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Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler
, 1954

by Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph

Harry Seidler AC OBE (1923-2006), architect, was born in Vienna. He studied in England and Canada and worked with a number of leading American architects before deciding to settle in Sydney in 1948. The first house he designed - for his parents - introduced Bauhaus principles to Australia. Thereafter Seidler made a significant contribution to the architecture of Sydney, for example in his Australia Square buildings (1961-7), the MLC Centre (1972-5) and Grosvenor Place (1982-88). In Canberra, his designs include the Campbell medium-density housing complex, Ethos House in the city, the Edmund Barton Offices and the Yarralumla Lakeview apartments. From the 1970s onward the multiple-award- winning Seidler held visiting professorships at universities in Australia, the USA and Switzerland. He is shown here aged thirty, talking with his teacher Walter Gropius who was in Sydney to lecture at the 1954 RAIA convention. Dupain took the picture in the Seidler-designed Julian Rose House at Wahroonga, close to completion at the time.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003
Accession number: 2003.25