The Architecture of Neil Clerehan


Edited by: Harriet Edquist, Richard Black

Publisher: RMIT Press, 2010

Tags BioHarriet EdquistLeon van SchaikRichard Black

Neil Clerehan is widely regarded as one of the most significant architects of Melbourne’s post-war period. He made his name designing innovative housing for the city’s rapidly expanding suburbs, and as director of The Age Small Homes Service (SHS), which provided home-builders with an extensive selection of house designs for $5 each. He is also a prolific and highly-respected writer on architectural practice.

This is the first book-length study of this key figure in Australian modernism. Leading architectural writers Harriet Edquist, Richard Black and Leon van Schaik provide a comprehensive survey, analysis and critique of Clerehan’s large body of work. Extensively illustrated throughout, the book provides an atlas of Clerehan’s designs for the SHS, measured drawings of four representative houses, and a selected directory of the architect’s works to 2005.

This engaging book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australian architecture, in the development of the nation’s suburbs, or in Australian modernism.