Australia’s third biggest architecture firm has identified and earmarked a number of its rising stars, promoting half a dozen future leaders to the position of associate.

Cox Architecture’s Brisbane Studio has appointed six employees within its Brisbane Office, Cox Rayner Architects, to the position of associate, while head of Health Architecture Carol Brubaker has been appointed as a senior associate and has assumed responsibility for coordinating the new associates.

Describing the new appointees as “the next generation of thinkers,” principal director Michael Rayner said the appointments will help position the firm to respond to changes in markets and client service needs.

“We are preparing our practice for what we perceive is a new world, especially of clients seeking innovative design solutions to their briefs,” he said. “These associates are experienced in running significant and complex projects, but just as importantly, are the vanguard of critical issues such as environmental design, workplace design, building information modelling and quality assurance.”

The six new associates are:

  • Current project architect for Kings Square in Perth Christina Cho, who will take lead roles in environmental design and engaging with the younger generation of graduates.
  • Current team member of the National Maritime Museum in China and former project architect for the zero-carbon solar hydrogen energy Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Griffith University Michael Bailey, who will be charged with the responsibility of galvanising the design culture within the office and improving design development methodologies.
  • Current lead architect for the new Queensland State Velodrome at Chandler Ali Farmer, who will ensure client satisfaction and will oversee project architects.
  • Workplace strategies specialist Kate Pottinger, who is currently designing Tatts Group’s new office in Brisbane and will be head of interior design.
  • Alex Lease, another team member on the National Maritime Museum of China, who will be responsible for developing the firm’s retail architecture expertise and leading its foray into Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital engineering systems and practices.
  • Current contract management, construction administration and quality assurance leader Shane Horswill, who will continue in his current role.

Ranked by Building Design UK as the 46th largest architectural practice in the worldwide with 2013 revenue of $US51 million, Cox is the third-largest architectural practice in Australia by revenue behind HASSELL and Woods Bagot.

In July, seven of its projects were among 44 Australian and New Zealand projects to be shortlisted for the World Architecture Awards in Singapore.