The Australian Institute of Architects would like to take the opportunity to send our condolences to the family and friends of the late Robert Shand FRAIA.

Rob Shand has been a Practising Architect for more than sixty years – since graduating in South Africa in 1955. He worked in Zambia and London, before coming to Australia in 1961. Since then, he has worked for Parry & Rosenthal, Silver Fairbrother, Margaret Feilman, Howard Bonner, Atkinson & Shand through to 1980, and then as a sole Practitioner until his retirement in 2016.

In addition to being a founding member of the Small Practice Group (SPG), Rob enthusiastically participated in activities peculiar to the WA Chapter of the AIA, quietly contributing to many Institute committees and panels. He was also a foundation member of Archicentre WA bringing to the profession a clientele which might not otherwise consider the engagement of Registered Architects.

Rob passed away peacefully on 6 of January 2024. For those who would like to attend Rob’s funeral, please see more information at the link provided.

We’d like to thank Mr. Ian Dewar LFRAIA, for kindly updating the Institute. And for providing us with his heartfelt eulogy, which can be read in full here:


The Architect

“Too late the Architect cried from afar
Too late arrived the webinar
To tell him how to stop
To lose the lead and shut up shop
What to do with all his schemes
No one wants them, so it seems
Sketches, drawings, everything
Will no doubt end up “en bin”
Unless Mitchell’s alternative
Gives them a chance to live
Hung upon someone’s wall
For people to sigh and go ‘AH!
That Architect could have gone far’.”

– Robert Shand FRAIA, 2016

Robert Shand, Zambia 1950's (provided by Mr. Ian Dewar LFRAIA)

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