Friend of the Robin Boyd Foundation and founder of the Merchant Building homes, Professor David Yencken AO passed away in September (3 June 1931 – 21 September 2019).
Remembered for his unique design work and urban planning innovations, particularly in Melbourne, his Merchant Building homes are considered a pivotal moment in rethinking Australian housing conventions of designing singular to cluster block housing, winning him the inaugural Robin Boyd Environmental Award (1972).
In 2017, the Foundation held a special Open Day to showcase Vermont Park, which was Merchant Builders’ largest scale development with 43 houses set on a 9.5 acre site. See details here.
Read more about David’s life and his pioneering work via the links below:
- Merchant Builders: Celebrating A Fifty Year Legacy
- Tract Consulting Vale David Yencken
- A Modern Day Polymath