Peter Corrigan

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Peter Corrigan
Born 1941
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, Melbourne University, at Yale University Masters Environmental Design and Doctor of Architecture, Adjunct Professor and at RMIT University
Occupation Architect
Practice Edmond and Corrigan
Buildings RMIT Building 8, Melbourne, Australia

Peter Russell Corrigan was born in 1941, Australia. He is an architect and has been involved in the completion of works in stage and set design.

Early life and achievements[edit]

Corrigan was educated at Christian Brothers College, St Kilda and then completed his degree in architecture, in the year of 1966 at Melbourne University. He then further pursued his studies at Yale University 1969 under Robert Venturi, completing a Masters in Environmental Design. Having worked for Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolf, César Pelli and Kevin Roche in New Haven,[1] he returned to Australia in 1974 where he formed his practice, Edmond and Corrigan, a partnership with his wife initiated in 1975, Maggie Edmond. As a part of Edmond & Corrigan they have won 35 RAIA state awards and four Natural Architectural Design awards. He obtained his honorary Doctor of Architecture in 1989, for ‘his contribution to Australian Architectural theory and design’. Further Adjunct Professor in 1989, at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Having studied at RMIT, Corrigan is now a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University and is currently teaching architectural design and history and doing so for over 30 years. He marked his name, as an internationally renowned architect, theatre designer, author and academic, based in Melbourne having completed costume set design for over 100 productions, in Australia He has an enduring interest in architectural history and culture and has collected an internationally significant large private library of architectural books, including many rare works on drawing and design. In 1983-84 Corrigan was a guest professor at Graduate School of Design Harvard University, Boston, USA, and in 1991 he was a Guest lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. In same year he was promoted at the Third Belgrade Triennial of World Architecture exhibition in, Galerija Kulturmog Centra Beograda "39 prominent architects of the world". Likewise the work of Edmond and Corrigan has been exhibited internationally in 1991, 1999 and 2002 at the Venice Biennale. Currently Edmond & Corrigan is still in practise in Melbourne and Corrigan also teaching and lecturing at RMIT.

Key projects[edit]

Since returning to Australia and commencing his practice Corrigan's work and styles have developed over the years.

Chapel of St Josephs

The Chapel of St Josephs is located in 27-29 Strabane Avenues, Box Hill. It is located in the middle of the site with an inflected curve plan, with a long curved ramp from the street provides access to the building. The car park is located at the back of the building which gives enough space to view the building in a full circle, as one drives through.

The chapel is a postmodern, three-dimensional solid brick building, with a flat-roofed canopy that is the most significant feature of the building. The use of red and cream brick creates subtle highlighted architectural effects not only on front façade, but also within its surrounds. The timber framed rectangular north-east facing windows, with the identical sized windows to the right of the curvy wall, brings about a dynamic contrast to the mostly curved shaped building. The chapel won the RAIA (Victorian Chapter) inaugural 25 Year Award.

RMIT Building 8

The RMIT Building 8 built in 1993, is one of Corrigan’s most recognised buildings. It is located in Swanston street Melbourne at the University of RMIT. The building creates characteristics of its own along with its structure, several colours and situated materials. Built on a budget with tough constraints, the designing of building 8 needed to accommodate buildings below and next door as it is currently sitting on top of John Andrew’s unfinished union building. Following the construction of building 8 it was found necessary to include a "new lift and service core"[2] to allow access to the upper floors. In addition to this "the deep floor plate"[2] was also maximised allowing further developed for rooms located on the upper floors. Detail within the interior such as "balustrades and hand railing"[2] have been positioned in a way giving the building a unique yet chaotic sentiment. Noticeable along the streetscape of Swanston street, Building 8's roof gives the building part of its individuality. The positioning of the multiple roof structures, form and materiality make this building unique. The building structure also provides examples of many different uses of materials for different areas, some of which include "coloured stone facades, steel pipe strut supports and a polychrome and polygon brick"[2] shown within parts of the building. All of which have an impact on RMIT’s atmosphere.

Reading Books Shop

The Reading Books Shop is a heritage listed post office founded in 1910, and renovated to be a bookshop and completed in 2005. It is located on 253 Bay St, Port Melbourne, Victoria, 3207. It’s a mezzanine in one hand and a freestanding form in the middle of the room on the other. With the sharp angels and its flat surfaces it filled the bookshop. Surrounding the room are bookshelves up to the first floor. This is an open space without walls.

List of projects[edit]

Edmond & Corrigan
  • Church of the Resurrection: Keysborough, 1976. RAIA Victoria State chapter housing merit award, 1981
  • Freedom Club Child-care Centre: Keysborough, 1977
  • Kew house, 1982. RAIA Victoria State chapter housing merit award
  • Athan House, Monbulk, Vic., 1986–88
  • RMIT Building 8, 1993
  • Ringwood plaza, 1994, RAIA Victoria State chapter award 1995: new institutional public buildings and award for urban design
  • Exhibition centre, showground stage-1', 1997, RAIA Victoria State chapter award of merit 1997
  • Lehrer residence, RAIA Victoria State chapter award of merit 2000
  • Niagara Galleries, Richmond, Victoria, 2001, Colorbond Steel Award 2002
  • Academic Centre, Newman College and St Mary’s College, 2002
  • Victorian College of the Art- school of Drama, 2004, in association with Castles Stephenson+ Turner
  • Lux house alteration: front porch, 2005
  • Reading bookshop, 2005


  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Bronze Medal, Building Category, 1979 for Resurrection School, Keysborough, Vic., 1975–78
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Citation, Building Category, 1981 for Church of the Resurrection, Keysborough, Vic., 1975–76
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Outstanding Architecture Award, New Buildings Category, 1983 for Chapel of St Joseph, Box Hill, Vic., 1975–76
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Citation, New Housing Category, 1981 for Caroline Chisolm Terrace, Keysborough, Vic., 1977–79
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Outstanding Architecture Award Housing Category, 1982 for McCartney House, Kew, Vic., 1980–82
  • RAIA National Housing Award Citation
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Outstanding Architecture Award, Housing Category, 1985 for Kay Street Housing, Carlton, Vic., 1983–84
  • National Dulux Colour Award, Interior Residential & Exterior Residential, 1987 for Charman House, Balwyn, Vic., 1983–84
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Outstanding Architecture Award, Interior Category, 1988 for Walshe House Extension, Armadale, Vic., 1985–87
  • RAIA ACT Chapter Citation, Building Category, 1988 for Belconnen Community Centre, Belconnen Town Centre, Canberra ACT, 1985–88
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Bronze Medal for Outstanding Architecture, for Dandenong College of TAFE, Stage III, Dandenong, Vic., 1985–88
  • RAIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award, National Citation, 1989 for New Institutional Category, 1989
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Bronze Medal for Outstanding Architecture Award, New Residential Category, 1989 for Athan House, Monbulk, Vic., 1986–88
  • Architecture Australia Prize for Unbuilt Work, 1994 for Walsh House, Scheme for Pool Pavilion, 1993–94
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Architecture Medal, 1995 for Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Building 8 Extension, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic., 1990–94
  • City of Melbourne Building and Planning Award, Institutional Buildings Category, 1995 for Building 8
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Institutional Alterations and Extensions Award, 1995, for Building 8
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin National Award for Urban Design, 1995, for Building 8
  • Metal Building Award, Certificate of Merit, 1996 for Windsor Fire Station, Windsor, Vic., 1993–96
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Award of Merit, BHP Colorbond Steel Award, 1997
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Award of Merit, Commercial Category, 1997
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Urban Design Award, 1995 for Ringwood Library Complex, Civic Plaza, Ringwood, Vic., 1994–95
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Award of Merit, Institutional Category, 1996
  • RAIA Vic. Chapter Award of Merit, Commercial Category, 1997 for Stage I, Exhibition Centre Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Vic., 1996
  • Dulux Colour Awards, Commercial Exterior Winner, 2002 for Niagara Galleries, Richmond, Vic., 2001.
  • R.A.I.A. Vic. Chapter BHP Colorbond Award, 2002


  • Four Melbourne Architects, Powell Street Gallery,sth Yarra, Vic, 1979
  • The ’Completion of Engehurst’ :The work of 20 Australian architects, RAIA Conference, The Pleasure of Architecture, NSW Institute of Technology,NSW,1980
  • Australian Perspecta 1981: A biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW, 1981
  • Seven in the seventies, Monash University Gallery, Visual arts Department, Monash University, Clayton, 1981
  • Newcastle Harbour Foreshore and Urban Design Competition exhibition of entries, City Hall, Newcastle, NSW (Peter Corrigan architect and James Sinatra, landscape architect), 1982
  • Australian and British Stage Design, Myer Gallery, Adelaide, in association with the Adelaide Festival; Qld Cultural Centre, Brisbane; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery; Blaxland Gallery, Myer, Sydney, 1982
  • Old Continent: New Building, International Travelling Exhibition of Australian, NSW; Paris; London: Ghent; Geneva; Bonn: Rome; Milan; and New York; Washington; Houston; San Francisco: Los Angeles in the USA, 1982-5
  • XIIeme Biennale de Paris 1982: Section Architecture, Modernity or the Spirit of the Times, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1982
  • Conflict in Cities, Slide exhibition, CAA RAIA Conference, Regent Hotel, Sydney, 1983
  • Transporting Art: Impressions of the Painted Tram Project, Victorian Ministry for the Arts Gallery, Melbourne, 1983
  • Work by Peter Corrigan, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, 1983
  • Architecture as Idea, RMIT Gallery and Geelong Regional Gallery, Vic, 1984
  • Organisation Internationale des Scenographes and Techniciens et Architectures de Theatre, Conference Exhibition Tokyo, 1984
  • 5 AR: Artists and Architects ’86, George Paton gallery, University of Melbourne, 1986
  • Follies for the Famous, RAIA Vic. Chapter, Architecture Week Exhibition, Lowe Melbourne Town Hall, 1986
  • Slouching towards Bethlehem an Exhibition of Preparatory and Informal Drawings, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Vic; University of Tasmania; Canberra school of Art Gallery, 1986
  • The art Foundation of Vic.: Silver Centrepiece Competition, National Gallery of Victoria, 1987
  • Melbourne’s Unseen Might-Have-Beens Exhibition: Unbuilt Projects, RAIA Vic. Chapter, Architecture Week Exhibition, Lower Melbourne Town hall, 1987
  • Playbox Retrospective Exhibition (set Designs), Westpac Gallery Melbourne, 1987
  • Architects in their Drawings, 70 Arden Street, Nth Melbourne, 1988 15 Mountain Houses, Thredbo Development Exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, in con junction with RAIA Conference, Sydney, a subsequently Tusculum gallery, Potts Points, NSW, 1988
  • Stage as Space, international seminar and exhibition, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, 1988
  • ’Pholiota project’, Walter Burley Griffin: A Review, Monash University Gallery, Monash University, Clayton, 1988
  • Collaborative Designs: Working together in Architecture, the Meat Market Craft Centre, Nth Melbourne (Peter Coriggan, Peter Sands), 1988
  • Suburbanism, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, 1988
  • The House of Fiction, Domestic, Blueprints in Wood, The Crafts Council of NSW, Craft Centre Gallery, Sydney, Milan Furniture. New York Designers & Australian Cities, 1988-9
  • Home Sweet Home: Changes in Domestic Architecture in Victoria 1839-1987, RAIA Exhibition, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, 1989–90 RAIA Exhibition, Museum of Victoria, Mlbourne, 1989–90
  • Second International Design Forum: Australian Pavilion, Singapore, 1990
  • Third Bekgrade Triennial of World Architecture, ’30 prominent architects in the world’ section, Galerija Kulturnog Centra Belgrade, 1991
  • Quinta Mostra Internazionale di Architettura: Biennale Venezia Architettura, Biennale Venezia, Giardino di Castello Venice, 1991
  • Caravan Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1992
  • Export architecture: The Australian Architecture Exhibition from Venice Biennale 1991, Clapin Burdett Furniture Showroom, Sydney, 1992
  • Edmond & Corrigan: Drawings and Models, Curve, Tolarno Galleries, Fitzroy, Vic., 1995
  • A Bow of Burning Gold: Some Arrows of Desire, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Sth Australia, 1996
  • Out of the Shadows: Aspects of Antipodean Architecture RIAS Gallery, Edinburgh, 1996
  • The Brick Show, VicArts and Australia Council, Monash Art Gallery, Vic 2000
  • Notable+Modern: Post War Domestic Architecture in the city Of Glen Eira, Glen Eira Ciry Gallery, Vic 2001


  • Lecturer in History and Design Instructor RMIT, Melbourne, 1975 – present
  • Guest Lecturer, Cranbrook Institute, Michigan; and Washington University, St Louis, USA, 1983
  • Guest Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Boston, USA, 1983-4
  • Guest lecturer, Facolto di Architetture, Politecnico di Trino, Turin, Italy, 1991
  • Keynote Public Lecture, Wellington Civic Square Opening New Zealand, 1991
  • Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Design & Construction, RMIT University, 1993 – Present
  • Guest Speaker, RAIA National Convention, Adelaide, 1996
  • Guest Critic, Review of Design 5 Seminar, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, New Asian Cities Conference (including Rem Koolhasas and Ken Yeang0, Kuala Lumpur, 1998
  • Talk to Design students, Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Chairman, 21 Years Since 4 Melbourne Architects, Half-Time Club 21 Plus Series, 2000
  • SONA Lectures: "Recent Work: A Process", UWA & Curtin University Perth, 2002


Further reading[edit]

  • The Writings of Maggie Edmond & Corrigan, Building 8, Edmond and Corrigan at RMIT
  • van Schaik, L. 'Building 8: Edmond & Corrigan at RMIT', Schwartz/Transition,
  • Conrad Hamann, Cities of hope: Australian architecture and design by Edmond and Corrigan, 1962–1992, Oxford University Press, 1993

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