SOURCE: Business Review Australia

Business Review Australia

February 24, 2012 14:49 ET

Architecture Powerhouse Group GSA Is Australia's Top Ten Architecture and Interior Design Firm Featured in February's Issue of Business Review Australia

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 24, 2012) - Group GSA's founder and current Managing Director Mark Sheldon envisioned his career path as an architect at the age of 14: studying the subject at university, owning his own practice, and then going on to become one of the best-known design firm leaders in Australia. Minus a two-year stint admiring architecture around Europe and working as a 'ski bum' in Switzerland, Sheldon has followed through with his childhood dream: over a 33-year span, Group GSA has established itself as a top-10 architecture and interior design firm in Australia, operating globally through a network of alliance partner offices.

Group GSA as it is today didn't come about until 1995. While studying at the University of Technology Sydney (or UTS), Sheldon worked under several distinguished architects including Ken Woolley, whose Sydney roots were apparent in his style of work around the city, and Austrian-born Harry Seidler, who pioneered the 'Bauhaus' style movement in Australia and with whom Sheldon worked for the final 18 months of his course.

Sheldon says he's lucky to have made it into university in the first place: "I wasn't a great school student, but I had the passion for architecture," he told UTS alumni magazine TOWER. "I went to the Dean and asked him to give me a go." Sheldon has since spoken with then-Dean Peter Middleton about his entry into the university and recalls him saying that "he had no doubt I'd make it, but he said 'you know, on the numbers, I shouldn't have let you in.'"

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