QUEENSLAND based architectural practice Peddle Thorp has appointed Brett Hudson as its new chief executive, fresh from his work on a major PNG project.

Mr Hudson has been appointed to lead 35 staff based in offices in Brisbane and Cairns, part of a network of companies that includes Peddle Thorp Architects in PNG, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, PTW Architects in Sydney and PTI Architects in Jakarta.

Having held senior roles at Peddle Thorp for over 20 years, Mr Hudson said he was keen to use his influence as chief executive to enhance the practice’s position as a leader in designing major health, education, commercial and public buildings.

A renewed focus on nuanced design while continuing to embrace technology to streamline project delivery would be his key priorities, he said.

“Peddle Thorp is a firm that is consistently lauded for their involvement in creating learning spaces and public buildings designed for collaborative use, including the Caboolture Hub, Gallery and Learning Centre; Queensland University of Technology libraries at Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses, the Queensland State library as well as the Toowoomba City library which is currently under construction,” he said.

“Our strength lies in our ability to interpret the vision of clients to design major architectural projects that are both aesthetically compelling while being highly functional.”

“The Caboolture Hub design, for example, was recognised by the Institute of Architects for outstanding ‘Public Buildings Architecture QLD’ due to the high levels of public accessibility and engagement encouraged by the design,” he said.

“Receiving awards such as these reflects our firm’s emphasis on being attuned to how design interacts with clients’ needs, constraints and how the buildings will be used.”

Mr Hudson has led the recently completed design of the Papua New Guinea’s Waigani National Courts complex in collaboration with PTW Architects and James Cubitt.

This A$290 million project comprises the Supreme, Appeal and National Courts in Port Moresby, which is currently being tendered in PNG.

Mr Hudson said that Peddle Thorp in Queensland were also at the forefront of integrating technological advances to help clients visualise and plan architectural projects to ensure they remain on time and on budget.

“Building information modelling software is particularly valued by our clients because of their long term investment in buildings and the value that they place on managing their building assets,” he said.

David Porgand and Peter Gardiner, directors and owners of Peddle Thorp, have taken up senior executive roles reporting to the chief executive, to drive forward greater leadership in their industry key focus areas.