Architect and planner for Bligh Voller Nield (BVN), Lawrence Nield has received the highest honour in the Australian architecture sector, winning the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): the 2012 Gold Medal.
Neild, who is perhaps best known for masterminding the development of major stadiums for Olympic games worldwide (including the Beijing Olympics Tennis Centre and major stadiums for the Sydney Olympics), has been handed down the award for his extensive contributions to the architecture industry for more than 45 years.
“His career combines a prolific and continued output of significant architecture and urban design projects with services to the AIA and academic and teaching achievements, including a distinguished list of writings and publications” the AIA jury noted.
In addition to creating some of this country’s most notable buildings, Nield has offered his insight as a Professor of Architecture as well as further industry writings including his role as contributing editor to the Oxford Companion to Architecture.
He has had a vital role in the development of healthcare facilities Australia-wide, including the David Maddison Clinical Science Building and Mt Druitt hospital, both in NSW.
BVN national director James Grose commented: “He was an internationally recognised thinker in the design of hospitals and health buildings not only with the many hospitals he designed, but also with papers and presentations he gave to notable research organisations like the Nuffield Association in England” says BVN national director James Grose.
Nield has been a vital member of the Australian industry, playing a vibrant role in the development of a modern architecturally strong Australia. The award is a fitting nod towards one of Australia’s industry greats.