Ken Woolley awarded Honorary Doctorate

23 April 2010

Kenneth Woolley AM, BArch (Hons) 1955, has received an Honorary Doctorate at a graduation ceremony in the Great Hall on Friday 16th of April.

Since graduating with First Class Honours in Architecture, where he also received the University Medal, Ken has had an influential architectural career spanning six decades, during which he has become acknowledged as a leader in Australian architecture.

After a successful career in the NSW Government Architects office his project housing work for Pettit and Sevitt during the 1960s and the Wilkinson Award winning Mosman House contributed to the development of vernacular building and regional romantic "Sydney School" movement.

Ken's work has spanned residential, commercial and public buildings and includes iconic structures such as the Park Hyatt Hotel, Circular Quay, ABC Radio Centre in Ultimo and the RAS Exhibition Halls and Olympic Hockey Stadium at Homebush.

He has received numerous RAIA awards, including the Gold Medal in 1993 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1988.

Ken received his Doctor of Science in Architecture (honouris causa) from Deputy Chancellor Alan Cameron AM after a brief presentation by Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. He later delivered the graduation ceremony's Occasional Address. With an audience including over 150 Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Design in Architecture graduates, he spoke of how architecture is distinguished from other art forms by its performance of purpose.

Ken's address was based on one of the chapters of his latest book Reviewing the Performance which was launched on Wednesday 21st of April at Tusculum by Watermark Press. You can read the Occasional Address in its entirety here.

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