has never been a source of good art"
Woolley is the only remaining partner of the Sydney architectural
firm of Archer, Mortlock and Woolley, which he joined in 1964. He
has been recognized as a person who is flexible in his approach
to any architectural problem. One of his most notable achievements
was the design of thousands of project houses in the 60s and 70s,
thereby making excellent architecturally designed homes available
to all and not just a privileged few. Other important works include
Town Hall House in Sydney, 1970 the Queenscliff Surf Pavilion, N.S.W.
1982, and more recently, the competition winning design for the
National Archives building in Canberra, and the Australian Pavilion
at the World Expo 1988 in Brisbane.
asked Mr. Woolley to talk to us about Australian Style in architecture
today. Does Australia have a distinct style of its own which contributes
to international architecture or are we, in fact, representative
of many styles from other parts of the world and periods in time?
is a fundamental reason behind my reservations about recognizing
an Australian style and it is this: the purpose of this search for
a style is to use it as a sort of "prescription", we are
looking for a style in order to tell people how to do it, and I
am totally opposed to prescriptions for art. Our recent surge of
nationalism has encouraged this quest of a style - it isn't the
whole story by any means, but there is a lot of nationalism, and
nationalism as such has never been a source of good art.