Earlier this year Jack Mundey received the 2017 NSW President’s Prize, not for the buildings he designed, commissioned or built – but for those he has saved.
Jack was the face of the 1970s Green Bans that saved buildings and precincts across the city.
In awarding the prize, Andrew Nimmo, President of the Australian Institute of Architects, said “Jack Mundey is an individual whose impact on the fabric of this city is perhaps greater than any other. Not because of the buildings he designed, or commissioned, or built – but because of the buildings he saved.”
“Jack has continued to advocate for the preservation of places steeped in history, culture and social networks: At Millers Point, at Parramatta, and (in an ironic repeat of history) at Sirius in The Rocks. He reminds us that we can never take conservation and heritage protection for granted, that we must always be prepared to fight for what we know to be important.”
“For his extraordinary contribution to the preservation of our built heritage through his activist advocacy for nearly fifty years, Jack Mundey is a worthy recipient of the 2017 NSW President’s Prize.”
Read more about the awards and prizes given on the night, in this article by Michael Bleby: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/nsw-architecture-denser-residential-development-in-suburban-areas-tops-awards-20170629-gx1mb1#ixzz4ljEb3szy
Photo: Boaz Nothman