Conrad Gargett announces leadership promotions across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland studios

Conrad Gargett is delighted to announce the promotion of four of its current Senior Associates to Principals, taking the total number of Principals to fourteen. The promotions add significant strength to the leadership team of the national Australian practice, with a growing portfolio of local and international projects including the detailed business case for the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment, the transit-oriented mixed-use development at Lamington Markets, Queensland and the Victorian Heart Hospital in joint venture with JWA Architects.

Conrad Gargett is also promoting seven Associates to Senior Associates, and eight project architects to Associates. In addition, Conrad Gargett is promoting Associate David Oliver to the role of Operations Manager to manage the growing team and practice.

Following the merger announcement with McConnel Smith & Johnson Architects (MSJ) in September, these promotions mark a new phase in the continued growth of the practice, building on sector specific capability in health, defence, education and civic projects. At the same time, it allows Conrad Gargett to take its architecture and design, heritage and conservation, strategic planning, advisory and research expertise to a wider regional and global stage.

Managing Director, Lawrence Tolado said,

“Conrad Gargett continues to grow in size, expertise and geographic footprint because of the talent, commitment and hard work of our team. The promotion of these leaders, together with our existing leadership team, enhances our goal of maintaining a resilient and sustainable, design focussed practice. We would like to thank our new Principals, Senior Associates, Associates and all our staff, for the valuable contribution they make across Australia and internationally.”

Conrad Gargett Principals
Conrad Gargett Principals (from left to right: Lada Bodnaruk, Brent Sanders, Amanda Kershaw and Paul Emmett)

The new Principals are:

Lada Bodnaruk

Lada joined Conrad Gargett in 2007, Lada’s depth of technical knowledge and complex project leadership has resulted in the significant expansion of Conrad Gargett’s health, aged care, and education portfolios. This includes the health planning and design for the new Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment, the adaptive reuse of the original Robin Dods designed hospital, the Whitty Building, designed to promote alternative teaching and learning spaces on the Mater Campus for the University of Queensland, and more recently the Mater South Brisbane Master Plan in collaboration with Urbis.

Paul Emmett

With a Masters in Public Health and over 15 years’ experience in health planning, Paul has deep understanding of clinical needs, from planning, engagement and to the delivery of health facilities. Joining Conrad Gargett in 2008, Paul has played important roles in award-winning projects such as the Queensland Children’s Hospital and is a regular speaker on designing healthcare facilities.

Amanda Kershaw

Amanda has led multiple, significant public infrastructure projects in both domestic and international locations including work at St Pancras Eurostar International Rail Terminal and London Underground. Since joining the practice in 2015, she is currently leading project teams for Queensland Rail. Her experience has contributed to the growth of Conrad Gargett’s work in infrastructure. Amanda is passionate about city making and transforming the way we live and move through our cities by our created environment. Amanda has an established reputation in infrastructure and transport architecture. Her practice is grounded in an appreciation of place and strengthening community values. Her role is to guide the development of built forms and the architectural cohesion of the site to support the landscape design, wayfinding strategy and cultural history.

Brent Sanders

Brent has accumulated a wealth of experience in the defence sector, having worked on major defence redevelopments for Conrad Gargett since 2009 including the Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative as well as government projects such as the Shoalwater Bay Remediation Project, health projects including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and an extensive corporate portfolio. His work has been instrumental in the expanding Conrad Gargett’s public and government work both in size and concept.

The new Senior Associates are:

Rhianna Allison, Ben List, Marcelo Locane, Angelo Pagano, Nic Martoo, YE Ng, and Steven Wisker.

The new Associates are:

Architects – Edward Armstrong, Kirstie Galloway, Anh Ho, Owen Murphy, David Oliver, Chris Rawlinson, Chris Ward and Interior Designers – Brooke Watts and Laura Molloy.