Robin Boyd: a man whose time has come

There are few people who inspire me more than Robin Boyd, and he features in this week’s issue of The Drill, which contains details about the upcoming celebrations marking 100 years since his birth.


If you haven’t heard of this pioneering architect, writer and advocate, he’s sure to come on to your radar this year as his many contributions around housing and civic spaces, and the importance of good design for everyday people, are revived and revisited.

I was lucky enough to visit the Walsh St House when the foundation was launched, and I’ve long been an admirer of his writings and ambition to make architecture accessible to everyone.

This year, Monash University Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition about the Small Home Service; the Robin Boyd Foundation has a stellar lineup of events including an open house weekend in November; and Heide MoMA and The Ian Potter Gallery at Melbourne University are mounting exhibitions too.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Boyd’s ideas are applied and reinterpreted as we grapple with some of the most challenging design conditions we’ve seen in decades.

You can find more details, and lots of other relevant architecture news, here

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And if you’re all over Robin Boyd, what’s your favourite book or initiative of the great man?