Howard Tanner is an award-winning architect with more than 35 years experience in all facets of architecture. He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad, being Principal of Sydney architecture practice Tanner Architects since 1974. He has won more than 30 architecture awards during this time, edited a number of major architectural publications, held senior board positions on a number of key professional associations, and lectured extensively at Sydney University and elsewhere.
Howard graduated from the University of Sydney in 1970 with a Bachelor of Architecture, before becoming a Research Scholar at University College London in 1972 and a registered architect in 1974. After graduating, he worked in London for esteemed architect Sir Hugh Casson before joining leading architect Philip Cox in joint practice from 1974 to 1983. During this period he wrote widely and edited volumes on Australian architecture and landscape history.
Tanner Architects has won more than 30 state, national and international awards for the outstanding quality of his architectural projects. These include Australian Property Institute Awards and National Trust Heritage Awards in 2006 for the Cooperage at Pyrmont and Customs House at Circular Quay. In 2004, the firm received an honourable mention in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award for the Female Orphan School at Rydalmere for the University of Western Sydney.
Other awards include a Dulux Colour Award for the Icebergs Restaurant in association with Lazzarini Pickering Architetti (2003); a UNESCO Award for conservation and adaptation of the Governor’s stables as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music & Conservatorium High School (2002); UNESCO Awards for conservation and adaptation of the Bushell’s Building at the Rocks (2001) and St Patrick’s College at Manly (2000).
The practice’s renovation/restoration of Sydney Town Hall was one of the firm’s most honoured projects, receiving multiple awards in 1992, including the MBA Excellence in Construction. The project’s success has resulted in Tanner Architects being reappointed recently to undertake a subsequent conservation and upgrading project at the Sydney Town Hall.
Howard has lectured extensively on architectural and urban design in Australia and overseas. From 1976-1986 he acted as lecturer and senior lecturer in architecture at the University of Sydney. He has also been a visiting lecturer, Architecture Faculty, at the Hong Kong University.
Over the past 35 years, Tanner Architects has designed and/or restored a diverse range of projects in NSW, the ACT, the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Important projects include work on:
In NSW: the former Bank of NSW head office in George Street Sydney, the Sydney Town Hall, Admiralty House at Kirribilli, the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach, Bondi and Tamarama Beach Lifeguard Towers, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Current projects include a new office tower in York Street, Sydney a major new addition to SCEGGS Darlinghurst, and a new library at Frensham School at Mittagong.
In NZ: New Zealand Parliament buildings in Wellington.
In the ACT: the Mt Stromlo Commonwealth Solar Observatory and Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU.
In the NT: a new mixed use tower in Smith Street, in Darwin’s CBD currently under design development.
Writer and Editor
Major publications edited and published by Howard include:
Australian Housing in the Seventies (Ure Smith, 1975)
Restoring Old Australian Houses and Buildings (Macmillan 12975)
The Great Gardens of Australia (Macmillan 1976)
Architects of Australia (Macmillan 1976)
William Hardy Wilson - a 20th Century Colonial 1881-1955 (National Trust of Australia NSW 1980)
Infill: Placing New Building Amongst Old (Heritage Council of NSW/RAIA 1981)
Historic Gardens of Australia: Guidelines for the Preparation of Conservation Plans (Australian Garden History Society 1983)
Towards an Australian Garden (Valadon 1983)
Contributor Australian Dictionary of Biography
Howard holds senior positions on a number of key professional associations, and is a member of a range of architectural and associated bodies. Currently, these include being an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Australian Heritage Council, director of IBL (Insurance Brokers Ltd) and chair of the NSW Historic Houses Trust Foundation and Board Member of the Endangered Houses Fund. Previous roles include Chairman of the Heritage Council of NSW, Chairman of Sydney CBD Heritage Review Committee, Chairman of the Australian Garden History Society and Vice President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), and a councillor with the AGNSW Art Gallery Society.
In 2006, Howard guest curated an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney an exhibition entitled Thoroughly Modern Sydney - focusing on how Sydney became a modern international city in the 1920s and 30s.
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