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BVN Architecture, formerly Bligh Voller Nield, is an architecture firm based in Australia.

Bligh Voller Nield was established during 1997 to 1999 with the merger of Bligh Voller Architects, Lawrence Nield and Partners Australia, Grose Bradley and Pels Innes Neilson and Kosloff. In 2009, Bligh Voller Nield became BVN Architecture.

BVN Architecture is one of the largest architectural practices in Australia with offices located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with project offices in Canberra, Auckland and London.

The firm has been extremely successful since the early 2000s designing many landmark buildings in Australia and sport facilities for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games.

Notable Projects


20 Alfred Street Apartments, Milsons Point NSW

2010 RAIA Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

Attorney General's Department Workplace, Canberra ACT

2010 RAIA ACT W. Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture for Attorney General's Department Workplace, Canberra ACT

Brain and Mind Research Institute at the Univeristy of Sydney, Sydney NSW

2011 RAIA NSW Sulman Award
2011 RIBA International Award for Architectural Excellence
2010 World Architecture Festival - World Health Building [3]

Bendigo Bank Headquarters, Bendigo VIC

2009 RAIA National Award for Commercial Architecture for Bendigo Bank Headquarters, Bendigo VIC

BVN Sydney Studio, Sydney NSW

2011 RAIA NSW John Verge Award for Interior Architecture
2011 IDA NSW Best of State Award

Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Stage 4, Townsville QLD

2011 RAIA Walter and Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year

Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel, Puckapunyal VIC

2011 IDA Best of State Commercial Design Victoria Award

RAAF Richmond 36/37 Squadron Headquarters, Richmond NSW

5 Star Green Star - Office Design and 5 Star Green Star - Office As Built certified rating

Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon NSW

Stockland Head Office, Sydney NSW

2008 RAIA NSW Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture for Stockland Head Office, Sydney NSW


London 2012 Olympic Athlete's Village (in progress), London UK



An urban design architecture and sports planning enthusiast, Lawrence Nield has seen his fair share of the world, working in Australia and New Zealand, Greece, China, Vietnam, Italy, France and Britain. Having been appointed head of masterplanning for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in 1994, he contributed to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and the Buenos Aires Olympic bid. Nield was the Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney from 1992-1996, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of NSW. He founded the firm Lawrence Neild & Partners in 1976, which merged with Bligh Voller in 1998 to form Bligh Voller Nield, of which he is now a Principal. His designs have won numerous awards, including the RAIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings in 1997.

Why did you decide to become an architect?
Because I read Lewis Mumford’s ‘Culture of Cities’ on the tram to university.

What is your most treasured possession?
The view from my house in the Hunter Valley.

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
A doctor.

Your favourite subject at high school?

What books do you have on your bedside table?
Mike Davis ‘The City of Fear’.

In your opinion, what personal qualities make a good architect?
An ability to roll with the punches.

Who would you most like to design something for?
A client with real architectural values.

Favourite tool of the trade?
A pencil.

Your greatest extravagance?
A Motoscafi from the airport in Venice.

Your greatest achievement?
Still to come...

Best architectural holiday destination?

An upcoming international architectural project that excites you is?
Venice Stadium.

What are you afraid of regarding the future?
The continuing advancement of thoughtless Post-Modernism.

Best vista?
Also my most treasured possession (as above).

Worst blight?
The unrolling of the suburban carpet with ever continuing McMansions.

If you could meet one person alive?
Ms Arundhati Roy, Author.

One artwork that inspires you is?
Giorgione’s ‘The Tempest’.

The greatest hero from the history of architecture?
Luciano Laurana.

The dastardly villain?
Albert Speer.

The ideal city attributed to Luciano Laurana