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2011 Corporate Media Release - Eminent Architects Panel


Thursday 3 February 2011

Eminent Architects Panel appointed by Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House today announced the appointment of four of Australia’s most respected architects to a new Eminent Architects Panel to advise the Sydney Opera House Trust on architecture and design issues.

“As we enter the most significant period of refurbishment and construction that the Opera House has undertaken since its opening, the appointment of an Eminent Architects Panel will be vital to the Trust’s management of the rich architectural heritage of the building”, said Sydney Opera House Trust Chairman, Kim Williams. “Keith Cottier, Kerry Clare and Ken Maher have all been appointed to the Panel and Peter Mould the NSW Government Architect has agreed to chair the Panel.”

The Panel will also provide advice through the works program on what is needed to maintain the Opera House’s functionality and structural integrity. Sydney Opera House CEO, Richard Evans, added, “We are delighted to have such important local professionals agree to serve on the Eminent Architects Panel.  They will continue the tradition of seeking the advice of respected local industry leaders on key architectural matters on Bennelong Point. Sydney Opera House is recognised internationally as an architectural masterpiece, and the panel’s input will help us to conserve the outstanding design and heritage values of the building as it evolves with changing circumstances.”

The Eminent Architects Panel will meet several times a year to review briefs for upcoming building works and other issues that may impact visually and physically on the architectural integrity of the Sydney Opera House precinct. .

The Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety Project (VAPS) will be the first project reviewed by the Eminent Architects Panel. 

Initially, Panel members have each been appointed for a three-year term.  The Panel members are:

Keith Cottier is one of Australia's most highly regarded and awarded architects. In 2001, he was awarded the Gold Medal, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. In 2004, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2009 he was appointed a Doctor of Science in Architecture by the University of Sydney. Keith has served as a Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission, as a Member of the Heritage Council of New South Wales and is currently a Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust.

Ken Maher is a renowned and awarded architect, landscape architect and urban design advocate. He is executive Chairman of HASSELL, and is a Professor in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW. He was a founding board member of the Green Building Council. In 2009 Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architecture’s Gold Medal. He is a former President of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and currently chairs the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel. Ken is a member of the Federal Government’s Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

Kerry Clare is one of the co-founders of Clare Design, and has received 32 state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, including the 2010 RAIA Gold Medal.  She was Adjunct Professor Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney 1998-2005 and a member of the Northern Territory Urban Design Advisory Panel (2009-2010).  She is currently a member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel and the Randwick City Council + Waverley Council SEPP65 Design Review Panel.

Peter Mould is the NSW Government Architect. He is a member of the NSW Heritage Council, the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Sydney Opera House Trust Conservation Council, the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel, is Deputy President of the NSW Architects Registration Board and chairs Design Review Panels for the Sydney Olympic Park and the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation. He is currently Visiting Professor to the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW.


For further information:

Vanessa Duscio, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7678 /

Christopher Wynton, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7836 /


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