architect: a new festival hall

Robert Riddel is principal of Riddel Architecture which was established in Brisbane in 1982.

From the firm’s inception, there was a strong emphasis on the adaptation of culturally significant buildings for new uses, often with contemporary additions. Award winning projects such as the Law school at the University of Queensland (1990), the Maryborough City Hall (1991), the Brisbane City Hall (1992 – 1997), the Brisbane Customs House (1994), the adaptation of Balmoral Reservoir (1996), Villiers Street Public Housing Project (2000), Glengallan Homestead (2002) and the Blackall Wool Scour (2003), all won architectural awards and are outstanding illustrations of a fine balance achievable between modern architectural intervention and conservation.

Many domestic commissions have been carried out on Queensland houses which usually involved sympathetic additions but not replication. Current projects include conservation and adaptation of the former National Bank (b.1882), Queen and Creek St, Brisbane City, conservation and adaptation of Silverwells, Kangaroo Point, the development of two new houses at Point Lookout and conservation of a Karl Langer design of 1954 in Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley.

Robert has served on the Heritage Council of Queensland and the Design Advisory Committee of South Bank and recently completed a PhD at the University of Queensland on the Brisbane architect, Robin Dods.