Our Management Team
BuildingPro is a family owned and operated business founded in 2002 by Andrew and Patricia Mackie-Smith.
Andrew is the Managing Director and Co-founder of BuildingPro. He is a 3rd generation builder with over 33 years experience in the building and pest Industries and more than 28 years as a property investor. Andrew has appeared on TV, Radio, Newpapers, Magazines and Podcasts to provide expert advice. Refer to our media page for details.
He has performed over 13,500 inspections on all classes and types of construction from houses in Brisbane to multi-storey hotels in Sydney for the City of Sydney Council.
Andrew holds tertiary qualifications in Building Construction, Building Surveying, Building Inspection, Scaffolding Inspection, Real Estate, Timber Pest Management and has a Master of Business Administration.
He has also lectured part-time in Building Regulations at TAFE College and has served three terms on the committee of the Institute of Building Consultants Queensland.
Andrew began his career in local government in 1987 as a Cadet Building & Scaffolding Inspector and went on to qualify as a Building & Scaffolding Inspector at just 19 years of age and a few years later became Assistant Building Surveyor.
In his eight years of local government at Melbourne and Sydney Councils, Andrew gained experience inspecting and reporting on residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects.
In 1996, Andrew became one of the first Private Building Certifiers. By 1998 the company was also involved in project management, specification writing, site management, site safety and building maintenance. During this time Andrew worked as a site manager on various projects gaining sufficient experience to obtain his Builders License.
Since 2002, BuildingPro specialises in pre-purchase and pre-sale building & pest inspections.
In 2016 Major Street Publishing published “Building Success – Why Property Investors need Building inspections” written by Andrew Mackie-Smith. The book launch was at Queensland Master Builders.
In 2018 BuildingPro was awarded Best Building and Pest inspection company in Australia by Your Property Investment magazine.
Andrew Mackie-Smith was awarded the 2017 and 2018 Master Builders Queensland Building Consultant of the Year making BuildingPro Queensland’s most awarded building consultants with awards including the 2017 and 2018 Master Builders Brisbane Region Building Consultant of the Year, Optus My Business Awards 2016 Finalists for Property Business of the Year, Finalist for Professional Services Business of the Year and Finalist for Businesswoman of the Year; Quest Business Achiever Winner 2012; and Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist in 2013.
Patricia (“Trish”) is the General Manager and Co-founder of BuildingPro assisting the team in ensuring the client’s needs are met in a professional and timely manner.
With her legal background as a property lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills both in Sydney and in Brisbane, she has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of buying, selling and investing in property.
Trish has recently led a national campaign for consumer protection to extend to home buyers. She identified a serious legal loophole in the real estate and conveyancing industry and decided to take action. She commenced a national change.org campaign and petitioned Qld parliament to adopt better seller disclosure laws to protect home buyers similar to the legislation in the ACT since 2003. Her petition was tabled in Qld parliament on 16th August 2016 and the Qld Attorney-General, who is keen for reform, will make an announcement in the near future. This has attracted media attention including Channel 9 News, Channel 7 News, A Current Affair, The Courier Mail, Sunday Mail, Herald Sun, Smart Property Magazine, Your Investment Magazine, Real Estate Business, Realestatetalk with Kevin Turner, Qld Master Builders Magazine, ABC Radio, 4BC Radio etc. See our Media page: BuildingPro Media
Video shows Trish Mackie-Smith being interviewed by Channel 7 News.
Trish strongly believes in the need for better property laws to ensure fairness, honesty, transparency, safer buildings, increased employment for trades and to ultimately improve housing affordability. Trish and her team at BuildingPro have a genuine desire to help clients purchase successful buildings.
For her contribution to the industry, Trish Mackie-Smith was awarded “Business Development Professional of the Year” by Housing Industry Association Queensland at their Women in Building & Construction awards.