Blair Wilson (1930 - 2014)

John Hill
29. July 2014
Blair Wilson | Kindler Theatre at the QIT

Blair Wilson of Wilson Architects, the Brisbane, Australia firm that turned 130 this year, has passed away at the age of 83.

Wilson Architects was founded by Alex B.Wilson in 1884, making it one of Australia’s oldest continuous architectural practices. Blair started working as an architect with his father R. Martin Wilson in 1956, according to Architecture & Design, and then took over the practice following his father's death in 1967. Four years later Blair's wife Beth Wilson, a landscape architect, joined the firm. Today the firm is headed by their son Hamilton Wilson, one of Blair's four children.

In Blair's over 45 years of experience he realized a number of significant projects, receiving the RAIA Bronze Medal for Meritorious Architecture for the design of the Kindler Theatre at the QIT (1974) and the Clay Brick Award for the design of the La Boite Theatre (1973). A highly regarded educator as well as an architect, Blair served as National President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (1976-77), President of Queensland Chapter RAIA (1970/72), President of the Brisbane Repertory Theatre (1973-76), Member of the National Capital Planning Committee (1976-82), President of the Alumni Association of the UQ (1979-87), Senator of the University of Queensland (1980-86) and President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton (1993-94).

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