Tim 'Rosso' Ross

Travels from: New South Wales

A comedian with a strong passion for architecture and design

Categories: After Dinner Entertainers, Comedians, MCs & Hosts

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Tim 'Rosso' Ross 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 he has also always had a passion for architecture and design.

Over the last six years, Tim has performed his live 'Man About the House' show in architecturally-significant buildings and homes globally. 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. They’ve taken the show overseas, performing in the United States and New Zealand, the Venice Biennale and the London Festival of Architecture. 

In 2018, they presented 'Man About the Sydney Opera House' with special guest Kevin McCloud, the host of Grand Designs. In the same year, 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. 

Tim is also passionate about supporting 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. 

His strong 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 Journal and 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. 

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, the exhibition looked at a golden age of innovation in Australia. 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 previously untold stories, personal anecdotes and design narratives, revealing how our unique design histories have helped shape our national identity.

Tim can speak across a wide range of topics, including architecture, design, planning and Australian social history, all whilst adding his trademark wit and nostalgic humour. He is an accomplished, versitile and highly reagrded MC and interviewer.


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