One of Australia's leading architects, Alec Tzannes, known for works including the Federation Pavilion at Centennial Park and the Brewery Yard at Central Park, has been given the country's top architecture honor, the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. With 35 years of notable work on buildings, precincts and even street furniture, the practitioner and Emeritus Professor was recognized Friday for producing work of great distinction and advancing the profession of architecture.
Tzannes got his start working with the NSW Government Architect’s Office as well as with Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, after which he founded his own practice in 1982. Since, he has left a lasting impression in the Australian contemporary architecture scene and "has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice," as described by the Australian Institute of Architects.
Notable works in his hometown of Sydney, Australia range from the Cathy Freeman Park at Homebush to the urban furniture he designed for the City. Two recently completed and acclaimed works include International House Sydney in Barangaroo and Dangrove, a state-of-the-art museum storage, research, education and logistics facility in Alexandria, which the jury noted as both embodying "innovative typologies for contemporary and responsive architecture."
The Gold Medal Jury was composed of RIchard Kirk (Chair), Past President Ken Maher, Professor Philip Goad,
Professor Andrea Nield and Penelope Seidler AM.
Previous recipients of the award include Glenn Murcutt, Jørn Utzon, Brit Andresen, Harry
Seidler and Robin Boyd.
Scroll down to see some photos of Alec Tzannes' work.
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