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Michael Rayner AM



Michael Rayner is one of Australia’s leading architects and urban designers, renowned not only for his high profile projects but as an informed theorist on urban futures and environmental imperatives for cities.


Michael became a director of Philip Cox and Partners in Sydney at age 23, before establishing Cox Rayner Architects in Brisbane in 1990 where he was Principal Director for 26 years. In 2016, he formed Blight Rayner Architecture with fellow former Cox Rayner Director Jayson Blight. Their purpose was to be able to personally guide all projects rather than merely oversee them.


Among the noteworthy projects that Michael has directed are the National Maritime Museum of China, the Helix Bridge in Singapore, the Goodwill Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane, Sir Samuel Griffith Centre and the Ian O’Connor Health Centre at Griffith University, Thuringowa Riverway in Townsville, the Brisbane Magistrates Court and the flood-resilient Brisbane Ferry Terminals. His urban renewal strategies include the Griffith University Nathan Master Plan, the Newstead Teneriffe urban redevelopment plan, the first Brisbane City Centre Master Plan, Singapore Marina Bay Master Plan and the influential Smart Cities: Rethinking the City Centre strategy for Brisbane.


At Blight Rayner, Michael was instrumental with Jayson Blight in winning the international competition for the New Performing Arts Venue in Brisbane’s South Bank. He has helped grow the practice to 30 staff and been engaged primarily on university, convention, retail, residential, sport, heritage and infrastructure projects.


Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to architecture, particularly through leadership roles in the planning and design of the built environment, and to the community of Queensland.


He is a past President of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter where he is a Life Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Michael is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture at the University of Queensland and at Griffith University where he is Chair of the Architectural Advisory Board.


He has served on several Queensland Government councils and boards, including The Smart State Council, the Queensland Design Council, Construction Queensland, and currently the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel.


Michael is a renowned speaker internationally and nationally. He gave a major public lecture in Beijing entitled ‘Living on the Edge’ in 2018, and has represented Australia at the International Federation of Consulting Engineers in Geneva. His personal international awards include the architecture category of the London International Creative Competition (LICC), and he led his former practice to win seven World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona and Singapore.

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My keen interests stretch from how cities work now and into the future, to the role architecture plays as a connective tissue, to collaborations with other disciplines in exploring lateral solutions to urban challenges.