Bauhinia Architects Pty Ltd has a 50 year history in Central Queensland.

In 1961 Neil McKendry and Peter Cheney formed a partnership– McKendry and Cheney Architects.

Over the following 30 years the practice was commissioned to design many of Central Queensland’s major civic and iconic buildings eg Pilbeam Theatre, Capelec Head Office (today’s Ergon Building), Commonwealth Offices to name a few.

The practice evolved with the evolution of its directors.

Peter Cheney moved on to become one of Queensland University of Technology’s principal architectural lecturers. The practice continued as Neil McKendry Architect until in the early 1980’s Neil formed a partnership with his sernior architect Robert Buckley. Shortly afterwards Neil retired and the practice became known as Robert W Buckley Architect Pty Ltd.

By this time the practice had amassed a considerable body of work throughout Central Queensland including hospitals, civic buildings, commercial premises, aged care facilities and countless individual residences. In 1993 it was Robert’s turn to retire. Two of Robert’s senior architects, Gaven Gilmour and Michelle Moore took over directorship and gave the practice a new name synonymous with Central Queensland, Bauhinia Architects.

Today, Gaven Gilmour continues as director and the practice’s reputation for enthusiastic creative design responsive to market, climate and culture.