Peter Stutchbury: Ancient Thinking

Peter Stutchbury

Peter Stutchbury during his presentation in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP

Department of Architecture Fall 2014 Lecture Series

Time spent living in the desert country of western New South Wales during Peter Stutchbury’s formative years allowed him to develop an appreciation of the logic behind the Australian landscape and the sensitivities that enable the land its sustainability. He aspires to elevating the status and respect that our wider environment deserves into the day-to-day culture of architectural disciplines and Australian lifestyle.

Stutchbury graduated with honors from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1978. His final year thesis was a study of the Australian Aborigine and their way of living in Australia. He then worked with Nielsen Warren and Ken Maher before travelling to Papua New Guinea to design and build a church, and study the variations of the "longhouse" found throughout the country. Stutchbury lived in several highland villages, recording through measured drawings over 45 different buildings. He also extended his interest in Pacific indigenous buildings, travelling in Asia extensively and living for a short period in Kyoto.

In 1982 Stutchbury founded his own practice, Peter Stutchbury Architects (PSA), and within the following eight years designed over 60 works, physically constructing eight projects, including his own home. PSA is known in Australia for their innovative approach to sustainability and design within the practice of architecture; their work has received considerable distinguished awards and is represented in both editions of Phaidon's World Atlas.

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