22 July 1921|
Glen Innes, New South Wales
|Died||17 September 2011
Bangalow, New South Wales
|Alma mater||Sydney Technical College|
Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
|Buildings||National Gallery of Australia|
Born in Glen Innes, New South Wales, Madigan studied architecture at Sydney Technical College from 1939 to 1941. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in 1941, and was one of the few survivors of the sinking of the corvette HMAS Armidale off Timor in 1942.
In 1951 Madigan, Maurice Edwards and Jack Torzillo formed the firm, "Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Partners", whose work was mostly on public projects such as public housing, public libraries, schools and offices. A notable building from this period was the Warringah Council Library at Dee Why, New South Wales, which was awarded the Sir John Sulman Medal for architecture in 1966. In 1968, they won the design competition for the National Gallery of Australia. Later, Madigan supervised construction of the High Court of Australia after its designer Christopher Kringas died in March 1975, just prior to the start of construction in April 1975. The unsuccessful design for the new Australian Parliament House in Canberra was one of the shortlisted finalists in the architectural design competition.
He retired in 1989.
In later years, Madigan vigorously opposed plans to build a new entrance to the National Gallery of Australia. He died, aged 90, in Bangalow, New South Wales on 17 September 2011, survived by his wife Ruby (née Court-Rice), their son Guy (born 1952) and a grandson.
- Madigan, Colin Frederick, WW2 Nominal Roll, Department of Veterans' Affairs.
- "Papers of Colin Madigan 1900–2002 [manuscript]". Catalogue record. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Pauline Green (ed), ed. (2003). Building the Collection. National Gallery of Australia. p. 341. ISBN 0-642-54202-3.
- Madigan, Colin; Watson, Don (2000). Armidale '42: a survivor's account. Sydney: Macmillan Publishers. p. 92. ISBN 0-7329-1039-0.
- Musa, Helen (2006-09-26). "NGA architect draws the line". Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 22 February 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-03.
- Streak, Diana: National Gallery architect dies, aged 90, The Canberra Times, 20 September 2011
- Angelo Candelapas, obituary: "Sense if place permeated works of great designer", The Age, 22 September 2011, p. 22
- It's an Honour: AO
- It's an Honour: Centenary Medal