Academics from the Faculty of Architecture win East Darling Harbour redevelopment design competition

20 May 2006

Sydney architects Philip Thalis (BSc(Arch) '82, BArch '85) and Paul Berkemeier (BSc(Arch) '73, BArch '76) (both casual academics of the faculty of Architecture, Sydney University), along with Jane Irwin, are the winning design team for the East Darling Harbour competition. The 10 member panel, which included Paul Keating, decided that the Sydney architectural team had the best plans out of the 137 entries to transform and redevelop the eastern side of Darling Harbour. The plans, unveiled yesterday, showed their winning design restores public access to the waterfront at Millers Point for the first time in 100 years. The last remaining container wharf will be transformed into an 11 hectare park lined with 1500 apartments and 11,000 offices. Philip Thallis said he was "absolutely delighted" with the outcome of the competition. The design would connect the city to the "alienated western foreshore" he said.