The response to the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in its first year of operation shows there is a "design dividend" from great architecture, says Lucy Turnbull, chief commissioner of the new
"There's no doubt that this building has had a spectacular impact on branding the university and the Business School in particular," she said. "It's a microcosm for how important universities are in cities. It's a sensational result ... and it shows us all there really is a design dividend from great design."Turnbull acknowledged the generous donation of Dr Chau Chak Wing, for "paying the difference between 'business as usual' architecture and exceptional architecture. So, long may there be [philanthropists] who sustain and support design excellence, as he has done, but also scholarship and much greater linkages between Sydney and China and Australia and China."The Dean of UTS Business School, Professor Roy Green, told the launch British statesman Winston Churchill had once said that "we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us".
"We certainly have tried to take that message to heart … with a reinvigoration of many of our more traditional Business School programs, culminating with the launch ... of our new MBA in entrepreneurship."
Gehry in Sydney: The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, traces the trajectory of the four-year project and is edited by Dr Liisa Naar and Professor Stewart Clegg of UTS Business School.
Turnbull described Gehry in Sydney as a "stunning" book. "It has the most magical combination between text and narrative on the one hand with illustrations and snapshots of people's perspectives. As a book of a building… it is really, I think, absolutely exceptional."The book includes interviews with Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners design team members Craig Webb and Brad Winkeljohn. It also shows Gehry's famous sketches, along with plans and models.
It is published by Images Publishing and
available for order online. It can also be purchased from Cafe80 in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.