Suttons Beach Architectural Design Competition - Jury Announced

Published 23 January 2024


City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery today announced the jury for the Suttons Beach Pavilion architectural design competition.

The team of highly qualified experts are:

  • Amy Degenhart, President Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland chapter
  • Graham Burrows, Jackson Clements Burrows
  • Leah Lang, Queensland Government Architect
  • Nathalie Ward, LAT Studios
  • Paul Cunningham, Client project director, City of Moreton Bay.

Competition jury members will bring their years of expertise in the architectural and design industries to the review process, when they assess and shortlisted architects who will progress to the concept design development stage.

Mayor Peter Flannery met with the jury to pass on community sentiment about the importance of the precinct for locals and visitors alike and brief them on the long-term vision of City of Moreton Bay.

"I’m truly excited to see the progress around the new mixed-use facility at Suttons Beach.

“We’ve invited architects from across the country and wider architectural community to put their best ideas forward and help us revitalise Suttons Beach.

“The jury are a group of highly competent and established professionals from the architecture industry and bring years of experience and knowledge to the project.

“The group will decide the shortlist in February and we expect to see a competition winner by mid-2024.”

Cr Karl Winchester (Div 6) reiterated what a unique opportunity this was to revitalise the area.

“We want to return this iconic destination to community use and allow a new generation to enjoy it anew. 

“Council is looking forward to engaging the successful candidates to deliver more detailed building designs for this beloved foreshore location.”

Members of the jury were appointed by competition lead, CityLab for their expertise and years of service in the space.

Jury member and Queensland Government Architect, Leah Lang said the project was a way to bring new life to the much-loved seaside area.

"We hope that an external lens over this treasured Redcliffe space will bring a fresh perspective to the project,” she said.

“We want to help the Peninsula community to once again love this space, and it is our mission to bring the right people and the right ideas together to do just that.”

The team of highly qualified experts have been selected to take the Suttons Beach Pavilion architectural design competition to the next level and bring Moreton Bay one step closer to deciding the future look and feel of this much-loved seaside precinct.

Find more information about the Suttons Beach Public Space Project and design competition at: Design competition | Suttons Beach Public Space project | Your Say Moreton Bay

Jury members of the Suttons Beach Pavilion architectural design competition:

Amy Degenhart

Amy is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and currently president of AIA’s Queensland chapter. She is also director of award-winning design and development companies degenhartSHEDD and Bubbl Up.

Graham Burrows

Graham is director of Jackson Clements Burrows. He has overseen the design and delivery of the South Melbourne Life Saving Club. Graham is an active member of various architectural committees, has served as jury chair for Australian Institute of Architects awards programs and participated as a jury member on many industry awards programs. 

Leah Lang

Leah Lang is the Queensland Government Architect in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic Games. She is an experienced Strategic Design Advisor and award-winning registered architect (FRAIA). Previously she served a four-year tenure as the Gold Coast City Architect.

Nathalie Ward

Nathalie is director of LAT Studios. Nathalie is a panel member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel, NSW Design Review Panel and Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel. Nathalie was awarded a Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) for her contributions to the Landscape Architecture profession.

Paul Cunningham

Paul is project director of City of Moreton Bay. With over 30 years of experience in design and project management, he is highly experienced in leading complex projects with a variety of stakeholders. Paul is client representative in the Jury and represents the city in the development of Suttons Beach Pavilion.