Not many practices can claim the legacy of influential, city shaping projects as that of Conybeare Morrison. After several years working together at the firm Planning Workshop, in 1980 Darrel Conybeare and Bill Morrison recognised extensive common interests and set out to create a collaborative multi-disciplinary practice in pursuit of design excellence in architecture and urban design. At a time when it was still necessary to explain what ‘urban design’ was, Conybeare Morrison was a pioneering practice.
Engaged to transform Circular Quay in the lead up to the Australian Bicentenary, the award-winning work was praised in unifying the surrounds of Sydney Cove, forging a link from the eastern side of Sydney Cove to the Sydney Opera House using a continuity of materials with a balance of broad scale and more intimate spaces.
Conybeare Morrison has reimagined many other significant public spaces in Sydney including Darling Walk, Darling Harbour (1982), Luna Park (1987), Macquarie Street Boulevarde (1988), George Street, The Rocks (1992), Macquarie Street, Liverpool (1994), Market Street, Sydney (1997), Paddington Reservoir Gardens Masterplan, Paddington (1999), Springfield Precinct in Kings Cross (2003), Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach (2008), Rose Bay Promenade (2008), and Glebe Point Road (2009).
Developing the 1990 masterplan for Sydney University (1990-2000), still guiding work today, the Conybeare Morrison team also produced campus designs for the University of NSW (1995), UTS, Macquarie University (1985-2008) and the University of Western Sydney (2007), plus several offshore university campuses including The University of Science and Technology, China (USTC) (2003) and Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) (2007).
The practice has developed an international reputation with work extending to the UK, India and Asia including the masterplanning and architectural design of entire satellite cities in Vietnam and China. Now with recognised expertise in infrastructure, transport, conservation and mixed-use projects, the team is continually building upon the legacy of Darrel and Bill, and drawing upon the rich heritage and expertise of the 40 year old practice to create amazing places and spaces for people around the globe.