Gregory Burgess Architects

Gregory Burgess

AM, BArch, HonDArch(Melb), LFRAIA

Since 1972 Gregory Burgess has been the principal designer for Gregory Burgess Architects, with an emphasis on architecture as a social, healing and ecological art. His international reputation has been established through a body of work including housing, community, cultural (including indigenous), educational, health, religious, commercial, exhibition design and urban design projects.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the national Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings, the Victorian Architecture Medal for the best building of the year, the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal for distinguished service by an Australian architect, the Robert Mathew Award for outstanding contributions to the development of architecture in the Commonwealth, and the international Kenneth F Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architectural Design Award.

He has taught and lectured at many Australian and international universities and his work has been exhibited at major galleries and museums locally and in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bombay, Edinburgh, the Middle East, and America. It has been widely published in books and journals, including most major international architectural journals.

Gregory Burgess was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture, University of Melbourne acknowledging his significant artistic, social, environmental and intellectual contribution and Life Fellowship of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2005.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List, for his service to architecture in the area of environmentally sensitive building design, and to the community. 

Lectures, teaching and interviews


  • Australian Catholic University, Melbourne – National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board Symposium – Transformation and the thread of continuity - Church of St Michael and St John, Horsham, 7 February 19
  • Sushant School of Art and Architecture - Ansal University – International Planning and Architecture Conclave (iPAC) – Lectures and Workshops: Healing Through Architecture 11-16 February 19
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Children's Pavilion 20 Year Master Plan (Forthcoming Publication)
  • National Architecture Conference 2019 – Collective Agency – “Action!!” Invited Talk: Personal reflections on collective agency an action, 22 June 2019
  • National Reconciliation Week 2019 - Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University, Waurn Springs, featured on AIA Website, 27 May to 3 June 2019



  • Artkitektura Festival, Manila, Lecture: Flux, Flow, Self and The World – Exploring the space between, 5/6 February 18
  • Iloilo Lifebank Foundation Board presentation, 7 February 18
  • Iloilo University, Lecture, Flux, Flow, Self and the World, repeat presentation, 8 February 18
  • Lorne Sculptural Biennale Conference, Lecture: Listening to the voice of connection  17 Mar – 2 Apr 1, <>
  • Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne – Go Back to Where You Came From: Indigenous Design – past | present | future symposium - Brambuk Talk and Tour with Jefa Greenaway, 21 July 18
  • Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar – Student Teacher visit and conversation to GBA Studio, 7 August 18
  • Colour Society Conference, Perception & Colour Melbourne 2018, Lecture: Space, place, light – Colour as mood, mystery and field, 7-9 Sept 18


  • University of Melbourne – Masters Design Studio C, D E - Auroville Studio (Semester 1)
  • Life and Living Conference – Building Community – Architecture as a living conversation between people, place and spirit. 12-16 April 2017
  • Arkitektura Festival, Manila, Living Architecture Conference talks and workshops 23-27 August 2017
  • Bengal Institute  Dhaka Bangladesh, Talks an workshops, 4-7 November 2017
  • CCC, Talk, An architecture of kindness, 18 November 2017)
  • Shepherds Ground Biodynamic Farm Village, Talk, 6 December 2017


  • Master Class – By Invitation - A conversation: Architectural Practice and Life, RMIT & SONA / SJB Architects?, 18 May 18 2016
  • Detail 3 office, Invited talk, 25 May 2016
  • Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, trainee teacher Office Visit and Conversation, 1 June 2016


  • Guest Speaker and workshop presenter, ‘Interfaces 2015’, International Forum of Contemporary Architecture. Villahermosa City, Tabasco, Mexico, Dec 2-5, 2015
  • Design Studio Leader - M.Arch Design Studios C, D & E, Melbourne School of Design, Semester 2, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, Lyons Design Studio (RMIT Masters students), Indigenous Representation, Apr 22, 2015


  • Guest Speaker, Petyan – Art, Culture, Renewal. Brambuk Cultural Centre, Sept 27, 2014
  • Guest Speaker to & critique of Final Master’s Thesis Students, RMIT/University of Melbourne, Aug 19, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Anthroposophical Society Saturday Morning Talks, Hawthorn Library, Jun 28, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Eltham Library’s 20th Anniversary, May 22, 2014
  • Interview, ABC Radio, Breakfast with Red Symons, Feb 4, 2014


  • Guest Studio Leader, Robin Boyd Design Studio, Robin Boyd Foundation, 290 Walsh St, South Yarra, Dec 1-6, 2013
  • Guest Speaker, Indigenous Placemaking Studio, Masters Design Thesis programme, University of Melbourne, Aug 26, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Facilities for Social Sustainability Studio, University of Melbourne, Semester 2, 2013
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Aboriginal Architecture and Diversity’. Process - presented by Victorian Young Architects and Graduates, Loopbar, Melbourne, Jul 1, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, Mar 26, 2013


  • Guest Speaker, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art – Vision Culture Lectures, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec 4-7, 2012
  • Guest Critic, Indigenous Placemaking Studio, Masters Design Thesis programme, University of Melbourne, Nov 9, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Nillumbik Shire Council Red Chair Talk/Mud Brick Tour/ Practically Green Festival, Eltham Library, Oct 21, 2012
  • Case Study Presentation - Middle Park Public Amenities Block, Sustainable Design Workshop , City of Port Phillip Green Building Week, Sept 17, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Bringing Architects Together’ seminar and exhibition, Bangladeshi Architects in Australia, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Sept 14, 2012
  • Interview with John Byleveld, The PLAN - architecture, environment and affect, Radio Adelaide, Aug 22, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Teachers’ Curriculum Day, Little Yarra Steiner School, Aug 14, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Adelaide University Speaker Series 2012, Aug 7
  • Guest Speaker, Pecha Kucha – ‘True Light’ (20 images x 20 seconds), Loop Bar, Melbourne, Jul 21, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Anthroposophical Society and Steiner Education Australia National Conference, Alice Springs, Jul 8-12, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Open House Melbourne Speaker Series – Gold Medal Winners, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Jun 26, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Poetics of the Body’, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, May 14, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Dalhousie University, Halifax & Carleton University, Ottawa, Mar 2012


  • Guest Speaker and Jury Member, 21st Birthday Celebration of the Box Hill Community Arts Centre & Presentation of Biennial Art Competition Awards, 15 Oct 2011
  • Guest Speaker, The Institute of Koorie Education 25th Anniversary Celebration, Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus, Sept 8, 2011
  • Interview with Laura Kelly, C31 Television, Sacred Spaces Series 3, Jul 21, 2011
  • Interview with Alan Saunders & Prof Sasha Grishin, ABC Radio National, By Design, Jul 6, 2011
  • Opening address, The Council for Educational Facility Planners International Australasia Region (CEFPI) Tour of Hume Central Senior Secondary College, Broadmeadows, May 26, 2011
  • Member of Advisory Group for the Indigenous Cultural Expressions Public Art Commission, Arts Victoria (State Govt), 2011
  • Opening Address, ‘Journey’ Student Exhibition, Facilities for Social Sustainability, University of Melbourne, May 20, 2011
  • Australian Galleries – Opening Speech, book launch for ‘Lines for Birds – Poems & Paintings’ by John Wolsely artist and Barry Hill poet, Apr 20, 2011
  • Melbourne Prize Jury Chairman, AIA (VIC) 2011 Architecture Awards
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Apr 14, 2011
  • Jury Member, 2011 Boroondara Sustainability Awards


  • Guest Speaker, ‘Understanding Design: Robin Boyd Foundation’, 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, Oct 4, 2010
  • Guest Speaker – Key Forum, Garma Festival, Aug 6-10, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Practices, Processes & Politics of Indigenous Placemaking’, University of Melbourne, Jun25-26, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Indigenous Placemaking: Knowledge, Culture & Community’, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Jun 24, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, National Anthroposophical Conference, Hobart, Jan 21-25, 2010


  • Speaker, ‘Shelter: On Kindness’ exhibition at RMIT Gallery. Melbourne International Arts Festival. BMW Edge, Federation Square and ABC Radio, Oct 21, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Sept 23, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, International Conference - ‘The Task of Organic Architecture in Shaping the Future’, Budapest, Aug 27-31, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, Festival of Ideas - ‘Climate Change/Cultural Change’, University of Melbourne, Jun 15-20, 2009
  • Interview, Cameron Smith, Network Ten News, Mar 17, 2009


  • Guest Speaker, ‘AND’ Speaker Series, University of Melbourne, Sept 16, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Sept 10, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Out of Bounds’ Conference, Monash University, Aug 20-23, 2008


  • Jury Member, 2007 Australian Timber Design Awards
  • Guest Speaker, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Sept 26, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, World Heritage of Human Origins Conference, Mildura, Apr 18-20, 2007
  • Jury Member, 2007 RAIA Victorian Architecture Awards
  • Panel Member, National Gallery of Australia Peer Group Review


  • Interview, Triple R Radio, ‘The Architects’, Oct 10, 2006
  • Guest Speaker, ACUADS Conference, Sept 28, 2006
  • Guest Critic & Speaker, RMIT, May 17, 2006
  • Jury Member, 2005 RAIA & COLORBOND Student Biennale Competition, Dec 05 - Apr 06


  • Keynote Speaker, 2005 China (Shanghai) International Architectural Culture Exchange, Nov 25-27
  • Guest Lecturer, Master Class, University of New South Wales, Aug 25, 2005
  • Opening Speech (with Pip Stokes), Murray Walker exhibition, Australian Print Workshop, Jul 8, 2005
  • Member of Judging Panel, Burwood Interconnect Design Competition, Deakin University, Jul 1, 2005
  • Artist in Residence, Bundanoon, Jun 3-8, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Decorum of Doors and Windows Symposium’, University of New South Wales, Jun 11, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer and Guest Tutor, University of New South Wales, May 25, 2005
  • Occasional Address for Honorary Doctorate, Conferring of Degree Ceremony, University of Melbourne, Apr 9, 2005
  • Interview, Spaces Magazine, London, Mar 18, 2005
  • Melbourne Prize Jury Chairman, RAIA (VIC) 2005 Architecture Awards
  • Guest Lecturer, Deakin University Real Lecture, Mar 8, 2005
  • Interview, Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne, Feb 28, 2005
  • Keynote Speaker, EcoEdge Conference, Feb 12, 2005


  • Guest Speaker (welcome to new members), RAIA (VIC) Chapter, Nov 30, 2004
  • Jury Member, RAIA National Gold Medal, Nov 16, 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, Making a Difference: The Social Conscience of the Architect, RAIA (QLD) Chapter, Brisbane Nov 10, 2004
  • Deans Lecture, Melbourne University, Oct 26, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Meeting Place - Place and Space, Halls Gap, Arts Conference, Oct 22, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, Monash University, Department of Visual Arts, Visual Culture Lab Series, Oct 21, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Sept 24, 2004
  • Jury Chair and Speaker, Adelaide Affordable Eco Housing Competition, Award Ceremony and Exhibition, Sept 16&17, 2004
  • Jury Chair and Guest Lecturer, International Architecture Competition, Eco Centre at the Nakdong River Busan, Nature vs. Manmade Conflict and Harmony, July 22-28, 2004
  • Launceston Speaker, Rory Spence Requiem, July 6, 2004
  • Interview, George Negus Tonight, June 23, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Australian Property Council World Environment Day Breakfast, June 1, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Eltham Library 10 Year Anniversary, May 22, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA (South Australia), May 20, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA & University of Sydney, NSW Chapter, May 7, 2004
  • Design Talk, RAIA (VIC) Chapter, 4 Architects Exhibition, 1979, 25 Year Anniversary
  • Interview, ABC Radio National, Julie Copeland Arts on Sunday, Mar 30, 2004
  • Interview, ABC Darwin, Mar 24, 2004
  • Interview, Virginia Trioli, ABC 774, Mar 23, 2004
  • Interview, ABC TV- George Negus Tonight, Mar 23, 2004
  • Interview, ABC TV Compass -The Griffins
  • Interview, ABC Radio National, The Deep End, Mar 15, 2004


  • Guest Tutor, Melbourne University
  • Education Advisory Committee, Deakin University
  • Keynote Speaker, ‘Sources and Future of Organic Architecture’, International Conference, Amsterdam
  • Jury Member, Kenneth F. Brown Asia-Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award (Hawaii), with Kenneth Frampton, Balkrishna Doshi and William Lim
  • Guest Keynote Speaker, Biennial International Symposium on Asia- Pacific Architecture, (Creating liveable communities within a context of many cultures in the Asia Pacific), University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • Guest Speaker, International Conference on Education, Spaces for Schooling
  • Guest Speaker, Monash University, Opening of Interior Architecture Graduates Exhibition


  • Interview, ABC TV, Landline
  • Guest Speaker, NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference, ‘Sustainable Cultural Revival’
  • Australia Education Foundation, ‘Think Tank’, ‘Rethinking Physical Space for Education’, Oct 10, 2002
  • Interview, ABC Radio National, the ‘Night Club’ with Libby Gore
  • Guest Speaker, Light Weight Structures, Association of Australia Conference, Sydney Myer Music Bowl Refurbishment, Nov1, 2002
  • Guest Speaker, Australian Timber Design Awards
  • Speaker, Book Launch for ‘Eight Great Houses’
  • Guest Speaker, Design Talk Series, RAIA (VIC) Chapter (Sidney Myer Music Bowl)
  • Speaker, Seminar at Span Gallery, ‘Is an ethics of place still possible given the lure of Utopia?’ in conjunction with Richard Clements Retrospective Exhibition
  • Speaker, Architecture for the Disabled Seminar


  • Keynote Speaker, Architecture Week, RAIA (Western Australia)
  • Guest Tutor, Curtin University and University of Western Australia
  • Guest Lecturer, Deakin University
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Lie of the Land Seminar’, Footscray Community Arts Centre
  • Guest Speaker, Queensland University of Technology, Public Lecture Series
  • Keynote Speaker, “City as a Stage”, Adelaide


  • Keynote Speaker, ‘10th Australian Timber Design Conference’, Sydney
  • Keynote Speaker, ‘Build, Renovate or Detonate’, Library Conference, Melbourne
  • Keynote Speaker, ‘Timber - Sustainable Opportunities in Design, Technology and Management’, RAIA (VIC) Chapter, Professional Development


  • Presenter of the Annual Cardinal Knox Lecture 1999, Catholic Theological College, Melbourne
  • Guest Lecturer, Horizontal Series, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
  • Keynote Speaker, Royal Incorporation of Architects, Scotland Architecture and Design Conference, ‘From the City to the Spoon’, Scotland


  • Keynote Speaker, International Symposium, University of Honolulu
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Sites Pacific- Linking Art & Urban Design Conference’, Hawaii
  • Guest Speaker, Linking Art and Urban Design in Waitakere City, Waitakere Council, New Zealand, Feb 20 1998
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Wellington, New Zealand


  • Guest Lecturer and Tutor, University of Sydney
  • Presentation to Ryde City Council and Community, Sydney
  • Guest Lecturer and Tutor, University of Melbourne, School of Architecture
  • Chair, ‘Women in Architecture’, DesignEx International Convention, Melbourne
  • Guest Speaker, ‘International Lightweight Structures Conference, RMIT


  • Master Class, University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea
  • Public Lecture, Chair of Awards Jury, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Guest Lecture and Tutor, RMIT
  • Guest Speaker, Housing Industry International Conference
  • Guest Speaker, Timber Industry Quality Assurance Launch, Storey Hall RMIT, Nov 26 1996
  • Keynote Speaker, RAIA (QLD) Chapter, Winter School, ‘Spirit of Timber’
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA (NSW) Chapter, Winter School and Detailing Seminar
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA (ACT) Chapter, Winter School
  • Guest Speaker, Adelaide Festival of Arts, South Australia
  • Guest Lecture and Tutor, University of Hawaii, School of Architecture, USA


  • Guest Lecturer, RAIA (QLD) Chapter
  • Guest Lecturer, Melbourne Seminar Series, University of Melbourne
  • Public Seminar on Art and Architecture, Heide Museum of Modern Art


  • Guest Lecture and Tutor, University of Canberra
  • ‘Nurturing a Greener (and more sociable) Aesthetic’, the Centre for Imaging the Future
  • ‘Stone in Architecture’ - An Australian Perspective in an International Context, Stone Technology Conference for International Specialised Skills, Melbourne University
  • Radio Interview, Radio National Encounter ‘Sacred Spaces’ with Damien Coleridge
  • Paper - World Congress on Adventure Travel and Eco-Tourism, Design for interpreting the Eco-Tourism experience with a focus on community/cultural integration


  • ‘Alchemy’ Student Conference, University of S.A., Adelaide
  • Lecturer, ‘Foundation for an Architecture of Relevance in the Top End’, Darwin, NT
  • Interview, A.B.C. Radio


  • Guest Lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • Lecturer, ‘The Playful City’ Seminar, Melbourne
  • Master and Guest Lecturer, Architecture Design Workshop, University of Melbourne


  • Guest Lecturer, ‘A Sense of Hobart, A Sense of Place’, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • Paper, ‘Spirit in People Place and Architecture - Some Observations on the Design Process’, National Conference on Visitor Centres, James Cook University of North Queensland
  • Guest Lecturer, Curtin University, Western Australia
  • Guest Lecturer, RAIA (Western Australia) Chapter
  • Guest Lecturer, RAIA (QLD) Chapter
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Administrative Services, Queensland State Govt
  • Guest Lecturer, RAIA (Western Australia) Chapter


  • Lecturer, Australian Architecture Polemic Lecture Series - The Spiritual Dimension in Architecture 1989
  • Guest Lecturer, ‘The Ecology of the Arts, Culture and Nature’, Institute for the Development of Inter-Cultural Relations Through The Arts Festival Conference, Belem, Brazil 1989
  • Lecturer, Master of Architecture Design Workshop & Public Lecture, University of Melbourne 1988
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA (ACT) Chapter, Apr 18 1988
  • Guest Lecturer, ‘Talking Architecture’, Melbourne University 1986 - 1987
  • Guest Lecturer and Tutor, RMIT 1985 - 1987
  • Guest Lecturer, Monash University 1984 - 1987
  • ‘Architecture as a Community Art Programme’, Brisbane Community Arts Centre 1983
  • Guest Presentation of Work, ‘Next Wave’ Students Convention, Canberra 1981
  • Guest Lecturer, ‘Approaching an Architecture of Wholeness’, Melbourne University 1980
  • Guest Presentation of Work, RAIA (NSW) Chapter, Sydney 1980
  • Guest Lecturer, RAIA (VIC) Chapter 1980