Brent Hardcastle

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Brent graduated from The University of Queensland in 1997, joining Wilson Architects prior to his graduation and is actively involved within the firm performing various invaluable roles. He has performed Project Architect roles on numerous major projects and is particularly experienced in laboratory design and institutional projects. Brent was made an Associate of Wilson Architects in 2003. Brent maintains a disciplined and cooperative approach through all stages of projects, in particular maintaining a collaborative relationship through construction phases with contractors and subcontractors. This invariably communicates an open and interactive approach to contractors and enhances the quality of workmanship and detail through on site relations.

Brent has also extensive IT skills and an advanced knowledge of Computer Aided Design, including 3D modeling, rendering, animations, web design and a keen interest in collaborative and interactive spatial integration. His loyal commitment, perseverance and consistent work ethic around the office is highly valued, often attending to the thankless task of IT, network management and those ‘tricky’ details.

Hamilton Wilson

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Hamilton Wilson is the Managing Director of Wilson Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. A fourth generation architect, his firm work within the education sector and have, for the past ten years, been fascinated with university libraries and learning environments and their relationships to both technology and the IT savvy student. His interest in the process of interaction of students and information has lead Hamilton into creating design solutions that help meet students diversity in study behaviour. After co-developing the University of Queensland’s initial library re-planning, the opportunity to refine this model with the University Librarian, Janine Schmidt, on more branch libraries has resulted in highly developed library planning strategies.

John Harrison

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John has over 25 years experience in landscape design with additional experience in the construction industry and amenity horticulture. He has both a broad and a detailed approach to design, documentation and delivery of a project from inception to finished project. His expertise provides a focus on environmental and sustainable issues relating to design of the external built environment.

John previously worked in ornamental nursery production in Kuranda and Bowen and in the landscape construction industry. he is now practicing as a Landscape Architect with particular experience in plant selection and design and construction detailing. He has been working on numerous varied projects including recreational, commercial, residential and urban development with Wilson Architects since 1989.

John’s wide-ranging experience has successfully contributed to the expertise and knowledge developed within the firm. His thoughtful consideration for all things relating to the landscape side of the practice has formed an invaluable, reliable and integral aspect of the practice.

John Thong

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John graduated from the University of Queensland B.Arch. with honours in 1988 and after post-working experience in London, joined Wilson Architects in 1992 and was appointed a Director in 1998. John is committed to seeking inventive design solutions with a collaborative working approach to design. He has completed a wide array of projects and has earned a respected reputation within the architectural profession as an architect with proven design skills, focused on close client interaction. John has a range of experience in all project types including complex laboratory design, institutional, civic and educational learning facilities to refurbishment and adaptive reuse projects.

John has particular skills in briefing communication and is eager to consolidate functional aspects of a client brief. He is conscious of openly communicating and value adding to briefing outcomes through experience and expertise derived across complex, large scale laboratory institutes. Having disseminated the particulars of the functional brief requirements, his role expands to managing the full project delivery of architectural design focused outcomes, applied across all stages of a project.

As a Director, John simultaneously manages a number of projects whilst maintaining an inner focus on the practice. John’s role has also seen the continued development of collaborative ventures with associated architectural firms offering another dimension to the services offered by Wilson Architects.

Michael Hartwich

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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1997, Michael worked in London for Tangram Architects on education, health care and heritage projects. On return in 1999 he joined Wilson Architects and was appointed Associate Director in 2002.

In addition to his management commitments, Michael has run a significant number of award winning projects for the practice including a bespoke beach house, vineyard and restaurant as well as libraries and other education facilities. The complexity and detail of these projects has supported him in the transition to larger institutional and public sector work where the management of detail is not lost in their infinite complexity.

Most recently completed is the Translational Research Institute, which is a competition winning project in partnership with Donovan Hill architects. It is the largest laboratory the Practice has undertaken in a building which marries the focussed laboratory research spaces with a very human approach to workplace. An integral part of the design team, Michael led the collaboration with Donovan Hill while also fostering relationships with the Client, Key Stakeholders and Main Contractors.

The project has received numerous architectural awards including the FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture and has been shortlisted for a National Award.

Michael Herse

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Michael graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000. Prior to graduation, he spent 2 years (1999-2001) at Weber South Pacific gaining hands on experience in industrial design and manufacturing, fostering an interest in material technology and tectonics.

Since joining Wilson Architects in 2001, Michael quickly developed his considerable skills and thoughtful approach to architecture. While managing his role as a Senior Project Architect & Associate, Michael is actively involved in BIM User Groups in Brisbane and is passionate about BIM and the advantages that it can offer to the construction industry.

Michael is highly regarded internationally for his direct contribution to our CAD software developer, based in Hungary, for his involvement in development consultations and pre-release testing of ArchiCAD since 2008. He was also a joint guest speaker at Graphisoft’s 2011 Industry Conference (IPC) in Berlin.

Michael was made an Associate in 2012.

Phillip Lukin

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Phillip graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1988 and worked for three years with Ferrier Baudet and Associates. Phillip joined Wilson Architects in 1994 after graduation from the University of Queensland and has been an integral part of the firm ever since, performing Project Architectural roles on a number of major projects and gaining a wide range of experience on various project types and sizes.

He manages his tasks and projects effectively, with an eye for detail and the bottom line. With calmness and humour, he tackles the problems at hand and seeks the creative solutions that go beyond the Clients expectations. Phillip was made an Associate in 2003.

Recent projects reflect Wilson Architects expertise in spaces for learning, especially those that link the nexus between socialization and peer learning in flexible arrangements.