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John Andrews: Architect of Uncommon Sense

27 March - 24 May, 2024
This showcase surveys the career of University of Sydney & Harvard-trained architect, arguably Australia’s most globally influential.

Opening Night: Wednesday, 27 March 6pm - 8pm

Public weekend openings:
Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, May 4, 11:00am - 3:00pm

From the megastructural Scarborough College in Toronto of 1965 to the high-tech pods of Intelsat HQ in Washington, DC, 1988, via a series of key projects in Australia, Andrews’s designs were remarkable. But in the face of postmodernism’s rise his fame quickly waned. Andrews, however, remained committed to modernism: design should make the built world better for everyone.

Organised through themes including Geography, Urbanism and Sustainability, the exhibition features period drawings, images and documents, with new photographs by Noritaka Minami.

Curated by Paul Walker & Kevin Liu

John Andrews: Architect of Uncommon Sense was first exhibited October 28-December 22, 2022, at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The curators would like to thank the GSD for their ongoing support for this exhibition.


Drawing courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Special Collections, Harvard University

John Andrews's Laconic Legacy
Gallery Tour and Talk with Kevin Liu

Saturday 6 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Tin Sheds Gallery

Join designer Kevin Liu for an afternoon in the gallery which will include a talk and tour of the exhibition. 

Kevin will speak on Andrews’s early use of simple diagrams and innovative forms of collaboration and communication over his career with illustrated examples and presentation. He will also touch briefly on John Andrews as one of the first “international” architects which led to him receiving the prestigious commission for George Gund Hall over all of his much older and distinguished peers and mentors, at the age of 35.


Photo by Peter Bennetts, 2013

John Andrews: Sydney Projects

Wednesday 10 April, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Venue: Tin Sheds Gallery

Talk by Paul Walker, editor & lead author John Andrews: Architect of Uncommon Sense and co-curator with Kevin Liu of the exhibition of the same name.


Photograph of Scarborough College by PANDA Associates. From the John Andrews fonds, courtesy of the Canadian Architecture Archives

John Andrews International: A Roundtable Discussion

Saturday 4 May, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Tin Sheds Gallery

Join designer Kevin Liu for an afternoon in the gallery which will include a talk and tour of the exhibition. In 2022, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design celebrated the 50 year anniversary of George Gund Hall which opened in October of 1972 and preceded the release of the book of the same name on John Andrews’s career to be published in almost 40 years.

Kevin will speak on Andrews’s early use of simple diagrams and innovative forms of collaboration and communication over his career with illustrated examples and presentation. He will also touch briefly on John Andrews as one of the first “international” architects which led to him receiving the prestigious commission for George Gund Hall over all of his much older and distinguished peers and mentors, at the age of 35.


Tin Sheds Gallery acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, upon whose ancestral lands our exhibitions take place. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge of these lands, waterways and Country.

Please note there has been a date change, we have brought forward the opening night of this exhibition to Wednesday 27th March (previously Thursday 28th March)

Top image: Callam Offices, ACT (1968-1977). Photo by Noritaka Minami, 2022

Bottom image: Intelsat Headquarters, Washington DC (1988). Photo by Paul Walker, 2012

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