BArch(Hons) (QUT), FRAIA
Jayson Blight has never sought the limelight but has been the lead architect of many high-profile public and commercial buildings in Queensland and overseas in his career. They include the National Maritime Museum of China, the Queensland State (Anna Meares) Velodrome and One One One Eagle Street in Brisbane, Ipswich Courts and the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville when he was Design Director of Cox Rayner Architects.
Jayson formed Blight Rayner Architecture with Michael Rayner in 2016 with the same intention of leading the crafting of architecture by hands-on activity. He is the project architect for the New Performing Arts Venue at South Bank, a joint venture project with Norwegian practice Snøhetta.
Among Jayson’s specialist skill sets is commercial office architecture, and he is regarded by major developers and commercial advisors in Brisbane as Queensland’s pre-eminent architect in workplace design. His current projects include Jubilee Place in Fortitude Valley, 360 Queen Street and No 1 Brisbane in the Brisbane CBD, and 240 Margaret Street. His ability to synthesise planning opportunities and floorplate efficiencies enables him to design commercial buildings that optimise public engagement and social interaction.
Jayson also leads Blight Rayner’s secondary education architectural projects which include currently the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Sports Precinct and St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School Master Plan.
Jayson’s Aperture House which he designed with his wife Melissa, partner in interior design practice Twofold Studio, was awarded the prestigious Horbury Hunt Award for brick architecture in 2014 and has been published internationally. It has generated Blight Rayner’s further focus on individual house architecture, and in small project architecture involving in particular crafted elements. Jayson works on these projects with specialist craftspeople, especially bricklayers and timber workers who we are now involving in our larger projects.
I love making a difference to how people interact with the city. This is why I'm interested in large public and civic commercial projects. But behind this, I'm passionate about the minutest detail, as every part of a building or place can enrich our lives.