Celebrating the life and legacy of Neville Quarry

11 August 2015

Celebrating the life and legacy of Neville Quarry

On 28 July, more than one hundred UTS alumni and friends came together to remember the life and considerable legacy of eminent architect and educator, Professor Neville Quarry.

Quarry is held in high esteem by the architectural profession for his vision and leadership, and for the global perspective that was a defining feature of his work as an architect and educator. He was widely honoured for his contribution, counting a Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Union Internationale des Architectes’ coveted Jean Tschumi Prize amongst his numerous accolades.

The celebration was held at the new Frank Gehry-designed UTS Business School. It was a most fitting venue for the commemoration of a man widely credited with bringing a global perspective to Australian architecture: Quarry’s international lecture series drew the likes of Gehry and other renowned architects to Australian shores, offering the benefit of international exposure to his students and the local profession more broadly.

Many alumni, former colleagues and friends travelled long distances for the occasion, also taking the opportunity to explore the building and reunite with old friends. Among the special guests were Quarry’s wife Peg, their children and grandchildren, and his former colleague and friend, distinguished architect Louise Cox, who spoke of his great contribution to education and architecture.

Dean and Professor of Architecture at the NSW Institute of Technology (one of UTS’s founding institutions), Quarry spent more than 20 years at UTS. His vision and experience had a lasting influence on many of Australia’s leading architects and planners, many of whom were present at the celebration. Warm tributes were given by two of his former students, Graham Jahn and Angelo Candalepas, who recalled him as a man, an architect, an educator, and a significant influence in their studies, careers and lives.

Now, more than ten years after his passing, Quarry’s legacy is as strong as ever. On the evening, Professor Desley Luscombe, Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, was privileged to publicly launch the Neville Quarry Travel Scholarship, and announce Master of Architecture student Adrian Taylor as its inaugural recipient. The scholarship builds upon Quarry’s legacy, offering current UTS architecture students the opportunity to gain the international experience he so valued.

How can you help?

Further contributions are welcomed to ensure the perpetuity of the scholarship, and of Quarry’s vision.
“This scholarship is one important way to remember, and value, his contribution,” says Professor Desley Luscombe.

Find out how you can contribute to the program and help provide a life-changing travel experience to a young architect on the UTS Giving site.