The Brisbane Open House community is full of creative, innovative and quirky thought leaders, let’s spend 5 minutes chatting over the fence with..
Malcolm Middleton is an architect and urban designer with over 35 years experience in a wide variety of project types including design review for major projects, campus master planning, transportation and infrastructure projects, TOD design, planned residential and mixed-use communities, enquiry by design workshops commercial and tourism projects. Malcolm is currently the Queensland Government Architect.
Tell us how you chose your profession, or did it choose you?
After attending a careers school during my School days and deciding to try it for a year – subsequently it chose me.
How would you describe your style?
Curious, pragmatic, energetic.
If you had friends visit from out of town, tell us how you would spend the weekend?
A walk on one of the Mt Glorious or Mt Coot-that bush tracks, a visit to GOMA, a drink on the river at the Powerhouse or Howard Smith Wharves, dinner somewhere in the James Street precinct and a Sunday ferry ride and ramble around UQ.
If you had the chance to redesign any building or landmark in the world, what would it be and why?
If a place has earned landmark status – nothing needs to be redesigned!
What’s your favorite suburb of Brisbane and why?
Paddington – the hills and vistas, range of retail offering and street interest.
What’s the strangest job you have ever had?
Working inside a mechanical carwash putting soap suds on cars.
What is your favourite place in Brisbane to chill out and waste an afternoon?
A walk from GOMA to the Stoke Bar and a few drinks on the river.
What building, anywhere in the world, would you most love to see inside?
The burial chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
If you were the “Boss of Brisbane”, what would be your first priority?
Build 10 new pedestrian bridges.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still relevant and healthy and engaged in the world.