Robin Gibson & Partners is an award winning architectural practice completing commissions throughout Australia including residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and civic ranging from $1 Million to $150 Million, with a high degree of expertise as Architect and Prime Consultant for significant projects, the largest and best known being the Queensland Cultural Centre in Brisbane (1987) and comprising the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Performing Arts Complex, State Library and The Playhouse. Recent projects at the centre include the new entries to the Museum and existing Art Gallery. In particular the Art Gallery entry has received recognition for its innovation.
Robin Gibson was born in Brisbane in 1930. He was an Architecture student at the University of Queensland, and graduated with a Diploma of Architecture in 1954. During his years in university, he worked in a number of architectural offices in Brisbane, and gained a lot of knowledge from a progressive firm called Hayes and Scott. After graduating, Gibson moved to London and worked with James Cubitt and Partners, Sir Hugh Casson and Neville Conder. When Gibson was in London, he traveled across Europe and became interested in modern architecture. On his return to Brisbane in 1957, Gibson established his own practice. Most of his major projects are in Queensland, with the exception of the Belconnen Library in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. He died at the age of 83 in March 2014.
Robin Gibson was devoted to raising people’s consciousness of the responsibilities of the architectural act. He took into consideration the political, social and cultural needs of the environment and embracing an awareness of the outcomes in global arenas. Gibson stated that “the opportunity to create something better than what exists at present”. His philosophy is, a good building is one that respects its users and accommodates the needs of those outside its walls. According to Gibson, the aim of architecture is to house and magnify the experience of living.
Robin Gibson and Partners is a Brisbane-based architectural practice. In April 1973, they won a two- staged design competition which was to build the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. Later, the design brief developed to build the whole Queensland Cultural Centre that includes the Art Gallery, the Performing Art Complex, the Queensland Museum and the State Library. The company was registered at the Office of Fair Trading in Queensland in 1994.The office closed May 2013.