New Queensland Government Architect appointed

THE Queensland Government last week announced the appointment of Malcolm Middleton as the new Queensland Government Architect.

Making the announcement last Thursday, Building Industry Minister Simon Finn said Mr Middleton is a highly respected urban designer and architect who will bring a wealth of experience to his new role as the Queensland Government Architect.

"He has been in the industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience in architecture, master planning, urban design and integrating landscape design into project solutions."

Mr Middleton is a former Queensland President of the Property Council of Australia and served for almost six years on the South Bank Design Advisory Panel.

He has also served for two years on the Queensland Heritage Council and four years on the Development Committee of the Queensland Heritage Council.

In 2009, Mr Middleton was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2009 in recognition of services to Architecture and Children's Welfare Organisations.

Mr Finn said in his role as Queensland Government Architect, Mr Middleton would provide high-level advice to the Queensland Government on contemporary design and heritage issues.

"This includes supporting innovative designs for government buildings and encouraging opportunities for regional architects and the further development of regional design," he said.

Mr Finn also thanked outgoing Queensland Government Architect, Philip Follent.

"Philip Follent served with great enthusiasm and distinction as the Queensland Government Architect over the last 3 years," Mr Finn said.

"I sincerely thank Philip for his contribution to Queensland architecture during this period, and wish him all the best for the future."

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