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Birrell, James

James Birrell is known as one of Australia’s formative architects and planners. His career spans more than 60 years. Distinguished works from his early public practice include Brisbane’s Centenary Pools, the Wickham Terrace Car Park, the Toowong Library, and the University of Queensland’s Union College. His private practice projects include large-scale buildings in Papua New Guinea and regional Queensland. Birrell is the author of Walter Burley Griffin (UQP 1964). In 2005 he received the RAIA Gold Medal for his enduring contribution to Australian architecture. He lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
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A Life in Architecture

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James Birrell reflects on his life in architecture: the influence of architect Roy Grounds; his respect for Walter Burley Griffin’s original Canberra plan and his emphasis on the value of incorporating the landscape in its entirety into building design and planning; and his own significant contribution to Australia’s post-war architecture.