Alfred Hook Lecture Series

Alfred Samuel Hook (1886–1963) was a practising architect and an expert on structural mechanics. He was responsible, among many other projects, for designing the steel reinforcement for the country trains concourse at Sydney’s Central Station. He worked tirelessly to encourage younger architects, helping to found and develop the curriculum of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney in 1918. He continued to lecture there until he retired as dean in 1949. A founder and inaugural president of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1929, he saw architecture as ‘an art vital to people’s prosperity’ and believed that designs for small homes, which constituted 95% of all building enterprise, should be the main focus of architects’ attention and provided at a modest cost.

Hook’s other love was music. From 1936–1945, he gave regular lunch-hour talks on the history of music, illustrated by the University’s collection of gramophone records. A member of the Sydney University Music Society’s choral group and a keen amateur organist, he was associated with the installation of the University’s War Memorial Carillon in 1928 and the foundation of the Department of Music in 1948. This lecture series is made possible by funding from a generous bequest from Doreen Robson.

2017 Event Details

Genevieve Lacey: Life in music – Field notes from a practitioner
Friday 29 September (Part of the Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music Symposium)
Recital Hall East

Brigid Cohen: Testimony, Facticity, and Musical Truth-Telling
Thursday 10 August
Recital Hall East

Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion of each lecture/recital.

2016 Event Details

Past Alfred Hook Lectures/Recital Series

More Information

For more information about the Alfred Hook Lecture Series please contact the Series Coordinator:

Christa Jacenyik-Trawoger
Research Services Manager
T: +61 2 9351 1391