Michael Bryce was born in Brisbane. His schooling was at Gordonvale State School in north Queensland, and Brisbane State High School. He gained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Queensland in 1962 and then worked in London for some time. He returned to Australia and started his own architecture practice in 1968, which did work for a number of important Australian institutions such as the National Trust of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. His practice won awards for graphic and environmental design, including the Civic Design Award, the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) House of the Year Award, and the RAIA President's Award. The practice also received citations in the RAIA, DIA and AGDA awards, as well as the Honor Award of the United States Society of Environmental Graphic Design.
In 1988, Bryce joined his practice with those of Marcello Minale and Brian Tattersfield in London to form Minale Tattersfield Bryce and Partners. In 1998 he was a member of the judging panel for a design competition for an alternative National Australian Flag, run by Ausflag. He was principal design adviser to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, personally designing the stylised "Opera House" Olympic bid logo and advising on the application of the corporate branding. His later firm, Minale Bryce, does graphic and industrial designing.
Among his other designs and clients have been:
- signage for the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games
- the Brisbane bid for the 1992 Olympic Games
- the Dolphins (Australian swimming team)
- PGA Tour (golf)
- the logo for the Wallabies rugby union team
- the International Cricket Council (logo for the 2007 Cricket World Cup)
- Oceania Football
- the Ringtail Possum logo for the National Parks and Wildlife Service
- the logo for the Government of Queensland (sometimes referred to as the "Beattie-burger")
- Harrods, London
- fashion brands Fendi and Valentino
- San Pellegrino
- FA Premier League
- Bluewater, Kent
- the Eurostar train
- Sydney Airport
- Doha Stadium.
In 1977 he was elected inaugural Queensland President of the Industrial Design Institute of Australia and Federal President in 1980. He is now a Life Fellow of the Institute. He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Design at the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), the School of Design and Architecture at the University of Canberra and the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales.
He retired from Minale Bryce in September 2008, following his wife's appointment as Governor-General of Australia. The day after her swearing-in, he announced he would be selling his design practice in order to avoid "any breath of conflict of interests".
Other activities and interests
At university Bryce joined the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve as a member of the Queensland University Squadron, and later joined the No. 23 (City of Brisbane) Squadron. While with the RAAF Reserve he was appointed as honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Queensland. He is a former patron of the Royal Australian Air Force Association in Queensland. He was a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and a member of the boards of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Orchestra. He served as a ministerial adviser on the Child Accident Prevention Foundation, various product safety committees and as the founding president of Melanoma Patients Australia.
Michael Bryce married Quentin Strachan on 12 December 1964. They have two daughters, three sons and eleven grandchildren. Quentin Bryce was made a Dame of the Order of Australia on 25 March 2014, the day before her tenure as governor-general ended.
He was honoured by Indesign Magazine as a luminary.
In 2006, he was inducted into the Australian Design Hall of Fame.
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||12 June 2006|
|Knight of the Order of St John||2003|
|National Medal||for 15 years national service|
|Australian Defence Medal||2006|
|Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal|
|Air Efficiency Award (AE)||1970|
- Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
- Government House, Queensland
- ABC Queensland
- Singh, Shivani (2010). Who's Who in Australia 2010. Melbourne: Crown Content. ISBN 1-74095-172-7. OCLC 501818530.
- Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia[dead link]
- Lunch at the Brisbane Town Hall[dead link]
- Ausflag[dead link]
- Powerhouse Museum Collection. Powerhousemuseum.com.
- D*Hub. Dhub.org (17 August 2012).
- Powerhouse Museum Collection. Powerhousemuseum.com (1 March 1991).
- Design Institute of Australia. Design.org.au.
- Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame. Dia.org.au (31 December 1929).
- The Age. The Age (6 September 2008).
- Singh (2010)
- University of Queensland – Mr Michael Bryce: Citation. Uq.edu.au.
- It's an Honour: AM. Itsanhonour.gov.au (12 June 2006).