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George Gallagher – Celebrating 40 Years at Tract_____

George Gallagher - Celebrating 40 Years at Tract

George Gallagher – Celebrating 40 Years at Tract

In 1979 George Gallagher joined our fledgeling firm located in Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda. The firm at that time had only a handful of people including Howard McCorkell, Chris Dance, Steve Calhoun and Rodney Wulff.

Prior to joining Tract, George had obtained a graduate diploma at RMIT in Landscape Architecture (being a student when Rodney and Steve taught there) as well as an engineering degree. During his early professional years, he worked for Scott and Furphy Engineers, working on projects in both Melbourne and Canberra.

George spent ten years with Tract in Melbourne becoming a Director before departing to be the founder of our Sydney office. Joining George at this time was his first employee Julie Lee, who recently celebrated 30 years at Tract.

George Gallagher - Tract Directors Circa 2012
Tract Directors Circa 2012

In George’s professional life spanning more than 45 years, he has worked on numerous civic, health, residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, infrastructure, waterfront, environmental, rehabilitation and mixed-use projects. These projects have been throughout Australia (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and regional and rural Australia), as well as across South East Asia and China.

George’s projects have been both diverse and notable and have shaped many places in which people live, recreate and work.
The highlight reel includes: Forrest Place, Brisbane Government Precinct, Waitara Residential and Newcastle Foreshore Redevelopment in the 1970s and 80s, followed by Kingston Foreshore Redevelopment, Taylor Square, Coffs Harbour City Centre Revitalisation, Manly Wharf Interchange and Manly Ocean beach Promenade, Echo Point Revitalisation, Main Streets - Blacktown, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Hospitals - Liverpool, Albury, Gosford, Canterbury, Manly and more recently Westmead, City of Sydney Streetscapes, Parks and Squares as well as the recently completed Garganula Gallery.

On these projects, George was either the lead or a key team member. Many of these projects have been awarded International, National and State awards for design excellence.

Not only does George have skills rarely seen, a combination of Engineering and Landscape Architecture, but he possesses the highest qualities of articulate writing, insightful thinking, analysis and design.

George’s leadership of the profession has been acknowledged by his appointment as Fellow, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. In recent years George furthered his interest in history, politics and the machinations of “how society functions”. These interests were manifested with the successful completion of a Masters of U.S Studies at the University of Sydney – a true renaissance person.

Whatever project or subject George was involved in, the highest quality outcome was assured. George has been the quintessential team player that would challenge and interrogate to the fullest any brief or subject matter that involved Tract.

Well done and congratulations to George Gallagher on this seminal event and thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to the Landscape Architecture industry and our practice.
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