Renowned architect receives University's top honour
One of the Asia-Pacific's most prominent architects and former University of Adelaide student, Hijjas Kasturi, joined more than 3600 students in December's graduation celebrations.
Mr Kasturi was awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of the University (honoris causa)) for his service to society and the profession of architecture.
The Malaysia-based architect is responsible for some of the most distinctive buildings within the Asia-Pacific region, including some of Kuala Lumpur's iconic skyscrapers. His honours include the Tokyo Creation Award in 1998 and the Malaysian Architects Institute Gold Medal in 2001, and his work has attracted commissions from around the world including the Middle East and Brazil.
Mr Kasturi has been involved in architectural education throughout his career and is still involved as a lecturer and external examiner.
"Mr Kasturi brings a strong commitment to education and has been a tireless advocate for the architectural and design professions throughout his career," said the University of Adelaide's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha.
Mr Kasturi came to Adelaide in 1958 under the Colombo Plan, studying architecture and town planning and working as a draughtsman on the Master Plan for Elizabeth. He said he remembered Adelaide and the University fondly. He is a strong supporter of the University's Heritage Foundation and has established scholarships in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
The December graduations also saw a posthumous award of Doctor of Laws conferred on Justice Bradley Selway in recognition of the quality and breadth of his contribution to Australian legal scholarship.
Justice Selway, a former University of Adelaide adjunct Professor of Law who died in 2005, served as Crown Solicitor and then Solicitor-General for the State of South Australia before being appointed to the Federal Court of Australia.
Story by Robyn Mills