IN PRAISE OF PROCESS
An exhibition showcasing work by alumni of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.
With works by:
Andrew Andersons AO (B Arch '64 (USyd), M Arch (Yale))
|bricks + cartwheels
Georgia Bowen (B Design (Arch) '04, B Arch '07), Kirstin Hume-Grimm (B Design (Arch) '04, B Arch '07), Renn She Ip (B Design (Arch) '04, B Arch '07), Amber Lush (B Design (Arch) '04, B Arch '07), Harriet Stone (B Design (Arch) '04, B Arch '07)
Paul Berkemeier (B Sc (Arch) '73, B Arch '76)
|Professor Philip Cox AO (B Arch '62, Dip T & CP '71)
Cox Architects and Planners; Professor of Architecture, UNSW
|Richard Francis-Jones (B Sc (Arch) '81, B Arch '85, M Sc (Arch) (Columbia) '87)
Partner, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
|Brian Griffin (B Arch '54)
Brian Griffin Architect
Peter Hall (B Arch '57, BA '58)
Robert Hughes (B Arch candidate '50s (USyd))
Professor Chris Johnson (B Arch '68)
Genevieve Lilley (B Des St '87 (UQ), B Arch '91 (USyd))
Rachel Neeson (B Sc (Arch) '90, B Arch '94) & Nick Murcutt (B Arch '90)
Peter Poulet (B Sc (Arch) '83, B Arch '85)
Emanuel Raft (Teaching at the University of Sydney 1963-66)
Gerard Reinmuth (B Arch '97)
Garry Rothwell (B Arch '66)
Penelope Seidler AM (B Arch '64)
Michael Pomeroy Smith (B Arch '54, Dip T & CP)
Philip Thalis (B Sc (Arch) '82, B Arch '85, CEAA Arch Urb (Paris-Belleville))
Dr Ross Thorne (B Arch '55, M Arch '71, D Arch '97)
Hannah Tribe (B Sc (Arch) '00, B Arch '02)
Marcus Trimble (B Sc (Arch) '99, B Arch '02)
Alec Tzannes (B Sc (Arch) '74, B Arch '76)
Peter Webber (B Arch '54 , M T & CP '68 (USyd), M S (Columbia))
Ken Woolley AM (B Arch '55)
Andrew Andersons AO has been involved with many major architectural projects in Australia and abroad in a professional career spanning over forty five years. Andrew graduated from Sydney University with the University Medal and a Master of Architecture at Yale University. In 1966-67 Andrew worked with Arup Associates in London and from the late 1960’s to 1988 Andrew worked on numerous public buildings in NSW including two Sulman Award wing additions to the Art Gallery of NSW, and major additions to NSW State Parliament House and State Library of NSW. In 1983 he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to architecture.
Since joining PTW as a director in 1989 he has continued with major projects for the arts, residential and commercial projects; including additions to the National Gallery Canberra, 30 The Bond, Sydney Theatre, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, "Quay Grand", "The Pier" Walsh Bay, "Darling Island", Pyrmont, and "Waterfront" at Kingston Foreshores Canberra.
Andrew Andersons, Swiss Grand courtyard conceptual sketch (detail)
I have been designing buildings for nearly fifty years, since my student days, working during university holidays at the Government Architects Branch. In those days, working drawings were done on linen with ruling pens and India ink. Prints were coloured with water colour washes. Water colour still is a favourite sketch-book technique of mine.
These days I don't do detailed drawings. I have never learned to be CAD literate. However I produce lots of sketches on "yellow trace", including conceptual plan layouts and massing diagrams and sketches. Usually I do this with a group of young architects in my studio and we jointly develop the designs. There are many inter-active reviews and the team makes significant contributions to the outcome. This is an enjoyable and stimulating process for me and is the reason why I am still actively involved in the profession I love. - Andrew Andersons
bricks + cartwheels is an Australian based charitable organisation established in 2006 by five female graduate architects from The University of Sydney. bricks + cartwheels works to provide an opportunity for people and communities to directly influence their own built environment and generate sustainable local employment and education. As architects, we seek to act as facilitators to empower and engage communities not normally served by good design. It is our mandate to foster interdisciplinary partnerships that will emerge from a community initiative to seek solutions to their own identified community issues.
Together, we aspire to create built solutions that are capacity building and provide long term sustainability through a process of community participation. bricks + cartwheels is passionate and highly driven to share knowledge through an exchange of ideas. Good design needs to be made available to everyone.
bricks + cartwheels has recently returned from a working trip to Kenya with plenty of good stories to share.
b + c community workshop
Paul Berkemeier graduated in architecture from Sydney University in 1975 and was awarded Master of Architecture from Harvard in 1983. He worked with the Commonwealth Government, then as an Associate Director of Denton Corker Marshall before establishing his own practice in 1988.
Paul has worked on a broad range of projects including: urban design, planning, public buildings, single and multi-unit housing, schools, exhibitions and heritage. The practice has received numerous state and national awards for its work and has won many competitions.
Current projects include the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, a Museum Education Facility at Rouse as well several residential projects and ongoing development of museums at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.
Paul is actively involved in architectural education and has taught at all of the state's architecture schools. He is a Chapter Councilor of the AIA, Chair of the State Education Committee and member of the National Education Committee.
Paul Berkemeier, Maitland Regional Art Gallery exhibition presentation, 2009
Click to enlarge image
Professor Philip Cox commenced practice with Ian McKay in 1963 and formed his own firm, Philip Cox and Associates in 1964. The firm has grown to become Cox Architects and Planners Pty Ltd with 315 personnel.
Philip Cox graduated from Sydney University with honours in architecture in 1962. He was a Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) silver medallist and was awarded the NSW Board of Architects Travelling Scholarship. He graduated from Sydney University with a diploma in Town & Country Planning in 1972. He is a Professor of Architecture at the University of NSW and in 2000 received an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to architecture, including the RAIA Gold Medal in 1984, Life Fellowship to the RAIA in 1987 and Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in the same year. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to architecture. Philip has published nine books on the history of Australia’s towns and buildings.
Philip Cox, Singapore Marina Bay Bridge presentation sketch, 2009
Richard Francis-Jones is the Design Director of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt). Projects led by Richard have received many design and innovation awards including the International AR/MIPIM Future Project Award, the RAIA/AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award, Sir John Sulman Medallion, Lachlan Macquarie Award, Lloyd Rees Civic Design Award and National Interior Architecture Award.
Richard has taught architecture and theory at universities in Australia and United States and was an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is an editor of ‘Content’, a critical journal of architecture and has written theoretical papers for several journals and international publications.
Richard has convened several architectural theory conferences, including 'On Monumentality' (2001), 'Tectonic Form and Critical Culture' (2004), and was Creative Director of the RAIA 2008 National Conference, 'Critical Visions: Form Representation and the Culture of Globalisation'. He was president of the RAIA NSW Chapter and member of the Architects Registration Board. He is currently Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales.
Richard Francis-Jones, University of Sydney Law School exhibition presentation, 2009
Brian Griffin graduated Bachelor of Architecture in 1954 and was awarded the Stephenson Turner Scholarship. Brian's post graduate research in the UK at the University Grants Committee and in the USA with a Ford Foundation Grant attracted commissions to design the first stages of Macquarie University and the University of Papua New Guinea. Later commissions to design university science laboratory buildings at La Trobe and Wollongong lead him to become a full-time Laboratory Specialist. As the author of 'Laboratory Design Guide' now in its 3rd edition, his reputation has grown and he now joins design teams of major architectural practices both in Australia and overseas.
My postgraduate research into the client’s needs and interviewing their architects concluded that designing solutions to users' requirements was more important than creating a style of architecture. So my approach has always been to work with my client, preferably the users, to develop the design brief before getting any preconceived ideas. The architect/designer who influenced me the most was Charles Eames from his early affordable industrial plywood chairs to his own house assembled from industrial components. I have included two examples in my Alumni Showcase exhibit which show that reference - my own house in Sydney and my Kit-of-parts laboratory system furniture which is sustainable and very relevant these days. - Brian Griffin
Brian Griffin, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Click to enlarge image
Peter Hall's Architectural career began 1957 in office of NSW Government Architect. He worked with Anderson Forster & Wilcox in London 1958-60. He returned to Australia to design major public and university buildings for GA office, including award-winning Goldstein Hall at University of NSW. Partner in Hall Todd and Littlemore, the firm appointed by the Minister in 1966 to complete the design of the Sydney Opera House following resignation of Joern Utzon. This project was awarded the RAIA 25 Year Design Award in 2006 for design of Concert Hall and Opera Theatre.
Peter established his own private practice from to 1973-92, undertaking a wide range of projects. His best known works include the award-winning Cement Works Berrima, and the urbane and ingenious Forecourt to the Sydney Opera House in association with the NSW Government Architect. He was contracted from 1977-88 as Director of Architecture for the Australian Department of Housing and Construction, reforming management practices and invigorating architectural culture in this role.
Pragma and Poesy
Peter Hall was a graduate of Sydney University in both Arts and Architecture, and a student of literature, classics and archeology. He spoke eloquently and wrote concisely. He could be impatient with architectural critics and colleagues who espoused their "philosophy of architecture". He wrote to a friend "...I don’t think I have a philosophy of architecture so much as an approach to it...I do not see merit cultivating a style and imposing it...rather the reverse should apply - the problem should influence the way in which the spaces and materials are arranged...to produce a work which gives the users a good experience."
From this basis of logic and pragmatism his architecture could flower into poetic forms which lift the human spirit. For Hall, PROCESS began with incisive understanding of human needs, and materials of structure. His MIND conceived robust architectural forms translated by HAND into firm diagrams." - Peter Webber
Peter Hall, Sketch and Photo, Mikonos, 1960
Robert Hughes studied art and architecture at the University of Sydney in the 1950s.
He is best known for his role as an art critic for TIME Magazine.
He is author of a number of books including The Shock of the New (1981), The Fatal Shore (1987), Culture of Complaint (1993) and American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America (1997).
The exhibition included 14 of Hughes' loose leaf ink and wash drawing from a trip to Europe whilst he was studying.
Robert Hughes, Michaelangelo & Giacomo della Porta, 1558-1590: the Dome of St Peter’s, Rome
Chris Johnson is the Executive Director, Special Projects in the Department of Planning. He was previously NSW Government Architect from 1995 to 2005.
Chris was the Director for the 9th World Congress of Metropolis, an event that brought leaders from the world’s major cities to Sydney, 22-25 October 2008.
Chris is a member of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Board, the Heritage Council of NSW, and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. He also represents New South Wales on several national building and planning related boards and committees.
He has written 10 books including: Greening Cities - landscaping the urban fabric; Shaping Sydney - Public Architecture and Civic Decorum; Celebrating Sydney 2000 - 100 Legacies; James Barnet; Australian Architecture Now; Geometries of Power; Homes DotCom/architecture for all; and Healthy Environments.
Chris is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney and has three Masters Degrees.
Chris Johnson, exploring the temples of Angkor - Cambodia presentation, 2009
Genevieve Lilley studied at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney, before leaving Australia on graduation under the auspices of the 1991 Marten Bequest. She completed a competition in Barcelona (with Stephen Collier) and lived in Genoa, Italy, before settling in the UK, where she worked for David Chipperfield from 1992 until 1999.
Genevieve had her own practice in London from 1999-2002, again working on a wide range of small public and private commissions, as well as collaborating on furniture and lighting design with reclamation company Retrouvius.
After two years living in San Francisco, Genevieve returned to Australia in 2004. With her husband Kingsley Wallman, she cofounded 'venerari', a modern jewellery studio in the ground floor of Sydney's Strand Arcade. She formally re-established her architectural practice in 2006 and, with a small dedicated team, is currently working on a range of 17 architectural projects (a mixture of residential and small commercial) as well as continuing to design jewellery for 'venerari'.
Genevieve Lilley, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Neeson Murcutt Architects was formed in 2004, combining the independent practices of its directors Nicholas Murcutt and Rachel
Based in Sydney, the practice operates in urban, rural and outback settings across Australia. The work is diverse in type, scale and language. Neeson Murcutt looks at the particularities of each project - its program, budget, physical and cultural contexts - to identify the driving questions to which their architecture responds. They delight in the unexpectedness that often results in the search for the most direct solution, and seek to integrate artful experimentation with professional logic. The office brings a public mindedness to the work with each project considered within its broader contemporary environment - its impact on public domain, sustainability, infrastructure and landscape.
The work of Neeson Murcutt Architects has been recognised locally and internationally through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions.
The Prince Alfred Park Pool project involves the upgrading of an existing 50m pool and provision of new plant, change rooms, café and administration facilities. The project has undergone two design phases, described chronologically on the panel. The first scheme located a wedge-shaped building north of the pool, with triangular geometries that resonated with the triangular park, local subdivision patterns and building profiles. The proposal was ultimately rejected by Council, who upon reflection sought an architectural expression that permeated green space over built form, in support of its belief is that as the city becomes more dense, public green space needs to be defended. The second proposal located the building east of the main pool, folding the landscape of the park up and over it as a green roof. We work iteratively between a variety of media. The physical model, at a wide range of scales, is our most trusted tool. The project is now documented and ready for tender. - Neeson Murcutt Architects
Rachel Neeson & Nick Murcutt, Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade exhibition presentation, 2009
Peter Poulet is Assistant Government Architect with the NSW Government Architect’s Office. He has over 20 years experience working as an architect in the public and private sectors. Peter worked and studied in Japan for two years with Toyo Ito whilst on a Monbusho Scholarship.
Projects designed by Peter have received major awards including the Horbury Hunt, the Blacket Award and a RAIA commendation for Public Building.
Peter undertakes a design oversight role within the Government Architect’s Office to promote design quality and sustainability. He also provides strategic advice to the Government Architect and clients.
He maintains a high profile in the architectural profession and the building industry by membership of the NSW Royal Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council, the Environment Committee and Education Committee.
As a practicing artist Peter exhibits regularly in Sydney and Melbourne.
Peter Poulet, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Emanuel Raft (aka Raftopoulos) was born in 1938 in Egypt of Greek and Italian background. By the mid-1960s he had established his reputation as one of Australia’s most accomplished young painters.
His work has moved between exuberant painterliness and cool calculation, but it has generally been underpinned by a sharp sense of design and fine proportion.
In his work since the 1990s, he has achieved the delicate but dynamic balance between feeling and reason, between passion and proportional poise, the subject he had been confronting for three-and-a-half decades.
Emanuel Raft has had 32 solo exhibitions in Australia, USA and Europe, and has been in numerous group exhibitions and is represented in major public and private collections in Australia, USA and Europe.
Numerous articles have been written on his work and a volume by Peter Pinson, published by Craftsman House.
Top: Emanuel Raft, Price Waterhouse, Sydney 1989; Bottom: Emanuel Raft, ANA Project, Sydney 1997
Gerard Reinmuth is a Director of TEROIR, the practice he founded with Richard Blythe and Scott Balmforth in 1999. The practice
emerged from a series of conversations in regard to the potential for architecture to open up question of cultural consequence in relation to our contemporary condition.
TEROIR have been featured in a number of international exhibitions including Australia’s virtual presence at the 2004 Venice Biennale of Architecture, the 2005 Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and in 2007 "Out from Under" in San Francisco and "Living the Modern" at the DAZ in Berlin and in 2008 the Venice Biennale as part of the Australian Pavilion exhibition, "Abundant".
Gerard graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 with the University Medal.
Gerard regularly writes and commentates on architectural issues both in the specialist and daily press. Gerard and his co-Directors were the first practice selected as Creative Directors for the National RAIA Conference - an event to be held in Melbourne in 2009. Gerard was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at UTS in 2005, is a Chapter Councillor of the RAIA (NSW) and Committee Member of the AA (Australian Architecture Association).
Gerard Reinmuth, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Following graduation, Garry Rothwell worked as an architect with a number of architectural firms including Peddle Thorpe & Walker and the State Government architect before travelling for several years.
In 1972 he formed the Winten Property Group with the intention of undertaking small residential property developments on the Lower North Shore.
The Company has expanded over many years and now consists of a multi disciplined team which incorporates Architecture, Project Management and Marketing in the areas of residential, commercial development and Greenfield sub-division.
The Group initially specialised in prestigious residential projects such as Wentworth in Point Piper and Point House in McMahons Point.
More recently the Group has undertaken some major projects, the most significant of these is the Forum Development in St. Leonards consisting of approximately 700 apartments and 32,000m2 of commercial space over a rail head.
Emanuel Raft, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Penelope Seidler has been a partner of Harry Seidler and Associates since 1965. She collaborated with her husband Harry on all matters of design and practice management until his untimely death in 2006 and continues as an active partner in the practice, she is also an accountant.
Penelope has always had a strong association with the visual arts and has served as a Council member of the National Gallery of Australia and is presently a member of the International Council , Museum of Modern Art New York, and the International Advisory Board of the MAK Museum Vienna.
Penelope Seidler, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Michael Pomeroy Smith came to Australia from England at the end of the 2nd World War and began studying architecture at the University of Sydney in 1949 at the age of 17. Drawing classes with Lloyd Rees were a highlight of his architectural education at Sydney University.
His love of the outdoors and generous spaces is reflected in much of his Sydney School residential architecture, many examples of which are scattered all over NSW. Michael was also a consultant architect for the Heritage Council of NSW and Department of Environment and Planning and was involved in several archaeological studies including mapping parts of Pompei and the committee for the excavation of the First Government House in Sydney.
Most of his career was spent as the Principle of his own office, with a short period in the Public Works Department and as a partner of Joseland and Gilling Architects. He taught from 1962 to 1989 at the universities of Sydney and NSW, is the author of the book Sydney Opera House : How it was built and why it is so (1984) and in his later years much of his time was spent all around the world sketching and painting.
Top: Michael Pomeroy Smith, Yan’s Store, Kiandra, April 1981
Bottom: Michael Pomeroy Smith, Stirling’s Shed on the Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, December 1976
Philip Thalis actively promotes the culture of architecture and city making, combining the direction of the practice with teaching,
research, conference papers and publication, public lectures, architectural criticism and expert opinion. He has lectured extensively at all universities in Sydney, with a particular research focus on the history of Sydney's architecture and urban development, and the architecture of the city more generally.
Hill Thalis is recognised for its design excellence and independent standpoint. Philip has won more than 25 competitions, prizes, commendations and awards from a spectrum of groups including the Institute of Architects (AIA/RAIA), the Planning Institute (PIA/RAPI), Landscape Architects Institute (AILA), Development Corporations, the National Trust and local Councils. Major competition winning projects include the Olympic Village - National Architecture Competition in 1992, and the East Darling Harbour International Competition in 2006.
Philip Thalis, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Ross Thorne: Following B.Arch. graduation, a nine week bursary trip around half Australia, a scholarship trip to South and North America and Europe for 16 months; small private practice 1958-1968; acoustic consulting 1961-1980; appointed lecturer University of Sydney August 1961, senior lecturer 1967, associate professor 1973-1998.
Researched theatre and cinema buildings, their social significance and heritage value; researched office environments and recreation facilities with Terry Purcell, and was director of the I. B. Fell Housing Research Centre 1976-1989, researching medium density housing with Margaret Munro Clark and a large student housing study for University of Western Sydney.
Since retirement, there has been a return to social history research of cinemas, recording a number of community cinemas in NSW on video, and providing heritage submissions on what are now rare cinema buildings, built from 1910-1950.
Covers of various films restored and transferred to DVD by Ross Thorne.
Hannah Tribe graduated from Sydney University in 2002 and started her own practice, Tribe Studio, in 2004.
The Tribe Studio portfolio includes many alterations and additions to houses, some new houses, retail fit-outs, apartment interiors, public art, exhibition projects, speculative work and competition entries.
In 2008, Tribe Studio won the AA Unbuilt Architecture Award for their project presented to the 2008 Architecture Conference CV08. In 2006, in collaboration with Super Colossal, Tribe Studio won the competition for North Sydney’s bus shelters.
Hannah has taught design at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNS W. She is also a painter.
Hannah Tribe, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Marcus Trimble is a practising architect. In July 2007 he started Super Colossal where work ranges from usual grab-bag of residential projects alongside competition entries and temporary cardboard structures. Early in the year, the office started work on the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade in the ACT.
Marcus has written for Australian architecture magazines as well as Mark Magazine and Dwell and has been a design tutor at Sydney University and UNSW. He maintains the Super Colossal website where the work of local and international architects is presented and various interests of the office on any given day is chronicled. He - with the help of many others - runs the Sydney version of Pecha Kucha night where creative people from diverse disciplines share and discuss
Marcus Trimble, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Alec Tzannes founded Tzannes Associates in 1983 and as Design Director has been integral to projects in architecture and urban design that have received over forty industry awards to date, including major national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects.
From November 2008, he has combined a fractional appointment at the University of NSW as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment with continuing practice at Tzannes Associates. Combining academic work at the university with practice at the highest level is consistent with the overarching strategic intent of the UNSW for the Faculty of the Built Environment and in turn provides support for Tzannes Associates by ensuring relevant research, analysis and data is used to guide every design process.
Alec is currently reviewing program and research activities at the Faculty of the Built Environment as well as directing the design of projects in Sydney that include the Brewery at Broadway, two mixed used buildings in the city of Newcastle and several substantial residential commissions.
Alec Tzannes, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
For the Office of NSW Government Architect during 1954-75, Peter Webber worked on major public buildings, masterplanning for institutions, buildings and campus plans for universities. He was appointed Government Architect in 1973. From 1974 to 1979 he was Commissioner, NSW Planning and Environment Commission with the responsibility for the Planning Branch.
As Professor of Architecture University of Sydney 1980-99 he restructured the B.Arch programme and introduced new postgraduate degrees in Urban Design and Heritage Conservation. His interests led to a focus urban design and theory of architecture. Peter is author Design of Sydney 1988, and EH Rembert: The Life and Work of the Sydney Architect 1982.
Since 1999, Peter has been Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, and a member of State and local planning and development advisory panels. He maintains an involvement in research, publications, consultancies on planning, urban design and architectural issues.
Peter Webber, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009
Ken Woolley was born in Sydney in 1933, and graduated from Sydney University with the University Medal in 1955. He has been a visiting professor, became a Member of the Order of Australia 1988, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1993, elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2001 and received an Australia Centenary Medal in 2003.
In the NSW Government Architects from 1955 to 1964 and later as Chairman of Ancher Mortlock Woolley, his works include Fisher Library, the State Office Block, his own house at Mosman 1962, project housing for Pettit and Sevitt, the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Town Hall House Sydney, the Park Hyatt at Campbell’s Cove, the ABC Radio and Orchestra Centre at Ultimo, the Victorian State Library, the Control Tower at Sydney Airport, the Olympics and RAS Dome Exhibition and Indoor Sports Halls, the Olympic Hockey Stadium, and the 2008 refurbishment of the Queen Victoria Building.
Ken Woolley, In Praise of Process exhibition presentation, 2009