And woman with Oban ties is design wizard of Oz
AN OBAN family was celebrating this week after their relative was appointed to one of the most prestigious posts in Australian architecture.
Following in the footsteps of legendary Mull man, Lachlan Macquarie, who earned the soubriquet ‘the father of Australia’, Scots-born Kirsteen Mackay was given the job of State Architect for South Australia, one of the most senior design posts in the Australian government.
She was the former head of design review at the UK’s Commission for Architecture and Built Environment.
Kirsteen is related to Oban councillor, Duncan MacIntyre, who said he is delighted with the news: ‘Kirsteen’s grandparents were Bill and Elsie Mackay, formerly of the Atholl hotel, Oban, and John and Ann Mushet nee Gillespie, Colum- ba hotel, Oban. Her parents Dr Kenneth and Veronica Mackay were both born in Oban, but now live in Limekilns in Fife.
Her appointment was announced by South Australia’s acting premier John Rau, who said: ‘Ms Mackay has played a pivotal role in shaping Adelaide’s design review programme, and will bring her strong design expertise to the forefront of major projects in the city and across the state.’