Tim Ross

Radio Host and Television Presenter

Ross has a long-standing passion for architecture and design.

Over the last six years, he has performed his live Man About the House show exclusively in architecturally-significant buildings and homes that he turns into temporary theatres. He has performed to literally sold-out houses across the country in buildings designed by a Who’s Who of Australian architecture including Harry Seidler, Robin Boyd, Glenn Murcutt, John Wardle, Clare Cousins and Roy Grounds. The show won a National Trust Heritage Award in 2014.

Internationally, the show has performed for Modernism Week in Palm Springs, in venues designed by John Lautner and Harold Levitt. In London, as part of the London Festival of Architecture, they have performed at BT Tower, Isokon Building, Trellick Tower, Futuro House and Australia House, where it was included in the ‘must-see’ events by the New York Times.

Ross has passionately supported the architecture industry and in 2018 Ross was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Advocacy, for his activism on modernist architecture and promoting its conservation.

Ross’s interest in architecture has led to speaking engagements at The 50’s and 60’s House Symposium (Museum of Sydney), Home Series talks (Government House), Sydney Design Week, and he is an ambassador for Sydney Open. In 2012 Tim became a member of the Creative Services Advisory Committee for Sydney Living Museums. Ross recently spoke at the opening of the London Design Museum, gave the Heritage Council Address in 2018 in Melbourne and was a keynote speaker at the Culture of Lates Symposium in London. In December 2018 he launched the “Home: A Suburban Obsession” exhibition at the State Library of Queensland.

He has written on architecture for various publications including Real Living, Habitus, The Saturday Paper, The Smith Journal and The Guardian. In 2017, Ross launched his second book, The Rumpus Room, capturing nostalgic short stories about life in Australia’s suburbs in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Rumpus Room is now in its third print run.