Woods Bagot

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SAHMRI building, Adelaide, Australia

Woods Bagot is a global architectural and consulting practice. It specialises in the design and planning of buildings across a wide variety of sectors and disciplines, including aviation and transport, education, science and health, lifestyle, sport and the workplace.

Known originally for its work at the University of Adelaide, Woods Bagot expanded its horizons throughout the 20th century and is now established worldwide, with studios in five regions: Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. In 2015, it was named as one of the world's ten largest architecture firms in Building Design magazine's World Architecture 100 list.[1]


History[edit]

Edward John Woods was born in London in 1839, and emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1860. After spells in two partnerships and a period as a sole practitioner, he joined the public service in 1873 and was appointed Architect-in-Chief of South Australia in 1877. He left the government in 1884 and in 1905 began a partnership with Walter Bagot. Woods retired from the practice in 1913;[2] Bagot was subsequently joined by Herbert Harrold Jory in 1915 and Louis Laybourne-Smith in 1917.[3] The firm became Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin in 1930 when James Campbell Irwin, later Lord Mayor of Adelaide, became a partner.[4][5] It was incorporated as Woods Bagot Architects, Incorporated in 1975 and as Woods Bagot Pty Ltd in 1987.

Selected works[edit]

Ham Yard Hotel courtyard, London

University of Adelaide[edit]

Year
Building
Heritage?
Campus
Architect
1911 Mitchell Building Stage 2 Heritage North Tce Woods & Bagot
1915 Old Classics Wing Stage 2 Heritage North Tce Woods & Bagot
1922 Darling Building North Tce Woods Bagot, Jory & Laybourne-Smith
1928+ Union House Heritage North Tce Woods Bagot, Jory & Laybourne-Smith
1931 Barr Smith Library Heritage North Tce Woods Bagot, Jory & Laybourne-Smith
1936 Bonython Hall Heritage North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1940 Benham Laboratories North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1946+ Engineering Buildings North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1946 Mathematics Building
(Demolished 2007)
North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1951 Medical School North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1952 Mawson Laboratories North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1960 Badger Laboratories North Tce Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin
1891 Urrbrae House Heritage Waite E. J. Woods (& C. H. Marryat)
1930+ Waite Building Heritage Waite Woods Bagot, Jory & Laybourne-Smith
1883+ Main Building Heritage Roseworthy E. J. Woods

Notable 20th century South Australian architecture[edit]

Date
Building
Suburb
Architect / Architectural Practice
Style
1927 Newland Memorial Church Victor Harbor Woods Bagot, Jory & Laybourne Smith Classical Revival & Beaux Arts
1934 (Former)
AMP Building
Adelaide L Laybourne Smith / Woods, Bagot, Laybourne Smith & Irwin Classical Revival & Beaux Arts
1932 Barr Smith Library
(University of Adelaide)
Adelaide W H Bagot Georgian Revival
1937 Elder House
(Currie St)
Adelaide W H Bagot Georgian Revival
1936 Bonython Hall
(University of Adelaide)
Adelaide W H Bagot / Woods, Bagot, Laybourne Smith & Irwin Gothic Revival & "Olde English"
1931 National War Memorial
(North Tce)
Adelaide L Laybourne Smith Art Deco & Moderne
1930 Nurney Residence North Adelaide W H Bagot (Alterations) Mediterranean
1992 IS&T and Eng Buildings
(Flinders University
of South Australia)
Bedford Park Woods Bagot Late Modern

Awards[edit]

  • The AIA Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture (2009) for ivy, George Street, Sydney, NSW
  • The AIA Award for International Architecture (2009) for Qatar Science and Technology Park, Doha, Qatar [6]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rule, Dan. "Melbourne's Woods Bagot listed among world's top 10 architectural firms". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Advertising.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 12 July 1915. p. 2. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Woods Bagot Collection, Architecture Museum, University of South Australia
  4. ^ J. C. Irwin, Smith, Louis Laybourne (1880-1965), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, pp 656-657.
  5. ^ Bridget Jolly, Irwin, Sir James Campbell (1906-1990), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press, pp 576-577.
  6. ^ "Australian Institute of Architects 2009 National Architecture Awards". Australian Institute of Architects. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-18.