The theory of Critical Regionalism1 has clarified significant issues concerning modernity, tradition, cultural identity and place. Since the emergence of the term in the 1980s it has proliferated with the help of leading theorists such as Kenneth Frampton to profoundly affect the practice of architecture. The term is now well known and widely used to describe a recent type of architecture that engages with its particular geographical and cultural circumstances in considered and subtle ways (Eggener 2002:228). The dissertation uses the established framework of Critical Regionalism as a lens through which to analyse the architecture of Frederick Romberg (1913-1992) with the intention of determining to what extent his architecture is place related. Romberg’s deliberately cautious and critical stance towards modern architecture in the Australian context is high-lighted; demonstrating that Romberg did not unthinkingly adopt an overseas fashion but instead produced architecture that while advocating the modern legacy possessed distinct Australian qualities.
1 For reasons of clarity and consistency capital letters will be used throughout the dissertation at the beginning of theoretical terms such as Critical Regionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism.