Alfred Hook Lecture/Recital 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.

2015 Event Details

Richard Widdess: Cognitive research and South Asian music
Monday 13 April 2015
Recital Hall West

All Alfred Hook Lecture/Recitals commence at 5pm in
Recital Hall West, Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion of each lecture/recital.

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 1442