Nexus: Design, Research and New Practice Models

Full price: $134.00
Member: $100.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

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This carefully curated selection of presentations from 2010’s Archivision (a bi-yearly Institute conference where practice meets academia) provides insights on the nexus of design, research and new practice models (including cross-disciplinary, collaborative, hybrid and integrative models) in contemporary architectural practice.

By hearing first-hand how the above practice models have led to success for these architects, and considering the questions raised, you will be in a position to think more effectively about your own practice. Some of the questions raised and discussed include:

  • What makes an architect a specialist–generalist?
  • What are the different ways a young office can position itself?
  • How can projects that never get built take a practice forward?
  • What is the value of a strategic plan for an architecture firm?
  • How can an architect deal with the issue of ‘wearing too many hats’?

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    Melonie Bayl-Smith: Director, liquidARCHITECTURE
    Melonie Bayl-Smith is a registered architect and is the Sydney director of liquidARCHITECTURE, a dynamic emerging architectural practice based in Sydney and Newcastle.

    Melonie has been involved in the broader aspects of the profession since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1997. Architectural education is of particular interest, having taught Construction and Structural Synthesis at UTS since 2007 and Adaptive Reuse and Construction at the Whitehouse Institute in 2004, and participating as a Design Tutor and Guest Critic at Newcastle (2000) and Sydney (2009) Universities.

    Melonie is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and in 2008 was a member of the Australian Awards jury for the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter State Architecture Awards. She has been involved in numerous Institute committees, Architects’ network groups and advisory panels, as well as being an enthusiastic Mentor for the Constructive Mentoring and SONA mentoring schemes. As evidence of her commitment and understanding of the profession, since 2007 Melonie has examined for the Board of Architects (NSW) for the APE Part 3.

    Chris Bosse: Director, LAVA
    German-born architect Chris Bosse is director of the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Adjunct Professor at UTS. LAVA was founded in 2007 with offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi. For a number of years, Chris Bosse has based his work on the computerised study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions. His research lies in the exploration of unusual structures pushing the boundaries of the traditional understanding of structure and architecture by means of digital and experimental form finding. Chris Bosse’s Masters’ degree dealt with the implementation of virtual worlds into architecture.

    Jan van Schaik: Director, Minfie van Shaik (formerly Minifie Nixon) Architects
    Jan van Schaik is co-director of the award-winning firm Minifie van Schaik Architects (formerly Minifie Nixon). Their public buildings, multiple residential projects, retail tenancies, mixed-use developments and speculative projects have been exhibited at ArchiLab, the Venice Architecture Biennale and Emoh Ruo within the Australian High Commission’s International Architectural Showcase.

    He is fractional lecturer and PhD candidate at the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design and has contributed as an external examiner at the Architectural Association, Deakin University, the University of Westminster, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. For a six year term he acted as board member of the Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and is currently a member of the Melbourne City Council Creative Spaces committee.

    Hamilton Wilson: Director, Wilson Architects
    Hamilton Wilson graduated with 1st class honors in architecture from the University of Queensland in 1985 and was awarded the AE Brooks Traveling Scholarship in Architecture. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in London as design architect with DEGW. He returned to Wilson Architects in 1989 and was appointed Managing Director in 1995. A fourth-generation architect, his firm works predominantly within the education sector and have, for the past twenty years, been fascinated with libraries, and other learning and research environments, and their relationships to both technology and the IT-savvy student. This interest has expanded into the critical research of learning spaces with a two-year project investigating the confluence of pedagogy, space and technology.

    Hamilton speaks regularly at conferences and is regarded as a leader in the masterplanning and design of education space. He has participated in projects nationally and internationally and is working with John Wardle Architects on two UniSA projects.

    Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment
  • Downloadable activity sheet

    Length of course

    2 hours.

    Continuing professional development hours

    2 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline alternative practice models, such as: multi-disciplinary; networking; secondary consultancy; joint-ventures; and collaboration with other architectural practices.
  • Compare and contrast various practice models.
  • Demonstrate awareness of project performance monitoring processes.
  • Evaluate different types of practice structures as may be applicable to your current and/or future practice.

    National Competency Standards in Architecture

    Practice Management


    Full Price $134.00
    Member $100.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $91.00
    Graduate Member $91.00
    SONA Member (student) $51.00

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