Our works with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture on Constitution Avenue are progressing with the completion of the northern verge at Campbell, Section 5. The works include the laying of finely cut blue-stone kerb, variegated pavement and advanced oaks.

The Tiny Tower apartments are due for completion in October, while the Burwood apartments have also just commenced on site.

Meanwhile, we are getting moving on cycling and rowing projects – with the Centennial Park South West Bicycle Hub and Sydney University Boatshed projects commencing documentation.

Stay tuned for more details in coming months.

The Lemur Forest Adventure received a Commendation for steel architecture at the recent NSW Chapter Architecture Awards.

Public Sydney has been awarded the 2014 National Trust Award for Education, Interpretation Government. We acknowledge the generous assistance that Sydney Living Museums, UNSW Built Environment, City of Sydney and the Government Architect’s Office gave to this publication.

We also thank again, Aaron Murray, Adrian Chan, Kristina Hay, Benjamin Driver and Matthew Oh from Hill Thalis; Nicole Larkin from Tzannes Associates; David Drinkwater, and past students of UTS and UNSW, without whom the publication would not have been possible.

Public Sydney: Drawing the City is in its second edition and can be purchased from Sydney Living Museums

We have been working with Cameron Bruhn and Alexa Kempton of Architecture Australia to guest edit a forthcoming issue on Urban Housing. The issue features a diverse range of projects from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Singapore and New Zealand. The issue is compiled in an atlas format, with comparative data and drawings supplementing images of the projects. Essays from Rob Stent, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, Frank Stanisic and Peter Myers reflect upon the nature of urban housing in historical, planning, economic and architectural terms. The issue will be launched in Melbourne on 29th April, and in Sydney on 1st May.

The Sydney University Boatshed project received DA approval at the end of 2013. The project replaces an old A frame structure on the eastern side of Linley Point that was destroyed by fire.

The Lemur Forest Adventure is completed and is now open to the public.

We are very pleased to announce that the first reprint of Public Sydney is now available in bookshops.

By means of exquisite scale drawings, Public Sydney describes and celebrates the public buildings, rooms and spaces of central Sydney, Australia’s founding metropolis. It presents almost 100 of the city’s most important public places in plan, cross-section and elevation, supported by images, and provides an overview of their evolution. Accompanying essays from leading architects, landscape architects, historians and academics offer keen insights into the city’s underlying geography, urban character and most recognisable and well-loved public elements.

Representing over a decade of effort, research and recording, this book comprehensively illuminates Australia’s oldest city. For anyone with an interest in Sydney, or cities in general – particularly architects, landscape designers, planners, engineers, historians and administrators – it offers a deep appreciation of the making of the city over time, and will be an indispensible resource and continuing inspiration.

The book was discussed in a number of sessions at the 2013 Sydney Writer’s Festival. The session chaired by Fenella Kernebone can be viewed here

The Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo is nearing completion. The project brings together play, education and interpretation – of place, animal conservation, the wonder of forests, their threat from human deforestation, as well as discovery and beauty within forests.

Surry Hills Tower 2 has commenced construction. With a site area of approx. 126sqm, this project contains a commercial space on the street level, and four single floor apartments above. The fabric of the building is formed from a subtle palette of white materials with differing surface textures – that plays against a rich colour theme of red, blue, yellow and turquoise in small scale details.

Campbell Section 5 was formally announced by Minister Barr in September 2013. This urban project forms new streets and public places at a site located at the junction of two of Canberra’s major landscape axes.

McGregor Coxall have documented and overseen the construction phase of the Little Bay Master Plan. The Master Plan was designed with Hill Thalis and Candalepas Associates in 2007. The public domain is almost completed, and features a series of raingarden streets that treat urban runoff, as well as a suite of parks and squares that link the site to the broader landscape and form the focus of smaller urban elements within the site. See some construction photographs on our webpage.

NSW Architecture Awards 2013

The Majestic Theatre has been awarded commendations in the Multiple Housing and Heritage/Creative Adaptation sections of the NSW Chapter Architecture Awards. It has also been published in a new atlas by Braun Publishing titled Apartment Buildings that features a selection of international apartment buildings.

Australia Awards for Urban Design 2013

Linking Canberra to the Lake has received an Australia Award for Urban Design Policy. We thank our collaborators Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and SMEC, and our extraordinary client, ACT Office of Coordinator General, and particularly Ian Wood Bradley. We will upload details of this project onto our website shortly.

Thomas and Hay Street Public Domain works

Work is progressing on the Thomas and Hay Street public domain project for the City of Sydney. We are working with artist Lindy Lee and Landscape Architects JILA to understand and heighten the extraordinary character of these important streets in China Town. See a video of the work in progress here and look for more details on our website shortly.

Public Sydney first edition almost sold out

Public Sydney documents public buildings and spaces in the city through a series of drawings that elucidates the resilience and adaptability of the public realm over time. The book was authored by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill, and was undertaken with the assistance of the Historic Houses Trust, UNSW Built Environment, the City of Sydney and the Government Architect’s Office. The book includes a number of essays by leading architects and landscape architects and is scheduled for release on 4th April,2013 in conjunction with an exhibition curated by the Historic Houses Trust. The book is almost sold out, but copies still remain at our favourite independent bookshops – Published Art, Architext and the Potts Point Bookshop.

Awards 2012

Congratulations to Alex Moras from A & V Moras Constructions who was awarded Custom Built House of the Year by the NSW HIA for the Mountainside House. The judges said, “The home is set on a hill presenting a difficult site, with high winds and sloping site that required a certain level of experience and problem solving from the builder. The result is one of the highest quality projects seen by the judging panel. What an amazing achievement.” Congratulations Alex and the team.

Congratulations also to Adrian Chan who with his colleague Juliana Conceicao received a special mention in the Skyscraper Hotel Tower & Sky Garden Competition Entry for a site in New York.

NSW Architecture Awards 2011

St Peters Green received a Commendation in the 2011 NSW Chapter Architecture Awards. The jury noted that, ‘In a year with a large number of social housing entries, this project stood out as an exemplar of how architects can contribute to this typology…The project is deeply informed by social and environmental ambitions, and executed rigorously, within pragmatic constraints of this type.’

Architecture Awards 2010

Pirrama Park at Pyrmont Point won the prestigious Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design in 2010. This is the Australian Institute of Architect’s award for “the most outstanding work of urban design in Australia”.

The project is a result of 5 years of work by Hill Thalis, Aspect Studios and CAB, who designed the park and its structures in close collaboration.

The canopy and belvedere have won Master Builder’s association awards for Public Buildings – 2010 Winner and Best use of Concrete – Joint Winner for 2010.

The Merewether Beach Public Domain Plan undertaken in association with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture for Newcastle Council has won the Planning Institute of Australia Planning Award for Excellence 2010.


See the Barangaroo Action Group Website. To see the Hill Thalis, Jane Irwin, Paul Berkemeier competition scheme, download copies of the panels at Barangaroo.

NSW Chapter Institute of Architects Awards

Pirrama Park received an Architecture Award for Urban Design in the 2010 NSW Chapter Architecture Awards. St Peter’s Green, Pyrmont Canopy and Belvedere and Bankstown Apartments were all shorlisted in their categories.

Pirrama Park officially opens

Pirrama Park was officially opened by the City of Sydney in March. See the Sydney Morning Herald for a timelapse photographic series of the construction of the park.

St Peters Green Completed

The St Peters Green project has been completed. See the St Peters Green website for Testimonials from the new residents.

Public Lecture

Philip Thalis presented a talk at the Institute of Architects at Manning Street, Potts Point at 6.30, Tuesday 15th September. The talk was titled ‘Project and Polemic’ and presented the recent work of the practice.

CCAA and Urban Design Awards

Pyrmont Point Park was awarded the National award in the CCAA Bi annual Public Domain Awards. It was also the winner of the Precincts award and the NSW award.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 won a commendation in the Australia Award for Urban Design 2009. The jury said, ‘The Vision is exciting and innovative, and incorporated widespread engagement with the community. It successfully resolved complex, strategic planning issues into detailed and well illustrated urban design solutions.’ See the ArchDaily website for further details.

President’s Prize

Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill jointly won the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Presidents Award for Contribution to the Architecture Profession.

As well as directing their respective award winning practices, the pair have worked together intermittently over the last 25 years on a wide range of architectural, urban and cultural activities.

Their joint work spans award winning buildings and competition winning schemes, research and publication, architectural tours and university lectureships.

They are currently working on a new book on the Public Rooms and Public Spaces in the City of Sydney, extending their long fascination with the city’s best architecture.

Women in Architecture and Construction

A series of six films to encourage women to study and work in the fields of Architecture and Construction, where they are statistically under-represented, have been produced by Naomi Stead and Sam Scotting for the University of Technology, Sydney. The films feature interviews with leading female architects, project managers and quantity surveyors and includes parts of an interview with Sheila Tawalo from Hill Thalis. Women in Architecture and Construction

Paul Reid Lecture

Philip Thalis presented the 2009 Paul Reid Lecture at the University of NSW on Wednesday 11th March. The subject of the lecture was Sydney: re-imagining the public project.

NSW PIA Awards for Excellence

Sustainable Sydney 2030 was awarded the Urban Planning Achievement Award at the NSW PIA Awards for Excellence in Planning held in November. The jury considered the Sydney 2030 to be, ‘an outstanding example of a broadly based strategic plan designed to achieve a sustainable city. The Plan is visionary, incorporating dramatic proposals to reduce the impact of the car in the CBD, including the restoration of interesting pedestrian routes and pedestrian-friendly traffic management.’

Commendation – NSW AIA Architecture Awards

Red Wall Jack Floyd Reserve won a Commendation in the Small Projects Category of the 2008 NSW Architecture Awards. The jury citation calls the park, ‘modest, monumental and memorable; the project appears to have always existed.’

Australian Institute of Building Award

The Rose Bay Apartments have won a High Commendation in the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for Beach Constructions.

AILA NSW Landscape Awards 2008

Hill Thalis, Aspect Studios and CAB Consulting’s recently completed Pyrmont Point Park Master Plan received an award for Excellence at the AILA State Awards.

10 Best projects from 10 years of Domain

Substation No. 175 was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain 10 year anniversary issue. Elizabeth Farrelly describing it as having, ‘the romantic eccentricity of an Italian tower house, its slender section allowing natural ventilation throughout. A perfect inner-city nest.’