Guest Speaker Dinner

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Guest Speaker Dinner

20 April 2021 - 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Fully booked, waitlist via Reception


In ‘Killing Sydney’, columnist and architect Elizabeth Farrelly presents a love song to her home city of Sydney and an impassioned plea for its protection.

Covering the history of Sydney’s soaring civic buildings and unique public spaces, and its present reality of ‘motorways, McMansions and mediocrity’, Farrelly describes the housing crisis and near-continual development that threaten Sydney’s unique infrastructure – including WestConnex, the Powerhouse relocation, the Packer casino, the light rail, the sale of heritage buildings for private apartments, the mistreatment of Darling Harbour and Barangaroo – and lays down the gauntlet for the future protection of a green, beautiful, affordable and accessible heritage city.

Will the city we love survive?

Our Speaker

Dr Elizabeth Farrelly trained in architecture and philosophy, practised in Auckland, London and Bristol, holds a PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney, and is an Associate Professor (Practice) at the University of NSW Graduate School of Urbanism. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand but has made Sydney her home since the late 1980s. She is the author of several books, including ‘Three Houses’ – a monograph on renowned architect Glenn Murcutt; is a Walkley-shortlisted journalist, critic and essayist; and served as a Councillor for the City of Sydney from 1991 to 1995. Her portrait by Mirra Whale was a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 includes 2 courses, beverages, coffee.


20 April 2021
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
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Carabella Room


RSYS Reception
02 9955 7171