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A Lasting Legacy for Professor HJ (Jack) Cowan AO



2 July 2009

In June, Jack Cowan's wife Renate, daughter Judith and granddaughter Isabel visited the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning for afternoon tea with the Professor Warren Julian, Dean of the faculty, and a few of Jack's former colleagues.

The purpose of their visit was to generously donate $50,000 in the memory of Jack who passed away in 2007. Their hope is to kick start a research scholarship in perpetuity to honour a man who dedicated his life to inspiring students, fellow academics and researchers in the field of Architectural Science.

In 1953 Jack Cowan was appointed the first Chair of Architectural Science in the world and proceeded to create the Department of Architectural Science. In another first, one of Jack's research students, Peter Smith was the first PhD graduate in Architecture in Australia. Jack also masterminded the creation of the international journal 'Architectural Science Review' which he edited for over 50 years and remains a premier journal for discourse between researchers.

The Faculty hopes to work closely with the Cowan family and many of Jack's past students to raise enough funds to make this legacy a lasting one. "Jack Cowan inspired a generation of thinkers and through this scholarship it is hoped that that the generosity of Jack's family can continue to help create the next generation of leading minds in Architectural Science" said Professor Julian.

More information on this donation and how you can help will be in the Spring edition of Archetype, the newsletter for Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning Alumni. In the meantime if you wish to find out more details please contact Julia Wilson.

Contact: Julia Wilson

Phone: 02 9351 5906

Email: 0842420404391a0718323d0a2a6553163d65360f