Practice Profile

Macksey Rush Architects was founded in 1981 and has been registered to ISO 9001 since 2011. Since its inception, the practice has been committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in architectural design and to providing an architectural service tailored to suit the needs of individual clients.

Macksey Rush Architects is a registered Architectural practice in the State of Queensland. It is also a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA).



Macksey Rush Architects have been delivering architectural projects for almost 30 years. We draw on the extensive experience of our directors and senior staff to tailor our team for each commission. Our skilled professionals have extensive hands-on experience and a proven track-record, enabling us to approach every project in a highly disciplined and creative manner.

We are well equipped to deliver projects of all scales, budgets and typologies. We have a significant portfolio of projects including civic, commercial, ecclesiastic, education, housing, health, interiors, industrial, master planning, sporting, and tourism typologies. Projects have been successfully completed throughout Queensland (including Cairns, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Mackay and throughout the South East corner of the state) and northern New South Wales. More recently, we have demonstrated a strong commitment to our education portfolio, as evidenced in the project work undertaken during the Building Education Revolution (BER) and Year 7 Transition to Secondary schemes.

As a sideline to project work, Macksey Rush Architects is also strongly committed to investing in practice research and development, quality assurance, and environmental and sustainability awareness.

Core Values

We are a practice committed to:

  • Meeting and exceeding our clients’ visions for their built environments through excellence in architectural design;
  • Maintaining a high level of communication with our stakeholders;
  • Delivering projects on time and on budget;
  • Exploring a broad range of project typologies and developing our expertise to a level of excellence;
  • Fostering a creative and collaborative workplace that encourages investigation, research, development and critical evaluation;
  • Maintaining a sustainable approach, balancing economic, environental and social principles, and;
  • Continually improving.


We are a diversely experienced practice with a nominal 6 professional staff. The practice size enables the directors to provide each client with a personalised service, tailored to meet individual needs. Both directors are deeply involved throughout the design, documentation and construction process.

The practice is dedicated to mentoring our younger professionals and recognises the value of effective teamwork. It is of great value to both our project delivery and practice development to be able to encourage our younger members to evolve in a supportive environment. This in hand enables our practice to continually review and reinvigorate itself.

Macksey Rush Architects values the contribution and support it receives from its industry leading consultants and recognises the value that design collaboration can add throughout the design and delivery of an architectural solution.

Bernard Rush

Dip Arch ARAIA

Bernard Rush is a founding director of Macksey Rush Architects Pty. Ltd, which was formed in 1981 with business partner Tony Macksey. Bernard has been practicing architecture for more than 30 years and has subsequently completed a wide range of projects in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Bernard’s aptitude and architectural integrity is reflected in the diversity of his portfolio, ranging from significant ecclesiastical building contributions to a variety of educational, commercial, health, residential, mixed-use and industrial projects. The attention to detail evident in many of the projects under Bernard’s control is reflective of his involvement throughout the design phase and project co-ordination.

Bernard has a proven track record in project delivery and through the articulation of design. In line with Macksey Rush’s practice policy he adopts an extensive hands-on approach enabling his level of experience to benefit each project and provide clients with the highest level of personal and professional service. 

  • education
  • civic
  • health
  • residential, tourism & hospitality
  • government

Tony Macksey

Dip Arch ARAIA

Tony Macksey is a founding director of Macksey Rush Architects Pty. Ltd, which was formed in 1981 with business partner Bernard Rush. Tony has been practising architecture for more than 30 years. His breadth of knowledge is reflected by his vast project portfolio, with projects ranging from educational and health related building typologies to civic, commercial, community, residential and recreational projects. Specialising in education, more recently, has required Tony to demonstrate a high level of competence in dealing with architectural complexities and innovative design. This is paramount in projects such as Waterford Place, which required retrofitting an existing listed office building on a restricted site to comprise a lecture theatre, multipurpose sports hall, and complete educational facilities for a school year group located remotely to the main campus.

In line with Macksey Rush Architect’s practice policy, Tony is closely involved in the design and documentation of all projects under his control. He adopts a hands-on approach, which provides a high level of personal contact and professional service to both clients and builders. This methodological approach enables Tony to invest in a design aesthetic which concentrates on providing a high attention to detail and the delivery of a product fit to the clients’ brief.

  • education
  • health
  • government
  • sport and recreation
  • residential, tourism & hospitality

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 PO Box 1180 | 14 Douglas Street, Milton Q. 4064
P (07) 3369 8000, F (07) 3369 8985