Faculty Alumnus Wins Australia's Highest Architecture honour.

22 March 2012

University of Sydney alumnus Lawrence Nield last night received the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal for 45 years of distinguished service to Australian Architecture.

Nield's work designing hospitals, stadiums and a range of sporting facilities was recognized through the medal, the architecture industry's top award.

Nield graduated (with honours) from the University of Sydney in 1963. He attended the University of Cambridge and attained his master's degree 1968. He returned to the University of Sydney in 1992 as a professor of architecture, a position he held until 1996. He has since undertaken prominent adjunct-professorships at a range of leading Australian universities.

In 1977 he was a founding principal of the leading Bligh Voller Nield firm of architects. After a wide array of successes and acclaim (see box, right), Nield left the firm in 2009 to start a private firm, Studio Nield, which he maintains today with his wife Andrea.

Nield recently completed his role as a Master Planner for Victoria Harbour, in Melbourne's Docklands precinct.

Nield joins a list of prominent Sydney architects who have won the AIA Gold Medal. These winners include Glenn Murcutt (2009 AIA medal), Richard Johnson (2008) and the late Harry Seidler (1976).

Contact: Nell King, Alumni Relations Manager

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