Dr Simon Pendal

Senior Lecturer

Email: simon.pendal@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0237

  • Biography

    Dr Simon Pendal has over 20 years of combined experience in teaching and practicing architecture. Graduating with honours in 1994 he obtained a practice-based PhD via the ‘invitational’ stream at RMIT in 2016 and has been principal of Simon Pendal Architect, a small research-based practice, since 2005. Simon is a former Chair of Architectural Design at Curtin University where he taught in various roles from 1993 to 2018 and has been a Registered Architect in Western Australia since 2002.

    SPA are suburban architects working principally on projects which are small, intimate and finely wrought. In these works, much is made of the interior allowing the occupant to nestle within the dry landscapes of Perth’s sandy coastal plain or retreat from its oppressive heat and relentless white light, which comes from all directions. This work has been widely published, exhibited and awarded at a state, national and international level – most recently receiving the National Dulux Colour Award for the North Perth Townhouse and a National AIA Architecture Award for the Cottesloe Lobby and Landscape in 2018.

    Simon operates on the basis that scholarship should be brought to bear in both professional and educational settings.  His studio-based teaching is aimed at allowing individual students to develop their specific position within the canon of architecture in concert with an awareness of their innate Spatial History – binding knowledge of a personal spatial trajectory within an identifiable tradition.  In recent times this has intensified around personal preoccupations with the pre-1788 landscapes of Australia, particularly south-western Australia, and via an abiding interest in contemporary regenerative landscape approaches. Each of these preoccupations are seen to possess deep-time roots for further investigation from within the confines of the practice environment and the teaching studio.

    Simon is curator of a monthly newspaper column in the West Australian which has been running since 2011 bringing ideas from the disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture into the broad public consciousness.  He has curated major exhibitions and symposia such as the Affirmative Architecture Symposium in Perth in 2012.

    Simon is a contributing writer to Architecture Australia and The Architect and regular juror in the Australian Institute of Architects Awards programmes.

  • Teaching areas

    • Architectural Design
    • Site Specific Works
    • Non-traditional practice-based research
  • Research expertise and supervision

    Supervised over 40 Masters and Honours research projects Curtin University 2005-2018

  • Original creative works

    • 2019 Cottesloe Lobby and Landscape.
    • 2018 North Perth Townhouse.
    • 2015 DC Cruickshank Reserve Masterplan, City of Nedlands. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2015 MONA Heavy Metals Lab- Invited participant in national short-list competition.  Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2014 Carine Residence, Carine. Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2013 Kings Square Competition, Fremantle, WA.  Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2010 Claremont Residence A+A, Claremont. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2010 ‘What If’ Parliamentary Precinct Conceptual Masterplan, City of Perth. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2008 Fremantle House.  Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 2008 House for a Father and Son, Venice Architecture Binnale 2008, Invited Participant.
    • 2008 About Face 2008, ‘Space & Light’ Invited National Competition. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2007 Parliament House Forecourt and Fountain Redevelopment. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2007 ‘Proposition 6707’ Eco Lodge, Cape Range National Park, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
  • Book chapters

    • 2019  Pendal, S. ‘Council House’ in Hannah Lewi and Philip Goad (eds) Australia Modern: Architecture, Landscape and Design 1925-1975, Thames & Hudson, Port Melbourne, (forthcoming 2019).
    • 2017  Book Chapter - The Apartment House – Thames and Hudson, North Perth Townhouse, 2017, p-134-141, ISBN 9780500501047.
    • 2016  Campo Baeza, A. 2016‘Thinking, Teaching, Building: The Architecture of Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille’ in Various Architects, NYUPM, Madrid. ISBN:978-84-945209-9-0. p101-104.
    • 2015  Book Chapter- ‘Guy Grey Smith Institute’ in Ringer, R. (2015). Materiality: Brick and Block in Contemporary Australian Architecture.  Australia.  Dry Press Publishing Pty Ltd.  ISBN: 9780994165404.
    • 2011  Book Chapter p94-99. Harrison, S. 2011. Forty six square metres of land doesn’t normally become a house: Maximising Living Space, Australia and New Zealand. Thames and Hudson: Melbourne. ISBN 978-050050-029-3. (BC) – 2011. Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 2008  Pendal and Neille/Australia in New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific 2008-2010,Gendaikakushiysu Publishers, Tokyo, Japan, 2008. (ISBN 978-4-7738-0814-8).
  • Journal articles

    • 2018 Co-Authored Article (with Stephen Neille) – House with A guest Room by Andrew Power -Architecture Australia Vol. 107, No.2, March/April 2018.
    • 2017 Authored Article-Architecture Australia Vol. 106 No.3, May/June 2017, Knutsford Stage 1 by Spaceagency Architects, project review, p 44-48.
    • 2015 Authored Article-Architecture Australia July/Aug 2015, Bunbury Catholic College (Mercy Campus) by CODA Studio and Broderick Architects, project review, p 32-39.
    • 2013 Authored Article-The Architect (AIA-WA) Feb 2013 Issue 1, Trade Training Centres by Armstrong Parkin, project review, p 10-13.
    • 2011 Authored Article-The Architect (AIA-WA) May Issue 1, Factory House by Simon Anderson, project review, p 7-12.
  • Professional affiliations

    • Member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • Registered Architect, Architects Board of Western Australia (No. 1903)
  • Awards

    • 2018 AIA National Architecture Award - Cottesloe Lobby & Landscape
    • 2018 AIA The Iwan Iwanoff Award for Small Project Architecture – Cottesloe Lobby & Landscape
    • 2018 National Dulux Colour Award - Multi Residential Interior – North Perth Townhouse
    • 2018 Commendation, National Houses Awards Shortlist - Apartment or Unit – North Perth Townhouse
    • 2017 AIA The Peter Overman Award for Residential Architecture – North Perth Townhouse.
    • 2016 Special Mention – Dulux Intergrain Timber Vision Awards for Residential Interior – Carine House, Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2015 AIA Commendation (WA Chapter) for Residential Architecture, A+A - Carine House, Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2015 Curtin University, Faculty of Humanities, Major Creative Work of the Year – Carine House, Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2014 National Houses Awards Shortlist, House Alteration and Addition under 200 m², Carine House, Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2014 AIA Commendation (WA Chapter) for Interior Architecture- Carine House, Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2013 AIA Architecture Award (WA Chapter) for Residential Architecture Alterations + Additions- Claremont House, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2012 ‘People’s Choice’ award, City of Fremantle Amendment 49 Design Charette, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2011 AIA Architecture Award (WA Chapter) for Urban Design- Parliament House Fountains and Forecourt Redevelopment, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2009 ‘Commendation’ in the premiere international award for emerging architecture ‘AR Awards for Emerging Architecture’ based in London, UK and affiliated with the RIBA and Architectural Review, Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 2008 RAIA National Commendation- Small Project Architecture- Fremantle House, Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 2008 Think Brick Australia – 2008 About Face Award, National Research Competition, First Prize. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2008 Think Brick Australia – National Research Competition, Peer Voted Award, First Prize. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2008 RAIA (WA) ‘Small Project’ Architecture Award- Fremantle House, Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 2008 RAIA (WA) Mondoluce Lighting Commendation- Fremantle House, Simon Pendal and Rebecca Angus.
    • 1999 Shortlised entry, Salford Urban Design Competition, England, Simon Pendal, Rebecca Angus and Steve Newman.
  • Exhibitions

    • 2018 National Dulux Colour Awards Exhibition – National Gallery of Victoria – North Perth Townhouse
    • 2017 Moments of Place Exhibition – ‘Vessel’ – Papermountain Gallery, Perth. Participant in a group exhibition with Robyn Creagh and Shannon Lyons.
    • 2016 PhD Examination Exhibition, Design Hub, RMIT Melbourne.
    • 2015 National Shortlisted Entries – Heavy Metals Laboratory – MONA Hobart, Tasmania.  Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille
    • 2014 ‘Reverberations’ : TRACE – Architectural Musings, Mundaring Arts Centre, participant in Group Exhibition, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille
    • 2013 Invited Participant, ‘Affirmative Architecture Exhibition’, Design Research Institute RMIT Design Hub, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille
    • 2013 X-Field Archive Exhibition, The Compound Interest Gallery, Melbourne Vic.  Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2012 Invited Participant, ‘Unbuilt Perth’, Cullity Gallery, University of Western Australia. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2011 Convenor and Participant (with Dr Martyn Hook-RMIT and Dr Stephen Neille- Curtin) of Affirmative Architecture Symposium and Exhibition, Perth WA.
    • 2011 ‘Life in the suburbs’ Invited participant Union of International Architects International Exhibition and Conference, Tokyo (MCW) – 2011. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2010 Structuring Perception- Current work by Pendal and Neille, Access Gallery, Curtin University of Techology (Individual Exhibition).  Stephen Neille and Simon Pendal.
    • 2009 RAIA Architecture Week 2008 Venice Bienalle exhibition, Cullity Gallery UWA, Perth.
    • 2008-11 Pendal and Neille/Australia in New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific 2008-2010, Art Front Gallery - Hillside Forum, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, December 2 – 21, 2008.  Other venues exhibited- Niigata, Japan.  Istanbul, Turkey.  Lisbon, Portugal. (GroupExhibition) – 208-11. Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2008 ‘Space and Light’ ‘About Face – 2008’ selected Western Australian Representitive, MCA Sydney (Group Exhibition) 2008.  Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille.
    • 2008 Australian Pavilion 11th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, 14 – 23 November.
    • 2008 Perth International Arts Festival- ‘Architects Project’ Participant, Group Exhibition.
    • 2000 Big Journey/Small Buildings: inhabiting a drawn out landscape, John Curtin Gallery and Habitus 2000 International Conference, Perth.  Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, 3 - 26 August 2001. Curated by Stephen Neille and Stephen Parkin.
    • 1999 Shortlised entries, Salford Urban Design Competition, England
  • In the media

    • 2018 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 71, February 2018, Regenerative Landscapes.
    • 2017 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 62, February 2017, Perth’s Mental Space.
    • 2015 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 51, October 2015, Small City Projects.
    • 2013 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 31, November 2013, MANY as model.
    • 2013 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 30, October 2013, Enlightened Patronage.
    • 2013 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 23, March 2013, Council House.
    • 2012 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 11, February 2012, City Landscapes.
    • 2011 West Australian Newspaper, Streetwise Column No 1, March 2011, City over CBD.
  • Other

    • 2016 Australian Institute of Architects Awards Jury Member Residential Alterations and Additions.
    • 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Chair of Awards Jury.  Sir John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design.
    • 2011 AACA National Examination Scenario writer.
    • 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Chair of Awards Jury.  Iwan Iwanoff Award for Small Project Architecture.
    • 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Chair of Awards Jury.  Sustainable Architecture Award.