Blight Rayner Architecture was formed in Brisbane by Jayson Blight and Michael Rayner, both former principal directors of a renowned national practice.
Our purpose was to run a different kind of practice, one where the directors are continuously ‘hands-on’ in design and production rather than managers and overseers of an extensive range of projects.
We wanted, however, to be capable of not only small to medium projects but large, complex ones as these had characterised our careers to date and we had long demonstrated our capability to resolve challenging problems.
We settled on our preferred capacity of 30 staff which, assuming strong diversity, we believe is ideal to resolve any type and scale of project while maintaining the atmosphere of a cohesive ‘family’.
This strategy has proved successful, drawing our staff partly from our former office and partly from architects, urban designers, and graduates, who sought out to join a firm such as ours.
Jayson and Michael have 26 years and 34 years’ experience respectively in virtually all kinds of projects, from office towers to houses and from city scale to campus master planning. Our last collective project before leaving our previous practice was the National Maritime Museum of China, a complex project in its brief and form as well as due to its distance.
We have already completed two school projects, a combined university and commercial tower, a major CBD office refurbishment, a CBD retail centre refurbishment, a small theatre, two university campus master plans, and a precinct master plan at Brisbane’s South Bank.
Based upon one of our projects – the university/commercial tower in Sydney’s Parramatta – we have opened a Sydney office with a similar view to its potential size and capability.