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PARLIAMENT HOUSE ARCHITECT DIES AT THE AGE OF 95

by Katarina Slavich

The man who designed Canberra's iconic Parliament House has died at the age of 95.

Romaldo Giurgola won a competition to design new Parliament House in 1980, with his design beating all 329 entries from around the world.

He said the building was designed for the wellbeing of its workers, not a piece of art.

Mr Giurgola was born in Rome in 1920.

He studied at the University of Rome and Columbia in the US, before he created Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, which is one of the world's leading architectural firms.

Mr Giurgola made Canberra his home, and later became an Australian citizen in 2000.

In 2010, he was added to the ACT's Honour Walk.

He also won many awards for his work throughout his career, including the Officer of the Order of Australia, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the Australian Centenary Medal, and the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings.

pic source - Canberra Times

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