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Professor of Practice Rachel Neeson

Rachel Neeson is one of Australia’s leading architects. Rachel formed the award-winning Neeson Murcutt Architects with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004, and has recently been joined by Stephen Neille, formerly Pendal + Neille in Perth.

Rachel leads the regional studio in Broken Hill in the third year of the UNSW Bachelor of Architectural Studies program.

Bio: 

Rachel Neeson is one of Australia’s leading architects. Rachel formed Neeson Murcutt Architects with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004, and has recently been joined by Stephen Neille, formerly Pendal + Neille in Perth.

Neeson Murcutt Architects + Neille is an energetic, design based architectural firm recognised for innovation. The firm works on a range of project types from bespoke houses to multi-unit housing and housing prototypes, education projects, tourism projects, public and community commissions, and adaptive reuse environments. Its high-profile clients include the City of Sydney, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Catholic Schools, NSW National Parks, and the Sydney Olympic Parklands Authority.

The work of Neeson Murcutt Architects has been recognised for design excellence locally and internationally through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions. This includes representation at the 2006, 2008 and 2016 Venice Biennales. Notably, the practice is recipient of the 2014 AIA Sulman and Lloyd Rees Awards for the Prince Alfred Park and Pool, 2014 AIA Architecture Award for the Larapinta Campsites, 2011 AIA Robin Boyd Award for the Castlecrag House, and AIA NSW Wilkinson Awards for both the Whale Beach House (2009) and Five Dock House (2007).

Three recently completed projects – Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club, Australian Museum New Entry and St Columba’s Primary School – have all recently been awarded in the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects Awards, including the AIA Sulman Medal for the Surf Club.

Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney with the Bachelor of Architecture in 1993. She was awarded the Board of Architects 2002 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and completed a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona.