Dr Anne Watson
Dr Anne Watson has an MA (Fine Arts) and PhD (Architecture) from Sydney University. Her former career as architecture and design curator at the Powerhouse Museum (1981–2007) included many exhibitions and publications, with particular specialisations in the work of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin and the history of the Sydney Opera House. In 1998 she was curator of the landmark survey exhibition Beyond Architecture, Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India at the Powerhouse Museum as well as editor/contributing author of the catalogue of the same title. In 2015 she was editor and contributing author of Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape (WBG Society), which includes comprehensive chapters on the Castlecrag houses, built and unbuilt. Since 2008 she has been an independent curator and writer. She has published extensively on the Sydney Opera House, including the books Building a Masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House (Powerhouse, 2006/2013) and most recently The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House (opusSOH, Sydney, 2017) based on her 2008–13 doctoral research.