Sydney Open opens the doors to more than 80 of Sydney’s most inspiring and significant buildings.

We're excited to announce this year's Sydney Open ambassadors! Offering expertise in architecture, design, arts, culture, photography and media, they all share a common love of Sydney’s architecture.

Get to know our ambassadors and learn their top picks for this year's program below. You can also watch some of our Ambassadors talking about Sydney Open.

Tim Ross

Comedian and architecture enthusiast

Best known for his work on TV and radio, Comedian and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross has a long-standing passion for architecture and design and supporter of Sydney Open.

Over the last six years, he has performed his live Man About the House show exclusively in architecturally-significant buildings and homes that he turns into temporary theatres. 

He has performed to literally sold-out houses across the country in buildings designed by a Who’s Who of Australian architecture including Harry Seidler, Robin Boyd, Glenn Murcutt, John Wardle, Clare Cousins and Roy Grounds.

The show has also toured overseas including seasons in the United States and New Zealand, the Venice Biennale and the London Festival of Architecture where it was included in the ‘must see’ events by the New York Times. In 2014, the show was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award.

Tim's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

1. Australia Square
2. Parliament of NSW
3. AMP Building
4. The Bushells Building 
5. Sydney Masonic Centre

Councillor Jess Scully

Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney

Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully is a curator, cultural strategist and creative industries advocate who is passionate about connecting people with creativity and empowering them to participate in the life of their city. From 2009 to 2017 Jess was the founding director of Vivid Ideas and has curated creative sector events including Junket and TEDxSydney. In 2016 Jess was elected as a Councillor and in 2019 was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. She has focused on supporting the revitalisation and growth of Sydney’s night time ecology, exploring new models to address the housing crisis, nurturing a transition to the workforces and workplaces of the future, and protecting our digital rights in the public realm.

We're excited to have Jess on board as our After Dark ambassador for our brand-new After Dark Tours.

Jess's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

1. 50 Martin Place
2. Arup offices at Barrack Place
3. Candalepas Associates
4. Peace of Mind Technology
5. Sydney Masonic Centre

John Gollings

Building photographer

John Gollings is a photographer specializing in the built environment including the documentation of both ancient and modern cities around the world. He made his first photographs and received darkroom tuition at age eleven. Later studied Arts/Architecture at Melbourne University and RMIT.

He is considered one of the most interesting of Australia's architectural documenters. Characterised by strong formal composition but with a didactic, and wider, contextual viewpoint. John brings the technical resources and craft skills of a very experienced photographer to a discipline which often lacks either a point of view or the ability to express it. In 1976 he received private tuition from Ansel Adams in his darkroom at Carmel, California. He has taught the use of large format cameras, and lectured on architecture and advertising photography at Prahran College, Melbourne and Sydney universities and Philip Institute amongst others. Recently more time has been spent on longer term projects with academic or cultural significance for books, exhibitions and fine prints.

John's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

1. Australia Square 
2. Grosvenor Place
3. Museum of Sydney
4. Fullerton Hotel Sydney at the GPO
5. 50 Martin Place


Ninotschka Titchkosky

Co-CEO and Architect at BVN

Ninotschka Titchkosky is co-CEO and Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics at BVN. She is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. Ninotschka is interested in the changing nature of architectural practice and the potential for new ways of engaging in the design and construction process. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics, which explores live site collaborations with the robot using woven carbon fibre systems. Her most recent projects are the rebuilding of the heart of the campus at ANU, Canberra, with six new buildings, two of which are timber buildings under construction with fully pre-fabricated facades and a new STEM school for 2,000 students. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards nationally and internationally, including a RIBA International Award and a World Architecture Award commendation.

Ninotschka's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

Gene Sherman AM

Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas founder, executive and artistic director

Dr Gene Sherman AM is a leading Australian cultural figure and philanthropist. She is Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), established in 2017 as a cultural-exchange platform focusing on contemporary fashion and architecture. For 21 years (1986–2007) Dr Sherman was Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries, a commercial gallery with a focus on artists from Australia, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. From 2008- 2017, Dr Sherman was Chair and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, presenting 37 projects by significant visual practitioners across art, architecture, fashion, film and design from the Asia Pacific, Australia and the Middle East. She is Adjunct Professor, UNSW Art & Design, a Member of the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee (since 2009) and currently co-Chair (since 2015), a Member of the Tate International Council (since 2017), and a Board Member of The Australian Institute of Art History (since 2009).

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 in recognition of her cultural philanthropy and support of emerging and established artists. 

Gene's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

Lisa Davies

Editor of Sydney Morning Herald 

Lisa Davies is the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Lisa began her career at the national newswire AAP, and has also worked for the UK's Press Association in London and The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney. Lisa joined Fairfax Media in early 2012. She has held several senior reporting and editing roles including Deputy Editor, Investigations Editor and Justice Editor. In 2016 she was also Fairfax Media's Federal Election Editor. Lisa has had a particular focus on crime and court reporting in her career, including travelling to South Africa to cover the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and publishing​ a ​book about the inspiring recovery of Sydney bashing victim, Lauren Huxle​y.

Lisa's Top 5 Picks for Sydney Open 2019:

1. The Grace Hotel
2. King Street Court Complex 
3. St James' Church
4. The Mint
5. Museum of Sydney

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