UNSW Built Environment Professor of Practice Rachel Neeson presented a compelling overview of her architectural practice framed around the topic "The house in the city, the child in the sports hall" for the third Utzon Lecture for 2018 and the Annual Donald K Turner Address.
The co-founder and director of architectural firm Neeson Murcutt Architects, Professor Neeson is recognised as one of Australia’s leading architects and serves on a number of advisory panels for the City of Sydney and Landcom.
Based in Sydney, Neeson Murcutt Architects pursues a range of project types across Australia from bespoke houses to housing prototypes, multi-unit housing, public and community projects, sports facilities, and schools. Some of the practice's notable projects have included the redesign of The Prince Alfred Pool in Surry Hills and the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre in Woolloomooloo.
Neeson Murcutt Architects is also one of very few smaller practices to have been awarded the highest architectural accolades by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) across diverse categories – public architecture, urban design, interior, heritage, education and residential architecture.
Professor Neeson studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in 1993. She was awarded the Board of Architects 2002 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and completed a Master’s of Architecture in Barcelona.
Established through the Donald K Turner endowment, the Donald K Turner Address is an annual UNSW Built Environment public lecture delivered by an eminent Australian architect as part of the Utzon Lecture series.
Launched in March 2010 by Jan Utzon, the son of the renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Utzon Lecture series focuses on the presentation of ideas from leading contributors of international significance in the design, delivery and management of the built environment.
The final Utzon Lecture for 2018, the Annual Judith Neilson Lecture, will be presented by Jo da Silva, Director of Arup International Development, at UNSW Sydney on November 6.
More information: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/event/