Thursday 18 March 2010
“THE Gold Medal is the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest accolade. It recognizes distinguished service by Australian architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture, or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner.
Lindsay and Kerry Clare have made an enormous contribution to the advancement of architecture and particularly sustainable architecture, with a strong held belief that good design and sustainable design are intrinsically linked. Since starting practice in 1979, Kerry and Lindsay were key to pioneering the regional style associated with the Sunshine Coast. They are widely regarded for projects that display contextual sensitivity, clarity of design and environmentally sustainable principles.
Their projects have won prestigious awards, including 28 State and National awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for housing, public, educational, commercial and recycling projects.
In the mid 1990s, Lindsay and Kerry left their office on the Sunshine Coast, and joined the NSW Government Architects Office as Design Directors. In five years they achieved many urban design successes and made an impact with buildings such as the No 1 Fire Station in Sydney City. Since that time they have been Design Directors with Architectus. Here they have produced a highly significant cultural building, winning the design competition for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), in Brisbane.
Major awards include the 2008 AIA Queensland Public Architecture Award for the University of Sunshine Coast Chancellery, the 2007 RAIA National Public Architecture Award for the GOMA and the RAIA Robin Boyd Award in 1992 and 1995. The recently presented 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture (Queensland State Awards) for the White Residence, designed while in practice with Ian Mitchell, is a testament to the quality and longevity of their work.
The essence of the Clare design philosophy comes through in the GoMA, where simplicity, light and spatial qualities combine to produce a timeless building which will serve the public well into the future.
Kerry is a member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel, providing advice on public and private developments to maintain high standards of urban design. She also serves on the Design Review Panel (SEPP 65) for Randwick and Waverley Councils where she assists in the review of development applications, assessing their contribution to urban design, environmental, social and aesthetic issues. Kerry was also a National Awards Juror in 2004.
Kerry and Lindsay Clare are highly respected and contributing members of the architectural profession. They have been actively associated with the Institute, participating on a number of committees. They have always been willing to give time to furthering architectural education and were Adjunct Professors to the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney from 1998 to 2005.
Their great body of work has demonstrated an appropriate environmental response, developing the concepts of efficient low energy sustainable solutions decades before legislation made it mandatory. Their Cotton Tree social housing project was selected as one of ten worldwide for inclusion in the “Ten Shades of Green” exhibition in New York: an exhibition demonstrating architectural excellence and environmental sensibility organised by the Architectural league of New York. In 1996, this project received the RAIA Multiple Housing Award and the National Environment Citation. In 2001 they received the Energy Efficiency Award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia for the National Environment Centre.
Their work has been included in more than 150 national and international books, periodicals and publications. They are exhibited widely, with exhibitions of their work having been held in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and in the 1991 and 2008 Venice Biennale, the1996 Milan Triennale and the 1996 UIA Congress Barcelona. The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane is included in the Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture. The Australian Institute of Architects recognises and honours Kerry and Lindsay Clare as the 2010 recipients of the Gold Medal.”
2010 Gold Medal jury: Melinda Dodson (Chair), Howard Tanner, Professor Ken Maher, Sue Phillips, Professor Gordon Holden. The Gold Medal is proudly sponsored by the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner, BlueScope Steel.
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