Nonda Katsalidis, Fender Katsalidis’ Founding Partner, has received a Queen’s Birthday Honour in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Receiving the Member of the Order (AM) for his contribution to architecture, Katsalidis has been a forerunner in architectural design with Fender Katsalidis buildings becoming city landmarks.

Katsalidis was born in Greece with his family migrating to Australia when he was a child. He completed his studies at The University of Melbourne and co-founded Fender Katsalidis (formerly Nation Fender Katsalidis) in 1996 with Karl Fender OAM.

After initially designing the Melbourne Terrace apartment complex, the architect has gone on to create the Eureka Tower and Australia 108, which are Melbourne’s two tallest buildings. Katsalidis also drew up plans for Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art. His distinctive buildings are known for being bold and strong yet have an underlying sophistication.

The architect says he is truly humbled by the recognition.

“I feel incredibly honoured to be recognised along with many others who have made significant contributions in our nation,” says Katsalidis.

“All Fender Katsalidis buildings seek to bring good design outcomes to our cities, communities and lives, and I am grateful that our progressive architecture is highly valued among design enthusiasts and broader society.”