Winsome Hall Andrew

Winsome Hall Andrew (1905–1997) was an Australian architect.

Winsome Hall Andrew
Winsome Alice Hall

Alma materUniversity of Sydney

Background and career

Andrew was born in Woollahra, New South Wales in 1905. She was the fifth child born of ten to Arthur Hall and Susy Foy. Being raised in a middle-class family, Andrew and her siblings had a tough upbringing due to their mother coming from a wealthy family and their father working for the New South Wales public service as a surveyor on a clerical wage. Arthur Hall had a strict eye for perfection and only expected the highest of standards from his sons and daughters. Winsome attended Sydney Girls High School where she was an outstanding student both academically and athletically.[1] This ensured her a scholarship to study architecture at the University of Sydney from 1922 to graduate in 1928, where she was the sole woman in her year and the only woman graduate to proceed to find employment.[2]

Andrew’s life at university were some of her best as she attended theatres and balls, settled down to a long term boyfriend (potential fiancé) and started to cement herself within the confines of a looming architectural profession.

Partial list of works

The following buildings designed either in part or in full by Andrew:

Buildings designed either in part or in full by Winsome Hall Andrew
Building name Image Location Years
Heritage register(s) Notes
St. Ignatius ChurchTaralga, New South Wales1933Blueprints drafted by Andrew under the name of Clement Glancey
Stockleigh HallRegent's Park Estate, Camden Borough, London1934Acted as a senior assistant in the office of Robert Atkinson [3][4]
Police Section House residential blockScotland Yard, London1936Acted as job captain at Stanley Livrock’s office
Manly Surf Life Saving PavilionManly, New South Wales1939Partnered with Eric W. Andrew; demolished in 1990[5]
Embassy of the United StatesCanberra, Australian Capital Territory1939Drafted by Andrew under Malcolm Mior and Heather Sutherland
Proposed student hostel and lecture roomCanberra, Australian Capital Territory1939Drafted by Andrew under Malcolm Mior and Heather Sutherland, never built
Anzac HouseSydney, New South Wales1948Project architect for Eric W. Andrew competition entry, never built
Alterations to Edgworth SchoolVaucluse, New South Wales1948Andrew added a glass room, a flat and verandah
Ryde housing schemeRyde, New South WalesLate 1950sDesigned by Andrew in conjunction with Spencer John Raymond
Australian Institute of Builders HeadquartersCanberra, Australian Capital Territory1956Partnered with Eric W. Andrew


  • 1934 RIBA competitions Medal, Stockleigh Hall at Regent Park
  • 1936 RIBA competitions Medal, Police Section House residential block
  • 1939 Sulman Award (winner), Manly Surf Pavilion
  • 1948 Anzac House Competition (second place), Anzac House


  1. Hanna, Bronwyn (24 July 2009). "AN INTERPRETATIVE BIOGRAPHY OF". 6 (1). Taylor & Francis Online. Architectural Theory Review. doi:10.1080/13264820109478415.
  2. Harris, Pamela. "Winsome Hall Andrew 1905-1997". Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  3. "Plaque: Bronze RIBA Award at Stockleigh Hall". London Remembers. 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. "Robert Atkinson 1883-1952". St John's Wood Memories. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. "Manly Surf Life Saving Pavilion". Docomomo Australia. 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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