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Rex Addison
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:46:00
“The influences and thoughts behind the design and construction of three buildings, sited side by side, in a back pocket of land in the Brisbane suburb of Taringa.”
Rex Addison’s architecture demonstrates construction ingenuity, sensitivity to climate and a unique understanding of form. In addition to these attributes, his architecture tells the story of his life. The journey begins in his backyard in Brisbane, where as a child he helped his father and grandfather build various structures. From there Rex describes his architectural development from university, to his life in Papua New Guinea, and he finishes his presentation, once again, in the backyard in Brisbane where he designed his own house and studio and the neighbouring house. During this journey, Rex is influenced by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Papua New Guinean climate and the traditional timber building stock of Brisbane and as a result develops unique methods of construction and a distinctive palette of materials.
  • Appreciate that an understanding and interest in the history of architecture and the traditions of building and construction contribute to a richer architectural language.
  • Value the importance of continuously rethinking one’s architectural language and constructional systems, in relation to individual architectural projects.
  • Appreciate that a skilled understanding of construction is essential to the creation of successful architecture.
  • Value the importance of a sensitive approach to site, climate and neighbouring buildings.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Rex Addison grew up in Brisbane, is a graduate of the University of Queensland and has a graduate diploma from the Architectural Association in London.

    Following four years of practice as an architects in Papua New Guinea, from 1978 to 1982, Addison established his own Brisbane based practice. The work of this practice has been widely published and has received awards in Queensland, the ACT and Papua New Guinea.

    He ahs delivered many public lectures on his work and has taught in architecture faculties as a number of universities. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

    His house and studio, two of the three buildings at the centre of this discussion, won the Robin Dods Award in the RAIA’s 2000 program. The Speculative House, the third in the ‘3 in the Pocket’ was published in Architecture Australia in May/June 2005.

    Addison’s work has been described in Architecture Australia as “a thoughtful linkage from the public heritage of formal architectural ideas through local building traditions to his own history.”