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Madeleine Swete Kelly

BDes(ArchSt), MArch (QUT), RAIA


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 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’, her joint paper with Hannah Slater from UrbanGrowth, at the Livable Cities Conference in Adelaide.


Madeleine’s experience at Blight Rayner to date includes Project Architect roles on the 45 level 360 Queen Street office tower and the 20 level 11 Breakfast Creek Road office building, Senior Architect on the 81 level 30 Albert Street residential tower, and Senior Designer on St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Sports Precinct.


Madeleine was appointed as one of Blight Rayner’s first three Associates in 2019, and is in charge of our Sydney office where she is Project Architect for 6 Hassall Street, a joint venture with Tzannes.

Project Experience
6 Hassall Street, Parramatta - Tzannes + Blight Rayner
6 Hassall Street
St Margaret's Rowing Facility © Blight Rayner
St Margaret’s Rowing Facility
360 Queen Street © Blight Rayner
360 Queen Street

I am captivated by the stories that underline a project - the client’s or the site's or the community's history. I like seeing architecture as an evolution from past to future.