Brendan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in 1990. Prior to joining COX in 1997, he worked abroad with firms including Chapman Taylor Partners and Wickham Van Eyck in London, before returning to Australia to work for Daryl Jackson Architects. He was appointed as a Director of COX in 2007, representing the Brisbane Studio on the Board of Management.
A diverse designer, Brendan has experience spanning master planning, public and cultural buildings, sports, commercial, and high-density residential. He has worked as project leader and design architect on many projects of international significance, including the PA Hospital, New Farm Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, New Farm Riverwalk, Cairns Cityport North Master Plan, the Brisbane Convention Exhibition Centre Grey St Expansion, Newstead River Park Masterplan (now Gasworks) and the new South Bank 2050 Vision Masterplan.
Brendan has delivered multiple ferry transport nodes in Brisbane, notably the Flood Recovery Terminals on the Brisbane River. He also specialises in residential developments, working on Allisee for Stockland, Hamilton Harbour for Leighton-Devine, Newstead Central for Metro P/L, and Peter Doherty Drive Stage 1 & 2 for Leighton & Stockwell. He is Project Director for Brunswick and Co., one of Brisbane’s first true Build-to-Rent projects.
With a long-standing passion for sports architecture and the significant role these facilities play in civic life, Brendan has worked on multiple notable sporting facilities, including the business case design and master plan for Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Redlands Coast Regional Sports and Recreation Precinct, GCRC Indoor Sports Centre Expansion, and Murrarie International Cycle Park.
Believing the city is our greatest cultural achievement, Brendan has a passion for collaboration, ensuring every project explores the potentials of urban connectivity, legibility, civic face, and activation. Brendan views cities as ‘a mosaic of projects,’ each with the ability to enhance the civic experience and unlock change.
Brendan’s diverse experience is an asset for clients. He recognises that the learnings we take from different project typologies have unexpected crossovers, and that when we pull all those divergent strands together, we make each project, regardless of sector, conceptually stronger.