For the first time, UNSW architecture students have the chance to be taught by three great names in the field – Ken Maher, Glenn Murcutt and Richard Johnson (pictured L-R). Maher and Johnson will teach the studio component of the Master of Architecture degree for the first time this year. They join Murcutt, who continues to teach the studio to third-year students in the Bachelor of Architecture.
Maher works in private practice and in academia as the Chair of the UNSW Built Environment Advisory Council. He was awarded the Australian Institute of Architecture’s highest accolade, the AIA Gold Medal, in 2009.
Johnson’s designs include the Museum of Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery and, along with with Jørn Utzon, the masterplan and refurbishments of the Sydney Opera House. “We all have time pressures but we teach because it’s important [and] we teach because we really enjoy it,” he says. Murcutt adds: “Teaching makes a good architect, a better architect.”