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Thoroughly Modern—The Life + Times of Moir + Sutherland Architects by Peter Freeman

Peter Freeman’s richly illustrated narrative of Thoroughly Modern traces the evolution of Moir and Sutherland’s Architecture, some of the earliest examples of modernism built in Australia, and the subsequent achievements of Ian Slater and Neville Ward, Malcolm’s architect partners following Heather’s tragic death in 1953.

Freeman’s remarkable history examines the national and international contacts and influences that shaped and informed Moir and Sutherland’s work and brings together remarkable primary source material, including exquisitely rendered water colour sketches, architectural drawings, period photography and correspondence. Freeman chronicles the thrilling but at times deeply challenging beginnings of Canberra and modernist architecture in Australia.

InsideLives captured the launch of this beautifully rendered book about the remarkable architectural and life partnership of Heather Sutherland and Malcolm Moir.

Marion Mahony Griffin made a brief return to Canberra following the death of her husband Walter Burley Griffin in 1937. The city was beginning to develop from the plans the Griffins had designed for it two-and-a-half decades earlier, but there were only two buildings in particular she found noteworthy: the Civic Theatre (since demolished) and a small and house and studio at 42 Melbourne Avenue. Both were designed by early modernist architect Malcom Moir.