Julie Cracknell studied architecture at UNSW, enrolling the year after the Whitlam government abolished university fees for all. She worked for Bruce Rickard at the Ridge Street office, later at Kokoda Avenue, and counts this experience as formative, broadening the scope for architecture as inclusive, with social awareness and regard for the natural Australian landscape leading inevitably to respectful acknowledgement of the land’s Traditional Owners. Through her practice, established with Peter Lonergan in 1984, Julie has actively sought out collaborative projects that enable Indigenous cultural pursuits. Julie has established a comprehensive local history library and published Once Upon a Long Ago (2014) with a Rona Tranby Trust oral history grant. Julie was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Marion Mahony Griffin Prize in 2012, the citation: ‘Tenacious yet delicate threads linking research, heritage, design, community and the public domain in Julie’s characteristically understated CV reveals an expanded sense of architectural practice’. Julie counts this opportunity as editor and contributor a rewarding acknowedgement of Bruce Rickard’s mentorship.
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