Simon Anderson has taught and practised architecture at The University of Western Australia (UWA) since 1989. He has: won University and national awards and citations for excellence in teaching; won awards, prizes and commendations for buildings and competition designs for residential, multi-residential, institutional and industrial buildings; curated major architectural exhibitions; exhibited buildings and projects internationally; written on contemporary Australian architecture; authored expert opinions; produced competition briefs; been an elected councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for a decade. Additionally he has numerously and frequently been a design award juror, design competition judge, and professional journal editor and advisor.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts at UWA from 2010-6. From January 2017 the Faculty became the UWA School of Design – UWA Design – in recognition of the central role creativity plays in the disciplines of the School. UWA Design offers programmes in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, history of art and fine arts. The School of Design is known for its distinguished faculty and alumni, which have included the architect Kerry Hill, the landscape architect Richard Weller, the art historian Ian McLean and the artist Ionat Zurr.
In recent years:
his work has been exhibited at the 10th and 11th International Architecture Exhibitions, La Biennale di Venezia 2006 and 2008
he won in 2007 the architectural competition for a world’s best practice eco-resort at Ningaloo
in 2007 Sir Roger Penrose of Oxford described his (with Hassell) 2004 Gravity Discovery Centre as the ‘best science (education) centre in the world’
winner in 2007 of Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) national research prize for his work on housing
in January 2008 he was Artist in Residence at the Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Centre for Australian Art
in 2008 he edited with Victorian Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London the book Housing Australia and curated an accompanying national touring exhibition
in 2009 he was awarded The President’s Award by Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for his outstanding contribution and support to Architecture
elevated in 2012 to Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in honour of outstanding contribution to architectural education and the profession
in 2014 he co-curated Augmented Australia 1914-2014, the Australian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
In 2007 Architectural Review Australia conducted a survey that called for the nomination of projects that represent the highest achievements in Australian architecture from the past quarter of a century, and the nomination of individuals who have been a significant influence in Australian architecture in the last 25 years. Simon Anderson was one of only nine architects represented in both categories.