ACT Chapter’s 2023 Fellows and Life Fellow Announced

Congratulations to the ACT Chapter’s newest Fellowship recipients — Dean McPherson, Shoba Cole, Jane Cassidy and Sander de Vries — who were announced at the EOY Celebration last Thursday.

Fellowship is awarded by the Institute to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession and architecture practice. We extend a sincere thank you to these members for all they contribute to our community.

In addition to the Fellow announcements, Dr Eugenie Keefer Bell was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Institute in recognition of her significant contribution to the advancement of architecture and design.


Eugenie is an American-Australian architecture and design academic and writer, and an artist, notably in the area of jewellery.

Eugenie moved to Australia in 1981, where she spent 5 years working in Tasmania, and then in Perth, in tertiary art and design education. Eugenie moved to Canberra in 2001 and became an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design, where she taught students in the areas of architectural design and history and environmental design. She has been described as an accessible, motivating and innovative academic who encourages and demonstrates the pursuit of excellence at all levels of education and professional practice.

Eugenie was the Head of Design and Architecture in 2012 – 2013. In 2014, Eugenie was the ACT Awards Jury Chair.

Eugenie has a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the San Diego State University-California State University, and a PhD in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Western Australia.

In addition to her work in education, Eugenie has contributed significantly to the architectural profession through literature. She has had many articles published, including in Architecture Australia and Houses magazines.

Eugenie has held solo exhibits in Australia, Japan and the USA. Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Western Australia, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences USA, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has been the recipient of several Australia Council grants and fellowships for her creative practice, has been published widely on crafts, design and architecture.

Eugenie has been an active member of the ACT Chapter and contributed to our education committee for many years, acting as a bridge between the university and the Institute. She is greatly loved by many local architects who were fortunate to have her as an educator when studying at the University of Canberra.

In retirement, Eugenie continues to contribute to and promote art, architecture and design in our city.

Fellowship Recipients Dean McPherson, Shoba Cole and Jane Cassidy
Life Fellowship Recipient, Dr Eugenie Keefer Bell

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