KEN  WOOLLEY  AM  B Arch, Hon DSc Arch Sydney LFRAIA, FTSE,  Architect

1933 - 2015

Ken Woolley was born in Sydney in 1933, attended Sydney Boys’ High School and studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with 1st Class Honours and the University Medal in 1955. He was a founding member of the special design team in Harry Rembert's Design Office of the NSW Government Architects Branch and soon became involved in major projects such as Fisher Library, which received the Sulman Award in 1962 and then the State Office Block.  His own house at Mosman, 1962, won the Wilkinson Award and set private practice in train with project housing for Pettit and Sevitt. He went into the partnership Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley in 1964, just prior to Ancher's retirement. This practice has received all the major architectural awards and created numerous outstanding buildings which include the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Town Hall House Sydney, the Park Hyatt at Campbell's Cove, the ABC Radio and Orchestra Centre at Ultimo, the Victorian State Library, the Control Tower at Sydney Airport, the Olympics and RAS Dome Exhibition and Indoor Sports Halls, the Olympic Hockey Stadium, the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour and the refurbishment of the Queen Victoria Building. The most recent recognition was to the State Library of Victoria with the 2006 Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture.

He was a visiting professor at the University of NSW and the University of Sydney and has been chairman or member of numerous award, review and competition juries. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 1988, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1993, and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2001. He received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to structural engineering. In 2010 he was awarded a Doctorate of Science in Architecture honoris causa, by the University of Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning.

Monograph:     Australian Architects:     Ken Woolley – RAIA 1985

A.S.Hook RAIA Gold Medal Address Sydney 1994 ‘State of the Art’

Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture Canberra 1997 ‘Give Art a Chance’

Monograph:     The Master Architect Series IV Ken Woolley and Ancher Mortlock & Woolley Selected and Current Works 1999

Address ‘A Pitch of Magnificence’ Academy of Technological Science & Engineering, 2001

Architect and Artist – Drawings by Ken Woolley – Published by Images, 2002

Author, ‘Reviewing the Performance, The Design of the Sydney Opera House,’ Watermark Press 2010

Author ‘Making Marks, Drawings by Ken Woolley,’ Watermark Press 2013



As Design Architect, Government Architect's Office:

1955            St. Margaret’s Hospital Chapel, Darlinghurst

1956            Chemistry School, Sydney University, with H Rembert & P Webber

1957-1962       Fisher Library, Sydney University

1960-1964       State Office Block. Completed 1966

1962            Lidcombe State Hospital Recreation Hall & Chapel

In private practice, Ancher Mortlock and Woolley.

1962            Woolley House, Mosman

1962-1977       3500 Pettit & Sevitt houses

1965-1988       Student Unions at Macquarie, Newcastle and Sydney Universities

1971            Town Hall House, Sydney, and Sydney Square collaboration

1972            Government Housing, Canberra, 600 houses 1972-1982

1973            New Australian Embassy, Bangkok. Completed 1978

1977            Port Vila, Vanuatu, & Honiara, Solomon Islands, Radio Broadcasting Stations

1979            Institute of Criminology Canberra, (competition winner). Unbuilt

1980            Woolley House, Cooper Street, Paddington

1980-1983       GMLS Assembly and Overhaul Building, Garden Island

1982            Australian Federal Police Headquarters, Canberra. Unbuilt

1983            National Archives Headquarters, Canberra. Unbuilt

1984            Commonwealth Law Courts, Parramatta

1984-1986       Woolley House, Palm Beach

1985            Exhibition Glass Houses, The Arc, Royal Botanic Gardens

                    Sydney Space Theatre, Power House Museum, Sydney. Unbuilt

1986            Hotel at the Opera House, Sydney. Unbuilt

1987            Australia Pavilion, Expo 88 Brisbane

                    Park Hyatt Hotel at Campbell’s Cove, Circular Quay, Sydney

1988            ABC Radio and Orchestra Centre, Sydney

                    Walsh Bay Waterfront Redevelopment, Sydney. Unbuilt

                    Australia Hellenic War Memorial, Canberra

1989            Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra, Urban Design elements

                    Urban Design Controls Civic, Central area, City Hill, Canberra

1990            Children's Medical Research Institute, Westmead

1991            Exhibition & Sports Halls for Olympics 2000 Bid, Homebush Bay

1992            Medium density tropical housing for South Pacific Forum, Noumea

                    Sand River Golf Club original design, Shenzhen, China

1993            Control Tower, Sydney Airport

1994            Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst

                    Heritage refurbishment and courtyard infill, Education Department, Bridge Street, Sydney

1995            Bloodbank, Parramatta

                    Woolley House, Stewart Street, Paddington. Alterations and additions

1996            Exhibition Hall Dome & Olympic 2000 Indoor Sports halls, Homebush Bay

1997            Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre: Link Expansion, Darling Harbour

1998            Hockey Stadium, Olympics 2000, Homebush Bay

1999            Burswood International Resort Casino expansion, Perth, Western Australia

2004            Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. Refurbishment

                    Proposal for a Sydney Music Shell in the Domain

2005            Park Hyatt Hotel, Circular Quay. Rooftop suites extension

2005            Project Housing, model houses for Landcom, Hoxton Park, Sydney

                    Completion of State Library of Victoria, from 1985 onwards

2007            Revival of Pettit & Sevitt project houses. 3 new designs

2008            Design for Hindley Street Hotel, Adelaide, with John Diekman

2008-2014       Proposal for Large New Opera Theatre at Sydney Opera House

2009            Completion of Queen Victoria. Refurbishment

2011            Northbourne Ave, Canberra, Sydney Ancher’s 1960 housing. Refurbishment and


2012            Second Proposal for a Sydney Music Shell in the Domain


Fisher Library

State Office Block

Woolley House, Mosman

The Cottages, Cremorne Point

Seventh Day Adventist Church

Macquarie Uni Student Union Building, Stg 1

Lidcombe State Hospital, Recreation Hall and Chapel

Newcastle Uni Student Union

Pettit + Sevitt Exhibition House

Town Hall House and Sydney Square

Wentworth Student Union Building, Stg 1

F.C Pye Field Environment Lab, ACT

Woolley House,

Cooper St. Paddington

Mormon Chapel, Leura

Guided Missile Launching System Assembly

and Overhaul Building, Garden Island

Australian Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

Queenscliff Surf Pavillion

Australian Defence Forces Academy Cadets Mess

George St. Parramatta Offices

Woolley House, Palm Beach

"The Arc" Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens

Childrens' Medical Research Institute, Westmeade

The Australian Hellenic War Memorial,


ABC Radio and Orchestra Centre, Ultimo

Lakeside Promenade and Central Area Light Fittings, ACT

Park Hyatt Hotel, Campbells Cove

Victoria State Library

Blood Bank and Laboratories, Parramatta

Garvan Institute of Medical

Research, Darlinghurst

RAS Royal Agricultural Showground Exhibition

Halls + Dome, Homebush Olympics

State Hockey Centre, Homebush Bay

Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour

Queen Victoria Building

Chemistry School, Sydney University

St. Margaret's Chapel