Researcher

Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes

My Expertise

Architecture, Urban Design, Furniture Design.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Alec Tzannes became Dean of UNSW Built Environment in 2008, and is a Professor of Design Practice (Built Environment). He is also the Design Director of Tzannes Associates, an Architecture and Urban Design practice. Tzannes Associates has received more than 40 major state and national awards, including Australia’s top award for new residential work, the RAIA Robin Boyd Award and the RAIA Wilkinson Award.

Some of Prof. Tzannes’s best known...view more

Alec Tzannes became Dean of UNSW Built Environment in 2008, and is a Professor of Design Practice (Built Environment). He is also the Design Director of Tzannes Associates, an Architecture and Urban Design practice. Tzannes Associates has received more than 40 major state and national awards, including Australia’s top award for new residential work, the RAIA Robin Boyd Award and the RAIA Wilkinson Award.

Some of Prof. Tzannes’s best known projects include the Federation Pavilion and Federation Place at Centennial Park, Overflow Park at Homebush, commercial buildings in Surry Hills, Woollahra and Double Bay and numerous residential major works such as the Stonecutters (Sydney) and a residential precinct in the city of Newcastle (NSW).

In 2007, Prof. Tzannes received the President’s Medal from both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and The American Institute of Architects and became an Honorary Member of these Institutes as well as an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He also became a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2008.

His work as an architect has frequently been exhibited, most recently at the 2008 Venice Biennale, and published in books including the  Phaidon Atlas on Architecture from 2004. He is currently developing research on housing and urban density themes.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he completed a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture (winning the University Medal), and has a Master of Science (Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University.

In 2003, he was a Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has taught in architecture design studios at the University of Sydney from 1979 to 1983.

Fields of research: Urban Design, Density, Housing and Architectural Practice


My Qualifications

BSc(Arch), BArch (Sydney), Masters of Science in Architecture & Urban Design (Columbia), Hon. AIA, Hon. MRAIC, Hon. FNZIA, FAIB, LFRAIA Architect 4174


My Awards

Awards and Achievements
 
In his capacity as Director of Tzannes Associates, his firm has been honoured with more than 80 national, state and local awards, including being twice awarded with Australia's highest accolade for new residential work, the Robin Boyd Award, presented by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for:
 
  • Henwood House (1988), Paddington, New South Wales
  • Snelling House (1997), Northbridge, New South Wales
 
 
Selected awards include:
 
  • AIA Lachlan Macquarie Award 2015, Heritage category, Irving Street Brewery
  • AIA (NSW) Public Architecture 2014, Cranbrook Junior School
  • AIA (NSW) Award, Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing 2012, Stonecutters and Knox On Bowman – Jacksons Landing
  • RAIA (NSW) Award, Interior Architecture Award 2009, Macquarie Street Apartment
  • RAIA (NSW) Award, New Residential Award 2009, Parlsey Bay Residence
  • President’s Medal 2007, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Alec Tzannes
  • President’s Medal 2007, The American Institute of Architects, Alec Tzannes
  • Conservation Award, Woollahra Municipal Council 2006, Sherman Studio
  • RAIA (NSW) Award, Conservation and Adaptive Reuse 2006, Sherman Studio
  • RAIA (NSW) Architecture Award - Single Housing, New 2005, Weisener Residence, Watsons Bay
  • RAIA (NSW) Architecture Award - Single Housing, Alterations & Additions 2005, Arthur Residence
  • RAIA (NSW) Award 2005 The York and North Wing Apartments, Newcastle
  • Australian Timber Design Award 2003 – Recognising Excellence in Timber Design Landscape & Exterior Structures, Federation Drive
  • ANZ International Lighting Awards 2002, Award of Commendation, Anzac Parade Street Lighting Canberra
  • RAIA (NSW) Award (Conservation) 2001, Fort Denison
  • Anzac Parade Lights; Canberra: Excellence in Engineering and innovation in Engineering The Institute of Engineers, Canberra, 2001
  • RAIA (NSW) Commercial Building Award 200 for 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
  • National Interior Design Award 2000 from the Timber Development Association, Aria Restaurant
  • RAIA The Blackett Award 1998, Kronenberg House
  • RAIA National Award Interiors 1998, Centennial Hotel
  • RAIA (NSW) Architecture Award 1998, Kronenberg House
  • RAIA Finalist, Robin Boyd Award 1997, Nursey House
  • RAIA The Wilkinson Award 1997, Snelling House
  • RAIA (NSW) Award 1997 Nursey House
  • Royal Australian Planning Institute’s Award 1994 for Planning Excellence, Gungahlin Town Centre (with ACTPA)
  • Steel Profile Architecture of the Decade Award 1991, Kinsella House
  • RAIA Award Wilkinson Category 1990, Holmes House
  • RAIA The Wilkinson Award 1989, Kinsella House
  • RAIA Finalist Robin Boyd Award 1989, Kinsella House
  • RAIA Award, Sulman Category 1988, Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park
  • RAIA The Wilkinson Award 1988, Henwood House
  • The Woollahra Award for Alterations and Additions 1985, Langton Lee Guest House
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Location

Red Centre West Wing

Contact

9385 4768

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