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About OQGA

Our purpose is to inspire, build and support a robust design culture. We want to shape Queensland’s urban legacy.

What we do

The Office of the Queensland Government Architect (OQGA) is an independent body led by the Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton OAM. OQGA provides leadership and strategic design advice to governments, industry and community to help create spaces and places that meet people’s current and future needs.

Our role

Leads and advises

  • Promotes good design principles
  • Inspires high quality, original design thinking
  • Listens and provides independent expert advice and solutions
  • Facilitates the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel
  • Elicits future-oriented thinking
  • Shapes government policy

 Builds awareness

  • Starts and informs conversations about the role of good design in government, industry and community
  • Creates a shared understanding of good design in a Queensland context
  • Encourages decision making informed by good design principles
  • Advocates for quality urban environments
  • Promotes smart city technologies

 Collaborates and connects

  • Provides solution and advice to government departments
  • Strengthens relationships between government, industry and places of learning
  • Collaborates with industry and community partners
  • Engages with universities
  • Collaborates with local governments

Queensland Government Architect

Malcolm Middleton OAM

Malcolm Middleton was appointed as Queensland’s Government Architect in July 2011 and in this role, he is an advocate for the recognition of the value to all projects through well considered design processes. He came to Brisbane in 1981 and prior to his appointment as Government Architect had been a private practitioner for almost 30 years. He undertakes design reviews for projects across many areas of government and chairs the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel.

Over the last 7 years he has been instrumental in developing a wider policy base within government for important major projects, delivery structures and urban renewal sites through the championing of design-based thinking into the initial stages of capital decision making processes.

He pioneered the QDesign work and engagement and has utilised this important policy work to provide more consistent design assessment processes through the new regional plan and the State Code 24 (Urban Design trigger). He chaired the Premiers Roundtable for the preparation of the Conservation Management Plan for QPAC and has undertaken some targeted research into a number of the important inner-city sites with government ownership opportunities.

He also represents the interests of government on many external panels including the Design Development and Integrity Panel of Brisbane Airport Corporation, the Infrastructure Committee of UQ and advisory committees for other universities and industry associations.

In 2017 he was appointed to the Prime Ministers Official Residences Advisory Committee providing guidance for the Lodge and Kirribilli House. 

A National Role

The Office of the Queensland Government Architect is a part of the Government Architects Network of Australia (GANA) which is a formalised, national collaborative group that meets annually to share valuable information and transfer knowledge and research.



Last updated 03 December 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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