Design Revisited: Architect's Roger Pegrum in conversation with Philip Goad
DESIGN Canberra’s Design Revisited series supported by the Alastair Swayn Foundation, is a unique opportunity to celebrate design history, design education and design excellence in a city of design.
This Design Revisited event, held at the iconic Shine Dome, celebrates the work of architect, town planner and writer Roger Pegrum.
Roger Pegrum came to Canberra in 1948 when the city was only 21 years old. He has watched Canberra grow up as it has grasped its opportunities and taken on the responsibilities of a national capital city and seat of government. Pegrum’s contribution to Canberra’s built environment spans five decades.
Pegrum worked as an architect with the Commonwealth Department of Works during the 1960s, where he designed the light fittings on Anzac Parade, primary schools at Hughes and Garran and various alterations and additions at Old Parliament House, including the entrance portico on the front façade.
In 1968 he set up in private practice with twin brother Anthony. His Wilson House in Aranda (1972) won the RAIA (ACT) C S Daley Award in 1974 and the 25 Year Award in 2005. It is one of the finest Sydney School houses in the ACT.
Pegrum left Canberra in 1974 to become Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. He returned to Canberra in 1986 to take up the position of Commonwealth Government Architect, responsible for architectural design standards. Later commissions included the Faculty of Asian Studies at ANU (1994) and the Chancery at Government House, Yarralumla (1995). His own house in Reid (2005) won the 2006 Canberra Medallion.
Professor Philip Goad
Professor Philip Goad is the Chair of Architecture at the University of Melbourne School of Design. He is internationally known for his research and is an authority on modern Australian architecture. Philip has worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. Philip is an expert on the life and work of Robin Boyd, and has held visiting scholar positions at Columbia University, Bartlett School of Architecture (London) and UCLA (Los Angeles).