Architect Viv Fraser has made Bangalow his home.
Architect Viv Fraser has made Bangalow his home. Blainey Woodham

Architect finds new home

IN A long and distinguished career as a Sydney architect, Viv Fraser has worked on famous theatres, hotels, restaurants and houses.

He has designed several high-profile projects, including the original Nimrod Theatre (now Griffin Theatre), the Sydney Dance Company (Wharf 4/5, Walsh Bay), the Australia Council Headquarters and the King's Theatre at Kings School in Parramatta.

His design of the Wharf Theatre for the Sydney Theatre Company at Walsh Bay earned him the prestigious Sulman Medal and the National President's medal, the two highest awards given by the Institute of Architects in Australia.

But this award-winning architect has "grown tired" of Sydney, and has moved to Bangalow where his daughter, Sharon Fraser, also lives and works as an architect.

"My daughter moved here 10 or so years ago, against my advice," Mr Fraser said.

"But I have spent a fair bit of time up here since then and I have really grown to love the area."

Mr Fraser's move to the Northern Rivers does not signal his retirement. Instead he now plans to do a wider mix of architectural projects.

"I am looking forward to being able to incorporate the natural environment into my designs," he said. "It's beautiful here; it's absolutely fantastic."

Despite such a successful architecture career, Mr Fraser remains grounded about his profession.

He says communication is the most important factor when talking to clients.

"The pressure applies to every bit of architecture you do," he said.

"You have to work just as intensely on someone's home as you do on a theatre.

"The whole time I worked on theatres, we also did houses; we went from house to house to house. So I have done plenty in my time.

"I know that someone's house is incredibly important to them and you need to pay close attention to what your client is asking for."



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