A S Hook Address

Each year, since 1972, the RAIA Gold Medallist* is required to deliver the A S Hook Address.

The Address, named in memory of Alfred Samuel Hook, provides insight into the life, work and principles of the Gold Medallist and the state of the profession at that time. Alfred Samuel Hook's selfless dedication and untiring efforts led to the birth of the RAIA in 1929 and the nurturing of it during its first difficult 16 years of life.

2004 RAIA Gold Medal Recipient, Gregory Burgess FRAIA, will present the AS Hook Address and various speakers will comment on the life and work of this distinctive Victorian architect.



Gregory Burgess is recognised as an architect of great distinction not just by followers of his work in Australia, but throughout the world.

Burgessí completed buildings have been published internationally since 1985 and have received more than 40 awards for excellence during the past 20 years. In 1997 Burgess was awarded the internationally prestigious Robert Mathew Award for outstanding contributions to the development of architecture in the British Commonwealth. His designs for houses, schools, community buildings for health and cultural interpretation, exhibitions, ecclesiastical and institutional buildings, and most importantly his work in designing innovative buildings with and for indigenous Australians, are all rich with messages about nature, materials, and the fundamentals of dwelling, human interaction and public space.

As a mentor and teacher, a founding and former long-term director of the Sophia Mundi Rudolf Steiner School in Abbotsford, Victoria, an active participant in government and community forums about art and design, and above all as an architect of deep cultural sensitivity and consummate skill, Gregory Burgess is a fitting recipient of the RAIA Gold Medal for 2004.
Extract from RAIA 2004 Gold Medal Jury Citation

About Greg Burgess
About the Gold Medal
About the A S Hook Address



2004 A S Hook Address Proudly Sponsored by Armstrong World Industries - Australia



*The RAIA Gold Medal is the highest honour the Institute of Architects may bestow.

The award is made in recognition of most distinguished services by an individual architect who has designed or executed buildings of a high merit or produced work of great distinction to promote or facilitate the knowledge of architecture, or by work which has endowed the profession of architecture in such an exceptional or distinguished way as to merit this award.