Brian Lewis (architect)

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Brian Bannatyne Lewis (20 September 1906- 23 August 1991) was Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne.

He was born in Lottah, Tasmania, the son of James Bannatyne Lewis and Edith Augusta Haynes. Lewis attended school at Wesley College, Melbourne.,[1] and then studied architecture at the University of Melbourne where he gained his Diploma in Architecture in 1928.

In 1928 he moved to Britain and studied at the Liverpool School of Architecture where he won the Honan Scholarship in 1929 and the Victory scholarships in 1930 and 1931. In the early 1930s he moved to London and was employed by the Great Western Railway. In 1940 he enlisted in the Australian armed forces in London. After a period in the Middle East and Australia, he returned to Britain in October 1942 as Assistant Chief Architect to the Great Western Railway, becoming Chief Architect in 1945 on the retirement of Percy Emerson Culverhouse, He resigned in 1947.

In 1947, Lewis was appointed as first Chair of Architecture at Melbourne University[2] and shortly after was appointed consulting architect to design the major buildings of the Australian National University.[3] During his time at Melbourne University, Lewis designed Risdon Prison Complex circa 1960, and collaborated with Japanese architect Shigeru Yura to design The Japanese Room in the 1960s.

Lewis wrote two books on family life, Sunday At Kooyong Road,[4] based on childhood reminiscence, and Our War,[5] a view of World War I from inside an Australian family.

Lewis was the first chairman of the National Trust in Victoria in 1957[6] and was instrumental in the designation of "Notable Town" status to the town of Maldon, Victoria.[7][8]



Sunday at Kooyong Road, Hutchison, 1976, ISBN 0-09-130130-0
Our War, Melbourne University Press, 1980, ISBN 0-14-005907-5


  1. ^ Crotty, Martin (June 2001). "The Limits of Manliness". Australian Humanities Review. 
  2. ^ "Husband and wife both architects". Melbourne: The Age. 15 March 1947. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Timeline of Events". Australian National University. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sunday at Kooyong Road". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Our War". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Fox, Paul. "Stretching the Australian Imagination: Melbourne as a Conservative City". The LaTrobe Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maldon revisited". Bendigo Advertiser. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Dodsworth, Graham. "Maldon - Heritage". Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Historic England, "West Acton Underground Station (1400997)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 January 2017