The Queensland Government has appointed its first female into the role of QLD Government Architect, with Leah Lang assuming the role.

Formerly holding the role of Gold Coast City Architect, Lang guided much of the infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Lang will play a role in devising much of the river city’s projects in the lead up to the Brisbane Olympic Games in 2032.

Lang succeeds Malcolm Middleton who held the role for a decade until July. Queensland Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni, who operates the Palaszczuk Government’s Department of Energy and Public Works says he is excited to begin working in partnership with the new Government Architect.

“Ms Lang brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and I know she will continue to champion design excellence and influence the next generation of projects across Queensland’s cities and towns,” he says.

“She has had extensive experience, particularly through her role with the Gold Coast Council, on major projects including the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“As Queensland heads towards the 2032 Olympic Games, her insights and learnings will prove invaluable, ensuring the legacy of the Games is one that benefits all of Queensland.

“Ms Lang is also the first woman to take on this pivotal role which includes promoting well-designed, healthy and sustainable environments to shape the urban realm of Queensland.”

Lang’s crowning jewel in her project portfolio is easily the Gold Coast’s light rail network design, as well as the $60.5 million Bundall Arts Centre.

The Government Architect holds a seat on the boards of Bond University, University of Queensland, Gold Coast Open House Committee and Queensland Government Urban Design and Places Panel. Lang is also a member of the Design Excellence Panel: Queensland Social and Affordable Housing, where she collaborates with the Infrastructure NSW expert reviewer panel.

Lang says she aims to take Queensland’s built environment to a new level, building on the work of Middleton.

“I believe good design can greatly contribute towards solving complex problems surrounding climate change and population growth,” she says.