Building a masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House

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Powerhouse Publishing, 2006 - Architecture - 191 pages
Building a masterpiece explores some of the untold chapters in the long history of the Opera House's gestation, development and completion - the individuals whose careers were made or broken by the Opera House, the companies whose reputations were secured through their association with the building, and the pioneering construction methods, innovative technologies and methodologies developed to meet the demands of its unprecedented design and challenging construction. The workers who built the building, the politicians, architects and members of the public who championed it and its often beleaguered architect are discussed as is its current world status as a symbol of Australia.

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About the author (2006)

Anne Watson has spent the last twenty-five years of her career in the world of headhunting and recruitment. She runs her own headhunting organisation, Executive Focus Ltd, based out of Harrogate in Yorkshire. Known for Inspiring people and unleashing talent, she works with boards o management and executive teams of national and international organisations to help them define their strategic direction, and source and manage their recruitment requirements.

She has handled hundreds of assignments from board level down spanning the glove and cutting across all business sectors. In the course of that work she has interviewed thousands of people and has placed many of them in new positions. She has helped people with their career choices along the way, whether they have been made redundant or decided to change roles - she has even helped people move when they didn't realise they wanted to!

She has co-authored two books with Heather Summers, The Book of Luck and The book of Happiness.

After graduating from St Andrew's University with an MA Hons in Hispanic Languages and Literature, she joined the Immigration service in Southampton and Heathrow. She lived in Pakistan for two years with her husband Martin and now lives with him in the Yorkshire Dales.

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