One of the first female architects from Austria, Lilia Skala later also became a reputed actor, winning an Academy Award nomination for her film Lilies of the Field. She had also worked in Broadway plays such as Letters to Lucerne and in soaps such as Claudia: The Story of a Marriage.
Harry Seidler was an Australian architect who designed over 180 buildings throughout his illustrious career that spanned almost 58 years. He won several architectural awards and honors, including Sir John Sulman Medal, The Wilkinson Award, and Civic Design Award. Harry Seidler is widely regarded as one of the most renowned exponents of Modernism's methodology in Australia.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt is known for his economical structures that he builds in harmony with the Australian landscape, going with his motto, “Touch the earth lightly.” He mostly works on independent projects and private residences in Australia. He lost his son, also an architect, to lung cancer.
Ben Lexcen was abandoned by his laborer parents in childhood and quit school at 14 to become a locomotive mechanic's apprentice. He later focused on designing sailboats. He later scripted history by designing Australia II, the first non-American yacht to win America's Cup. He also designed the boat’s revolutionary winged keel.
William Pitt was an Australian politician and architect best remembered as one of the greatest architects during the 1880s in Melbourne. Pitt is credited with designing some of Melbourne's most popular and detailed High Victorian commercial buildings like The Federal Coffee Palace, Old Rialto Building, Sir Charles Hotham Hotel, and Princess' Theatre.