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Philip Goad

Philip Goad

Philip Goad is Chair of Architecture and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. With Julie Willis, he was co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012), and with Hannah Lewi, co-editor of Australia Modern: Architecture, landscape and design, 1925–1975 (2019).

Philip Goad reviews 'Australian Architecture: A history' by Davina Jackson

March 2023, no. 451 25 February 2023
It is more than fifty years since anyone attempted to comprehensively describe the history of Australian architecture. In 1968, Sydney academic J.M. Freeland’s Architecture in Australia: A History was a landmark publication. The timing of its release was intended to celebrate 180 years of building on the continent since formal European invasion, marked by the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. ... (read more)

Philip Goad reviews 'A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler' by Helen O'Neill

February 2014, no. 358 17 January 2014
Among the diaspora of European-born Jewish artists, architects, academics, and intellectuals who made a life on Australian shores pre- and post-World War II, Harry Seidler (1923–2006) was, arguably, the most successful and at various times during his life, one of the most visible and most controversial. As an architect, he left behind signature office buildings in five state capital cities, a br ... (read more)

Philip Goad reviews 'Public Sydney: Drawing the City' edited by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill

July–August 2013, no. 353 26 June 2013
Public Sydney: Drawing the City is a large and beautiful book. Its size recalls William Hardy Wilson’s Old Colonial Architecture in New South Wales and Tasmania (1924) and other folio-sized books produced by architect–authors such as Andrea Palladio, James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, and Richard Phené Spiers. Their luxurious size was dictated by the reproduction of drawings at a scale where m ... (read more)

Philip Goad reviews 'JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance' by Andrew Dodd

November 2012, no. 346 25 October 2012
Architectural distinction was conferred upon most Australian towns and cities in the nineteenth century. This was achieved largely through the construction of public buildings designed by architects employed within colonial works departments – a practice that regrettably does not exist anymore. Town halls, post offices, courthouses, hospitals, lunatic asylums, and jails were the product of highl ... (read more)