Docomomo Australia Modern Register

(arch.) Bryce Mortlock

Australian Architect (14 October 1921 – 3 July 2004)

Mortlock graduated with first-class honours in 1950, winning the University Medal and a travelling scholarship. This allowed him to work and study in Britain and Europe. Upon his return, Mortlock and Stuart Murray took up full-time work with Sydney Ancher’s firm in 1952. Eight years later he won the Sulman Award for the Badham House at Cronulla. Bryce’s design reflected the firm’s adherence to the International style, while anticipating the so-called ‘Sydney Regional’ style with which the firm would become associated over the next decade.

After Ken Woolley joined them in 1964, Ancher and Mortlock set up offices in Ridge St, North Sydney, establishing the well-known Sydney firm Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley. The firm completed innovative designs for townhouses and flats at Wollstonecraft and Cremorne. Mortlock was also appointed Master Planner for the University of Melbourne in 1968. It was a position that entailed regular trips from his Cammeray home, but one which he held until the late 1990s, describing it as his most satisfying and challenging. The University recognized his work with an honorary doctorate. In 1970 Mortlock, in partnership with others, applied his interest in planning and the need for increasing density to the drafting of a Building Code for North Sydney Council. (extract from wikiward)