Peter Tonkin graduated from Sydney University with First Class Honours in Science (Architecture) and in Architecture and has maintained an independent practice since 1981. In 1987 he joined Brian Zulaikha to form Tonkin Zulaikha Architects.
Peter has a strong design and urban design reputation, and a wide range of experience from simple to complex buildings and site planning. Award winning projects have included the redevelopment of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the Vietnam War Memorial, Canberra, the Canberra National Arboretum and Gardens and significant projects at Homebush Bay for the 2000 Olympics. Peter is currently working on the Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment, Victoria Square Urban Regeneration in Adelaide, The Burton Street Tabernacle and the Glebe Town Hall Adaptive Reuse.
Peter has been a visiting design tutor at Sydney University, at the University of NSW and at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and a Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
A composition of stacked and shifted modules, this experimental but elegant house by Oser Fombertaux and Associates, completed in 1966, is emblematic of a European-inspired modernism that defined the architecture of postwar Sydney.
Written by Sydney-based architect and planner James Colman, The House that Jack Built chronicles Jack Mundey’s life as a “heritage activist” and celebrates his pivotal role in the movement behind Sydney’s green bans.
Peter O’Gorman – architect, teacher and mentor – leaves a legacy of fine buildings and a generation of inspired and thoughtful students. Ellen Wooley and Peter Tonkin remember the intelligence, the generosity and the twinkling eye of this unassuming man.
After nine years of gestation, Donovan Hill unveil their long-discussed ‘hill town’ villa for a client in suburban Brisbane. The C House already has sophisticated pilgrims swooning about its conceptual complexity and fine construction.