I arrived in Sydney in December 1947 and quickly realised that Australian house construction, although very similar to English techniques, nevertheless had a few very rational differences in relation to the different climates.

How to reconcile these with the fresh international modern thinking that my training in Manchester had aroused ? It turned out to be quite easy really – think simply with a sound underpinning of building science which applied almost anywhere but of necessity should be firmly based on the local climate.

Global warming and sustainability concepts were not in the vocabulary or even public knowledge in those days and the Australian domestic vernacular was not worthy of adoption so logic and a simple aesthetic was unquestionably the path to be followed. (more…)