Australia Modern Architecture, Landscape & Design 1925–1975

The essential text on Australian modernism, featuring 100 significant site examples by Australia’s most revered architects, rich archival imagery and expert essays exploring how modernism has shaped Australian society.

Showcasing projects from the iconic and the urban to the everyday, the regional and the lesser known, Australia Modern: Architecture, Landscape & Design 1925–1975 cultivates an appreciation for the modern architects and buildings that will increasingly constitute the heritage of tomorrow.

Australia Modern Book Spread

Shortlisted for the ABIA Australian Book Industry Awards 2019-2020, the book, published by Thames & Hudson, was also shortlisted for the Cornish Family Price, NGV 2019-20, won a silver medal at the Design Industry Awards New Zealand 2019, was a finalist in the Australia Graphic Design Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019-20. The book is also the winner of the National Trust Heritage Award 2020 in the Publication category.

From the Sydney Opera House and the National Gallery of Victoria to sought-after homes across the country, the pervasive presence of modernism is inescapable in Australia. Led by the likes of Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Walter Burley Griffin, modernist architects and designers set out to rebuild at all scales, from vast infrastructure projects, to public health and education institutions, to new centres of culture, consumption and leisure.

Australia Modern vividly captures this architectural legacy with a survey of 100 significant modern sites, richly illustrated with archival images and newly commissioned photographs. Contextual essays by leading voices in architecture and conservation explore modernism’s influence on every facet of life in Australia and the ongoing challenges facing preservation.

Australia Modern Book Cover

Book Cover | Published: Thames & Hudson, 2019
Image Credit: Sydney Ancher House III, 15 Bogota Ave, Neutral Bay, NSW, 1956. Architect: Sydney Ancher. Photograph: Max Dupain, 1958

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Project Title

Australia Modern: Architecture, Landscape & Design 1925–1975

Project Team

Prof Philip Goad (University of Melbourne)
Prof Hannah Lewi (University of Melbourne)


Thames & Hudson
Published : 2019


Prof Philip Goad (University of Melbourne)