Clockwise from top left: Australian War Memorial Annex. Photo: Darren Bradley. Enrico Taglietti c 1985. Photo: Ted Richards. Gelatin silver photograph. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased 2010. McKeown House c1964. Photo: Harry Sowden courtesy of Enrico Taglietti. Polish White Eagle Club c1970. Photo: Darren Bradley. St Kilda Library c1971. Photo courtesy of Enrico Taglietti

Enrico Taglietti

In 2018, the DESIGN Canberra festival celebrated the work, poetics, personal style and contribution to the nation’s capital of architect Enrico Taglietti (1926-2019).

As part of this celebration, DESIGN Canberra curated a series of events and exhibitions, and a symposium that was presented at the National Gallery of Australia with local, national and international speakers to reflect on and celebrate Taglietti’s lasting and important contribution to Canberra’s built environment.

Dr. Enrico Taglietti is recognised as an important architect and a leading practitioner of the late twentieth century organic style of architecture. His unique sculptural style draws upon Italian free form construction and post-war Japanese architecture. He designed many houses, schools, churches and commercial buildings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and his projects have won numerous RAIA awards. In March 2007 Enrico was awarded Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize—the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture.

This year’s series of programs in the DESIGN Canberra Festival are designed to bring his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place to the attention of a broader audience of designers, design enthusiasts and the wider Canberra community.

The architect’s distinct and highly personal design character is expressed through his use of unusual sculptural shapes and angles, cantilevered planes of roof and deck, and concrete. His contribution is significant, as is his attachment to our city. Taglietti’s thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Canberra.