National Architecture Conference
The Visceral Agrarian Shed + The In-Between
The Visceral Agrarian Shed + The In-Between
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

James Grose is a principal of Bligh Voller Nield, based in Sydney. In this presentation, James describes how memories of the verandah and the tactile utilitarian architecture of the rural sheds from his early childhood in Bundaberg, Queensland informed his growth and pathway as an architect. James explains the basic concepts that he seeks to explore and express in each of his designs – the visceral agrarian shed, and also the concept of the in-between.

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Presenter: James Grose – CEO BVN Australia
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Architecture, Urban Anxiety and Cultural Divergence
Architecture, Urban Anxiety and Cultural Divergence
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Urban anxieties and cultural differences are examined through the microcosm of an Alice Springs architectural practice. Alice Springs has a suburban fringe but this is not where its edges lie. Knives, exit plans, a swamp and a science fiction-posed paradigm offer insight and a framework for review of recent public and commercial projects from the SDA team, in particular the CBD Revitalisation, an urban renewal project.

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Presenter: Sue Dugdale: Director - Susan Dugdale and Associates Australia
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Inviting The Gentle Smile of Existence
Inviting The Gentle Smile of Existence
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Through a selection of his resort projects and his design of the Thailand Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Architectural Exhibition in 2014, 'Lek' Mathar Bunnag shares the significant factors that inform, influence and shape his work. People, nature, cultural heritage and cosmic forces are all keys to his work, as well as the concept of architecture as art - sculpture, painting, poetry, dance and music are all part of architecture. Discover Bunnag's interpretation of cultural heritage in relation to the individual and as a source of inspiration, not definition. Bunnag discusses how the intangible informs the tangible and the purpose of architecture - to provide serenity and joy.

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Presenter: ‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag: Founder and Managing Director - Bunnag Architects, Thailand
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Moreau Kusunoki: Materiality and in-between spaces
Moreau Kusunoki: Materiality and in-between spaces
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

This seminar explores the in-between spaces often found in the architecture of Moreau Kusunoki; between two buildings there is a space open to possibilities, where exchange and life happens. The appropriation of this in-between space by the users is the sign of a building’s success. Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki talk about the history and philosophy of their practice and showcase their 1st prize winning entry in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. They discuss the intersection of cultures and how to design cultural public spaces accordingly – as people and their culture ultimately completes the architecture.

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Presenter: Nicholas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki: Co-directors - Moreau Kusunoki Architectes France
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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The Edge of Space
The Edge of Space
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Real or perceived edges help us to locate ourselves in space and place, and define the boundaries of those places across the scales, from regional and urban boundaries, to neighbourhoods, buildings, and even our bodies.

Sarah Manning’s Spaceagency is a design and research practice that sits at the edge of different disciplines - urban design, architecture, product and information design. The practice considers the work they do as the human interface to the built environment. Through this interface, the practice helps people to better read their environment and adds a narrative layer onto architecture. Spaceagency find that it is at the edge that we are able to push the boundaries of what architecture is, and to expand the boundaries of our knowledge and practice.

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Presenter: Sarah Manning: Director, Spaceagency UK
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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OAB at the Edge
OAB at the Edge
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself. The boundary between landscapes, urban and rural, the edge between different urban fabrics - all those areas have their own specificity and must blend or interact with its immediate environments in a special way. This boundary is not only physical but intellectual, and for instance can be between two cultural inheritances.
This seminar will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge - not only a physical edge, but most importantly an intellectual one.

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Presenter: Borja Ferrater: Partner, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) Spain
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Humanizing the Megascale and Repossessing the Public Realm
Humanizing the Megascale and Repossessing the Public Realm
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: EDGE

Moshe Safdie explains how the combination of densification, congestion and the new dominant typologies have brought about a dramatic deterioration of the public realm. He details how the single-use, multi-level mall disconnects from its surroundings and siphons energy off the traditional streets and piazzas, with the latter also severely affected by congestion and traffic. Moshe uses projects from his practice (such as the Habitat 67 complex) as case studies to show how they have tackled the challenge of mixed-use complexes throughout Asia, with the objective of restoring the public realm, befitting our times, culture and economy.

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Presenter: Moshe Safdie: Principal, Safdie Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Now is Not Too Soon
Now is Not Too Soon
From the National Architecture Conference 2016: How Soon is Now

In this presentation Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as "Third Wave Thinking" and the "Third Industrial Revolution" and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people's needs.

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Presenter: Thomas Fisher: University of Minnesota
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
From the National Architecture Conference 2016: How Soon is Now

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.

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Presenter: Nasrine Seraji - Atelier Seraji Architects and Associates
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Risk in Architecture
Risk in Architecture
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

In this session David Gianotten will address the theme of risk and focus on the ways his work engages risk as a productive element within their work.

OMA Projects currently under his design and supervision include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Hanwha Galleria in Busan Korea, the Taiyuan Industrial Heritage masterplan in China, and the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: David Gianotten: Managing Partner-Architect of OMA
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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The Design of Risk
The Design of Risk
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

Jeremy Till addresses the theme of risk through his work as Head of Central Saint Martins in London, widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London.

Jeremy addresses risk-averse authorities and regulations with humour and insight. Case studies include the pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street, winner of the RIBA sustainability prize with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Jeremy Till- Head: Central Saint Martins
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Talking SHoP: Taking risks from New York to Seoul to Barcelona
Talking SHoP: Taking risks from New York to Seoul to Barcelona
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

Gregg Pasquarelli addresses the theme of risk and focuses on the ways in which his practice engages risk as a productive element within their work.

Since 1996 New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard for creative exploration in the field of architecture and modelled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. The firm’s method centres on a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand beyond the architect’s traditional roles.

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Presenter: Gregg Pasquarelli - Principal: SHoP Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Geographic Specificity: An African Perspective
Geographic Specificity: An African Perspective
This course is from the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making.

Making Culture positions architecture as an element of culture, and the process of making architecture an act of cultural production.This approach asserts that the interpretation of and contribution to culture(s) as the primary productive task of architecture, before response to brief, programme, site or other obligations.

David Adjaye and his practice Adjaye Associates (founded in London, but since expanded to the US, Germany and Ghana) seek to create “buildings that belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: David Adjaye - Principal: Adjaye Associates
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Making Culture I
Making Culture I
From the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making

Making Culture positions architecture as an element of culture, and the process of making architecture an act of cultural production. This approach asserts that the interpretation of and contribution to culture(s) as the primary productive task of architecture, before response to brief, programme, site or other obligations. A series of conversations will explore how the appeal of culture can be used as a tool to enable architecture’s transformative function, to enhance the particularity of place and to stimulate a renewal of institutions.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Andrew Burns - Principal: Andrew Burns Architects, Richard Hassell - Director: WOHA
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Making Connections I
Making Connections I
From the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making

Like “sustainability”, the term “collaboration” has started to become a catch cry for architects – we hear it all the time but what does it really mean? Is collaboration the term we use when we hope that everyone will agree with our idea or is this the art of conversation and conflict resolution? Or so much more?
Making Connections examines projects and practices that generously engage with other ideas, people, environments and situations at a range of scales, to produce unexpected outcomes both formally and culturally.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Emma Williamson-Director: Coda, San Sek Ng- Principal: Sek San Design, Gurjit Singh Matharoo- Principal: Matharoo Associates
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Small projects in Malaysia
Small projects in Malaysia
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Smallprojects is about a particular way of thinking and the projects that have resulted, grown from the specifics of monsoon Asia and the questions faced by living in dense humidity, strong sun, a gradually developing society, inconsistent building culture, and the tremendous rates of growth and decay that characterise the hot, wet zone. As a departure from formal concerns, its name references neither size nor scale, but the intimate junctions where elements and issues meet; its interests, less in the production of things than the discovery of relationships.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Kevin Low: Small Projects, Malaysia
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Designing and Building in Mexico
Designing and Building in Mexico
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Jorge Gracia, architect and founder of Gracia Studio, challenges the conventional architecture in Tijuana, México, fostering a demand for inexpensive and design forward architecture, focusing on prefabrication. Projects like Encuentro Guadalupe and Todos Santos House illustrate the complete process of conceiving a project and actually building it, when challenges as design, structure, budgets, material availability, manpower, communication, engineering expertise, artwork and craftsmanship come together.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Jorge Gracia: Gracia Studio USA/Mexico
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Queensland Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Queensland Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Don Watson's employment with the Interim Committee of the National Estate (predecessor of the Australian Heritage Commission) during the recession of 1974 gave him a lasting interest in the history of Queensland’s built environment. He presents a chronology of Queensland architecture from the colonial beginnings through to the mid-20th century, and focuses on the stylistic influences of each era as adapted to the particulars of Queensland’s climate and locally available building materials.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Don Watson: State Library of Queensland
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Braincraft: Thinking in Architecture
Braincraft: Thinking in Architecture
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Lyons is a practice with a long-established history of designing medium to large public and commercial buildings in Australia. Working beyond modernist ideas about structural expression and material authenticity, the work of Lyons demonstrates the ways in which materiality and assembly can be used to achieve surface effects and patterns that communicate at the scale of the city and within the visual chaos of the multi-cultural metropolis.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Carey Lyon: Director, Lyons Architecture
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Scale of Expression and the Importance of Hand
Scale of Expression and the Importance of Hand
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
MAD Architects are adept at achieving seductive forms and surfaces within a vast range of construction contexts, from China to Canada, small to large scale. Yosuke Hayano's presentation will paint a picture of resourcefulness through design aspiration.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Yosuke Hayano: MAD architects, China
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Architecture and Digital Fabrication
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Through his research and practice Matthias Kohler is renowned for experimenting with new fabrication tools, such as robots, to achieve complex and precise fabrication with common material elements such as bricks and timber. His work celebrates the assembly of component parts and is at the cutting edge of new design possibilities.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Matthias Kohler: Gramazio and Kohler, Switzerland
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Adaptation and Reuse
Adaptation and Reuse
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
PHooEY Architects are sustainable building professionals concerned about sustainability, upcycling, energy efficiency, and the recapture and reuse of materials. Emma Young demonstrates through her practice's projects: the reprogramming of existing developments, their adaptation and their re-use. Her presentation reminds us to not start our design with a clean sheet but to see the potential in the existing and to retain what is possible.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Emma Young: Director, PHooEY Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Active Landscapes & New Environments
Active Landscapes & New Environments
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Whether driven by extreme sites or their own formal aspirations, the work of Aste’s practice LAAC, is characterized by its determined manipulation of familiar materials such as steel or concrete beyond conventional, even reasonable, limits. LAAC are also known for their skilful re-framing of historic materials and sites to open up new associations and social opportunities.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Kathrin Aste: Principal, LAAC, Austria
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Superuse
Superuse
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Cesare Peeren’s presentation focuses on the creative use of recycling and upcycling of locally found waste in architecture. He demonstrates the abundance of material available for recycling, and discusses the regulatory and industry frameworks which can constrain or enable its re-use. The projects of his practice Superuse Studios shows how we can design and build beautiful, functional and potentially reusable structures for future generations, and how sustainability begins from the designer.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Cesare Peeren: Superuse Studios, Netherlands
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Material Provenance
Material Provenance
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Virginia San Fratello's presentation is concerned with familiar materials, including materials we often fail to notice, used in novel ways.
With partner Ronald Rael, Rael San Fratello is at the forefront of a reconsideration of traditional materials such as earth and straw, using new digital techniques of production.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Virginia San Fratello: Founding Director at Rael San Fratello
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Setting, Occupation & Palette
Setting, Occupation & Palette
Rachel Neeson presents the recent work of Neeson Murcutt Architects including the Castlecrag House, winner of the 2011 Robin Boyd award. Rachel’s projects with her late husband Nick Murcutt can be characterised by a strong tactility. The distinctive qualities of the materials, textures and geometries of the site and those of the building are treated respectfully and heightened by association.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Rachel Neeson: Director, Neeson Murcutt
CPD hours: 1 formal

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Urban + Maidan: experience
Urban + Maidan: experience
In this course, Anu Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha present their thematic landscape and environmental design research. Of particular interest, after a year of intense weather events in Australia, are their studies based on the historic flooding of the Mississippi and the contemporary investigations into the changing seawater, fresh water, groundwater and atmospheric environments of the great city of Mumbai. Their presentation provides salutary insights into natural and cultural fluxes and flows.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha: University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, New York
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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