Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal

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Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal

Architecture Prize – AIA Honour

21 Mar 2012

Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winner 2012

Lawrence Nield receives the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 Gold Medal


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.

Lawrence Nield:
Lawrence Nield architect
Vickky Wilkes

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:
Boolarong & Kinkabool Queensland
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:
Sydney Olympic Park Buildings 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:
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:
Sunshine Coast University Library Sunshine Coast University Library Building
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:
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:
Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre
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:
Sydney International Tennis Centre Sydney International Tennis Centre
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:
Mt Druitt Hospital
photo : Max Dupain

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University of New South Wales Student Housing
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