Genevieve Lilley, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 with the University Medal and left Australia soon after under the auspices of the two-year Marten Bequest. She lived briefly in Spain and Italy before settling in the UK, where she worked for 8 years with renowned British architect, David Chipperfield, on a variety of public, private and retail commissions including the winning competition entry for the Venice Cemetery. In her time there, she worked on numerous civic projects, including projects in the UK, in Italy, and in Germany including the Natural History Museum and the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames. In 2001 she was elected to the London Diocesal Advisory Committee as advisor on contemporary architecture and art for the Church of England.
Genevieve established her own practice in London in 1999 and re-established it in Sydney in 2005. The practice specializes in a range of small to medium scale projects, generally characterized by their quirkiness. Many of her projects involve modern interventions into historic buildings. Since 2012 she has had an office in both Sydney and Hobart.
In addition she was for 9 years a designer/co-director for the Sydney-based jewellery business, Venerari, which specializes in modern jewellery using coloured gems. She continues to design bespoke modern jewellery commissions for clients around the world.
Genevieve has taught architecture and construction at universities in Bath UK, Sydney, Tasmania and Newcastle for many years and has also been a guest speaker, critic and external examiner on many occasions.
Genevieveʼs design work has featured in a number of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Out Magazine and Vogue Living. She has written for the Fifth Estate, the Architectural Review, Architecture Australia and Houses Magazine. Her awards include the Board of Architects of NSW Medal 1991, the Sir John Sulman Prize (design) 1990 and the CHL Turner Memorial Prize (design) 1990. She was also awarded the JAA Award for Best Modern Opal design in 2006 and 2008.