Newcastle architecture students have access to the best design minds in the country following the 2011 appointment of five leading Australian architects.
The five distinguished Professors are fully involved in design teaching at all levels in the school. They are studio teachers in both the Bachelor and Master degrees and also act as specialist mentors for students.
These internationally renowned architects are behind prestigious works including the Sydney Opera House, Olympic villages in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art, and extraordinary university buildings, woolsheds, apartments, and houses.
The five professional architects in residence:
Lawrence Nield (Studio Nield, previously founding principal Bligh Voller Nield) is the architect for the University of the Sunshine Coast's award winning library, and was responsible for major architecture and planning in four successive Olympic Games - Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. Nield was the winner of the 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
Kerry Clare + Lindsay Clare (Directors of Clare Design since 1979) are joint winners of the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.Their work is consistently acknowledged at home and internationally for design excellence and environmental performance.
Significant works include the Docklands Library, Melbourne, Cotton Tree Housing, University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellery*, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art* and numerous private residences.
(*as Design Directors of Architectus 2000-2010)
Peter Stutchbury has designed many award winning buildings, including the Avalon House, the Bull's Run Woolshed, and the Nursing Faculty at University of Newcastle.
He has been the recipient of 28 state and national awards, and has been widely exhibited internationally. Stutchbury's Invisible House project was a winner in the 2014 NSW Residential Architecture Awards. In 2015 he received the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal and was also awarded a 2016 RIBA International Fellowship.
AIA Gold Medallist Richard Leplastrier worked on the Sydney Opera House design with Jorn Utzon, and is known for his environmentally sustainable designs, particularly his prolific use of wood. Leplastrier was also awarded a 2015 RIBA International Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
With collaborators Leplastrier designed the Birabhan Indigenous Centre at the University, and has also won the Finnish 'Spirit of Nature Wood' Award and the Dreyer Foundation Prize of Honour. Leplastrier's other works include the Bellingen House and the Rainforest House.