Don Watson: A Civil Servant


19 Mar –
11 May 2018

9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Australian Institute of Architects
Queensland Chapter, 70 Merivale St, South Brisbane
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This exhibition focuses on the works of Donald Watson, a talented and prolific architect who has made a remarkable contribution to Australian architecture culture through his body of exemplary built works, his historical research and his writings. 

Donald Watson’s architectural career began in the mid 1960s. From 1979, Watson combined his private consultancy with a part-time lecturer position at the University of Queensland. Teaching both history and design, he greatly impressed on a generation of aspiring architects, who have since become household names in Australian architecture. In 1989 Watson left UQ and joined the Queensland Department of Public Works. There, he worked on several large public projects, many of which have won national awards and commendations.

Witty and wise, Watson's designs represent some of the finest examples of postmodernism in Queensland. And yet, while highly decorated, most of his projects remain unknown. The exhibition Don Watson: A Civil Servant will shed light on some of Queensland’s little known architectural treasures.    

Exhibition team: Janina Gosseye, Doug Neale and Alice Hampson, with assistance of Demitrya Frangos and Hamish Lonergan.


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