Press Release: Vale Reg Smith
It is with the greatest sadness that the Principals of Allen Jack+Cottier, Michael Heenan (CEO) and Peter Ireland (GM), advise that their colleague and friend Reg Smith passed away on Saturday, 16 February 2013.
Reg was a fine architect, a generous and inspiring colleague, a wise counsel to his clients and consultants, and a much admired mentor to many, both within the firm, and the profession generally. Keith Cottier, Chairman of Allen Jack+Cottier said ‘Reg had an excellent eye for the possibilities of a site, always going beyond the brief to deliver a solution that exceeded his client’s expectations. He was quick to see the possibilities of new ideas and technologies, and was one of the first architects of his generation to realise the importance of incorporating a sense of community and sustainability into multi-residential and mixed use buildings. He worked tirelessly to achieve the very best outcome on every single project he worked on.’
Reg’s career encompasses a vast range of building types, many of which are award-winning landmarks. Prior to joining Allen Jack+Cottier, he worked on a series of commercial office buildings, which included, during his tenure at Harry Seidler & Associates, the MLC Development in Martin Place. He joined AJ+C in 1974 and became Director in 1976, quickly establishing a reputation for mixed developments. Reg’s achievements include two of Australia’s outstanding medium density/mixed developments – Moore Park Gardens and The Hudson, as well as a number of major buildings in Kuala Lumpur. His buildings are located all over Sydney, and include Balgowlah Village, Bullecourt Place in Ultimo, Pavilions on the Park in St Leonards, and Motto in Erskinville to name but a few.
Reg’s involvement in broader urban planning issues and design was equally impressive, extending to public buildings, sports and leisure facilities, industrial and mining facilities, large offices and multi-storey car parks. Above all, he loved to work with a team, and was always one of the most active and energetic contributors. He will be missed by all at Allen Jack+Cottier, and by our clients. Our thoughts are with his wife Sheila and daughter Catherine.