Book / James Henry Esmond Dorney : Architect

James Henry Esmond Dorney / Architect (1906-1991)

A Seminal 20th century Australian Architect

Worked for Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony in 1920s Melbourne.

Establishing his own practice through the 1930s, Esmond’s unconventional design approaches contributed strongly to the cultural development of Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs and the Melbourne School.

Moving to Tasmania after World War II, he continued to practice in Melbourne with major projects such as Sandringham Hospital. An ex RAF fighter pilot, he loved flight and regularly commuted for work from Hobart to Melbourne by air through the 1950s and 60s. 

Esmond’s unorthodox Modernism challenged the natural xenophobia of islanders, but his contribution and influence is now greatly celebrated in Tasmania.

His international reputation is growing, published in London and New York in the 1950s, he was largely ignored by the contemporary Australian architectural media and establishment in Australia, though celebrated in the popular media. 


This long awaited publication is finally arriving

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There will be launches in both Melbourne and Hobart.