BArch(Hons1) (UNSW), LFRAIA, FTSE, RIBA
Michael formed Blight Rayner Architecture with Jayson Blight in 2016, following his 26 years as Principal Director of Cox Rayner Architects.
Michael has conceived and overseen the creation of many of Brisbane’s, and wider Queensland’s, public buildings and spaces. His work encompasses major cultural buildings, convention centres, university campuses, justice buildings, hospitals, town centres, and sports and recreation centres. He is currently joint project director for the New Performing Arts Venue at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and for The Lanes Town Centre on the Gold Coast.
Michael is a long-term Adjunct Professor in Architecture at both the University of Queensland and Griffith University, the latter where he also chairs its architecture advisory board. He is a member of the Queensland Government’s Urban Design and Places Panel, and the University of Queensland’s Design Advisory Panel.
He is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter and was joint Creative Director of the AIA’s National Conventional 2013. He was for six years a member of the Queensland Premier’s Smart State Council, for which he wrote the seminal ‘Smart Cities: Rethinking the City Centre’ strategy.
Michael has undertaken extensive pro bono work for the disadvantaged, including currently as a Board member of the Property Industry Foundation and as honorary architect for Act for Kids (Queensland). In 2011, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Queensland urban design and to the Queensland community.
Michael is a renowned speaker nationally and internationally on urban futures, most recently in Beijing, organised by the Australian Embassy in China, on the subject ‘Australia: Living on the Edge’ in December 2017.
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.