1933 – 2022
The Australian Institute of Architects is saddened to hear of the passing of Hugh O’Neill AO, earlier this month.
Over his life, Hugh made an incredible contribution to Australian architectural education, and fostered strong relationships between Australia and the Asian region.
He is remembered fondly by his students at Melbourne University, through his teaching on design and Asian architecture.
Hugh O’Neill remains a seminal figure for many who graduated from the University of Melbourne Architecture School. By opening our eyes to the world of design, Hugh allowed us see that great architecture is not a question of style but rather one of ideas… clear, simple ideas. The lessons learned during the intense first-year design studio influenced and informed the careers of more architects than Hugh, in his humble manner, would have ever imagined or would acknowledge.
With each design problem Hugh challenged our design sensibilities in ways both unexpected and stimulating. By leading us in new directions Hugh gently guided us towards achieving complex and rich responses to the design issues at hand.
In addition, Hugh tweaked our intellectual curiosity by offering seminars on a variety of cultures beyond the shores of Australia.
His is a lasting legacy indeed.
Hugh, thank you.
– Grant Marani FRAIA, International Chapter Councillor
The Institute extends condolences to Hugh’s family, friends and colleagues.
A University of Melbourne citation written about Hugh O’Neill, can be found here.