Paul Fairweather


For more than two decades Brisbane architect, artist and designer Paul Fairweather has applied his high level of creativity and strategic knowledge to achieve outstanding and enduring architecture, art, design and business outcomes.

He was the Managing Director of Fairweather Proberts Architects for 18 years until June 2009. During this time Paul was a key driver in creating a culture that supported a commercially successfully design-led practice.

Paul now runs a small architectural practice and also applies his considerable knowledge as a consultant for both creative and non-creative businesses. Paul’s focus is around  innovation, ideas generation, problem solving, strategy and the empowerment of creative thinking.

He is a great collaborator and communicator, and provides a rare wisdom and connection between the creative and practical elements of running a successful business. Paul is results-focused and has a strategic mind that offers insightful and decisive direction for anyone working at the intersection of creativity and business.

Paul has been responsible for numerous chair designs, including the iconic Mr. Curly Top. He is a high-profile artist who has exhibited around Brisbane since 1990 and in 2001 was an Archibald Prize finalist.

Since 2010 Paul has co-hosted TEDxBrisbane, an independently organised TED (Technology Entertainment Design) event at the State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Power House. The conferences brought together the most creative and critical thinkers Brisbane and Queensland had to offer, and through the TED network offered the opportunity to spread their ideas to a world stage.

Paul is an accomplished public speaker and combines his natural wit and his visual sensibilities to deliver entertaining and informative presentations.