Philanthropist and businesswoman celebrated with National President’s Prize
Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:19

Architecture and design advocate Lucy Turnbull AO has been awarded the National President's Prize by current President, Brian Zulaikha at the 2012 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards held in Adelaide.

The National President's Prize enables the Institute to recognise and celebrate the exemplary contribution of an individual to the advancement of architecture and is typically awarded to those working outside the traditional areas of design, practice and education.

Lucy Turnbull has been a powerful advocate for the profession through a longstanding interest in the role cities play, and in architecture and design.

"It gives me much pride, both professionally and personally, to be able to recognise Lucy's contribution to the Institute, but also to architecture and design more generally,' Brian Zulaikha said.

In 1999 Lucy authored Sydney - Biography of a City and in 2006 and 2008 was the Commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Lucy is Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney; an independent member of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority; and was appointed in 2010 to the Cities Expert Panel which reports to the COAG Reform Council on metropolitan strategic planning issues.

The daughter of Tom Hughes QC, a prominent barrister and formal Liberal Attorney-General, Lucy was born in Sydney in 1958.

She has a degree in law from Sydney University and an MBA from the University of NSW. Lucy practiced as a lawyer and worked as an investment banker before entering into local government.

She became Sydney's first female Lord Mayor in 2003.

Currently, Lucy is a Director of Turnbull & Partners, a private investment company and Prima Biomed, an innovative Australian biotechnology company working on ovarian cancer treatment.

Lucy has also been active in the not for profit sector and is a member of the board of the US Studies Centre at Sydney University, the Biennale of Sydney, the Redfern Foundation Limited, and the Turnbull Foundation. She is also a board member of the NSW Cancer Institute.

In January 2011, Lucy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to the community, particularly through philanthropic contributions to and fundraising support for a range of medical, social welfare, educational, youth and cultural organisations, to local government and to business'.

As the Commissioner for the Australian Institute of Architects' contribution to the 2006 and 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, Lucy led the way in promoting the role of architecture and the arts in telling Australian stories both here and overseas.

The Australian Institute of Architects honours Lucy Turnbull by awarding her the 2012 National President's Prize.