JR and Paul Pholeros took part in a discussion with students and staff today covering everything from the passing of Gough Whitlam to Paul’s work with Health Habitat to stories of Paul’s student days spent in the company of Martin Sharp and Brett Whiteley. A truly inspiring man, Paul encouraged us to not get caught up in the ‘image’ of architecture but to look for real problems and start solving them with design.
In lieu of a video of the discussion, here is Paul speaking at TEDx Sydney.
Paul is the principal architect of a practice based in Sydney working on urban, rural and remote area architectural projects throughout Australia and overseas. He is also one of three directors of Healthabitat, the other two directors have medical and environmental health backgrounds. For 28 years Healthabitat has worked to improve the health of Indigenous people, by improving their living environment and housing, in suburban, rural and remote areas of Australia. Over the last 6 years similar work has expanded to projects in rural areas of Nepal and urban USA. In 2011 Healthabitat was awarded the international UN Habitat’s World Habitat Award and also the Australian Institute of Architect’s national Leadership in Sustainability prize for sustaining the lives of people