Barry Patten

Barry Beauchamp Patten (11 July 1927 – 13 March 2003) was an Australian architect and Olympic alpine skier.

Barry Patten
Barry Beauchamp Patten

(1927-07-11)11 July 1927
Died12 March 2003(2003-03-12) (aged 75)
Alma mater

Samuel Patten
Sophie Patten
Toby Patten

Victoria McCaffrey
PracticeYuncken Freeman and Griffiths and Simpson
Barry Patten
Alpine skier

Background and early careerEdit

Patten was born in McKinnon, Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and he studied architecture first at Melbourne Technical College before completing his degree at the University of Melbourne in 1951. At age 24, he competed for Australia at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo as an alpine skier, although he did not progress to the medal rounds.[1][2]

Patten was the father of Samuel Patten, a former world champion and Olympic rower, who was part of the first version of the Oarsome Foursome coxless four.[3]

Architectural careerEdit

Patten joined the architecture firm of Yuncken Freeman Brothers, Griffiths and Simpson and, in 1957, submitted a design for the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. His design was chosen for the bowl and he worked as the project architect. Patten designed three buildings in Victoria which are now on the Victorian Heritage Register; the Myer Music Bowl, the former BHP House (now called 140 William Street) and the Victoria State Government Offices.[2][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Barry Patten". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Clerehan, Neil (1 July 2003). "Obituary: Barry Patten". Architecture Australia. 92 (No. 4). Retrieved 11 March 2006.
  3. ^ "Samuel Patten". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ "State Government Offices" (PDF). Nationally Significant 20th-Century Architecture. Australian Institute of Architects. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2016.