The Architects

We’re proud to be working with two of Australia’s most lauded architects – Glenn Murcutt AO and Angelo Candalepas – who will ensure the new Royal Far West becomes a beacon for smart, modern and contemporary design that respects its surroundings and its proximity to the world-renowned Manly Beach.

Glenn and Angelo will deliver on our vision of creating a vibrant, healthful and beautiful place that will not only help secure our future in a highly responsible way, but also allow Royal Far West to grow and help new generations of country children.

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Glenn Murcutt AO

Glenn Murcutt AO, grew up in Clontarf and attended the former Manly Boys High School, giving him an intimate insight into the micro-climate, light and landscape of Manly.

Internationally-renowned and treasured as one of Australia’s best-known architects, in 2021 Glenn was recognised as the first Australian to win the Praemium Imperiale architectural laureate, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. Glenn also has the distinction of being the only Australian to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in Architecture, which he won in 2002, in recognition of his innovative and environmentally sensitive buildings.

In 1992 Glenn was also awarded the highest accolade for architecture in Australia and the USA, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, followed by the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 2009 – the only Australian to have received the American award. He also received Finland’s Alvar Aalto Medal in 1992.

Glenn is the visionary behind a portfolio of landmark projects, including the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre (in collaboration with Wendy Lewin and Reginald Lark), the Australian Islamic Centre, the Australian Islamic Mission Mosque (in collaboration with Hakan Elevli), and most recently the MPavilion (with assistance from Jonathan Temple), in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

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Angelo Candalepas / Candalepas Associates

Angelo was born in Sydney and graduated from the University of Technology in 1992, before embarking on a highly-decorated career.

His long history of awards includes the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in 2009 and 2018, the Frederick Romberg National Architecture Award in 2011, the Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture in 2016 and the Aaron M Bolot Award for Residential Architecture four times. In 2016 he also received the Premier’s Award for Architecture in NSW.

Angelo was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2012, becoming a nationally-elected AIA councillor in 2019, while he is also presently appointed as an advisor to the University of Sydney on a building procurement panel.

Angelo established Candalepas Associates in 1999, creating a design practice that specialises in architecture, urban design, planning and interior design. The practice caters to a broad range of government, institutional, corporate and private clients, and has worked on more than 800 projects, primarily in Sydney and NSW as well as in WA, Victoria and Queensland.

An architecturally inspired development

For both Royal Far West and our esteemed architects, we see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give back to Manly through a visionary, community-embracing development that supports local jobs and existing businesses and improves the overall public realm of Manly and its town centre.

“For every sound urban proposition, there is a need to understand the landscape first. The most memorable places connect people to their land and they do so with great subtlety and without complication……Manly is an ancient place of land meeting water and its archaic nature has been understood by its occupants for thousands of years….. We have sought to provide an example where there can be seen a connection between the everyday human uses of spaces to the landscape in which they are set. “ 

– Glenn Murcutt AO and Angelo Candalepas

This redevelopment will help secure the long-term future of Royal Far West through a mix of health and lifestyle-related services that are aligned to our mission and which contribute to the delivery of a place for the whole community to enjoy.

We’re also building upon what we’ve created in the first stage of our redevelopment; the CCK, a state-of-the-art paediatric centre that has already doubled our capacity to deliver telehealth speech, psychology and occupational therapy to country kids, while the contemporary appearance of the buildings add appeal and vibrancy to the Manly beachfront.