Setting, Occupation & Palette

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


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

Course outline

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.

This course is based on Rachel Neeson’s presentation at experience, the 2012 National Architecture Conference.

AACA Competency: Design


Rachel Neeson: Director, Neeson Murcutt

Rachel Neeson formed Neeson Murcutt Architects with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004. Based in Sydney, the practice deliberately pursues a balance of public and private work, operating in urban, suburban, rural and outback settings across Australia. The practice looks to the particularities of each project to identify the driving questions to which the architecture responds. It delights in the unexpectedness that often results in the search for the most direct solution, and seeks to integrate artful experimentation with professional logic.
The work of Neeson Murcutt Architects has been recognised locally and internationally through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions, including the 2006 and 2008 Venice Biennales, the Institute’s Robin Boyd Award for the Castlecrag House (2011) and Institute’s NSW Chapter Wilkinson Awards for both the Whale Beach House (2009) and Five Dock House (2007.) She is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the terms ‘setting’, ‘occupation’ and ‘palette’ and how they interrelate
  • Explain the importance of considering occupation in design
  • Describe the processes behind the design of Rachel Neeson’s projects
  • Outline, using project examples, how Rachel’s practice values the notions of setting, occupation and palette in architecture

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full price $67.00
    Member $50.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $46.00
    Graduate Member $46.00
    SONA Member (student) $25.00

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