The Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University has appointed internationally known architect and academic, Professor Adrian Carter to head its new architecture school.
A recognised expert on the work of Sydney Opera House designer, Jørn Utzon, Carter has relocated from Aalborg in Denmark to take up the position of Professor of Architecture and will assume the role of Head of Discipline of the University's Abedian School of Architecture from next year.
Carter has more than 30 years experience working across the globe and founded the Utzon Research Center, the Utzon Symposiums and the Utzon Center building in Aalborg, which was designed in collaboration with Jørn Utzon.
He also worked as Associate Professor at the University of Aalborg before taking up his tenure at Bond University.
Bond University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Society & Design, Professor Raoul Mortley, said it was a coup to attract such a highly respected figure on the international architecture scene to head the new Abedian School of Architecture, which was officially launched in January (2014).
"Growing our architecture program is a key focus in the coming years, as well-planned and sustainable design becomes an increasingly important focus of society," said Mortley.
"We opened the doors to a true state-of-the-art architecture facility earlier this year, which allows students to learn in an inspiring and creative space.
"The appointment of an architect of the standing and reputation of Professor Carter to head the school is the next step in making the program a leader, not just in Australia but internationally."
Carter's portfolio of major architecture projects includes the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, Sief's Palace in Kuwait, Tampere Library in Finland, Aker Brygge harbour development in Oslo, housing proposals for Walsh Bay in Sydney, the Storebælt Suspension Bridge in Denmark and the European Embassies of the European Union in Nigeria.
He was also an advisor and contributor to the Australian Government in its nomination of the Sydney Opera House for inscription on the World Heritage List.
Carter said he was greatly impressed by the new Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, which he sees as potentially leading architectural education internationally.
"It is an incredible building with remarkable facilities and great studio based ethos; and it is not every day you get the opportunity to be involved in such an exciting new architecture program, so I'm very delighted to take up this position," he said.
"I have had connections to Australia for more than 25 years and have long wanted to be more involved with the architecture industry in this country; which is very dynamic and with a great deal of original talent.
"My focus will be on forging new connections between the Abedian School of Architecture and other disciplines at Bond University, as well as with the wider community and bringing in high profile practicing architects on a local, national and international level."