South Africa : Richard Leplastrier & Peter Stutchbury Public Lectures (2009)
Richard Leplastrier is a seminal figure in Australian architecture and architectural education. He eschews publicity and his built works are secret treasures to be discovered only by those privileged enough to be introduced to them. His sensitivity to issues of culture and place and his accumulated wisdom in the design and making of architecture is gently revealed though his tutorial sessions in the design studio. He received national recognition in 1999 through the award of the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
Richard has received international recognition through receipt of the 2004 ‘Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award’. The award, established in Finland by the Wood in Culture Association, is granted every second year for architectural excellence. The first recipient of the Award in 2000 was Renzo Piano from Italy, and in 2002 the Award was presented to architect Kengo Kuma from Japan and in 2006 to Peter Zumthor.
In 2003 Peter Stutchbury was the first architect ever to win both the top National Architecture Awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for residential and non-residential projects along with the Robin Boyd Award for Houses for the Bay House at Watson’s Bay, Sydney, and the Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Buildings for ‘Birabahn’, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the University of Newcastle, designed with Richard Leplastrier and Sue Harper.
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