Tony Moore (1925-1972) was a Sydney architect who has been identified by historian Jennifer Taylor as the author of Australia's first 'Brutalist' house. He was a leader of the Design Group before he joined McConnel Smith and Johnson in 1959.
Tony Moore (1925-1972) was born in Sydney as the son of notable 1920s-1930s architect and water-colourist John D. Moore, was educated at Geelong Grammar and joined the Navy in 1942. On release in 1947, he studied at the Architectural Association in London and returned after graduation to Sydney in 1953. After working several years as a junior with his father’s firm, Moore, Walker and Croker, he set up in independent practice after his father died in the late 1950s. In 1959, he joined McConnel Smith & Johnson, shortly before he completed what Jennifer Taylor has called the first Brutalist house in Australia, for his own family, at Lord Street, North Sydney (1961). At MSJ, he was considered to be more an administrator rather than a designer and he gained an MBA from the University of NSW during the mid-1960s. Sources —Jackson, Davina. 2004. Notes from an interview with Tony Moore’s widow, Robyn Moore, ph 02 6689 7293. —Taylor, Jennifer. 1990. Australian Architecture Since 1960. Canberra: Royal Australian Institute of Architects. —Taylor, Jennifer. Unpublished (1990s). Article on McConnel Smith & Johnson for an unpublished company monograph.