Kerry Hill

Kerry Hill AO (1943–26 August 2018)[1] was an Australian architect who specialised in hotel design in tropical Asia.

Kerry Hill
Hill at CAA Conference Dhaka 2013
Died26 August 2018 (aged 75)
EducationUniversity of Western Australia

He studied at Perth Technical College and the University of Western Australia graduating in 1968. He worked for Howlett & Bailey in Perth from 1969 to 1971. He worked in Hong Kong for Bali- and Hong Kong-based architects and engineers, Palmer & Turner from 1972 until 1974. From 1974 to 1978 he managed the Palmer & Turner office in Jakarta. Hill established Kerry Hill Architects in Singapore in 1979. Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, whom he had a personal friendship with, influenced his early works "by understanding and embracing the architectural traditions of the East".[2]

In 1995 he was awarded the Kenneth F Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award, in 2003 the RAIA Robyn Boyd Award for the Ogilvie House, and in 2006 the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal. His work has been published in A+U (Japan); Architectural Digest (Germany); Architectural Review, Wallpaper, World Architecture (UK), Architecture Australia, Monument (Australia); Indian Architect & Builder, Singapore Architect, and Space (Singapore).

Hill lectured at the National University of Singapore, the University of Hawaii, the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland. His work has been exhibited in Perth.

Selected projects

  • 1980–86 The Darwin Centre, Darwin, Australia
  • 1987–91 The Sukhothai hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1992– Armitage Hill hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1992–94 The Chedi hotel, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 1992–94 The Serai hotel, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1992–94 The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
  • 1996–97 Ooi House, Margaret River, Western Australia
  • 1998–99 Singapore Cricket Association Pavilion, Singapore
  • 1998-02 The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
  • 1998-03 ITC Sonar, Kolkata, India
  • 1999-02 Ogilvie House, Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia
  • 2002–04 Soi 53 Apartments, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2003-04 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
  • 2005–10 State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
  • 2007–10 Beachside Leighton apartments, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 2010–14 City of Perth Library, Western Australia
  • 2018 RAH FALHU, Maldives


  • New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture

Further reading

London, Geoffrey et al. (2013): Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 978-0500342862

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