The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning alumni have earned an international reputation for being leaders in their field and our alumni community is a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience. The tradition of alumni is one the Faculty very much values and each member remains as much part of our community today as when they were a student.


Alumni News

2014 Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Awards

There are many inspiring alumni in our community who are achieving great successes, however we might not always hear of it. The essential first step in identifying a successful recipient of one of these prestigious awards is for them to be nominated. If you know a worthy candidate, please submit a nomination so we can give then them the recognition they deserve. Find out more about the Faculty Alumni Awards.

Alumni Association AGM

The Alumni Association provides a representative and independent voice of alumni to the Faculty. The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association meets once every two months to discuss upcoming alumni events and initiatives.

The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning held its 2012 Alumni Association AGM on Wednesday 28 November.

This was an opportunity to thank resigning members for their contribution over their years of service, and welcome new members to the Association. We look forward to working with our the Alumni Association in 2013.

Presidents report for 2012

Members of the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Association:

Ms Priyanka Rao BDesArch(2006)

Executive Commitee
Mr Varoujan Bedrossian MDesSci (1997)
Ms Lynette Gurr BSc(Arch)(1990) BA(1981) BArch(1998/1998) MHeritCons(OldResolutions) (2010)
Dr Samba McHolme PHD (2008)
Mr Nic Moore BDesArch(2007)MArch(2011)
Miss Melissa Pearson BDesArch(2007)MDesSc(SustDes)(2010)MArch(2012)
Mr Joe Snell BSc(Arch)(2000)BArch(2003)
Mr Marcus Trimble BSc(Arch)(1999)BArch(2002)
Ms Vesna Trobec BDesArch(2007)
Ms Kristin Utz BSc(Arch)(1991) BArch(1991)

The McConnel Drawing Collection

Compiled by well known Architect and Alumnus Brian Griffin, the McConnel Drawing Collection is a celebration of outstanding student work from the mid 1920s to the 1950s, and features freehand drawings by undergraduates who went on to become some of Australia’s best known architects.

View the McConnel Drawing catalogue

June Alumni eNewsletter

View the June Alumni eNewsletter online

2012 Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the 2012 Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Alumni Award recipients.

Professional Achievement, John Richardson BArch (1970)
Community Achievement, Dillon Kombumerri BArch (1980) BSc (Arch) (1986)
International Achievement BArch (1964)
Young Alumni Achievement, Claire McCaughan BSc (Arch) (2003) BArch (2007) and Lucy Humphrey BSc (Arch) (2004) BArch (2007)
Undergraduate Achievement, Kim Lange BDesArch (2012)
Postgraduate Achievement, Ivana Kuzmanovska BDesArch (2009) MArch (2012)

2012 Archetype


Download your copy of Archetype, your Faculty Alumni magazine in which we showcase our research and student works, communicate key projects, introduce and welcome new staff members, and celebrate the successes of our students and alumni.

Alumni Case Study Program

The students of the Faculty have mentioned that they would very much appreciate alumni providing case study talks in addition to the Thursday Night Lecture program to help bridge the divide between architectural education and professional practice. They are looking for frank and open discussions based on a case study from professional practice, revealing what went wrong and how it was dealt with, as well as what went right.

It has been suggested that alumni, and potentially some of the more recently graduated alumni, might be interested in giving these talks on a pro bono basis. This type of mentoring is an invaluable opportunity for students to learn from their experiences and provides a very rewarding exchange for both the students and the mentors.

If you have a case study that you think the students might benefit from hearing about, please email with a brief outline of the case study you would like to speak about and we will contact you to organise a potential time for the workshop.

Fun, Fare and Future Alumni

Alumni supporting students

Fun, Fare & Future Alumni is a hospitality program aimed at connecting local and international students with our alumni. Gatherings hosted by alumni provide an opportunity for students to meet and engage with their fellow students and alumni families, enabling all to share academic, professional and social experiences and foster new friendships.
In June, alumnus David Turner hosted a gathering at his home residence which was great fun and a huge successes.

We are always on the lookout for alumni who are interested in hosting events with our students, so if this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact Nell for more information.

Making new friends

2011 Faculty Alumni Awards Presentation Evening

Held in the Holme and Sutherland Room, Holme Building on 3rd August, the evening was a celebration of the tremendous achievements of the Faculty’s alumni members over 2010 and 2011.
Since the 1920s, the Faculty’s alumni have led the fields of architecture, design and urban development. Their successes are manifest in the built environment both at home in Australia and around the world. For 90 years, our alumni have demonstrated not only the scope of their professional ambition and achievement but also the community spirit and egalitarianism that grounds their achievements.
The Alumni Awards recognize the outstanding achievement of the Faculty’s alumni. These awards represent an opportunity for the Faculty to gather together its alumni and congratulate them on their endeavours in the preceding year. The awards ceremony this year was twice as illustrious, presenting awards to the winners of two years of the event, 2010 and 2011. More

Alumni and staff at awards event

Celebrating Success

Alumni Richard Leplastrier was honoured with the title Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to architecture, particularly through the application of environmentally sensitive design, and as an educator and mentor.

2010 Alumni Reunion images

Alumni, class of 1960

View images from the Reunion held in July 2010 for the class of 1960. Held in the Faculty Hearth, it was conducted by Professor Richard Hyde. Click here to browse the gallery of more than 50 photos.