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About Designer

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Richard Francis-Jones won the University Medal in Architecture (1985), travelled to the United States on scholarship and continued his studies at Columbia University, where he gained a Masters in Architecture (1987). He practised at firms in New York, Los Angeles and Paris before returning to Sydney in 1989. Richard is best known as the design partner of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt). The firm is noted for its commitment to the public domain and as such, has received considerable acclaim. Awards include the Lloyd Rees Civic Design Award (2000), the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture (2000), the Sir John Sulman Medallion (2000, 2005), the National Interior Architecture Award (1994, 1999) and the Canberra Medallion (1999). Richard has proven design expertise in undertakings in urban design and masterplanning. Projects led by Richard include the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment in Melbourne, the historic Mint campus redevelopment on Macquarie Street, Sydney, the Chatswood Civic Place masterplan, precinct masterplans at the University of NSW Kensington campus, and the Strategic Masterplan (?Campus 2010? and ?Campus 2020?) at the University of Sydney. These projects have been catalysts to improve the public domain. The Campus 2010 masterplan has been the catalyst for the multi-million dollar construction program at the University of Sydney. The Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment proposes, among other initiatives, a new public plaza to create a highly accessible public environment and improve amenity. The Mint remains a popular function venue in the CBD and provides respite from the frenetic pace of its surrounds. In 2005, the Mint project was awarded the Sir John Sulman Medallion for Architecture and Francis Greenway Award for Conservation ? this was the first time in the history of the awards that a single project has received both of these prestigious awards. Richard has taught and lectured in architecture, design and theory locally and abroad since 1987. He was adjunct professor of architecture at Columbia and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales. Richard is an editor of Content, a critical review of architecture published by UNSW, and has written extensively on architecture. His papers and projects have been widely published in Australian and international journals and books and he is frequently asked to speak at conferences, forums and to give public comment on a range of urban design and architectural issues. Richard has convened several architectural theory conferences, including ?On Monumentality? (2001) and ?Tectonic Form and Critical Culture? (2004), and was Creative Director of the RAIA 2008 National Conference, ?Critical Visions: Form Representation and the Culture of Globalisation?. He was president of the RAIA NSW Chapter between 2001?2002, and member of the NSW Board of Architects /Architects Registration Board (2001?2004).

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