Walsh Street House: Robin Boyd (1919-1971)

Born and educated in Melbourne, Robin Boyd was a visionary architect and highly regarded writer, radio commentator, educator and public speaker. Invited by Dean Pietro Belluschi and encouraged by friend Walter Gropius, then the Dean at Harvard’s GSD, Boyd spent the 1956-57 academic year as a visiting professor at MIT. From a family of prominent painters, he fundamentally believed in architecture as an art, and further, art as superior to materialism. He challenged Australians beyond the architectural community to articulate the nation’s unique cultural spirit and to resist the growing American economic and cultural dominance. Influenced by travel throughout Europe made possible by a grant from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Boyd propagated the International Style throughout Australia. 

With The Robin Boyd Foundation