Australia Day Honours reward service to architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects congratulates Life Fellows Mrs Louise Cox AM and Professor Richard Johnson MBE, Fellows Scientia Professor Deo Karan Prasad and Mr John Chandler and former Fellow Mr Peter Muller on their receipt of Australia Day Honours.

Mrs Louise Cox AM was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to architecture as a practitioner, through executive roles with international professional organisations, and to architectural education and heritage conservation’. Mrs Cox was presented the 2013 National President’s Prize by then President, Shelley Penn, for her contributions to the Institute and the industry for over fifty years.

Professor Richard Johnson MBE was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to architecture, particularly the design of iconic Australian public buildings, to the visual arts and the museum and galleries sector, and to professional associations’. In 2008, Prof Johnson was awarded the Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honour for his exceptional body of work and contribution to the profession.

Scientia Professor Deo Karan Prasad was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to architecture, particularly in the field of sustainable urban design, as an academic and researcher, and to the solar renewable energy sector’. Prof Prasad was the 2006 winner of the Institute’s Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize recognising an outstanding contribution in architectural education in one or more areas of: teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement in both the higher education and wider community forums.

Former Institute Fellow, Mr Peter Neil Muller was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to architecture, to the adaptation and preservation of Indigenous design and construction, and to the integration of the built and environmental landscape’. Mr Muller is highly regarded for his works in NSW and overseas, in particular throughout the Pan-Pacific region.

Victorian Fellow Mr John Chandler was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia ‘for service to local government and to the City of Stonnington’.