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Sonya Gray Senior Architect Sonya is a senior architect with 20 years’ experience working on education, community, and residential projects. Sonya joined Macksey Rush Architects in 2000, and over the 22 years she has grown into a highly skilled project leader. She thrives on growing strong, long-lasting relationships...

Giselle Penny Architectural Graduate Giselle is an architectural graduate with experience working on education and public-works projects from both Architectural and Landscape Architectural perspectives.  Her experience on education projects, public spaces, playground design, and residential design, in conjunction with her experience from tutoring at QUT, has given Giselle...

Luke Petersen Architectural Graduate Luke is an architectural graduate with experience working on both education and residential projects from both Architectural and Landscape Architectural perspectives. His hands-on experience working with his father, a carpenter builder, has provided him with a foundation of practical knowledge, which he uses...

Sarah Rush Associate Director Sarah joined Macksey Rush in 2008 having practiced in Australia, UK, Ireland and Germany. In 2022 Sarah became associate director of the practice.  Sarah plays a pivotal role in all stages of project development, from client consultation and design, through to contract administration and...

Bernard Rush Director Bernard is a founding director of Macksey Rush with 40 years’ experience in architectural practice, including more than a quarter of a century as an education specialist. His portfolio includes a wide range of award-winning projects throughout south-east Queensland for both the public and...

Jacquie Maestracci Associate Director Since joining Macksey Rush is 2009, Jacquie’s passion for research, design and documentation has resulted in a large portfolio of award-winning education projects.  Prior to taking on the role of Associate Director in 2022, Jacquie worked as project lead on numerous education projects...

James Bailey Senior Architect James Bailey is an exceptional all-rounder and has been a key team member for 9 years, having joined Macksey Rush Architects in 2013. As a project leader and senior architect, he has worked on primary, secondary and special education projects resolving design at...

Grace Weier Architect Grace is a registered architect with 10 years’ experience in the architectural industry. Her experience spans various scales of commercial, educational, and residential projects.  Grace has a keen interest in architectural history, heritage, and adaptive reuse. She believes in a research-based approach to architectural design....