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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
Details on our 2017 Alfred Hook Lectures will be advised soon.
2016 Event Details
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