Five questions with Sydney Open Ambassador Robbie Buck
1. Describe your relationship with architecture
I describe myself as an amateur architect. Which of course is the worst kind of architect you can be. We’re poorly educated, highly opinionated, and usually confused. But boy, do we know what we like in a building!
2. What is your favorite building in the world and why?
Tough one. I’m going to nominate the building which had the most effect on me, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim museum. Walking up the spiral from the inside, as you soak up some of the greatest art of the 20th century, isn’t something you forget in a hurry.
3. As an ambassador for Sydney Open 2017 what is your best advice to people wanting to explore the program?
Take chances. And bigger isn’t necessarily better.
4. Why does heritage matter?
Heritage does matter. That’s not to say it’s sacrosanct, there’re plenty of older buildings that were bad to start with. But Sydney’s been lousy at treasuring its own history. How do we know where we’re going if we’ve forgotten where we’ve come from?
5. Finish this sentence “What I love about Sydney is…”
The birds, the people, the trees, the streets, the harbour, the mountains and the ferries. But not necessarily in that order.
Breakfast Presenter, ABC Radio Sydney
Robbie's broadcasting career began at age 10, when he was introduced to community radio in Lismore and ended up hosting a classical music show for two years. After a stint studying photography at the Queensland College of Art Robbie returned to radio, landing a job at Sydney's 2SER-FM and then going on to work as a sound engineer for SBS radio and television. Robbie is well known for his 13 year stint hosting for youth broadcasting network triple j, including creating the Australian music show Home and Hosed, presenting the Drive program and co-hosting Breakfast. For several years he also hosted SBS Television dance music show Alchemy. More recently he spent two years at the helm of 702's Evening Show and another couple as host of Radio National's weekday afternoons, where he created the music program The Inside Sleeve.