30 Year GOMA Celebrations.

"Everyone here tonight has the ability to create a built environment that tells the unique story of Queensland, and embeds the story in people’s hearts, minds and imaginations beyond the Brisbane Olympic Games, beyond 2032." Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts.


To mark bureau^proberts’ 30 years in architecture and design, we recently gathered our valued clients, collaborators and colleagues on the GOMA Roof Terrace for a celebration. Illuminated by James Turrell’s artwork Night Life 2018, we reflected on three decades of work and looked ahead to the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.

We were privileged to have the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP attend on behalf of the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. Also joining us was the newly appointed Queensland Government Architect, Leah Lang, along with city makers and shapers including property developers and members of the art and design communities. Officiating the proceedings was friend of the practice, Professor Cameron Bruhn, Dean and Head of School of Architecture, University of Queensland.

A rousing acknowledgement of country delivered by Minister Enoch in the local indigenous language set the scene for an inspiring tribute to Queensland architecture.

“When we talk about the built environment, [it tells] a story of our city, a story of our state and a story of our people,” Minister Enoch said. “When we celebrate 30 years of service [in the built environment] what we are really talking about is the contribution to a story of us.”

The Minister’s words resonated deeply, particularly among the bureau^proberts team who believe strongly that architecture builds cultural capital and is an expression of our cultural identity. The notion that architecture and design will play crucial roles in shaping an Olympic legacy up to and beyond 2032 was a powerful message shared.

“When we think about 11 years from now when we see the Olympics take its place here in this great city, what will be most important will be the ability to tell the story of our cultural identity as Queenslanders,” Minister Enoch said. “That will attract the attention of the globe and will maintain and sustain that attention for the decades ahead.”

The event was a wonderful opportunity for the practice to celebrate with those who have supported and contributed to advancing design and the built environment in Queensland. The spirit of the evening was one of comradery and empowerment, and we thank everyone who came and made it a celebration to remember.


Images: Top- (L-R) Chris Chetham, Liam Proberts, Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Terry McQuillan, Kelly Geldard. 1. Hon Leeanne Enoch MP,  Leah Lang. 2. Liam Proberts 3. Mark Cogo, Natasha Jones. 4. Barton Green, Natasha Smith. 5. Fiona Sheils, Kelly Geldard. 6. Trent Forrest, Andrew Bell.  Credits: Jacqueline Bawtree Photography