|Born||Philip Sutton Cox
1 October 1939
|Spouse(s)||Louise (sep. 1988)|
|Children||2 daughters (with Louise)|
|Practice||COX Architects (1963-2015)|
|Projects||Sydney Olympic Park|
He commenced his first practice with Ian McKay in 1963, then, in 1967 he founded his own practice, Philip Cox and Associates. The firm has grown to become COX Architects, which has 400 staff. Involved in much of concept design for each project over fifty years, Cox stepped back from the business in 2015 that is now responsible for projects throughout Australia and also in South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe. He has been described as “epitomising the Sydney School of Architecture” in earlier projects. His work has won him multiple awards, the first being in 1963, one year after graduating from the University of Sydney. His most recent award was in 1989.
Early years and education
Philip Sutton Cox was born on 1 October 1939 to Ron and May Cox. He was their second child. He has one older sister, Judith. His childhood was comfortable, growing up in Killara on the North Shore in Sydney but he was born just one month after the start of the Second World War, which ended when he was six.
Cox attended Gordon Public School and then the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) in North Sydney. In his first years at Shore, art was taught by John Lipscombe, who had helped plan the new art block which had been praised by the architect Harry Seidler, who had lectured in the building in July 1952. Cox decided at quite an early age that he wanted to be an architect, though this was not clear until it was nearly time to leave school. He won a Commonwealth scholarship which was to pay his fees.
Cox studied at the University of Sydney between 1957 and 1962, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, then at the University of New South Wales between 1970 and 1975, where he was awarded a Doctorate of Science.
Major architectural works
Cox was the architect responsible for initially implementing the American Radburn design for public housing in New South Wales.
Cox and his firm have designed many iconic public buildings in Australia and throughout South East Asia including a number of the buildings used for the Sydney Olympics. The following list provides a summary of some of the major architectural design works of Cox and his firm, ordered from earliest to most recent, where Cox has either worked individually or as part of consortia:
|1963||St Andrews Presbyterian Church||Leppington, South-western Sydney, New South Wales||John Sulman Medal (1965)||(demolished)|
|1965||C B Alexander Agricultural College||Tocal, Hunter region, New South Wales||
|1969||Hawkins Residence||19 Norma Crescent, Cheltenham||Wilkinson Award (1969)|||
|1977||Bruce Stadium||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,|||
|1985||Ayres Rock Resort||Northern Territory,||Sir Zelman Cowen Award (1985)|||
|1987||Haileybury Chapel||Springvale Road, Melbourne, Victoria|
|1988||Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre||Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales||John Sulman Medal (1989)||(demolished 2013)|
|1988||Rod Laver Arena||Flinders Park, Melbourne, Victoria||(refurbished 1995)|
|1991||Australian National Maritime Museum||Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales|||
|1988||Sydney Football Stadium||Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales|||
|1995||Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre||South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland|
|1994||Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre||Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales|
|1997||Sydney Harbour Casino||Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales|||
|1999||Sydney Super Dome||Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales|
|1999||Singapore Expo||Changi, Singapore|
|2001||National Wine Centre of Australia||North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia|||
|1996||Cairns Convention Centre||Cairns, Queensland|
|2000||Princess Alexandra Hospital Redevelopment||Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland|
|2001||Goodwill Bridge||South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland|||
|2002||Western Australian Maritime Museum||Victoria Quay, , Western Australia|
|2004||Brisbane Magistrates Court||George Street, Brisbane, Queensland|
|2005||Challenger Institute of Technology, Marine Campus||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|2006||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Northern Stand|
|2007||National Institute of Circus Arts||Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria||Award for Architectural Steel Design – Large Project, Australian Steel Institute VIC (2008)|
|District Court of Western Australia||Perth, Western Australia|
|2008||Australian Film, Television and Radio School||Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales||State Commendation for Commercial Architecture, AIA NSW (2010)|
|2010||Energex Headquarters||Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland|
|2010||The Helix||Marina Bay, Singapore|||
|2010||AAMI Park||Sports and Entertainment Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria||World’s Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium, World Stadium Congress (2012)
National Award for Public Architecture, AIA (2011)
State Architecture Medal, AIA VIC, (2011)
William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, AIA VIC (2011)
|2012||One One One Eagle Street||Brisbane CBD, Queensland||John Dalton Award for Building of the Year, AIA QLD (2013)
Corian Design Awards Winner (Project) (2015)
|2012||Queensland Performing Arts Centre Refurbishment||South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland||Interior Design Impact Award, AIDA (2016)|
|2013||Neuroscience Research Australia||Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales||The People’s Choice Award, Randwick City Council (2013)|
|2014||Kaohsiung Exhibition Center||Kaohsiung, Taiwan||Excellence Award, Chinese Institute of Engineers (2014)|||
|2015||Carnarvon Police and Justice Complex||, Western Australia|
|under construction||Newcastle Courthouse||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|under construction||Sir John Monash Centre||Villers-Bretonneux, France|
|under construction||Queensland State Velodrome||Chandler, Brisbane, Queensland|
|under construction||Oman Across Ages Museum||Muscat, Oman|
|under construction||National Maritime Museum of China||Tianjin, China|
|under construction||Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct||Christchurch, New Zealand|
Cox has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to architecture, including the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, the RAIA Gold Medal in 1984, Life Fellowship to the RAIA in 1987 and Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in the same year. In 1988 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to architecture. In 1993 he received the inaugural award for Sport and Architecture from the International Olympic Committee, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Cox has held a range of voluntary positions during his professional career including Vice President, Environment Board, RAIA, NSW Chapter; a Member, Historic Buildings Committee, Cancer Patients Assistance Society of NSW; Vice President, Cancer Patients Assistance Society of NSW; Vice Chairman, Architecture and Design Panel, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council; and Chairman of Education Board of the RAIA, Federal Chapter.
Cox married Louise, a fellow architect, in Sydney in April 1972. They have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie.
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