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Ron Billard retires, leaving a legacy of excellence at Billard Leece Partnership

Ron Billard retires, leaving a legacy of excellence at Billard Leece Partnership


Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) has bid farewell to one of its founders, Ron Billard, who is retiring after more than 28 years at the helm of the globally acclaimed architectural practice. 

Billard’s remarkable journey, marked by visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence, has indelibly shaped BLP into a formidable global presence, with studios in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Hong Kong.

Ron Billar retires form Billard Leece Partnership – photo supplied

“Ron Billard’s vision, tenacity, and relentless pursuit of excellence have indelibly shaped the culture and output of our practice. As we step into a new era, we are inspired by his legacy and remain committed to upholding the high standards he set. We wish Ron all the very best in his new endeavours and look forward to continuing to tap into his wisdom for our upcoming projects.”

Tara Veldman, Managing Director of BLP

Ron Billard, alongside David Leece, embarked on a journey in 1995 to create a dynamic, multifaceted architectural practice that would redefine innovation and forward-thinking strategies. Their steadfast leadership laid the foundation for a company that proudly stands among the world’s leading architectural practices, particularly in the realm of social infrastructure design.

Ron Billard’s enduring legacy

BLP initially garnered recognition for its award-winning urban infill housing and mixed-use projects, including The Metropol St Kilda, Victoria, and Casba, Waterloo, NSW.

The impact of BLP on the global architectural stage has been nothing short of extraordinary, thanks to pioneering and award-winning projects in healthcare design and science and technology. 

Notable accomplishments include the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Perth Children’s Hospital, Orygen Youth Health, and the Doherty Institute, among others. 

RCH, in particular, achieved international acclaim, winning over 35 state, national, and international awards and setting a new standard for children’s hospitals worldwide. 

Design accolades and architectural innovation 

Most recently, the Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment received top honours in Mental Health Design and Interior Design and the Arts at the 2023 European Healthcare Design Awards, further cementing BLP’s reputation as a leader in the field.

While Billard’s retirement marks the end of an era at BLP, his legacy and influence on the firm will continue to inspire and guide its future endeavours. As BLP steps into this new chapter of architectural innovation and excellence, Billard’s vision and dedication will remain an enduring source of inspiration.

Billard Leece Partnership is a proud sponsor of Australian Design Review’s 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World program. 

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