Decades later, Trigg resident Rodney Mollett knows he chose the right career path after being appointed a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The qualified architect received the honour for his service to the built environment and profession.
With years of industry experience, Mr Mollett said he was both honoured and proud to be recognised for his work.
‘Architecture offers the opportunity to contribute in a most significant way to people’s everyday lives given that over a working career you get to design almost every type of building in which people live, work, create, are born, nursed back to health or looked after in their hour of need,’ he said.
Working throughout Perth, Mr Mollett said some of his greatest accomplishments included working on the original St John of God Hospital in Murdoch, the chapel at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco and the Osboine Contemporary Aged Care Facility in Bayswater.
The father of three also designed the Royal Street car park in East Perth and Pelican Point apartments in Nedlands.
Designing buildings for a living, Mr Mollett said his own home was no exception and described it as 44 years of a work in progress. It was originally a three-bedroom fibro beach shack he helped renovate about three times while raising his family.
With strong design concepts, the former Australian Institute of Architecture national councillor also has strong opinions.
‘I would go as far to say that all buildings over three storeys and all public buildings regardless of size should be designed by architects,’ Mr Mollett said.
‘I have great faith in the younger brigade now emerging to achieve great things and ensure architects continue to be primary contributors to improving the urban fabric.’
– Trigg resident Judith Tyler has also been appointed a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her volunteer work with St John Ambulance.