21 Mar 2012
Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winner 2012
Lawrence Nield receives the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 Gold Medal
CONGRATULATIONS TO SYDNEY’S GOLD MEDAL ARCHITECT
Lawrence Nield, architect, planner - who led the Sydney Olympics master-plan team, teacher, writer and researcher, has been awarded the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) highest honour, the 2012 Gold Medal.
According to the jury he has ‘made an outstanding contribution to architecture for over forty-five years. His career combines a prolific and continued output of significant architecture and urban design projects with services to the AIA and academic and teaching achievements, including a distinguished list of writings and publications.’
Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal:
photo from BVN Architecture
He was involved in the planning of three Olympics, and has also designed some notable Olympic buildings including both the Sydney and Beijing Tennis stadiums.
‘Lawrence is to be congratulated for this recognition of his endeavours that were spread across so many types of architectural inquiry,’ said Mr James Grose, National Director of BVN.
Sydney Olympic Park:
photos from BVN Architecture
‘He was an internationally recognised thinker in the design of hospitals and health buildings not only with the many hospitals he designed, but also with papers and presentations he gave to notable research organisations like the Nuffield Association in England.’
Sydney International Tennis Centre:
photo from BVN Architecture
Mr Grose noted that Lawrence’s historical knowledge of Sydney’s architecture was encyclopaedic and that he used this to great effect in his teaching as well as in projects like the redevelopment of the overseas passenger terminal at Circular Quay and the making of the Cook and Philip Park complex.
Sunshine Coast University Library:
photos : John Gollings
‘Architecture has benefited from Lawrence’s keen intellect and passionate interest in design particularly when it concerns public buildings and city planning,’ said Mr Grose. Following studies at Cambridge University and working in England and Australia with a focus on hospital buildings, he formed Lawrence Nield & Partners that joined with Bligh Voller in the 90s to become Bligh Voller Nield, this practice now operates as BVN and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded architecture studios.
UNSW L5 Building:
photo from BVN Architecture
He was Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney in the 90s, followed by a number of adjunct professorships and is now Professor of Architecture University of Newcastle.
Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre, China:
photo : John Gollings
Professor Nield was President of the NSW Chapter of the Institute of Architects when it moved into Tusculum in 1988 and he is currently Chairman of Emergency Architects Australia Advisory Board.
He has received Awards for many of his hospital projects as well as the Sir Zelman Cowen and Sulman awards for the Olympic Tennis Centre, Homebush.
Cook & Phillip Park, Sydney:
photos : Anthony Browell
His writing includes being contributing editor to the Oxford Companion to Architecture, author of Changing Hospital design in Australia in ‘Changing Hospital Architecture’ by Sunand Prasad (Past RIBA President), as well as numerous articles and papers.
Mt Druitt Hospital, Mount Druitt, Sydney, New South Wales:
photo : Max Dupain
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Bligh Voller Nield
Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winners 2010
Architectus Directors Lindsay and Kerry Clare receive the Australian Institute of Architects 2010 Gold Medal.
The announcement was made on 18 March at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards held at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
The Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal is the highest honour the Institute can bestow.
Lindsay and Kerry Clare:
photo © 2009 The Australian Institute of Architects
The award was created 50 years ago to recognise distinguished service by Australian architects who have:-
-designed or executed buildings of high merit;
-produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture, or
-endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner
The Gold Medal is held in high esteem both nationally and internationally with previous recipients including Robin Boyd, Jørn Utzon, Glenn Murcutt and Gregory Burgess.
They have received 29 state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for housing, public, educational, recycling, civic and commercial projects.
Lindsay and Kerry Clare have been Directors of Architectus for ten years.
Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winners 2010 - Background
Kerry and Lindsay Clare - working partners for 35 years - became the first husband-and-wife team to win the award.
University of New South Wales Student Housing by architectus:
In addition to major projects, such as Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art, they were also recognised for designing low-impact, sustainable homes decades before it became compulsory.
The couple's interest in sustainability dates back to their training with Gabriel Poole, who won the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1998. He taught them to always look for passive solutions to heat and ventilate buildings.
Barangaroo Waterfront, Sydney:
image courtesy Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Kerry Clare is a member of the City of Sydney's design advisory panel and has passed comment on the major Barangaroo Waterfront proposals.
More information on the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winners 2010 online soon