Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School


Julian Brenchley (1985)

Creative Director and Architect at Brenchley Architects

Julian Brenchley is creative director and architect at Brenchley Architects. Julian creates environmentally sustainable design solutions that are exciting, dynamic and accessible.

Julian Brenchley started at Glenaeon in Year 5 in 1978, graduating in 1985. He continued his education at Sydney University - studying philosophy and pure mathematics and finally architecture at the University of Technology Sydney where he graduated in 1994 with Honours.

Julian has been both lecturer and tutor at the University of Technology Sydney in Design Theory, as well as undertaking postgraduate research projects in design philosophy. Julian Brenchley is a Registered Architect in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. When not at work Julian is trying to get the kids away from TV screens, swimming, sailing, or reading.

Brenchley Architects have won a stream of awards for innovation and sustainability on their commissioned projects and was most recently awarded the 2014 Architizer A+ Award in the residential Mid Rise (5-15 floors) category, as well the 2013 Premiers Sustainability Award and the 2013 Yarra Sustainability Award for 142 Park Street, the building which is better known as The Block Series 7! Brenchley Architects have been the Block Architects since series 1 (2002).

Congratulations on all your success Julian!

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

My choice of career wasn't directly informed by being at Glenaeon. I think on reflection that the Steiner education for me formed a way of thinking about and 'seeing' the world. How one finds a career or the career finds you is a big question. I like to think that my formative years lead me to architecture as a means to continue to explore and express my creativity.

What’s your favourite Glenaeon memory?

The great friendships, and the pride I took in presenting a great main lesson cover page including designing a font, and an irreverent hand drawn picture - love it! Actually my favourite memory was about actually learning to learn, and coming dux in Three Unit HSC English, which was a personal accomplishment - I learnt about self-motivation the hard way and won!

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