Jack Hobbs McConnell Entry Form 2024

About Jack Hobbs McConnell:
Throughout his outstanding career, and his significant contribution to the architectural profession as Australian Institute of Architects National President in 1968-69, as a Life Fellow, and as an Institute Gold Medalist in 1970, Jack McConnell had a remarkable capacity to lead and inspire others, with a number of Australia’s most prominent architects still acknowledging him today as their mentor.

He was born on 5 June 1913, and attended Haileybury School, Victoria, where he was awarded the McCaughay Scholarship to study architecture at the University of Melbourne, where he graduated with distinction at the age of 21.

In 1937, aged 26, as a leading modernist from the Melbourne offices of Harold Desbrowe Annear, Leighton Irwin, Marcus Martin and Edward F Bilson, he joined the architectural practice in Adelaide that became Claridge Hassell and McConnell, as the design architect for the new Bank of New South Wales, on the corner of North Terrace and King William Street.

From 1937 to 1970 he designed many outstanding buildings for both state and national clients and was particularly recognized for his prize-winning designs as one of the leading industrial architects in Australia.

Jack McConnell was the original lateral thinker –before the term had been invented. He always drummed into students and staff that design grew out of analysis – “first analyse, analyse, analyse!”

He said on many occasions that the Heinz Factory in Dandenong was the best job he ever did. He explained the ‘analyse’ principle as applied to this project:

He knew nothing about canned food processing;

He undertook what research he could;

He prepared 10 pages of questions and presented them to Heinz in Melbourne;
Heinz said we haven’t got a clue but we’ll send the questions to the United States;
They sent them back, and said we don’t know the answers either. Send the young architect overseas to wherever he wants to go to find the answers.

(It appears that Jack’s “research and analyse” technique was suggesting by the questions he asked, not only a new architectural approach, but new and innovative factory planning and processing techniques. This was new and foreign to them).

McConnell visited the US and Canada, the UK and Spain, did extensive research and analysis, returned and wrote his report – including his own answers to his own questions – and presented it to Heinz. They took one look and said you’re the architect and now the expert, go for it!

It subsequently won the Australian Architects and Arts Award in 1955.

He joined Stephenson and Turner Architects as a Partner in 1970 and continued to carry out major projects in that capacity. He retired from that partnership in 1980, but continued to undertake individual consulting work. He continued his involvement with the Institute as a member of various committees until 1992.

Jack McConnell had a great influence on post-World War II architecture in Australia, and left his mark in the form of architectural excellence in many of his prestigious buildings both in South Australia and in other states.

More importantly, he influenced and inspired many students and architects to produce better architecture, not only in terms of design, but also of function.

‘Jack McConnell’s influence in shaping the architects and the architecture of Australia was considerable. He pioneered modern architecture in South Australia and was without doubt the first serious modernist to build modern buildings in Adelaide’
Warren Kerr
National President of the Institute at the time of Jack’s death in April 2005

* Biographical notes by Keith Neighbour, LFRAIA

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* 1. Your Member Number

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* 2. Name

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* 3. Address

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* 4. At what email address would you like to be contacted?

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* 6. Phone Number

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* 7. Personal Statement (Submit up to 350 words describing your career and interest in current and future design practice in South Australia. Indicate the importance of the Fellowship to your aspirations as an architect. Outline any leadership roles you have taken in the profession and community.)

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* 8. Project Abstract (In 100 words or less provide a summary of your project including the anticipated outcomes.)

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* 9. Project Proposal (In 750 words or less describe your research proposal in broad terms. Indicate how your travel plans link to and will aid your research. Describe how this research will be used in South Australia.)

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* 10. Mentor Name

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* 11. Mentor contact email

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* 12. Once you've filled out this form, please make sure you send the following through to sa@architecture.com.au by 15 March 2024 and read the terms and conditions below.

Terms & Conditions

1. You must be a member of the Institute.

2. You must be a Graduate in Architecture from the University of South Australia or University of Adelaide of up to five years standing from graduation (2018 or later.) Applicants up to seven years post-graduation will be considered in light of the suspension of the Fellowship due to COVID-19.

3. You do not need to be currently resident in South Australia, but if short listed, may be required to be interviewed by teleconference – and be prepared to detail your interest in architectural design in South Australia and how you might ultimately engage in future practice in the State.

4. You must be an Australian citizen.

5. You are to propose a program of study with estimated total expenses and amount of support requested from the Fund up to the value of the Fellowship as determined each year.

6. You are to nominate a Mentor for the period of the Fellowship.

7. The Fellowship will be awarded by the Committee. The Committee will short list applicants and may choose to interview short listed candidates. The decision of the Committee is final.

8. Following the awarding of the Fellowship, you will prepare a firm timetable and apply to the Committee for release of portions of the funds to cover expenses, understanding that 10% of the Fellowship funds will be withheld until all obligations have been fulfilled.

9. On completion of the Fellowship you will be expected to discuss the  outcomes of travel through a method approved by the Committee.

Applications Open 12 February 2024
Applications Close 15 March 2024 
Judging and Interviews 25 March- 5 April 2024
Recipient Announced early April 2024