of our team and a unifying message of quality and integrity. Integrity is reflected in our people, the work that they produce and the relationships we engender with our clients.”


“The work of Conrad Gargett forms the fabric of Brisbane and there are Conrad Gargett buildings in cities, campuses and streets throughout Australia.” Wolfe says


From the firm’s formation with the Brisbane Fire Station by Henry Wallace Atkinson in 1890 to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital at South Brisbane, Conrad Gargett is embracing the past and looking forward with leading designs.


Key projects from the firm’s history include Craigston Apartments, Brisbane’s first “High Rise”, built in 1928, The Womens College at the University of Queensland, Block 7, Royal Brisbane Hospital, the former SGIO theatre, and the façade of the State Law Building on George Street.


Most recently the firm has been behind St Stephen’s Hospital, Hervey Bay – Australia’s first fully integrated digital Hospital, the refurbishment of Old Government House, the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the new Coorparoo Square development on the old Myer site.


“Whilst building technologies have changed and drawing methods evolved, there is an underlining theme of commitment to design quality in this work – an impressive collection with many gems” Bruce Wolfe adds


Through this long 125 year history, Conrad Gargett has become well known for the relationships it has built with clients and the important contribution that the practice has made to Queensland’s built environment.


Throughout their 125 years the firm has continuously evolved. In 2012 the firm merged with Riddel Architecture and in 2013 it merged with Sydney firm Ancher Mortlock Woolley.


Led by Managing Director Bruce Wolfe, Directors Lawrence Toaldo, Rebecca Moore, Leanne Conley, John Flynn and Renaye Peters and with offices in Brisbane, Townsville and Sydney, Conrad Gargett continues to be advocates for considered and lasting design, a strength that will see the firm continue well into the future.

Below are photos from the recent celebration held at the Gallery of Modern Art.