Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney

David Moore1984 (printed 2000)

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

Harry Seidler AC OBE (1923–2006), architect and designer, was born in Vienna and studied under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer at the Harvard School of Design. He worked with Alvar Aalto in Massachusetts, with Breuer in his New York practice and with Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro before travelling in Sydney in 1948 to design a house for his parents in Turramurra. Now known as the Rose Seidler House, it caused a sensation and introduced Bauhaus principles to Australia. Soon commissioned to design houses for other clients, Seidler made a significant contribution to the architecture of Sydney, particularly in his Australia Square buildings (1961–1967), the MLC Centre (1972–1978) and Grosvenor Place (1982–1988). He also designed major projects around Australia and internationally, including the critically acclaimed Australian Embassy in Paris (1973–1977) overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Among his multitudinous awards are the RAIA Gold Medal (1976) and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal (1996). He received Australia's highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia, in 1987.

During his 60-year career, David Moore photographed many prominent public figures, including Seidler. This image was taken at Seidler's own house in Killara, which was completed in 1967.


  • Title: Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney
  • Creator: David Moore
  • Date Created: 1984 (printed 2000)
  • Provenance: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
  • Rights: The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001 © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/
  • External Link: https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2001.133

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