Tribute to architect who helped to design Melbourne cityscape

Architect Evan Walker who helped shape the Australian city of Melbourne, has died aged 79 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Walker was a also minister with planning responsibilities in Victoria State’s longest-serving Labour government and played a role in introducing CBD building height controls. He was also instrumental in the design of the Melbourne Cricket Ground which is hosting matches in the current World Cup.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said he protected Melbourne’s past and planned for its future.

“His contribution to our state will always live on, in the structures he saved and the precincts he proposed,” he said.

Walker was also a respected Melbourne University academic and chairman of a number of institutions and community organisations.