When a book about the oeuvre of an esteemed Australian architectural practice edited by two respected architectural writers comes to the APDL collection, we sit up and take note.

A quality publication about Clare Design’s 35 years of practice edited by Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper of UME magazine is something to be celebrated.

The new 272 page soft-covered book showcases the work of Clare Design from 1980 until 2015. There are 30 environmentally sustainable building projects curated in this book – from major civic construction to more modest small-scale projects. It includes Queensland’s spectacular Gallery of Modern Art (as Design Directors of Architectus 2000-2010), Library at the Dock in Melbourne, the Clare’s own “simple two-storey timber box” in Buderim and even the unbuilt Newcastle Art Gallery redevelopment.

It is an insightful look into a practice that approaches their work with, as the editors’ describe, a philosophical position to produce beautiful, climatically responsive, low-impact, environmentally sensitive buildings. Beck and Cooper explore the genesis of the practice, giving us an understanding of the many influences which inform the work of Lindsay and Kerry Clare, such as the successful master/pupil relationship they formed while working with acclaimed Queensland architect Gabriel Poole.

In Clare Design’s own words: “Architecture provides a framework for living: not simply sheltering but also sustaining people. ‘Sustain’ includes the meaning ‘to maintain or nourish physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing’. It is our intention to make buildings that connect people to place through an architecture that sustains them in the broadest sense.”

Beautifully illustrated with detailed architectural drawings and photographs, this book would appeal to architects, students or design enthusiasts interested in the work of an important Australian architectural practice.

About Clare Design: Clare Design was established in late 1979 on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Lindsay and Kerry Clare, a husband and wife team, have produced architectural projects for more than 35 years. Their work is consistently acknowledged at home and internationally for design excellence and environmental performance. Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper write: “The Clares’ ideas about experiencing natural light and ventilation are merged with their ideas about typology. They fuse ideas about type and climate into building form. Their buildings allow occupants to engage with architecture and the world outside, reinforcing the essential connection with place.” The Clares received the RAIA Gold Medal in 2010. They are professors in the architecture school at the University of Newcastle, and visiting professors in the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University.

Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper both have formative links to Queensland, Australia, but spent many years away before returning in 2000. Haig left for England in the late 1960s and completed his studies at the Architectural Association School in London. During the 1970s, Jackie worked in the AA’s Communications Unit for seven years during the School’s most dazzling period. In 1976 Haig was appointed editor of Architectural Design. In 1979 he and Jackie launched their independent magazine, International Architect, in London. In 1986 they returned to Australia where they continued collaborating as architectural editors, critics, writers and publishers, and in 1996 launched UME magazine. (UME and International Architect are available as free downloads: www.umemagazine.com.) Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper’s joint output over 40 years of writing includes books, chapters, articles and critical reviews, and in particular books on (and with) Glenn Murcutt, Denton Corker Marshall, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, Brit Andresen and Peter O’Gorman, Architectus, Cox Rayner, Tract Landscape Architects, graphic designer Garry Emery and sculptor Akio Makigawa. They are both visiting professors in the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University. UME continues.

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