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Madeleine Swete Kelly - Blight Rayner

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.

Madeleine Swete Kelly



Senior Associate



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 opened Blight Rayner’s Sydney office in 2019 and has been the Project Architect for our 6 Hassall Street development in Parramatta which incorporates the Western Sydney University Engineering Innovation Hub.


Working from Sydney, Madeleine has been the project architect for the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Sports Precinct in Brisbane’s Ascot, and is currently project architect for St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School Master Plan and Sports Precinct, this being coincidentally her old school.


Madeleine is concurrently project architect for new homes at Ascot and Highgate Hill, and has been previously joint project Architect on the 360 Queen Street office building in Brisbane’s CBD, awaiting final tenancy commitment.