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Harry Seidler

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Though he was born in Austria, it was in Australia that architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006) made his biggest mark. One of the first importers of modern design to the southerly shores, Seidler's fiery determination, and fits of pique were matched only by his skill as an architect. He trained in Canada and the US, studying with Walter Gropius at Harvard and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. He worked as an apprentice architect with Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeyer before founding his own firm in Sydney in 1949. Perhaps his most important commissions, was also his first: the Rose Seidler house, which he built for his mother outside Sydney from 1948-1950. From there he ascended to the heights of Australian design, through a career that spanned the second half of the 20th century. Other important buildings in the Seidler canon include Blues Point Tower and the Horizon Apartments, both in Sydney.

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