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Robert Nation is an award winning architect with more than 40 years
experience in all facets of architecture both nationally and
internationally. He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad
throughout this time, owning practices offshore for more than 20 years. He
has lectured extensively at universities in Australia and overseas, has won
design competitions throughout Asia and Australia, and has received a number
of national and state architectural awards.
Robert (Bob) was born in Melbourne in 1943, living there until 1948 when his family returned to Hobart. He graduated from Hobart Technical College with a Diploma of Architecture in 1970, followed by a Master of Architecture (Urban Design) from Toronto University in Canada.
He worked predominantly in Tasmania in the 1970s (HNRV Architects), Hong Kong in the 1980s (Yuncken Freeman Hong Kong and Nation Fender Architects), Bangkok and Melbourne in the 1990s (Nation Fender Architects and Nation Fender Katsalidis) and Sydney from 2000 (Nation Viney Architects).
He is currently a registered architect in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
In his first year as an architect, Bob won the RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Award for Public Buildings for Latrobe Council Chambers. Over the next decade, he went on to win three more Tasmanian Chapter Awards for houses, new buildings and commercial buildings.
While in Hong Kong, he received the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Design Award for Wayfoong Plaza Tower in Hong Kong and also the RAIA Victorian Chapter Merit Award for Housing for a 40-apartment development in Toorak.
In 1993, he won the RAIA National Award, International Category, for Muang Thong Thani Industrial Condominiums in Bangkok. He also won the RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture for the Nation House and Studio in Melbourne, as well as an RAIA Victorian Chapter Merit Award for the same dwelling.
In 1995, Nation Fender Katsalidis was awarded first prize in the Circular Quay Redevelopment Design Competition with Tract Consultants Landscape Architects.
His Sidney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne received the RAIA Victorian Chapter Architecture Award and an RAIA National Architecture Award Public Building Commendation in 2002.
Bob has taught in architecture schools in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Toronto. Among his teaching roles, are positions at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne University and Hong Kong University.
He has been a jury member for many design competitions and RAIA Awards programmes. These include being a member of the 2000 RAIA National Design Awards Jury, and Chairman of juries for the RAIA NSW Chapter’s 2001 Design Awards. He has been actively involved in design juries such as the Wagga Wagga Council Centre, Parramatta Road Competition, and the CUB major urban design competition in Sydney.
Over the past 40 years, Bob has been responsible for a diverse range of projects, from small houses to a city in Thailand, which was the largest construction project in the world in the 1990s.
Commercial/civic/public projects he has worked on include: the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the Royal Alfred Quays in Surfers Paradise, the adaptive re-use of the British Rail offices at Marylebone Station to the Landmark Hotel, a resort city development in Spain, the Government Office Tower in Hong Kong, and Antarctic Division Australia headquarters in Hobart.
Residential projects include the Victoria Park residential complex in Sydney, the 701-apartment World Tower in Sydney, the award-winning Nation House and Studio in Melbourne and Boyes House in Hobart.
During his time at Nation Fender, his practice carried out extensive planning, urban design and architectural commissions throughout Asia, including the new University UNIMAS in Sarawak and the new city of Muang Thong Thani in Thailand. Between 1990 and 1994, the practice was responsible for more than four million square metres of development.
In 2000, his design submission won the design competition for an 85-storey residential tower, World Tower at World Square, in Sydney, for Meriton Apartments.
Bob has been involved with the RAIA for more than 40 years, having worked initially as an editor of the Tasmanian Chapter’s magazine in the mid-1960s.
From 1978, he served in a number of roles on the Tasmanian Chapter Council, including Chairman of the Board of Architectural Education, and remained actively involved before moving overseas.
In 2001, he served on the RAIA’s NSW Chapter Council before being appointed a National Councillor in 2002. He became Honorary Treasurer in 2002 and President Elect in 2004.
Mid-2004, Bob was appointed Northern Territory Government Architect, a part-time position over a period of three years.