Vale Anthony (Tony) Cooper FRAIA

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Anthony (Tony) Cooper 1934-2024, who was one of our first members of the ACT Chapter (member no.04) and remained a continuous member for 64 years. Tony became a Fellow in 1970 and served as ACT Chapter President in 1976-1977.

Graduating from Sydney University, Tony set up a practice in Canberra in 1968 named Anthony Cooper and Associates and completed many projects for the ANU as well as other public and private projects including the Embassy of Mexico with Terrazas de la Pena (1982), the Chancery for Brazil (1984), and Goodwin Village Monash (1994). Tony, alongside Eric Cooper, designed the Quakers Meeting House in Turner in 1960, pictured here.

Having received several notes from colleagues, friends, and associates of Tony, it is very clear that he was a person with a beautiful character. He has been described as a true gentleman, a person with high standards and scrupulous honesty, someone you could lean on for advice, and a man with an impish sense of humour.

We send our condolences to Tony’s wife, Judy, their three children and four grandchildren.

We hope to provide some further information on Tony’s work soon. We’d love to here from you if you had the opportunity to work with him and might know more about his buildings.

Quakers Meeting House by Tony Cooper | Photo courtesy of William Leeson (Philip Leeson Architects)

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