Whilst still an Architecture undergraduate, Ed Lippmann travelled New York to work in Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer’s office. He returned to Australia, reluctantly, to complete his studies at the University of New South Wales where he graduated with honours in 1982. His graduate thesis explored the work of contemporary modernists Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Norman Foster, who were establishing an approach to design which, at that point in time was in stark contrast to post modernism which was in full bloom. Lippmann’s philosophy and approach to design was shaped by these formative experiences. He has remained committed to innovative, contemporary technology and lightweight materials to achieve environmental sustainability and high performance.
Following graduation he worked as a member of the design team of the Sulman awarded Australian Film and Television School, helping to establish Daryl Jackson’s Sydney office. He then joined Philip Cox’s office where he worked on a variety of competitions for public buildings including the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour. In 1985, Lippmann launched his own independent practice with the commission of a regional shopping centre in rural Moree. The shopping center was never built, but the Lippmann practice went on to complete a long list of significant public buildings and projects of varying uses for the private sector.
In 2007 Lippmann partnered with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners to deliver 8 Chifley Square, a commercial-high-rise building in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. The tower achieved a 6-Star Green Star and 5-Star NABERS rating. It was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects State and National Award for Commercial Architecture and the Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award in 2014, as well as the Sydney Design Awards Commercial Building of the Year, the Urban Task Force Development of the Year, the Urban Development Institute of Australia Commercial Development of the Year and the Property Council of Australia Award for Commercial Architecture.
Lippmann’s work has been acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Architects Awards for Public Buildings, Urban Design, Commercial Building, the London International Creative Competition Award for Residential Design, the Belle Magazine House of the Year Award and the Property Council of Australia Best Sustainable Development of the Year. His views on architecture, urban planning and sustainability are expressed through regular lectures as well as his radio program entitled “Sydney as it Could Be”, broadcast on Eastside Radio since 2006.
Lippmann’s buildings have been featured in the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Review as well as other specialized architecture publications like Architecture Australia, Monument, Architectural Review, Indesign and the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture. A monograph on the work of Lippmann Associates entitled “Architecture for the New Millennium” was published by L’Arca Edizioni in Italy in 2000, while a second publication is currently in the planning stages for release soon.
Lippmann teaches regularly at Sydney University, New South Wales University and UTS, and lectures at Newcastle and Melbourne Universities. He has spoken on multiple occasions for the Australian Institute of Architects, the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin and various Urban Institutes in China amongst other forums.
He has chaired Jurys for the AIA as well as Design Excellence Competitions for the City of Sydney Council.
Lippmann was appointed Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2006.