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Madeleine Swete Kelly

Senior Associate
BDes(ArchSt), MArch (QUT), RAIA, BOAQ


Madeleine Swete Kelly graduated with a Master of Architecture from Queensland University of Technology in 2011, and gained her practice registration in 2014. Before joining Blight Rayner in 2016, she worked for three and a half years with Channon Architects, principally on single and multi-residential projects. Prior to this, Madeleine worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva. Madeleine was appointed as one of Blight Rayner’s first three Associates in 2019.


Madeleine has tutored at Queensland University of Technology since 2013 and has published work on the future of Australian cities and the role of the architect after a disaster. In 2014, her paper, ‘Responsible Reconstruction: the Architect’s Role’ was published in Open House International and she presented a paper titled ‘The future of Australian Urbanism’ at the UIA Conference in Durban. Most recently, she presented ‘At Home in the City: Addressing Urban Isolation in the Context of Australian Cities’ (a joint paper with Hannah Slater from UrbanGrowth) at the Livable Cities Conference in Adelaide.


Madeleine has been the Project Architect for the Western Sydney University Engineering Innovation Hub in Parramatta, where she also opened the Blight Rayner Sydney office.


Previously, Madeleine worked on the 360 Queen Street office tower in the Brisbane CBD, the 30 Albert Street residential tower, and 11BCR@Gasworks, a campus office building in Brisbane’s Newstead. She was the project architect for the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Sports Precinct in Clayfield in Brisbane.


Madeleine is part of Blight Rayner’s environmental innovation design team undertaking research and forming partnerships with environmental engineering and technologies firms.

Selected Project Experience
6 Hassall Street, Parramatta - Tzannes + Blight Rayner
6 Hassall Street Engineering Innovation Hub
St Margaret's Sports Precinct - Blight Rayner
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Sports Precinct
360 Queen Street © Blight Rayner
360 Queen Street

I’m intrigued by the stories that underpin projects and I try to reveal those stories in the architecture, creating links between past, present, and future.