Architecture firm Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) has appointed 12 principals and 11 associates as its new leadership team.

Following David Leece’s recent retirement from BLP, Tara Veldman’s appointment as managing director is part of the executive restructure developed by the Board.

Veldman says she will continue to foster the evidence-led, user-focused design strategy employed successfully by the practice for the past 25 years. The current pandemic underlines the importance of the social impact of health and wellbeing in the built environment.

“The significant projects BLP is working on will shape the future of social infrastructure in Australia and overseas,” says Veldman.

“We design for a healthy world. We are focused on re-envisaging hospitals, health hubs, education precincts, high tech research labs, residential communities and continuing to pioneer new ways of working.”

“Our objective is to build healthier communities, which means designing for the entire community by creating well-considered environments for the more vulnerable: developing playful healing and learning opportunities for children; providing safe, non-stigmatized spaces for people with mental health issues; stimulating secure centres for seniors and their families,” says Veldman.

The new team of principals includes Ron Billard, Tara Veldman, Mark Mitchell, Adam Muggleton, Tonya Hinde, Emily Gilfillan, Raj Senanayake, Ken Tsen, Matthew Hughes, Paul Longridge, Ariel Lopez, and Shane Wood.

Adam Muggleton has been newly appointed as a company director, joining Billard, Veldman and Mitchell on the board, with non-executive directors, Tim Shannon and David Tregoning.

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