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Harry Seidler was born in Vienna 1923 he grew up to study architecture and went on to become one of the leading and most well-known modernist Architects in Australia and the World He was a part of the traditional Orthodox Jewish congregation Seidler flew Austria in 1938 when it was invaded by the Nazi regime After being discovered as an enemy alien in Britain he was shipped to Canada which is where he studied architecture He came to Sydney Australia in 1948 to re-unite with his parents Ten years later he gained Australian citizenship and married Penelope Evatt He had two children with her He was one of the first Jewish war refugees to come to Australia this lead to many other Jews coming to Australia He has never practised his faith excessively but his faith inspired many of his designs One of his best-known works is the Rose Seidler House a Bauhaus styled home in the northern suburbs of Sydney Because he was the first person in Australia to employ this style the house was poorly looked upon by the Sydney Council but is now classified and protected as a historic home Harry Seidler submitted a design for Australia Square in the 1960s the first circular high rise in Australia Harry Seidler has received much praise and won many prestigious awards over his life Seidler was one of the founding members of the Australian Architecture Association In 1987 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia In 1976 Harry Seidler received the Royal Australian Institute of Architects gold medal as well as five Sulman medals In 1996 he received the gold medal from the Royal British Institute of Architects He was the first person in Australia to fully employ the Bauhaus style which can now be commonly found throughout the country Although he is a renowned award-winning Australian architect his work is often criticised One of Seidlers early
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