Australian Gold for Richard Johnson
Over the course of his 38-year career, Richard Johnson, designer of many major cultural buildings in Sydney, has worked on scales ranging from exhibit design to urban design. His projects have included world expo pavilions, museums, embassies, schools, office buildings, hotels, master plans, and landscape design, many with his current firm, Johnson Pilton Walker of Sydney.
The Australian architect has been awarded the 2008 Gold Medal for Architecture by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA).
In making the award the jury commended Johnson's "exquisite understanding of space, use of materials and sensitivity to the contribution of architecture in the public domain."
Johnson has worked on projects throughout Australia and abroad, but Sydney hosts the bulk of his work, including such high-profile cultural projects as the New Asian Galleries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Sydney Opera House master plan and refurbishments (with Jørn Utzon), the Museum of Sydney, First Government House Place, and the Australian Museum's New Zoology Building.
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