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Michael Rayner AM



Michael Rayner joined Jayson Blight to form Blight Rayner Architecture in 2016, having previously established Cox Rayner Architects and been its principal for 26 years.


Michael contributed to many of that practice’s designs, and also became renowned for urban design work. This included the Smart Cities: Rethinking the City Centre proposition (2006) which informed much of Brisbane’s subsequent urban realms and connections. His project, undertaken while working at Cox Architecture t/a Cox Rayner, translated into invigorated public realms include the master plans for Griffith University’s Nathan and Gold Coast Campuses, Townsville’s Flinders Street, Newstead Riverpark in Brisbane, and Thuringowa Riverway in Townsville.


Michael is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture at the University of Queensland and at Griffith University where he chairs the Architecture Advisory Board. He is a member of the Queensland Government’s Urban Design and Places Panel, and is on the Board of the Property Industry Foundation addressing homeless youth.


He is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter, and was joint Creative Director of the AIA’s 2013 National Conference in Brisbane. He has been a member of the Queensland Premier’s Smart State Council and Queensland Design Council, Brisbane City Council’s Urban Futures Board, and was on the World Architecture Festivals ‘Superjury’ following winning 7 World Architecture Awards. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011.

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My keen interests stretch from how cities work now and into the future, to the role architecture plays as a connective tissue, to collaborations with other disciplines in exploring lateral solutions to urban challenges.