- Practice Founder
- BArch (First Class Honours) UNSW, M CPUD Harvard
Founding Director Colin Stewart passed away Wednesday 26th June, 2019 after battling leukaemia. Colin’s contribution to architecture and urban design in Australia was significant with a career spanning 50 years.
Colin graduated from UNSW with first class honours in 1969 and in the following year, together with fellow graduates Ken Maher and Craig Burton, entered the competition for the design of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. As one of the youngest teams in the top 30 of 681 international entries, the team won a key prize with their ambitious and progressive scheme and travelled to Europe to accept their award.
Colin won a Fullbright Scholarhip to Harvard University where he completed his Masters of City Planning in Urban Design 1971. His studies and subsequent work at the Office of Midtown Planning in Manhattan became the foundation for a long and passionate commitment to strategic urban design as a mechanism for enriching the quality of the public domain in our cities.
Returning from New York in 1974, Colin joined Sydney City Council as Chief Urban Designer before joining Jackson Teece Chesterman and Willis. During this time Colin prepared numerous urban design strategies for the city that have informed many subsequent projects, including George Street and Circular Quay.
Colin moved to Canberra in 1981 taking up a position at the National Capital Development Commission preparing many influential strategies and projects for the Capital.
He established Colin Stewart Urban Design, in 1988. Over more than three decades the office has evolved to become one of Canberra’s largest and most influential practices. Stewart Architecture has sustained a consistently high quality body of work, receiving numerous awards, and a loyal following of clients, with competition winning projects including the master plan for the Kingston Foreshore in 1997.
The support of a dedicated and high skilled team enabled Colin to develop countless strategic and at times speculative propositions for Canberra’s future, including re-imagining City Hill, and more recent proposals to reinstitute Griffin’s ‘gateways’ to the city.
Colin was a champion of the public realm and was renowned for his clear and strategic city thinking. He was a unique intellect and deeply passionate designer. Colin believed that good design can change people’s lives for the better and we are honoured to continue his great legacy.