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BILL LUCAS - Architect Utopian: PL2203

Peter Lonergan
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL CPD
Duration: 01:35:00

This talk by Peter Lonergan takes us into the extensive archive of Bill Lucas (1924–2001), revealing the aspirations, ideals and works of one of Sydney’s foremost late 20th century architects. It includes archival drawings, photographs, artworks, private writings and public documents, illustrating his trajectory from conventional to increasingly unconventional practice with projects that were invariably ahead of their time.

Lucas was an architect idealist who, often through unconventional means, sought to bring about social and environmental change to make the world a better place. His early career, working with his wife Ruth, was spent designing and often instigating, innovative single and multi-residential projects, furniture and community developments. Lucas would meticulously refine a design informed by cost, materials and construction, to reach the optimum architectural solution for the client and site. By the mid-1970’s he ceased conventional practice, instead working without a fee, advising, teaching and problem-solving projects with wholistic systems-thinking.

Inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller, Lucas constructed his archive with the intent of collating his ideas and work for public benefit. 

Architect Peter Lonergan, invites us to share his story.

This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 9
At the completion of this course you will:
  • Learn about the life and architecture of Bill Lucas
  • Appreciate the innovation that Bill developed in his lightweight ‘skinny houses’
  • Understand how Bill influenced thinking about the impact of architecture on the environment
  • Understand the legacy of Bill’s architecture and it’s impact on his students and collaborators
  • Appreciate what a significant legacy Peter Lonergan has facilitated in ‘publishing’ Bill’s archive
  • And appreciate the impact Bill Lucas had on the community around him.

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    Principal, Cracknell & Lonergan

    Cracknell & Lonergan was established in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary architecture and design practice. Through the development of the practice we have increasingly concerned ourselves with the conservation of our cultural heritage and the sustainment of our environment, practiced these principals and had this recognised in our work. We have a practice commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation.

    The directors of the company are Peter Lonergan (B Sc Arch, B Arch, M Benv) and Julie Cracknell (B Sc Arch, B Arch, M Benv). Peter Lonergan is the Nominated Architect (NSW Registration No. 5983), a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and on the Heritage Conservation Committee of the AIA.

    The company currently employs 10 staff and associates and specialises in a number of fields including: Heritage Architecture, design, restoration and analysis; Exhibition Design; Architecture, including work ranging in scale from small residential alterations and additions through to medium density residential, commercial and community work; Environmental Design; Town Planning and Landscaping Design; and Artistic Collaborations.