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Life Fellows & Fellows

Life Fellowship is awarded to members who is a Fellow of the Institute and who, in the opinion of the National Council, has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship. Life Fellow is the highest honour class of RAIA membership available to members practising architecture.

Fellowship is awarded to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice. Each nomination requires the endorsement of two voting members and the Chapter Council.

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2021 NSW Life Fellows

About the 2021 LIFE FELLOW Recipients

Peter Kemp, LFRAIA

Peter Kemp’s contribution to the field of architectural practice and education, has directly assisted numerous graduates to become registered architects, especially within regional NSW. He has also contributed more broadly to the field of architectural practice through his long-standing service to the Australian institute of architects.

Not one to seek public acknowledgement, Peter has selflessly volunteered his time and expertise for a period of over 20 years, while maintaining full time employment in a number of well-known architectural firms and running his own consultancy in health facility architecture.

From 2006 to 2018 peter convened the practice of architecture learning series course (pals) in Newcastle. making the course available locally to Newcastle and other regionally based graduates, saved them the time and expense of traveling to Sydney to undertake their studies for registration.

Peter served on the Newcastle chapter committee (later the Newcastle division) from 2007 to 2019, including as its chair from 2016 to 2019. During the institute’s structural changes of 2015 and 2016, peter sat on the regional taskforce for the new south wales chapter, put in place to address these changes and ensure that the Newcastle and New South Wales country membership maintained their voice within the institute.

Peter’s membership of the practice committee from 2011 to 2015, and his ongoing service as a senior counsellor since 2010, has seen his expertise in the field of architectural practice continue to be generously put into the service of the institute and its membership.

Peter Kemp is a worthy recipient of an Australian institute of architects Life Fellowship.


Alex Popov graduated from the royal danish academy of fine art, Denmark in 1971 and worked for Henning Larsen and Jørn Utzon before returning to Australia and establishing Alex Popov architects pty ltd in 1983, now known as Popovbass (2007).

Since then, some 38 years later, Alex has applied his design skills to many and varied projects. He established the practices’ highly regarded reputation with a focus on single family and multi-residential developments. The consistently high quality and accomplishment of his completed projects has seen success in several design competitions and has received numerous major awards from the Australian institute of architects, including several Wilkinson awards and the Robin Boyd award.

Alex is an architect well known for his late 20th century modern style and has produced some of the country’s most remarkable private houses and, increasingly, multi-residential developments. all of which, as Popov puts it, “take possession of the earth” in an unabashedly robust manner.’

Alex has been linked to the “new wave” of architects who have applied the principles of Scandinavian architecture to create an increasingly distinctive body of work in Australia. While a practising director at Popovbass he regularly carries out in-house architecture talks to students of architecture, mentoring the next generation of architects.

Who we are, is influenced by our past and who we become, leaves a legacy for future generations to emulate. Alex Popov’s influential past, his award winning Australian contemporary architecture and his legacy as an architect, makes him an outstanding recipient of an Australian institute of architects life fellowship.


Over a period of 30 years of practice, Kathlyn Loseby has shown her acumen for leadership with senior appointments in leading practices, focussed on practice management, sustainability and change management, as well as major projects.

Since 2016 her significant contribution to the profession through appointments within the institute, as both an elected councillor, and more recently as chapter president, have profoundly shaped the way in which our profession and the institute are considered within government and industry.

Kathlyn presided over a period of immense regulatory change in NSW, and through extraordinary service, personal commitment, and sheer determination she advocated on behalf of the profession in parliamentary and government circles, elevating the profession as a trusted advisor, desirous of high quality, built environment outcomes.

Her service has also included an ongoing role as an assessor for both the NSW architectural registration board & the architects accreditation council of Australia, time as a juror and chair to the institute’s prizes  and a series of lectures & talks for industry bodies around architectural practice.

Kathlyn continues to advocate for high quality outcomes within the built environment through her

appointment as CEO of the architects accreditation council of Australia.

Kathlyn Loseby is an exceptional recipient of and Australian institute of architects life fellowship and embodies the principles of advocacy through her dedicated service to the architectural profession.

rachel neeson, LFRAIA

Rachel’s contribution to the architectural profession and the built environment throughout her career has been immense. not only building a thriving practice with her collaborators, Nick Murcutt and Stephen Neille, but consistently producing high quality, unique and innovative design responses across a variety of sectors and typologies.

The work of her practice has been consistently acknowledged by the industry as evidenced by the many significant awards recognising the quality of Rachel’s work. notably the work of Neeson Murcutt + Neille has received the highest Australian institute of architects awards at a national level, including the Robin Boyd award for the best residential project in Australia (Castlecrag house, 2011), the Walter Burley Griffin award for urban design (Prince Alfred Park and pool, 2014), national awards for public architecture (Prince Alfred park and pool and the Juanita Nielsen community centre), heritage architecture (Juanita Nielsen community centre) and residential architecture (Zac’s house and whale beach house).

Rachel is also an educator, who over many years has consistently contributed to the development of students of architecture through her involvement with the schools of architecture throughout new south wales. Rachel is currently the professor of practice at the university of new south wales and serves on the city of Sydney design advisory panel. Rachel has presented many lectures, been widely published and contributed to furthering Australian architecture on the international stage through her involvement with the Venice biennale over several years.

Rachel’s dedication to the profession through her contributions to education and design showcases her professional success and personal attributes, making her an extremely deserving recipient of an Australian institute of architects prestigious life fellowship.

Olivia Hyde, LFRAIA

Olivia Hyde has made a significant contribution to the built environment of new south wales and to the wider profession through her work with the government architect new south wales (GANSW), the university of Sydney and in architectural practice.

In her role with the government architect, Olivia was integral to transitioning the office from design production to strategic advisory. The GANSW is now at the forefront of policy research and production, with a suite of documents and guidelines that are used by all tiers of government and the industry to promote good design of the built environment.

As the GANSW director of design excellence, Olivia leads the development of policies and programs to support design quality in the built environment across the state. she also leads the state design review panel, providing independent design advice to government on major projects in NSW.

Prior to joining the government architect NSW, Olivia was a senior practice director at BVN architects in Sydney, where she led a number of award-winning projects including the Marrickville library and pavilion and, Taronga zoo upper entry precinct. Olivia also worked for foster and partners in Hong Kong and London, and briefly ran her own practice in Malaysia.

In addition to practice, Olivia has maintained a long affiliation with academia, both locally and internationally. She was the Oberdick fellow at university of Michigan, a sessional design studio tutor at the university of Sydney for many years, currently a professor of practice at the university of Sydney and has been a contributor to ‘architecture Australia’ magazine for over 15 years.

The breadth of Olivia’s contribution to the discipline of architecture and to the profession in new south wales makes her a worthy recipient of an Australian institute of architects life fellowship.

Agi Sterling, LFRAIA

Agi Sterling has made a sustained contribution to the betterment of the profession over many decades. Her tireless efforts to support the continued professional development of practitioners through the Sydney east architects network, the Australian institute of architects and association of consulting architects (aca), has raised the professionalism of architecture.

Agi’s commitment to communicating the value of architecture is evidenced through her involvement and leadership as national vice-president of the aca, branch president of aca NSW/act, founder and chair of the Sydney east architects group, former chair of the institute’s NSW practice committee and current chair of the NSW cpd committee. Agi is also director of sterling architects, the successful architectural practice she has run in eastern Sydney for over 20 years.

Agi’s generosity is boundless and passion to mentor emerging practitioners, inspirational. Her commitment to gender equality is exemplified through ongoing efforts to establish systems of work that provide flexibility for parents with young children. Her ability to connect networks and build relationships is outstanding and has enabled sharing and leveraging of expert knowledge among all levels of practice. she is professionally and personally invested in the profession, but equally committed to good quality residential design and to ensuring long term sustainable outcomes for built environments.

Agi is a contemporary role model for many professionals who see her interest in well-being, lack of egotism, inventive approach to work-life balance in practice, strong ethical compass, values based approach, and commitment to betterment of the profession as inspirational.

Agi sterling’s elevation to life fellow is in recognition of her exemplary service to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

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Joe Agius, LFRAIA

Joe Agius is a past Institute NSW Chapter President (2013-14) and an award-winning architect for numerous projects. He remains an inaugural member of the ‘Architects Male Champions of Change’ (established by the NSW Chapter), and was a NSW Chapter Councillor (2010-12), Jury Chair of the student awards (2010-11), Chapter awards committee (2013-14), and a member of built environment committee (2011-14).

Joe has been a member of the NSW Minister for Finance & Services, business advisory group (2013-14), and a Board Member of the NSW Architects Registration Board (2015-16), and currently sits on the Deans Advisory Board to UTS and Canberra University.

Joe has been a Director of COX since 2006, and is part of the national practice’s group driving strategic direction, as well as being a Principal Design Director of the Sydney office.

He has won numerous awards for sustainability including the 2007 Canberra Medallion (AIS Aquatic Centre), and 2012 Institute’s National Award (Adelaide studios) among many others.

Assoc Prof Melonie Bayl-Smith, LFRAIA

Melonie Bayl-Smith is a long-standing contributor to the Institute as Chapter Councillor from 2015-2017, and her contributions to many Institute committees in NSW. As an outspoken, driven and respected leader, Melonie is admired in her role as Director of BIJL Architecture. Under her direction, BIJL Architecture focuses on inventive and imaginative problem solving and continuous learning through research.

Melonie has been a Board member for the Architects Registration Board of NSW since 2017, an LEP Assessor and has been an examiner for NSW ARB’s APE part 3 since 2007. Simultaneously, Melonie has made a great contribution to architectural teaching in Universities across NSW, and in her current role as Associate Professor of Practice, with the University of NSW.

Melonie has received many awards, including the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and the Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity prize.

Full of creativity, Melonie believes in the potential of architecture to influence and change how people live. Through her involvement and commitment to many facets of the profession and the community, Melonie demonstrates her advocacy for improved engagement and involvement of women in the building industry.

Camilla Block, LFRAIA

Camilla is one of three Directors at Durbach Block Jaggers (DBJ) Architects. Along with partners Neil durbach and David Jaggers, Durbach Block Jaggers has established itself as one of Australia’s most important design-based architectural firms. They are in many respects “the architect’s architects.” Each of their new projects is highly anticipated and they are extremely influential on contemporary architectural directions in the country.

Camilla joined Neil Durbach in practice in 1992, establishing Durbach Block Architects in 1998. Camilla worked as the Project Architect on the Droga apartment (completed 1998) which received the Institute’s Robin Boyd award for housing and the Leslie Wilkinson award for housing (NSW), which they have won on multiple occasions.

2014, Camilla received an honorary appointment as adjunct Professor from UTS: University of technology, faculty design architecture and building.

In 2020, along with John Wardle architects, DBJ were awarded the NSW architecture medallion, the Sir Arthur G Stephenson award for commercial architecture and the John Verge award for interior architecture for Phoenix Central Park.


Shaun Carter was the Institute’s NSW Chapter President 2015-2017, Chair of the NSW Chapter’s publication ‘Architecture Bulletin’ 2013-2015, a Board member and National Councillor 2015-2017 and the NSW Chapter Emerging Architect in 2014.

Shaun continues to contribute in many ways including: as an ARB Board member; Sydney Architecture Festival contributor, NSW Chapter committee member, and coconvenor of the 2019 regional architecture conference: ‘Always was, always will be’. 

Shaun’s long-held affiliation and active engagement with the Institute’s NSW country division, his design collaboration with other architecture practices and disciplines (engineering, art, landscape, stakeholder, community), University tutorial work and public advocacy for architecture, urban design, heritage and design excellence are further examples of his exemplary contribution.

Shaun is the Principal of Carter Williamson architects, a practice that has won the Institute’s NSW Chapter architecture award (cowshed 2013) and sustainability award (2013), numerous commendatons and further ‘Houses awards’, the Marrickville Medal, Dulux colour awards, Inde awards and the Australian Interior Design awards.

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Darrel Conybeare, LFRAIA

Darrel Conybeare is a renowned architect and urban designer. He worked in the USA with numerous practices, including the office of Ray and Charles Eames as the project Design Director on the national fisheries centre. Upon returning to Australia he worked for several practices before establishing Planning Workshop pty ltd in 1971 where he practised as an architect and urban designer for 10 years. Notable works include the Masterplan and public domain of ADFA campus in Canberra, ACT and the Geelong Growth Centre, VIC.

Darrell is a founding Director of Connybeare Morrison (1980), where he made a significant contribution to the shaping of Sydney. Notable projects include project sunrise Masterplan to redevelop Darling Harbour, garden island modernisation plan (1982). 

In 1984 Darrel won the the Institute’s Ideas competition to upgrade Circular Quay, was involved in the Masterplanning and architecture for Luna Park in 1989-91, and was invited to be part of the organising committee of the Sydney Olympic Games to prepare the Masterplan for the site at Homebush in 1995.

Darrel and Conybeare Morrison Fellow Director, Bill Morrison, expanded their practice in 1990 to include landscape with ‘context landscape design, where they were commissioned to prepare numerous Masterplans for Sydney motorways and links.,

Kim Crestani, LFRAIA

Kim Crestani established her practice, Order Architects, in 1984, one of only six architectural practices appointed to design the Newington Village for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Order Architects has also received numerous architectural awards and commendations including the restoration of many of Parramatta’s significant buildings such as Barrack Lane and Bakers Mews.

Within the public sector, Kim has been the Director of Architecture at Sydney Metro, Principal Manager of Architecture and Station Precincts for the North West Rail Link, and City Architect at Parramatta City Council, to name a few. She has also been engaged as a highly respected design review panel member for most of Sydney’s major infrastructure projects.

Her appointment to the GA NSW, pilot NSW State Design Review Panel, further cements her track record on major projects. Kim has also been entrusted by the NSW Premier, as a member of the NSW Nation Building and Jobs Plan Taskforce, to assist in the stimulus package initiated by the Federal Government.

In 2006, Kim was awarded the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin prize, and to recognise the contribution of women architects in NSW. She was also the recipient of the alumni award at UTS’s design, architecture and building faculty in 2016.


Kevin Debnam, LFRAIA

Kevin Debnam was actively involved with the Institute for over 30 years, as a member of the Country Division committee, as well as operating a successful practice, Teilion Architects in Albury, with his partner Rob Simmons. Kevin was Chair of the Institute’s Country Division from 1994 -1997 (2 terms) and was then Treasurer from 1998 until his retirement from the committee.

Since finishing as a committee member, Kevin has undertaken compiling the country division history, making available historic documents, photographs, seminars and newsletters from its inception in 1960. 

Teilion Architecture has operated for over 30 years since its establishment in 1986. During this time, the practice has completed many successful projects in Southern NSW and Northern Victoria. These include commercial club renovations and extensions over many stages, baker motors, Albury railway station and Corowa Civic Centre to name a few.

Kevin retired from the business in 2016 and has since operated as Kevin Debnam Architect, undertaking smaller projects, and continuing his association with Defence and RMS projects. 


Neil Durback, LFRAIA

Since winning a design competition with Harry Levine for the new wing at Tusculum, home of the Insititute’s NSW Chapter in 1983, Neil Durbach has assembled a portfolio of work that has consistently been recognized by his architectural peers with awards at the highest level.

Neil Durback graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1978 and moved to Australia along with Partners Camilla Block and David Jaggers. 

His firm of Durback Block Jaggers has established itself as one of Australia’s most important design-based architectural firms. DBJ have won the Institute’s Robin Boyd Award (national) and Leslie Wilkinson Award (NSW) for residential architecture three times.

Neil has regularly taught and tutored Architectural Design at Sydney schools of architecture, and in 2005 was made an adjunct Professor at the University of NSW. He has lectured, exhibited, judged awards and been published both nationally and internationally. In 2008, he co-curated the Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale with the theme ‘abundant’.

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Richard Francis-Jones, LFRAIA

Richard is a Founding Partner of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), which has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading, innovative design firms working throughout Australia and internationally.

As Design Director, Richard has led the design of a formidable body of highly acclaimed and international award-winning work, including being awarded the prestigious World Building of the Year award, the Institute’s Jorn Utzon award, the RIBA International award, the NZ Architecture Medal, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, and the Sir John Sulman Medallion.

Richard is a considered and reflective design thinker, one of those architects whose practice is informed by theory but determinedly not theory-driven. While he has a refined approach to contemporary design, his buildings are distinctly realised and their contribution to the public realm is never passive.

Richard’s deep knowledge of architectural and design history is always applied in a way that establishes a clear spatial signature while still responding attentively to site, program client and community.

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Abbie Galvin, LFRAIA

Abbie Galvin, a long-standing contributor to the Institute, has been a NSW Chapter Councillor (2010-11), a state visiting panel member for the University course accreditations (2010-14), a member of the Institute’s national committee competitions policy (2016), and the Institute’s national taskforce to review and restructure the State and National Architectural Awards in 2013.

Abbie has been a member of many boards (BVN Board, NSW architects registration Board) and design review panels (the inaugural NSW state design review panel, design advisory panel to the Sydney Opera House, UNSW campus design advisory panel, and University of Newcastle strategic advisory panel. Abbie is the recipient of many awards and always credits the team at BVN as a collective for these results. She has been an active member of many design juries, Institute national awards, NSW Institute Chair award (2014), along with numerous others.

Abbie conceived and led the public program for the Museum of Sydney’s inaugural “Sydney Open” in 1997. This important public program is now a successful annual event run by the Historic Houses Trust. Abbie has considerable project experience in the delivery of major public and urban design projects in Australia and internationally.

Abbie has transitioned to the NSW Government architect as the first female in its 200 year history.

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Jocelyn Jackson, LFRAIA

A pioneer for women in leadership positions in practice, Jocelyn Jackson has been a Director of Tanner Architects, and now TKD Architects, for close to thirty years.

Her talent for architecture was highly awarded as a student, and over her career she has prepared an impressive portfolio with strengths in urban and architectural design in the sectors of education, commercial, community, institutions, residential and adaptive re-use. 

Always striving for excellence, this continuous body of quality work demonstrates a consistent energy and capacity to push boundaries and experiment with new concepts.

Jocelyn’s work is particularly impressive considering her tireless mentorship and advocacy for an architectural culture.

Recognised as a leader and specialist beyond our profession, Jocelyn’s voice on decision making Boards for the Institutions and client bodies, has ensured the thoughtful consideration and championship of good design for the built environment.

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Virginia Kerridge, LFRAIA

Virginia Kerridge formed her own studio in Australia in 1995. The practice is renowned for its design of contemporary housing projects of diverse scale, that integrate cleverly conceived interiors with innovative exterior spaces.

Virginia tutored in design for the Bachelor of Architecture at the University of NSW, and in 2018 was a design tutor for the Master of Architecture also at the University of NSW. Virginia was selected on the jury for the National Institute awards 2014 and the houses awards jury in 2016.

Virginia has been as a guest lecturer at the Abedian school of Architecture (QLD) 2018; Brickworks double speaking series, 2019 and the ASIA Pacific architecture festival, Brisbane 2020.

Over the past 25 years Virginia’s practice has regularly received awards for design excellence from her peers, including numerous residential and interior architecture awards from the Institute and houses awards. Her work has been widely published in architectural journals both locally and internationally including Architecture Australia, Monument, Marie Claire, Vogue Living, Belle, Country NSW Architectural Digest and more.

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Annabel Lahz, LFRAIA

Annabel Lahz is a distinguished architect with a substantial body of built work, and she is recognised by her peers for her significant contribution to the architecture profession through regular invitations to speak at conferences, as well as participating on a variety of award and review panels.

Annabel is known for her strong conviction to the built environment facilitating appropriate cultural and societal experiences. architecture, Annabel says “should be tactile as well as visual.” As one of the two inaugurating Directors of Lahz Nimmo, Annabel’s practice has won numerous awards and commendations at both the NSW and national level.

Lahz Nimmo architects are recognised for their contribution to architecture, urban design and sustainability. Their work ranges from public to private residential and commercial projects. Among the design excellence awards received by Lahz Nimmo is the Walter Burley Griffin award for urban design in 2009 and 2016, the highest urban design award offered by the Institute.

Annabel was the youngest award winner of the RAIA Queensland Chapter, Robin Dods Award for outstanding domestic architecture in 1990, and has thereafter remained a driving force in the architectural profession.


Wendy has been engaged in architectural projects for 27 years since founding her practice Wendy Lewin architect in 1993. She began her career at Ancher Mortlock and Woolley Architects (1979) and was Associate Director, (1983-86). Wendy then co-founded Lewin Tzannes Architects in 1986. As Director, she was in charge of numerous residential and commercial commissions, taking particular interest in material refinement and detailing of architectural components, including furniture elements.

Wendy and Glen Murcutt were co-designers of the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Centre (with Reg Lark), their own house in Mosman, the Education Centre for the University of Wollongong, and Lightning Ridge Opal and Fossil Museum. Both are known for their exceptionally fine pen and pencil drawings. Wendy has a long-term involvement in architectural education and her emphasis on materiality and ‘making’ are noteworthy. Her two-fold expertise as practitioner and educator underpins her recent appointment as a member to the advisory committee for Master’s degree design program, sustainability stream at the University of Sydney.

Wendy has contributed actively to the profession, serving as a jury member for Institute Chapter awards, and mentoring young architects. Since 2004, in her role as a Founding member of the Australian Architectural Association (AAA), Wendy has made an important contribution to promoting architectural discipline. 


Andrea Nield, LFRAIA

Andrea Nield founded Emergency Architecture Australia (EAA) in 2005 after meeting Patrick Colombel, the Founder and President of L’architecture D’urgence in Villers Bretonneux. Patrick believes emergency architecture is a very professional discipline, where each phase of response in an emergency must be rigorously developed with local people. 

In Sumatra, after the tsunami, EAA designed and built 200 houses for the Australian Red Cross at Sigli, and after a tsunami in the Solomon Islands, designed and assisted with the building of a prototype high school which is now being replicated. In 2008 Andrea was awarded the Marion Mahony award and in 2010 was made a Fellow of the Institute.

Andrea was approached by the Narbethong community to assist in the rebuilding of the Narbethong community hall, destroyed in the Black Friday fires of 2009. She engineered the appointment of bvn in a probono arrangement. The community hall subsequently won an Institute national award for public architecture.

From 2013 to 2019 Andrea was Professor of Architecture (practice) at the University of Newcastle. In 2013, Andrea was appointed the NT Government Architect, where she worked with aboriginal art centres and on the National Indigenous Gallery in Alice Springs. She has also worked to expand architectural relations between Indonesia and Australia.

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Andrew Nimmo, LFRAIA

Andrew Nimmo is a long-standing contributor to the Institute as a NSW Chapter Councillor for eight years (2012-2020), and as NSW Chapter President in 2017-2018. Andrew currently represents the Institute as a Board member of the NSW architect’s registration Board.

Andrew is one of the inaugurating principals of Lahz Nimmo architects, an award-winning practice recognised for their contribution to architecture, urban design and sustainability. Their work ranges from public (community centres, libraries, universities, schools, public housing and public domain projects), to private residential and commercial projects. Among the design excellence awards received by Lahz Nimmo, is the Walter Burley Griffin award for urban design in 2009 and 2016, the highest urban design award offered by the Institute.

Andrew is a talented art critic and architectural journalist, with a long list of published articles. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, a position he has held since 2011.

Andrew regularly sits on design excellence juries, is part of award juries for the RAIA and provides peer review for Sydney University and the Sydney Olympic Park authority.

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Dr Kirsten Orr is a long standing contributor to the Institute, having served as Chapter Councillor on two occasions, a member of multiple committees, the Chair of NSW member services, and Chair (2015-16).

Kirsten started her career in architectural practice working first for Crawford Partners (1995-1998), and then as a sole practitioner (1998-2009). It was at this time that Kirsten achieved registration through the NSW Architects Registration Board, and maintained her registration throughout her career.

Kirsten has demonstrated significant leadership of the profession from her academic positions as Dean of the School of Technology, Environment and Design at the University of Tasmania (2016-18), Associate Professor and Head of School and Course Director, Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Design in Architecture, at the University of Technology Sydney (1999-2015).

Kirsten has been the Chair of six (6) accreditation review panels, to accredit Australian and New Zealand architecture programs under the APAP from 2007-2018. Kirsten is now the Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board, a role to which she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.


Peter Poulet, LFRAIA

As the 23rd Government Architect of NSW, Peter Poulet led the transition of the Government Architect’s office from production to strategic policy. This was not an easy transition and at the time, was treated with a degree of dismay by the architectural profession.

The Government architect’s office had an esteemed position and legacy of 200 years of quality and influential built work. However, the transition to strategic policy has arguably saved the office from extinction and irrelevance, and Peter understood better than most the need for change. The office is now at the forefront of policy research and production, with a suite of documents and guidelines that are used by all tiers of Government and the industry to promote good design of the built environment.

Peter had been building toward this role for much of his professional architectural career. Before becoming Government architect of NSW, Peter was the first state architect of Tasmania and before that worked as Design Director and Assistant Government architect in NSW.

Since leaving the Government architects office, Peter has continued to contribute to design review and education. For the last two years he has acted as Chair of the Institute’s NSW Chapter awards juries. 

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Matthew Pullinger, LFRAIA

Matthew Pullinger is a past President of the Institute’s NSW Chapter and Chair of the editorial committee. Matthew has worked on strategic projects at all scales and in public policy supporting good design in the built environment. As a leader of the profession, Matthew is an advocate for good design in our cities.

While a principal at Hassell, Matthew led a range of projects including the 2040 Master plan for Moore Park in Sydney, a major mixed-use commercial development at Sydney’s Circular Quay, a 40,000 sqm commercial tower at 60 Martin Place, and the Summer Hill flour mill mixed used residential renewal project, also in Sydney.

Earlier in his career, Matthew worked for the NSW department of planning’s urban design advisory service (UDAS) on important urban design projects such as the state Government’s initiatives to lift the design quality of residential apartment development across NSW.

Matthew is an inaugural member of the NSW state design review panel and has recently been appointed as an acting commissioner of the NSW land and environment court.

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Frank Stanisic, LFRAIA

Frank Stanisic has devoted over 40 years of his career to architecture with notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, literature and education.

Frank founded Stanisic Associates in 1990. Since that time, he has produced works across all categories such as residential, commercial, mixed-use, education and interior design. In addition to his varied portfolio, Frank was the Master Planner for the transformation of green square, the largest mixed-use urban renewal project in Sydney, based on a vision of sustainability.

His buildings have won numerous state and national awards including the RAIA NSW Wilkinson Award (2003), Premier’s Prize (2001) and special Jury Prize (2006), Aaron Bolot Award (2008), RAIA National Frederick Romberg Award (2008), as well as many sustainability awards.

Frank has taught in architectural design studio’s over the years at four universities in NSW. He was the Vice-President of the education committee for the Institute’s NSW Chapter. He has been published extensively, both nationally and internationally.

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Ian Stapleton, LFRAIA

Ian Stapleton has devoted over 45 years of his career to architecture, with notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, literature, public service and heritage conservation. Ian has been appointed as a consultant to the NSW Heritage Office, an expert member for the Inner West, Strathfield, Lane Cove and Ryde City Council local planning panel, to name a few.

Ian has carried out and contributed to heritage projects throughout Australia, including the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Walsh Bay redevelopment, the Sydney GPO and officials’ houses at Port Arthur, Tasmania. He has also advocated actively for the profession through his involvement with the Australian Institute of Architects, National Trust of Australia, NSW Heritage Council and Australia ICOMOS as President and members of various advisory committees.

Ian has also been a visiting lecturer at various Sydney schools of architecture and building since 1980. In addition to a long list of state and national architecture awards on his projects, Ian is also the recipient of 1973 Arthur Baldwinson Memorial Prize in architectural history and theory, the 1975 Board of Architects prize, the 1983 RAIA NSW, Adrian Ashton award for architectural journalism and in 2001, the National Trust of Australia, NSW voluntary service medallion.

Ian Stapleton has also published extensively in journals and magazines, as well as multiple books on Australian architectures from the 1980’s to 2010’s.

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Jenna Rowe FRAIA

Jenna graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2011, and since that time has become a leader and significant contributor to architectural design, education and industry improvement. In practice, Jenna is a Principal of her own firm specializing in residential design.

In education, she has taught within and coordinated university programs since 2015, and has contributed to architectural registration education through her involvement in PALS and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Jenna is on her second elected term on the AIA NSW Chapter Council contributing to the Editorial, Education, Heritage and Gender Equity Committees. Her significant industry contribution also extends to chairing the EmAGN committees in both NSW and TAS.

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Belinda Goh FRAIA

Over the past 20 years, Belinda has designed and delivered projects in Australia and internationally, which focus on the creation of quality architecture that responds to the human experience of fans, players and users of sports, entertainment and public assembly buildings. These buildings contribute to the cultural, economic, and sustainable urban fabric and social infrastructure of cities and regions around the world.

She is a regular contributor to the architectural industry as both chair of the (GET) Gender Equity Team and member of the Built Environment Committee and the Sustainability Working Group, as well as contributing to juries and mentoring programs for various industry groups.

As Principal and Project Leader at Populous, Belinda is currently leading an initiative which aims to provide design innovations for inclusion and equity for Women in Sport and Entertainment (W.I.S.E Design).

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Steven Donaghey FRAIA

An active member since 2004, Steven has experience on numerous committees, working groups, and panels, as well as terms as Chapter Councillor and Chair of the Practice Committee. From early participation in the Urban Design Committee, now the Built Environment Committee, Steven transitioned to the Education Committee. Here he led a working group that sought to promote and encourage research links between tertiary institutions and practice. 

As a long-term member of the Practice of Architecture Committee, Steven was integral in the development of the Best in Practice Prize, as well as Safety in Design guidelines. Recently he has championed mentoring between students and practice through the LAUNCH initiative between the PoA Committee, EmAGN and SONA.

He has been a juror, guest critic and panellist for numerous advisories and academic events, bringing an all-round understanding of the broader industry, practice and the value of quality architecture. Seven’s continued contribution to the betterment of our industry makes him a worthy Fellowship recipient.

Steven Donaghey

Guy Luscombe FRAIA

Guy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1985 and has over 35 years experience in both private and public practice. For over 15 years he has focussed on design for an increasingly ageing population and is a recognised authority and strong advocate for better design for the aged.  Guy has designed over 40 projects for older people at all levels of need and is currently leading the Australian office for System Architects, a New York based practice.

In 2014 he completed a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship to study innovative architecture for the aged in Europe, entitled “The NANA Project – New Architecture for the New Aged” and recently edited a ‘Dossier’ for Architecture Australia.

He is regular commentator on design for the aged in print and radio and was co-editor of the influential book “Beyond Beige”. He has also tutored and lectured at UTS and UNSW and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars.

Guy Luscombe

Angus Kell FRAIA

Angus is a long-term member of the Institute, and his architectural career has encompassed design practice, development, technical services and manufacturing. Significantly, Angus was NSW / ACT State Manager of Archicentre, where his experience as an architect enabled him to deliver non-core architectural services to a broader customer base whilst using the services of our member architects. In recent years Angus has contributed to various industry bodies as a member including the BCA Reference group, Standards Australia Council, ABCB, Housing NSW Planning Code Working Group and GECA.

A member of the Practice of Architecture Committee for over 10 years, Angus brings expertise and experience across the broad construction industry, and established the framework for Practice to Practice mentoring, as well as the Best in Practice Prize.

With a career encompassing non-core architectural markets, Angus’s diversity of roles in private, corporate and not-for-profit sectors has allowed him to be a mentor and trusted advisor across the industry.

Angus Kell

Iftekhar Abdullah FRAIA

Iftekhar originally studied in Bangladesh, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1984 and spending the next ten years contributing to the built environment and communities in Bangladesh through his work on significant social and public projects.

Iftekhar continued his studies at the University of Sydney, receiving his Masters in Urban Design in 1993. Exploring Urban Design further, Iftekhar subsequently worked throughout Asia on numerous significant projects, including the Establishment of Putra Jaya the Administrative City in Malaysia.

Returning to Australia in 2000 Iftekhar dedicated himself to developing his knowledge of Australian architecture and contributing to the development and fostering of ties between the Australian and Bangladeshi design communities. Along with colleagues, Iftekhar established Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA) in 2006, serving as the President and engaging with over 150 members.

Iftekhar has been passionate advocate for the establishment a support network for migrant architects, providing a platform for sharing experiences and promoting diverse design cultures. He has been active in organising exhibitions, lecture series, presentations and academic travel scholarships, fostering a bi-lateral relationship between Australia and Bangladesh.

Iftekhar Abdullah

Robert Graham FRAIA

Rob’s significant contribution to the profession has been as both a senior experienced practitioner for Bates Smart in the delivery of award winning complex projects such as The Kensington Colleges at UNSW and Canberra Airport Hotel as well as in his voluntary service work for the Institute.

Through an important period for the profession where advocacy across issues of building reform, procurement, quality and process have been paramount, Rob’s involvement over a number of years as a key member of the Procurement Taskforce, Design & Building Practitioners Act Workgroup and the Professional Advocacy Committee have been invaluable in providing his time and knowledge to share insights from Industry and develop tools that can benefit the profession.

Rob is a deserving recipient of Fellowship to the Institute and we thank him for his continued service to the profession.

Robert Graham

William Smart FRAIA

William is the Founder and Creative Director of Smart Design Studio. His approach to design is holistic, combining both architectural and interior design with a passionate attention to detail.  His designs have layers of richness and complexity yet maintain elegance and a sense of delight whilst often being described as timeless. Delivering a wide range of projects ranging from large-scale masterplanning, cultural buildings, offices, workplaces to private houses and product design.

William’s design philosophy is “From the exterior, we believe buildings have a duty to contribute positively to the public domain and have a responsibility to respect the environment in which they sit, both in an immediate visual sense and with regard to sustainability, in its broadest, most nuanced understanding.”

William has received international and national awards for architecture, urban design, and interior design. William’s contributions to the architectural profession include participating in numerous juries for architectural design competitions and AIA awards. He has taught and lectured across Australia, published written work, given talks, panel discussions as an active participant in the design community.

William Smart

2020 NSW Fellows

About the 2020 NSW Fellowship Recipients

Callantha Brigham FRAIA

Callantha is an architect with over 20 years experience in government. She has dedicated her career to public buildings, public domain and generally advocating for improved public outcomes. She has also served 3 terms on AIA NSW Chapter Council, and established and co-chaired the Gender Equity Taskforce and Reconciliation Working Group. Callantha has also been an editorial member and writer for Architecture Bulletin, participated on numerous award and prize juries, and contributed to UNSW, University of Sydney and WSU.

Tony Caro FRAIA

Architecture and Urban Design Consultant, Tony Caro Architecture.

Tony is a Sydney architect with over four decades experience in private sector practice focused on city-making through the disciplines of architecture and urban design.  Following 19 years working with Harry Seidler, the TCA practice was formed in 1993 and has won numerous design awards for its work.

Since 2015 Tony has worked primarily in a design advisory and review capacity for public and private sector clients, and is a regular participant and chair of Design Excellence competitions representing both local councils and private sector clients.

Laura Cockburn FRAIA

Laura is a Director of Conrad Gargett and NSW Chapter Vice President of the Australian Institute of Architects.  She has an interest in the collaborative approach to design that underpins her work.  With over 25 years in practice working in medium and large firms, Laura specialises in large complex projects for both government and private clients. She values the breadth of collaboration with peers across the industry in her role as ARB examiner, AACA panel assessor, mentor and AIA and LEA Award Juror.

Samuel Crawford FRAIA

Sam established Sam Crawford Architects (SCA) in 1999. Sam is a regular contributor to architectural and community forums and events around Australia and is a registered architect in NSW, Victoria & the A.C.T.

His work has been widely published, nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national architecture awards.

SCA is currently undertaking projects across the Sydney Metropolitan area, as well as in Canberra, Newcastle, and Melbourne.

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Monica Edwards FRAIA

Monica is an architect who agitates for structural reform of the profession, challenging traditional hierarchies to move towards a design process which sees the robust testing of ideas through collaborations which mirror society, reflecting diverse capabilities and life experiences. Monica reasons that authentic change in the profession is best enabled using a top down bottom up approach; and she brings this to her advocacy work with the NSW Chapter Gender Equity Taskforce (GET), the Architects Champions of Change and prior work with the Education Committee, NSW Mentoring Program and NSW Chapter Council. A Senior Associate at SJB, Monica is a registered architect with expertise in the delivery of multi-residential, civic and education projects and a regular tutor, guest critic and guest lecturer for undergraduate courses in NSW.

Anthony Grist FRAIA

Tony Grist is a Principal at Hassell with a portfolio that includes the landmark Sixty Martin Place tower and award-winning Qantas Domestic Terminal in Sydney. He has a background in architecture and urban design – and a career spanning Australia, Japan and the UK where he established the HASSELL studio in 2010.

He has been an active member of the NSW Chapter Large Practice Forum, the procurement subcommittee, and the committee contributing to understanding the implications of the new Design Practitioners Bill.

Tony Grist

Polly Harbison FRAIA

Polly Harbison is the principal of Polly Harbison Design.

Polly studied architecture at the University of Sydney. She Established her practice Polly Harbison Design in 2003, a Sydney based practice committed to creating sophisticated and elegantly resolved architecture. Prior to starting her practice, Polly worked for award-winning architects on a range of residential, multi-residential, and large-scale public projects.

Polly also has extensive experience in architectural education, tutoring at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

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Amelia Holliday FRAIA

Amelia Holliday is an award-winning architect and director of Aileen Sage Architects. Graduating with the University Medal in Architecture from UNSW in 2004 and awarded the NSW Board of Architects Medallion the following year, Amelia has been a member of the Australia Institute of Architects since she was a first-year architecture student. She has been involved in the institute in various capacities over the last 21 years including as co-creative director for the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.


Olivia Hyde FRAIA

Olivia Hyde is Director of Design Excellence at the Government Architect NSW (GANSW) and a Professor of Practice at the University of Sydney. She is a registered architect with diverse local and international experience. At GANSW, Olivia leads the development of policies and programs to promote greater design quality, including the State Design Review Panel. Prior to joining GANSW, Olivia was a Senior Practice Director at BVN Architects in Sydney where she led the design for the recent Sir Zelman Cowen award winning Marrickville Library.

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Paulo Macchia FRAIA

Paulo Macchia studied at the University of Newcastle and developed a passion for public buildings and public space. This led him to join the Government Architects Office where he contributed to the State Library of NSW Macquarie Street Wing Refurbishment, Parliament House of NSW Level 9 Addition, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project.

After some time in the private sector Paulo re-joined Government Architect NSW. He is currently the Director Design Governance and is responsible for a number of initiatives including the Design and Place SEPP. He is a regular contributor to the AIA, an advocate for the design industry and the best practice procurement of architects.

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Carolyn Mitchell FRAIA

As a Chapter Councillor and Practice Committee Chair, Carolyn is active in the architectural community bringing years of experience of studio leadership to mentor and support within the profession.  She also sits on the National Practice Committee and the Steering Committee for Australian Architects Declare NSW. Selected as 2020 Jury Chair of the Residential – Multiple Housing and Urban Design AIA Awards, as well as Chair of the Best in Practice Prize jury, Carolyn is an advocate of inclusive leadership, whilst promoting quality and appropriate, sustainable design.


Jennifer Preston FRAIA

Jennifer is a registered architect and the founding director of the architecture practise JPA&D. She is a member of the AIA, a chapter councillor, Chair of the NSW chapter Heritage Committee and a member of the Institute’s National Heritage Committee. Jennifer completed a PhD at UQ in 2014 and has taught at UTS and QUT. She has published articles in print and digital media and has presented papers at numerous conferences on topics related to architectural history and heritage.

Peter Smith FRAIA

Architect, urban designer and urban strategist and founding principal of Smith & Tzannes, Aside from his architectural works, Peter has been played a significant role in shaping housing policy and planning frameworks in NSW over the past 24 years working in private practice, state and local government.

He is a passionate advocate for sustainability and design quality as tutor, mentor,  member of numerous design review panels and planning panels and expert in the land and environment court. He is a former NSW Chapter Council and an active  member of the NSW Chapter Built Environment Committee.

Noel Thomson FRAIA

Noel Thomson having moved to Wagga Wagga in 1994 joined the RAIA in 1995 and has been heavily involved with the NSW Country Division since the mid 2000’s. Noel has been committee member since 2007, hosted & emceed several Seminars and co-creative director of the CD Conference in 2018. Noel also has a keen interest in heritage, is heritage advisor for several Riverina Councils, been involved with the NSW Chapter Heritage Committee from 2005-2015 and a member since 2018.


Isabelle Toland FRAIA

Isabelle Aileen Toland is a co-director and co-founder of Aileen Sage Architects – a collaborative design studio she established with Amelia Sage Holliday in 2013. Isabelle graduated in 2003 from the University of Sydney with first class honours and the University Medal and was one of the three Creative Directors for the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has been a member of the 2018-2020 State Design Review Panel for the NSW Government Architect and has participated on numerous AIA awards juries.


Timothy Williams FRAIA

Tim runs an architectural practice, teaches, collaborates with others, advises Councils on Urban Design matters and initiates cultural and community projects that are important to him.

Tim’s focus throughout his career has been on public projects. He has been awarded for projects at all scales from street furniture and public space to large scale Urban Design. His most recent built architectural project is the International Award winning ‘Sir John Monash Centre’ in France, a collaboration with Cox Architecture and Hector Abrahams.

Tim gave the Architecture day Oration in 2019 entitled “Calling Australia Home”. Tim is currently the Manager of Urban Design and Heritage at Waverley Council.


Fellowship Application

NSW Practice Committee Chair Carolyn Mitchell FRAIA | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

Advancement to Fellowship

Criteria for elevation

  • A minimum of 12 years as a Voting Member (Chapter Councils may consider a lesser period of membership as a special case);
  • Evidence of a significant contribution to the profession; and
  • Recommendation and endorsement of reasons for elevation by two Voting Members. In the case of overseas members, two short references of no more than 500 words, written by Voting Members of the Institute, must also accompany the application.

Guidance notes for the applicant

Fellowship is to recognise a level of achievement within the architectural profession. Therefore it applies similarly to generalists, specialists, academics, project managers and administrators.
Fellowship should be regarded as a privilege, not a right.

Chapters have some latitude in their interpretation of the contribution criteria of the submission; however they should ensure that sufficient i nformation i s provided to demonstrate that the intent of Fellowship is satisfied.
To demonstrate their significant contribution to the profession candidates should provide the following supporting information:

a) Gaining of Significant Experience in the Practice of Architecture
For broad experience the candidate should supply a C.V. indicating employment, types of projects and their professional role to demonstrate their experience across the full range of architectural activity. For specialist experience, the C.V. should indicate their expertise in any area of architecture activity.

b) Significant Service to the Profession or Community
The candidate should supply details of their service to the community and profession through participation in organisations or groups such as the Institute, AACA, government, schools, community, other professional bodies, media, church etc. or through any other method. All details of service are of assistance to Chapter Council in assessing an application for elevation.

* These notes are provided for guidance only. This policy is subject to change; please refer to current Policy Book available at your local Chapter Office.



Life Fellowship Nomination

Criteria for Elevation to Life Fellowship

Life Fellowship can be awarded to members who is a Fellow of the Institute and who, in the opinion of the National Council, has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship. 

“Notable contribution” is defined as being a contribution above and beyond the normal contribution made by an architect in the course of their professional career, eg. a record of long or high service in a professional or industry association; a long and sustained record of recognised excellent works or public service, or similar achievement in the fields of building technology, literature or education.

Guidance Notes for Submission of Nominations for Life Fellowship

Article 3 of the Articles of Association of the Institute reads as follows:
Article 3. Life Fellows – The National Council shall have power to confer Life Fellowship upon an architect who is a Fellow of the Institute and who in the opinion of the Council has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship.

  1. All Corporate members of the Institute are eligible to make nominations.
  2. Nominations shall be in the name of a Proposer, who will be personally responsible for collating and submitting all relevant information together with a citation.
  3. Nominations shall be submitted to the Chapter of which the nominee is a member (or, if not a member of a Chapter, to the Secretary of the RAIA).
  4. Chapter Councils shall be responsible for checking that nominations are adequately prepared in accordance with these notes before onward transmission to National Council. They shall also be responsible to append their endorsement, or otherwise, of nominations, but shall not withhold from National Council any nomination on the grounds that it is not endorsed.


City of Sydney Councillor Professor Philip Thalis LFRAIA, NSW Government Architect Abbie Galvin LFRAIA, Nationally Elected Councillor Angelo Candalepas LFRAIA | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

List of NSW Fellows & Life Fellows

Prof Glenn Murcutt AO LFRAIA, Bridget Smyth FRAIA | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

List of NSW Fellows & Life Fellows

A list of all NSW based Fellows and Life Fellows can be found here. The list was last updated in Aug 2020 and does not contain the 2020 recipients.