Vale Stephen Brooke

Stephen Brooke   Dip Arch. (SAIT) M. Arch (MIT) FRAIA – A professional legacy.

‘ As an architect I can create things. Occasionally one is blessed with the achievement of something good or even great – the creation of architecture. That is the aim and that is why I am what I am.’     

Stephen, as a student back in the 1960s was always the professional.  Younger students and his peers came to marvel and admire his design and presentation prowess which became legendary in its own right. 

1964 was Stephen’s final year of Architectural study at the South Australian Institution of Technology  (now University of South Australia.)  He graduated and subsequently won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Silver Medal, the highest accolade awarded to a student in Australia.

This honour led to further awards including a Fulbright Grant which saw Stephen travel to the United States where he studied and achieved a Masters Degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Upon his return he joined the newly formed Architectural team of S.A.I.T. tasked with the planning and development of The Levels Campus at Mawson Lakes .  Among his many achievements there were the Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering buildings. 

1974 was a time of change and Stephen joined Rodney Roach and John Walter as partners in the commencement of the architectural practice which continues today. 

1981 saw the practice change name to a company, and became the current Walter Brooke & Associates Pty Ltd.  Stephen retired from the practice in 1995.

Stephen’s commitment and professionalism was fundamental to its success and he leaves an Architectural legacy to the State, including 17 years as a member of ACA, the Association of Consulting Architects. 

Just a few of his many notable Architectural achievements are:

      the Signals Institute – Mawson Campus of Uni of SA.,

      the Admin buildings – Flinders University

      the Mark Oliphant complex – (Science Park) now Flinders University

      the Wine Science Institute – Waite Campus, Uni. of Adelaide

Most of all however, will be the lasting memory of his friendship and professional integrity amongst his colleagues and peers. 

We are all visitors to this time, this place.

We are just passing through.

Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home.

(Aboriginal proverb)

Vale Stephen.  A career of notable achievement  (well lived ).   

19.11.1940  –   22.02.2020