Vale Gabriel Poole, architect

Gabriel Poole (1934-2020) is one of the most significant architects to have emerged from Queensland. His Tent House in Eumundi ​​​​​​ won the RAIA Queensland innovation award, the Robin Dodds award and the RAIA National Robin Boyd Award and in 1998 Poole was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal for his lifetime contribution to Australian Architecture.

Gabriel Poole was born in Ipswich and educated in South-east Queensland. He spent most of career on the Sunshine Coast, though he also worked for periods in London and Sydney. Poole is best known for his domestic architecture where he is well known for his enlightened house designs and innovative use of materials. 

Professional collaboration with his wife created Gabriel & Elizabeth Poole Designing Company GEPDC. They describe themselves as "a company that is committed to lightweight, affordable housing that minimises environmental impact. Sound design principles underscore innovative use of materials in a continual refining of serene and liveable domestic spaces."

Block of units in Amaroo Drive, Buderim, Queensland, 1969. Designed by Gabriel Poole, the house was nominated for the Bronze Medal Award of 1969 for Residence of the Year by the Queensland Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. (John Oxley Library collection)

Poole residence at 11 Hazelmere Parade, Sherwood, Queensland, 1963. Built in 1962, it was designed by the architect and owner Gabriel Poole. (John Oxley Library collection)

Residence off Comus Avenue in Albion, Queensland, 1969. The house was built in 1968 and designed by Gabriel Poole. It was nominated for the Bronze Medal Award of 1969 for Residence of the Year by the Queensland Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. (John Oxley Library Collection)

Shiren residence in Pinjarra Hills, Queensland, 1969. The house was built in 1968 and designed by Gabriel Poole. The house was nominated for the Bronze Medal Award of 1969 for Residence of the Year by the Queensland Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. (John Oxley Library collection)

On the company's Facebook albums you can view designs for : -

  • The Manley Studio
  • Toowoombah House,
  • Stradbroke House and
  • Annerley House
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