Harry Seidler
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Architect, born in Austria in 1923, who studied his profession at Harvard under the auspices of Walter Gropius.

Seidler came to Australia in 1948 after working in New York and Brazil and set up practice in Sydney.

Initially he was a domestic architect but in the 60s began designing high rise buildings, receiving commissions not only in Australia but in Mexico and Hong Kong.

Harry Seidler

His best known buildings in Sydney are Australia Square and the MLC Centre. His least liked building is Blues Point Tower on the North Shore of the Harbour at McMahons Point. Some say it is better to look out from it rather than to look out at it.

In 1991 he won a fifth Sulman Medal for the design of Grosvenor Place in George St., Sydney. Previously he had been awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1976.


Harry Seidler's work has earned him much recognition overseas with awards such as the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna in 1989 and he became the first Australian to be a member of the Acadamie D'Architecture in Paris in 1982.

He is a fervent activist against the operation of Luna Park, which is close to his home and office, but, unfortunately, not his heart.


Harry and his wife Penny were at the launch of Republic 2 in April, 99, alongside staunch Republicans Malcolm Turnbull and Rodney Adler.

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