Director: Richard Kirk FRAIA
Richard Kirk is the Principal Director of KIRK, formerly Richard Kirk Architect, which he established in 1995 after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1991 with first class Honours. Richard’s noted academic achievements (QIA Memorial Medal and the Board of Architects Award for Academic Excellence) provide an intellectual basis for the foundation and direction of the practice which now has studios located in Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
Richard Kirk has established the practice as a leader in designing buildings of cultural significance on sensitive and important sites, with the majority of its commissions awarded through design competitions. Recent achievements include the awarding of first prize for the design of the National WW1 and WW2 memorials in Canberra in an international design competition; first prize in design competitions for the University of Queensland’s flagship buildings the Advanced Engineering Building and UQ Business School; and most recently Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Learning Hub North Spine.
Bachelor of Design Studies, University of Queensland
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1), University of Queensland
Registered Architect (Queensland, Victoria and APEC)
Adjunct Professor University of Queensland
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Chapter Immediate Past President
Member on the Board of Architects of Queensland
Member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel
Member of the Board of South Bank Corporation
Principal: Dr Andrew Magub FRAIA
Dr Andrew Magub joined KIRK in 2016 in the role of Principal.
Andrew trained in architecture at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of North London and in Project Management at the Queensland University of Technology. After graduation his first degree, Andrew worked in Cleveland, USA, London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Andrew is an Architect / Project Manager with over 24 years of major project experience through work in USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, China and extensively in Australia. He has worked on a large selection of project types from feasibilities, masterplans, overlays, reviews, small extensions of existing facilities, through to complete new major facilities.
Andrew has previously worked in London for the Lobb Partnership (now Populous), for Bligh Voller Nield and Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture (a Bligh Voller Nield joint venture company) and as Principal of ARTAS Architects in Australia.
Andrew has completed a Master of Project Management, Specialising in the procurement of major projects in Australia and New Zealand and a PhD in construction management investigating the use of the internet for information sharing on construction projects. These specialist area of research are unique and allows a further level of professional advice and management to clients.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment)
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)
Master of Project Management
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Registered Architect (Queensland, New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory)
Associate Director: Karl Eckermann RAIA
Karl Eckermann joined KIRK in September 2009 in the role of Senior Architect and was appointed as an Associate Director in 2013.
Karl trained in architecture at the University of Queensland where he graduated with honours in 1998. After graduation he first worked in the field of applied research on culturally- specific architecture for Indigenous communities (tutoring part-time at University of Queensland) and then went to practice in Dublin, Ireland. Karl spent eight years in Ireland working in a large international design practice on a range of tertiary education, mental health care, high end residential and commercial office facilities, as well as an urban design masterplan.
Karl has considerable experience delivering large budget projects with specialist technical performance requirements, intensive end user involvement during all project stages, unique brief requirements and complex client group structures. The projects have been delivered by a variety of design and construct, managing contractor, public private partnership and traditional procurement methods.
B Arch (Hons), University of Queensland
Registered Architect (Ireland)
Registered Architect (Queensland)
Kuala Lumpur Office
Director: Andrew Browning
Andrew Browning, manager of the Kuala Lumpur Studio of KIRK, studied Architecture at the University of Queensland. After graduating in 1994 he worked with Richard Kirk Architect in its formative years before relocating to Malaysia in 1996 to work for a development company on large integrated township master plans and anchor leisure components throughout the Asian region.
Later he worked for an Australian practice in Malaysia managing their regional representative office and then established a small design practice focusing on niche project work. In 2013 Andrew re-joined the company and established the Malaysian studio as a regional hub for KIRK.
Andrew has been involved in a wide range of diverse projects throughout South East Asia including integrated resort and township master planning, aquatic leisure facilities, commercial buildings, boutique resorts and golf course clubhouses, educational, funerary, cultural and religious projects.
Andrew is experienced in the execution and documentation of a range of project types throughout brief development, design, documentation and procurement. This experience allows Andrew to bring a familiarity and deep understanding of working in South East Asia to KIRK.
In his capacity of managing the Malaysian studio, Andrew oversees the day to day delivery of projects and provides a seamless point of contact for our local clients.
Bachelor of Design Studies, University of Queensland
Bachelor of Architecture. University of Queensland