From the Ground-up: 20 Stories of a Life in Architecture brings together 20 of Australia’s leading architectural practitioners to reveal, in their own words, what drew them to architecture.

Their reflections, values and ideas behind some of the country’s most innovative and important buildings are revealed in the book as do a photographic chronology of their key works.

The reflections in From the Ground Up include sketches and other conceptual material to provide a glimpse of how each practitioner realises and fleshes out their ideas. It also reveals what it takes to succeed in the demanding and competitive profession of architecture.

The list of contributors includes architects from Australia’s leading practices and the pages reveal insights about some of Australia’s iconic buildings.

The contributors:

  • Michael Rayner (Cox Rayner Architects)
  • Shane Thompson (Shane Thompson Architects)
  • Elizabeth Watson Brown (Architectus)

  • Philip Vivian (Bates Smart)

  • Ninotschka Titchkosky (BVN Architecture)
  • Stephen Webb (DesignInc)
  • Kristen Whittle (Bates Smart)
  • Lindsay & Kerry Clare (Architectus)
  • Andrew Cortese (Grimshaw)
  • Philip Cox (Cox Architecture)
  • Peter Dean (HASSEL)
  • Georgia Singleton (Woods Bagot)

  • Nik Karalis (Woods Bagot)
  • Richard Kirk (Richard Kirk Architect)
  • Mark Loughnan (HASSELL)
  • Paul Jones (JCY Architects and Urban Designers)
  • James Jones (Architectus)
  • James Grose (BVN Architecture)

  • Neil Durbach (Durbach Block Jaggers)

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