of Pittwater, Australia
Australian architect recognised for
contribution to sustainable design
Australian architect, Richard Leplastrier http://www.ozetecture.org/oze_NEW_portfolio_richard.html
has been awarded the Dreyer Foundation Prize of Honour 2009.
Leplastrier is recognised for his “understanding of the true meaning of
The Melbourne-born Architect studied at the University of Sydney and
worked closely with Jorn Utzon in the late 60s, before relocating to
Kyoto to study traditional Japanese architecture and working under
Professor Kenzo Tange.
Leplastrier returned to Sydney in 1970, establishing his own practice
and has since received an array of accolades including the 1999 RAIA
Gold Medal and The International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture
Award in 2004 for his outstanding contributions to
Renowned for utilising materials sourced from close by, Leplastrier
favours wood in his projects – preferably recycled and veneer.
Dryer Foundation board member Lene Tranberg explains “The legacies of
Jørn Utzon, Kenzo Tange, and the classic Japanese building tradition
are continued in the most beautiful way [in Leplastrier’s work] –
creating human experiences of exceptional elegance and
“Within the realm of architecture, he has imbued the term
‘sustainability’ with a deeper meaning through the ideas expressed in
‘Let’s cultivate less!’.”
The Dreyer Foundation aims to promote initiatives within architecture
and law that further the professions within society. Since 1982 The
Dreyer Foundation of Honor each year has awarded around $90,000 to an
architect and a lawyer who have made a significant contribution to
The 2009 focus of the awards was on climate and sustainability and also
honoured Danish Lawyer Birgitte Refn Wenzel (pictured below).
The recipients of the Dreyer
Foundation Prize of Honor '09, Richard Leplastrier and Danish Lawyer
Birgitte Refn Wenzel - Photos: Carsten Snejbjerg
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