Publisher: Uro Publications 2012 Author: Robert Riddel ISBN: 9780987228116 Format: Hardback, 200pp, 245mm x 300mm
"Riddel's claim that Dods is 'up there' with Edwin Lutyens, Robert Lorimer, Walter Tapper and Charles Voysey is no overstatement." – Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald
Robin Dods (1868 - 1920) was renowned for designing extraordinarily innovative and stylish houses. Much like the work of his close friend and confidant, the Scottish architect and furniture designer Sir Robert Lorimer, his design was deeply influenced by the Arts and Crafts tradition. Unlike Lorimer, however, Dods did not practice in the cool climes of northern Europe, but the subtropical environment of Brisbane, Australia, and in response developed a unique architectural approach that stands as one of the earliest examples of climate-responsive design in this country.
Robin Dods: Selected Works represents a selection of 33 of Dods’ more significant projects, from a body of known work amounting to more than 650 projects over a lifetime. Author Robert Riddel has spent decades researching the work of Dods, and his writing and research into this seminal figure joins contributions from Dr Clive Lucas, who is responsible for restoring and conserving over 50 landmark sites across the country, and Professor John Macarthur, The University of Queensland Dean and Head of the School of Architecture. It also includes photography by the architect and photographer Richard Stringer, whose expert eye perfectly captures the extraordinary essence that made Dods such a highly-sought after talent in his time, and his surviving buildings such a treasured presence today.
Listen to Fenella Kernebone interview Robin Dods: Selected Works author Robert Riddel on ABC By Design here.
What others think...
"[Dods] produced some of the finest, most gracious and sophisticated buildings this country has seen; inventing a language that was locally responsive and internationally admired." – Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald
"...a comprehensive introduction to this influential figure." – Houses
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.