bureau^proberts strengthens leadership team with new Partners
Last month marked a significant milestone for bureau^proberts as we welcomed clients and collaborators to celebrate the unveiling of our new office and a series of new appointments, including the promotion of three new Partners and a Senior Partner.
Our Managing and Creative Director Liam Proberts said he was delighted to welcome the new Partners: Dan Liddy, Nathan Lane and Andrew Bell to help position the partnership group for an exciting future.
“Andrew, Nathan and Dan are talented individuals and strong contributors to bureau^proberts projects and culture and it’s great to see their important roles in the practice recognised in this way. I’m excited to see what other new ideas and thinking they bring to the practice,” he says.
Dan joined bureau^proberts in 2015 and has since helped deliver a range of projects including the winning design for the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Dan has a focus on high-end apartment design, which has led to a number of record-breaking market sales. Dan has been design leader for some of Brisbane’s most significant commercial development approvals, including 251 Wickham Street, Ferny Grove Transport Orientated Design and the Triplets at 62 Mary Street.
Nathan has been a part of the team for nine years, and has played a key role in the design and delivery of projects including Walan, 77 Jefferson, Brisbane 1, Natura and the Australian Pavilion. Nathan was appointed the Head of Production in 2021 and plays a pivotal role in ensuring our documentation and delivery is of the highest quality across the practice.
Andrew joined us nine years ago and has been the design leader on several of the practice’s key projects, including Canvas, York, Vaucluse, Beach House and North developments. A number of Andrew’s projects have been recognised for their high-quality design, including Minka Twins (shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival Awards) and the Australian Pavilion.
In addition, Kelly Geldard has been promoted to Senior Partner from her role as Partner. Kelly joined the practice in 2000 and after 20 exceptional years of design and leadership, became a practice Partner. Her strengths include client engagement, creative problem solving and navigating complex briefs – all whilst achieving highly innovative outcomes.
Kelly says “I’m excited to step up to the role of Senior Partner and I look forward to a strong future of bureau^proberts. We have a great team with amazing clients, so I’m excited to see what the coming years bring.”
A new space for a new era
The appointments reflect a new era of growth for our 30+ year practice, which has delivered extensive multi-residential, development and public + art projects in Australia and abroad.
Having outgrown our premises at Adelaide Street, the practice recently consolidated our 60-plus-person team into a new and reinvigorated Brisbane headquarters at Level 14, 100 Creek Street.
Director and Head of Architecture and Design Terry McQuillan says “it’s great to have the team back together in a creative space that reflects our vision and values”.
The new space provides ample opportunities for bureau^proberts to expand upon our already significant local projects and strong international workbook. The design, constructed by Rork Projects Brisbane, maintains the integrity of the base building while creating an inspiring place for the team. The building is one of the first in Brisbane to utilise full floor curtain wall glazing, which allows for excellent natural light, while being located close to Central Station and public transport.
The monochromatic green colour scheme, warm lighting and planting provides a soothing and calm space to work in. The studio-style work area is located along the northern edge of the space, providing natural light and views towards Fortitude Valley. Meanwhile, views toward the Brisbane River greet clients upon first entry to the space.
Liam Proberts says the Brisbane-based premises will be supported by the practice’s new office in London, but will continue to be “the creative engine for us as we seek to provide value for our clients through design-led outcomes”.
Images: Top- (L-R) Dan Liddy, Nathan Lane, Terry McQuillan, Kelly Geldard, Liam Proberts, Andrew Bell 1. Liam Proberts. 2. Andrew Bell, Nathan Lane, Dan Liddy 3. Bureau Proberts Office Opening. 4. Peter Hyland, Barton Green 5. Christopher Chetham, Craig Devlin 6. Grant Weir, Alison Quinn