Russell Hall spent his formative years on a dairy farm at Harrisville in the Fassifern Valley. He studied architecture at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Institute of Technology. As a student Russell curved the iconic corrugated iron chair on an old hand turned tank roller.
Russell’s experience in tropical design was cemented by a number of years with the Papua New Guinea Housing Commission, during which he conceived and produced designs for pre-fabricated standard houses which could be easily and cheaply erected .
Since his return from Papua New Guinea, Russell has practised architecture on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, designing houses, townhouses and commercial , retail and mixed use premises.
Russell has always liked making things and been innovative with his designs not only in architecture but his use of ripple iron perforated metal for durable public seating, a new windmill tower which made maintenance safe, the ripple iron stubby holder, light shades and artwork. He likes the hands on approach making artworks to suit for his clients buildings and taking various forms including fretworks and sculptures.
Russell Hall’s awards include from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects include House of the Year (1988 Judge Residence, Camp Island), numerous citations for residential & commercial buildings, Innovation in Architecture Awards for lighting and furniture and the John Herbert Award for Heritage Conservation Works for the Rialto Theatre Redevelopment. Russell is the designer behind the Ripple Iron company which profiles metal into corrugations and produces a range of light fixtures, furniture and shade structures. It’s also the home of the Ripple Iron Stubbie Cooler, which won the Memento Award for Most Innovative Product in 2001. Queensland Art Gallery has a chaise longe designed and made by Russell.
Around 2003 Brisbane City Council heritage listed a modern residence designed by Russell.