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Presenter, Comedian, Architecture & Design Enthusiast


Tim Ross has had a career spanning decades in the entertainment industry.

Starting with his parody band, Black Rose, Tim with his comedic partner Merrick Watts hosted radio shows on Triple J before taking the coveted breakfast slot on newly formed Nova 96.9.

During the 8 successful years at Nova, Merrick and Rosso created numerous TV shows including a late night talk show, won an Aria for Best Comedy Release and Tim was even awarded GQ Man of the Year.

And whilst 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) comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design. Over more recent years, he has performed his live Man About the House show in architecturally-significant buildings and homes all over the world. Tim also passionately supports important issues in Australian architecture and design and has been awarded an honorary member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Tim’s first 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. Tim’s latest TV series about why architecture matters, Designing A Legacy, featuring 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, went to air in February 2021, to rave reviews. A second series of Designing A Legacy, with a broader look at Australian architecture aired on ABC in June 2023.

Tim has written a number of books including his memoir, Mum had a Kingswood. The Rumpus Room and Scorcher embraces Australian life with a collection of short stories. Whilst Motel – Images of Australia on Holidays and recent release Chuck a U-ey – Images of Australians and their cars, explore our past through the National Archives.

A testament to his great interview and presenting skills, Tim has hosted a number of podcasts including Constant for the National Art Gallery, Built with Brickworks film series, Cars that Made Australia with Nine podcasts and his personal favourite, Summer Breeze with his best friend Kit Warhurst.

Tim hosted Kevin McCloud In Conversation to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House, celebrated for their rapport and humour.

Tim is available for a variety of projects from presenter, ambassador, guest speaker, MC and host.

Talking Points

MC & Host

With a background in commercial radio and television, 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.


Tim speaks on a variety of topics including architecture, design, how we choose to live, cars, the history of motels and Australia’s fasincation with our homes. Based on nostagia and looking at the past to learn for the future, Tim’s talks are often littered with laugh out loud moments and stories that help remind us of our collective memories. As well as poignant and thought provoking look at our cities and how we choose to live.
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