Published on 26 September 2013
Architect and philanthropist John Mainwaring will become an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Sunshine Coast at its Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 3 October.
Mr Mainwaring, 64, established JMA Architects on the Sunshine Coast in 1985 and the renowned company now services projects across the country from his office in Brisbane. He lives between Toowong and Noosa Heads.
Recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his excellence in architectural design and consultancy, Mr Mainwaring has also worked to share his four decades of professional experience.
“Living and working on the Sunshine Coast gave me the chance to create authentic regional architecture and place-making that responded to the environment and expressed the natural attributes of the region,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, who will present the award at the ceremony between 5pm and 7pm at the USC Sports Stadium, said Mr Mainwaring’s long involvement with USC included co-designing the iconic and award-winning Library building on campus at Sippy Downs.
Mr Mainwaring has developed a distinctive Australian Coastal style of architecture and received many citations and commendations for his work, including Australia’s top accolade in the industry, the Sir Zelman Cowan Award.
His company won the Noosa Council Building of the Decade Award for the St Vincent’s Aged Care Facility and he was design director for the $25 million Queen Street Mall refurbishment which won a Civic Design Award for Merit.
This year the avid art collector donated his unified private collection to USC, making it available to the public.
The donation of the art works and Mr Mainwaring’s own publications about linking art and architecture will continue to contribute to the cultural evolution of the campus.
He has worked in England and Denmark and served on committees including as Chairman of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sunshine Coast; Councillor at the Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE; President of the Sunshine Coast Branch of the National Trust; Architectural Consultant for the Sippy Downs Town Plan; Chair of the State Government urban design committee overseeing the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and a number of planning committees.
— Julie Schomberg