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Bruce Rickard: A Life in Architecture
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Julie Cracknell Peter Lonergan
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Bruce Rickard: A Life in Architecture

Julie Cracknell Peter Lonergan Sam Rickard


New South Books

Art & Architecture;
Individual architects & architectural firms


376 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you (or a loved one) have any interest in design or in architecture, then take a look at this absolutely beautiful production from NewSouth Books. The earthy tones of the jacket, printed onto tactile cloth bound hardback, immediately signify the rugged Australian bushland - you'll be hearing the whipbirds and cicadas! Inside is the most extensive collection of imagery and essays of the life and works of an architect. Lots of beautiful photos of the houses and buildings, along with much historical information of twentieth-century Sydney. Craig Kirchner


Bruce Rickard was one of the most significant Australian architects of the twentieth century. A key member of the Sydney School, his practice spanned 60 years and he produced some of the most notable and recognisable houses of the period.

In Bruce Rickard: A life in architecture, architects, writers, academics and family members, including Karen McCartney and Anna Fienberg (who have both lived in Rickard houses), Babette Hayes, Philip Drew and Richard Goodwin, share their unique insights into Rickard's practice.

Featuring never-before-published photographs by Max Dupain and Bruce Rickard's hand-drawn plans, this stunningly produced book celebrates the pared-back beauty and ingenuity of Rickard's buildings.

Bruce Rickard at 131 York Street Sydney

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Edited by:   Julie Cracknell, Peter Lonergan, Sam Rickard
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 305mm,  Width: 250mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235943
ISBN 10:   1742235948
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Julie Cracknell and Peter Lonergan are directors of Cracknell & Lonergan, a multi-disciplinary architecture and design practice established in 1984. Julie worked with Bruce Rickard for a number of years, and Peter is on the Australian Institute of Architects' Heritage Conservation Committee and taught with Bruce Rickard at UNSW. Sam Rickard, one of Bruce Rickard's sons, is a production designer, art director and interior designer.

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