Thank You Robert Staas
On June 30, 2017 Robert Staas of NBRSARCHITECTURE retired. For 46 years Robert has been a highly valued part of our practice. Not only has he contributed significantly as a heritage adviser, but also as a director, showing leadership in architectural projects, conservation management and business development. Roberts impact on the landscape of architecture in Sydney and beyond has built NBRS into a practice of renown.
Robert began his study of architecture at NSW Institute of Technology in 1968 whist working for architects Hely Bell and Horne. In 1971, Robert joined Noel Bell and Ridley Smith in the early years of their young and vibrant practice. From the mid 70’s, Robert developed a particular interest in heritage and conservation work, graduating from the University of York UK with a Dip Cons, Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in 1978.
Robert has since paved a career of excellence in heritage advice and conservation planning, becoming a highly sought specialist in his field. He has contributed more than 30 years of expert evidence in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Roberts platform of work and service has now positioned NBRSArchitecture to be a leading practice of architecture and design, with nearly 50 years of experience and a continually growing vibrant staff of over 70. Samantha Polkinghorne will now lead the heritage section of NBRSArchitecture, alongside eight dedicated heritage experts who will continue to play a significant role in our integrated practice of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, compliance and graphic designers.
The Directors and staff of NBRS are incredibly thankful for Roberts contribution of excellence in the field of architecture and heritage conservation and warmly wish Robert and his wife Elspeth a long and happy retirement.
Congratulations on a significant and impacting career.