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Ric Thorp AM

Richard Thorp has more than 40 years experience as an architect, mostly working in senior roles or leading project teams on major projects ranging in value from over $20millon to over $1billion - in Australia, the United States and Italy.

Ric graduated from Melbourne University in 1967, and came to national prominence as a key member of the team that won the competition for a new Federal Parliament House in 1978. A senior architect at the New York firm of Mitchell/Giurgola, he returned to Australia to become Managing Partner of the Australian firm Mitchell Giurgola Thorp formed in 1988 to take the competition design through to construction. In 1989, the newly opened Parliament House won the Zelman Cowan Award for public buildings, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects highest award for public buildings.

Post his career as Managing Partner of an award winning architectural firm; Ric continues his commitment to the profession and public through his roles as a Commissioner on the NSW Planning Commission, as immediate past President of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and Immediate Past President of the NSW Architects Registration Board.