Roy Lumby will present a fascinating look at this unique Sydney architectural movement. "Sydney School" is a term that is understood to have been coined in 1962 by Milo Dunphy, who was an architect, environmental activist and lecturer in architecture, He used it to refer to then-current high end domestic architecture.
The term re-emerged five years later in a rather pessimistic overview of current Australian architecture published in Architecture in Australia by prominent architect and architectural critic Robin Boyd. Here Boyd suggested that local architectural leadership had devolved to Sydney just before 1960 - Sydney had enjoyed a "two-man revolution" in the form of Modernist architects Harry Seidler and Sydney Ancher.
The emergence of what Boyd called the 'Sydney School' was spearheaded by a new generation of architects – he mentioned Ken Woolley, Ian McKay and Russel Jack, along with public works by Peter Hall - who had rediscovered "a native cunning with brickwork and carpentry" derived from the local vernacular and had developed "a sophisticated architecture of strongly conceived forms".
He also noted that under lesser hands the new idiom had become “a tamed Australian romantic kind of brutalism" that shared superficial traits in common with California Bungalows, had absorbed Japanese influences and was essentially anti-technological in outlook - “just a delightful regional phenomenon."
Our Annual General Meeting will be held beforehand, and we'll aim to complete the proceedings as quickly as possible..
Afterwards, we invite all attendees to join us for drinks and nibbles at about 8:45 pm.
For enquiries call David Rozenker–Apted on (02) 9878 2511.
Photo: House by Bruce Rickard at Rembrandt Drive Middle Cove: (H91.244/4169. Peter Wille: State Library of Victoria).