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Lessons from 20th Century Sydney Houses: HM0502

Dr Harry Margalit
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:49:34
Dr. Harry Margalit explores the themes of a variety of twentieth century Sydney houses and discusses the cultural and intellectual environments in which they were built. Two houses from the first half of the twentieth century, Eryldene and Fountains, exhibit a revival of the Georgian Style of architecture. Dr. Margalit demonstrates how this eclectic style is combined with Modernist influences, post World War II, in Sydney. You will also be walked through houses, designed by Sydney Ancher, Harry Seidler, Peter Muller and Neville Gruzman in an exploration of Modernist and anti-Modernist architecture, technology, nature and the Australian context..  
  • Have a broader understanding of the history of architectural thought and the traditions of buildings.
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of a variety of significant 20th Century houses.
  • Have a knowledge of the Georgian Revival Style.
  • Understand the effect that the introduction of Modernism had on Sydney architecture.
  • Be aware of the different manners in which nature and technological influences have been incorporated in 20th century Sydney architecture.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Harry Margalit has experience that is substantial in both academia and practice.

    His lecture material includes Design and Modern Australian Architecture. He has been a PhD examiner for UNSW and RMIT as well as being a member of the editorial Board and Book review Editor for the  Architectural Theory Review.

    Harry has authored widely, including a book on Durbach Block Architects (Sydney: Pesaro 1999) as well as many reviews in Architectural Review Australia, Monument and Architecture Bulletin. In his research capacity, he has extensively studied Australian Modernism and has toured extensively studying contemporary European architecture.

    His PhD, through University of Sydney in 1998, was’ Reasoning to believe: aspects of modernity in Sydney architecture and planning 1900-1960’ Through the research associated with this thesis, he has interviewed many of the architects that have been a part of this post –World War 2 modernism.

    Harry is also a principal and partner in Quinton-Margalit Architects. Established in 2001, this practice has completed a number of residential projects, single and multiple residency buildings. Harry has previously worked in architecture practices in Sydney and in Brisbane, including Jackson Teece Chesterman & Willis, Cottee Parker Architects and as a consultant to Durbach Block Architects, completing projects in public housing, government buildings, schools and public spaces.