UTS celebrates Neville Quarry, architect and educator

1 July 2015

Neville Quarry

UTS is preparing to commemorate the life and work of one of its most respected academics this month – eminent architect and educator, Professor Neville Quarry, who made an indelible impact on the international design community, before his death in 2004.

Dean and Professor of Architecture at the NSW Institute of Technology (one of UTS’s founding institutions), Professor Quarry was to spend more than 20 years at UTS, where his vision and experience had a lasting influence on many of Australia’s leading architects and planners.

Neville Quarry is well remembered for his educational initiatives — perhaps none more so than the ‘International Series’  of lectures conducted jointly with RMIT in the 1980s, which brought renowned architects including Frank Gehry and Michael Graves to Australian shores.

Many graduates still reminisce about his enduring influence today. “When I walk into the School of Architecture at UTS today, the sense of what Neville was doing is palpable,” says Angelo Candalepas, Director of Candalepas Associates and a student of Quarry’s. “The work pinned up today is reminiscent of the lasting legacy of a universal open-mindedness and a kind and generous pluralism.”

Held in high esteem by the architectural profession for his vision, leadership and global perspective, Quarry counted the likes of Frank Gehry, Philip Cox and Daryl Jackson amongst his peers. He was widely honoured for his contribution to the field of architecture and to architectural education, counting a Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal amongst his numerous accolades. In 1981, he was awarded also the Union Internationale des Architectes’ coveted Jean Tschumi Prize for his work training young architects and fostering professional international collaboration.

“Neville advanced the cause of Australian architecture immeasurably,” says Professor Desley Luscombe, current Dean of UTS’s Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. “He had a broad vision of our national architecture and an international awareness that students flocked to.”

His career took him around the globe – from Melbourne to London, the United States, and Papua New Guinea before finally settling in Sydney, and at UTS. This global perspective was a defining feature of his work as an architect and educator, and he was a passionate advocate for the importance of travel and international exposure as part of a student’s education.

UTS has established the Neville Quarry Travel Scholarship in his honour, with the aim of bestowing that opportunity upon future generations of architects. Made possible through the generous support of his former students, family and friends, the scholarship provides current architecture students with $5,000 towards the cost of international study experience in the closing stages of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

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

The Neville Quarry Travel Scholarship will be officially launched at a commemorative event at UTS on 28 July, where UTS alumni, staff, friends and members of the architectural profession will come together to celebrate his life, and his incredible legacy. To register your interest in attending the event, please email dab.communication@uts.edu.au.

Do you have memories or photos of Professor Neville Quarry and his time at UTS that you’d like to share? Please send them to us at alumni@uts.edu.au.