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AAA Short Black Talk - Richard Johnson: RJ0904

Richard Johnson
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 01:04:31
Richard Johnson has been involved in some of the most significant architectural interventions within the city of Sydney: the First Government House Site, the Sydney Hilton refurbishment and Westpac Place. Through these architectural examples, he illustrates the ethical role an architect has when building within the urban fabric of a city. Richard Johnson also uses the example of the Sydney Opera House to demonstrate his ideas on architecture. The success of his designs and the benefit they have had on civic life establishes the integrity of his approach.          

  • Appreciate the many external factors such as: design brief, context and user intent, which need to be effectively addressed to create a quality, civic, architectural design.  
  • Understand how some prominent, civic architectural designs have responded to their physical location and how they have addressed the wider issues of the urban context.
  • Understand that successful architectural design values the history, community and environmental context of a site.
  • Appreciate the need to sustain the natural and built environment.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    B.Arch (Hons) M. Phil (London) F.AIA, MDIA, AJIA

    Richard Johnson was born in Sydney in 1946 and has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He has worked both nationally and internationally, with his work varying from pavilions at world expos, to detailed museum and museum/gallery exhibition design, embassies, schools, office buildings, hotels and a range of master planning and urban design, landscape design and architectural projects in Australia and China - all involving exceptional design solutions. His interests are broadly spread from architecture and urban design to the design of museums and exhibitions. He is active in the professional and educational arenas and is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of NSW. He has been an active member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), and has delivered many public lectures. 

    • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1), University of New South Wales
    • Master of Philosophy (Town Planning), University College, London
    • Adjunct Professor of Architecture (University of NSW)
    • Fellow, Australian Institute of Architects
    • Associate, Design Institute of Australia
    • Associate Japan Institute of Architects
    • Registered Architect in the State of New South Wales

    Richard Johnson studied Architecture at UNSW, gaining the RAIA Prize for Design, the RAIA Silver Medal, and the NSW Board of Architects Bronze Medal. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1969. He was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship and in 1977 was admitted to the degree of Master of Philosophy following study in Town Planning and Urban Design at University College, London. In 1976 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Public Service in the field of achitecture. He was appointed as architectural advisor to the Sydney Opera House Trust in 1998, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the UNSW since 1999.
    Richard is a founding Director of the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) and is on the Board of the Australian Technology Park and the Redfern Waterloo Authority. He is a member of the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. He has been an active member of the RAIA, being a NSW Chapter Councillor in 1992 and 1993.