It is with poignancy and gratitude that we announce the retirement of founding Partner, Les Clarke (AM). During his 56 years as a Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, Les has imparted his passionate and pragmatic approach to architecture, mentored countless graduates toward successful careers and created a culture of trust and camaraderie that is palpable within the practice today.
Les’ work has had an enormous impact on educational architecture in Victoria. During the early 1970s he founded Eltham College, an independent coeducational school that has grown from humble beginnings to a creative, modern and thriving campus with over 850 students today. During the 1980s, Les helped establish the Victorian school facility design guidelines and in 1992, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia medal “in recognition of service to the community through the design of schools which incorporate community facilities”. In more recent years, Les has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading retail centre masterplanners, laying the foundation for the practice’s extensive and innovative work on many new and revitalised town centre projects throughout Victoria.
We thank Les from the bottom of our hearts for his enduring legacy.