Architects are always on the lookout for the “next big thing,” says architect Peter Vickers, whose work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Architectural Alliance of America.
Vickers was born in Sydney, Australia, and spent his childhood in the United States.
After working at the Smithsonian for six years, he moved to Los Angeles in 2000, where he studied architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), before taking on a full-time job at the LA Times as a staff photographer.
In 2003, he returned to Australia, where the news that the Japanese had invaded China and that the Soviet Union was in the process of disintegrating created a worldwide sensation.
In 2005, Vickers started working on a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times that chronicled the construction of a new Chinese city in a city known as Chongqing.
These articles focused on the city’s skyline and how the design reflected the people of Chongqan, and Vickers began receiving requests to do pieces for other publications.
He realized that he wanted to become a professional architecture photographer, so in 2006 he returned home to Australia and started working as a freelance landscape photographer.
Today, Vicks’ portfolio includes over 100 pieces, including murals, installations, and public works.
While his work can often be seen in public venues, Vices photos are often tucked away in his own home, and his work is sometimes featured on major news websites such as Gizmodo, Vice, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Vicks is best known for his work on the landmark National Museum of Australia, but he also creates murals at the Sydney Opera House and at the Australian Museum of Modern Art.
In 2014, he won the prestigious British National Portrait Gallery Prize, and in 2015 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Architecture for his monumental work on Sydney Harbour Bridge.
He has been recognized for his visual storytelling and for his unique approach to architectural photography.
When not designing buildings, Vicky likes to take his children on hikes, kayaks, and canoeing trips.
For more of his work, you can visit his website.