In 2001, Bruce established Trethowan Architecture. The office deals with a variety of projects ranging in type from residential to commercial and institutional uses. In keeping with Bruce’s background the practice is known for its experience and expertise in conservation related projects, in the refurbishment and addition to existing buildings and in the design of buildings in environmentally sensitive locations.
Bruce graduated in architecture from the University of Melbourne in 1975. He won the Nell Norris Award for three consecutive years from 1970, and in 1975 won both the First Prize in the inaugural Matthew Flinders Measured Drawing Competition and the James Hardie Prize for the best final year student.
In 1979, following an extensive period of work for the London practice of Michael Haskoll & Associates, combined with travel throughout Europe, particularly to investigate European architecture as the heritage of much of Australia's early development, Bruce joined Yuncken Freeman in Melbourne as an architect. At the same time, he took on a part-time position as Lecturer and Tutor in History at the Department of Architecture at the University of Melbourne.
In 1980, Bruce was a founding Director in the firm Robert Peck & Co. (In November 1988, the practice was renamed as Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan reflecting the contribution of Bruce's achievements in architectural design and historic conservation).
In 1982, Bruce was part of the project team that won first prize in a limited competition for the design of No 1 Collins Street, which was also to win both the Cement and Concrete Association Award and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter Merit Award for Commercial Buildings on its completion.
In 1986 Bruce received the inaugural Australian Heritage Award for the restoration of No 1 Collins Street and the Olderfleet Buildings, Melbourne. In 1990 the practice was awarded an honourable mention in the Medium Density Housing Competition for Southbank, Melbourne. In 1997 the practice was awarded the RAIA Conservation Merit Award for the restoration and refurbishment of the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. In 2002 the works at the former Royal Mint were awarded the MBA Excellence Award in the refurbishment category.
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