TV and radio star, comedian, writer, environmental warrior, ARIA Award winner, well-dressed man … is there anything Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross can’t do? He may be best known for his work on TV and radio (at different times hosting both the number one breakfast and drive shows in Sydney) but comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design.
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Testimonials for Tim Ross
Tim developed excellent rapport with the audience and was able to improvise on the script provided, which made for a very natural, entertaining presentation. Tim had no problem incorporating events and changes to script that came up on the night. All feedback we received from the evening was extremely positive. Tim was an absolute professional and a pleasure to work with.
“Last night was fabulous. Tim is the most amazing MC, so easy to work with and really figured out the crowd early. He definitely mentioned all the points we needed and everyone really enjoyed his comedy. Please pass on our thanks again to him – he really made the night flow wonderfully!”
Asha – NRMA
“Dulux Australia has engaged with Tim Ross on a number of occasions. A key area of focus for Dulux is finding new and innovative ways to engage with architects and designers. Tim has a great blend of architectural knowledge and insight which brings with it a much sort after credibility with this audience. This added to his well known comedic skills has allowed us to utilise him in a variety of Dulux event based roles: whether that be straightforward comedic performance to more complex facilitation, hosting and compering. We consider Tim a trusted friend within the architectural community.”
Manager: BIM Development and Commercial Specification, Dulux Group Australia
“Tim has hosted and spoken at many events at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Most recently, he interviewed Tim Olsen as part of the program for the exhibition John Olsen: You beaut country. Tim is great to work with; understands what we are trying to achieve, makes guests feel comfortable and engaged with the content that is being discussed. We always look forward to a night that Tim is involved with.”
Clare Willcox | Public Programs Manager Art Gallery of NSW
“Tim Ross was the guest speaker at the 2017 Bates Smart annual client cocktail party. His enthusiasm for design and architecture combined with his dry and intelligent humour made him the perfect guest speaker. Tim entertained the audience with his unique style of comic banter, but also managed to speak passionately about the importance of good design.”
Director, Bates Smart
“We have had the pleasure of working with Tim Ross for the past two years as the MC for our Thought Leaders Forum a key event which opens and sets the standard for our annual B2B event welcoming delegates from both around Australia and around the world who are specialists in luxury and experiential travel and tourism .
Tim is not only a true professional but a natural when engaging at all levels making him the perfect fit for our premium event and global audience. We look forward to working with Tim again in the future and have no hesitation in recommending him to entertain and engage with a variety of audiences.”
Michelle Papas | Event Director - Luxperience
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Tim Ross's Biography
He may be best known for his work on TV and radio (at different times hosting both the number one breakfast and drive shows in Sydney) but comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design.
Over the last six years, he has performed his live Man About the House show in architecturally-significant buildings and homes all over the world. Turning each venue into a temporary theatre, Tim and musical partner Kit Warhurst perform sold-out shows 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.
They’ve also taken the show on successful overseas tours that have included seasons in the United States and New Zealand, the Venice Biennale and the London Festival of Architecture (where it was included among the ‘Must See’ events by the New York Times). In 2018 they presented Man About the Sydney Opera House with special guest Kevin McCloud, the host of Grand Designs.
Tim also passionately supports important issues in Australian architecture and design, in particular the ‘Save Our Sirius’ campaign, fighting alongside the local community to protect Sydney’s now neglected modernist apartment building, Sirius. In 2018 Tim was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Advocacy, which recognised his activism in drawing attention to Australia’s legacy of modernist architecture and promoting its conservation. In 2019 Tim was awarded the National President’s Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects, to “recognise him for his advocacy, activism and outstanding contribution to the architecture profession”.
Tim’s interest in architecture has led to speaking engagements at The ’50s and ’60s House Symposium (Museum of Sydney), Home Series talks (Government House), Sydney Design Week, the London Design Museum, Culture of Lates Symposium in London, the Heritage Address in Melbourne and the prestigious Griffin Lecture at the National Press Club in Canberra.
He has written on architecture for various publications including Real Living, Habitus, The Saturday Paper, The Smith Journaland The Guardian. In 2017, Tim launched his second book, The Rumpus Room, capturing nostalgic short stories about life in Australia’s suburbs in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Rumpus Room is now in its third print run.
Tim’s two-part series on Australian architecture, Streets of Your Town, premiered on ABC TV in November 2016 to rave reviews, and quickly became the most watched arts program on the ABC for the year.
In 2018, Tim partnered with the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney to curate his first exhibition, Design Nation. Bringing together design objects from the mid-1960s to late 1980s, and casting a spotlight on Australia’s rich manufacturing history, this led to a nationally touring talk in which Tim used his trademark wit to ask us to rediscover these ubiquitous, everyday objects of Australian design through untold stories, personal anecdotes and design narratives.
MOTEL the live show by Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst, toured in 2019. A nostalgic, thought provoking and funny exploration of Australian holidays of the past, the show uses storytelling and song to take the audience on a sentimental motel journey. Motel. Images of Australia on holidays was published in 2019 with a collection of images from the National Archives of Australia.
Tim’s latest live show about why architecture matters, Designing A Legacy, premiered at the Sydney Opera House in February 2020. Part talk, part screening, part stand-up comedy, the show features Australian families whose lives have been shaped within the walls of modern masterpieces and poses the question of what will happen to these legacy homes. Commissioned by the ABC, Designing A Legacy has been adapted for television and aired in early 2021.
Tim Ross has extensive experience as a presenter, MC and interviewer. His professionalism and wit is an asset to any event, including awards presentations, conferences and industry events.
Speaking Topics Include
Why Modernism Matters
Why Architecture Matters
The Importance of Architecture and Design in our Cities
The Power of design to influence our lives
Art - the silence influencer