Shane Thompson (Class of 1973) has received over 80 awards and prizes for his architectural designs. After graduation, Shane pursued his interest in drawing by enrolling in a part-time architecture degree at QUT while working to pay his way. In 1976 he went on a tour of Europe to explore the many architectural sites which were a formative experience and cemented his interest in pursuing the career.
He established his practice after graduating with a Diploma in Architecture in 1979. In 1984 he merged with a larger firm in Brisbane to form Bligh Voller Nield, considered to be the largest firm in Australia and utilised internationally.
Projects designed by the company have included both the Brisbane International and Domestic airport terminals, the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Docklands Stadium in Melbourne and Olympic facilities for Athens, Beijing and London. Most recently his team saw the construction completed of their designs of the Large Animal Pavillion at the Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds.
His honours include the Robyn Boyd Award for Residential Architecture which recognises houses that set new benchmarks in terms of meeting the client’s needs, responding to its site and providing shelter which is at the leading edge of a house design.