Adaptation and Reuse

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


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

Course outline

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


Emma Young: Director, PHooEY Architects

Emma Young is the ‘ey’ in Phooey, with co-founder Peter Ho making up the remaining characters in the name of this Melbourne-based practice. Of course, ‘Phooey’ is also a word that is used to express disdain or disbelief, and this reflects the practice’s critical stance on consumerism, as well as the wit that pervades their work. Focused on upcycling and sustainability, Phooey’s portfolio includes the Templestowe Reserve Sporting Pavilion as well as Cubo House in Melbourne, which employed the surrealist technique of Cubomania to catalogue, reuse and reinvent all the demolished building materials.
Young gained her architectural qualifications from RMIT in 1997 and also holds a Certificate of Business Property. She is responsible for all aspects of the design, development, project management and delivery of the firm’s projects. In 2011, she won the Westpac Bank Ruby Award. The work, and in particular the container project, has been widely published and exhibited in Dusseldorf, at PinUp and the Wunderlich Gallery in Melbourne.

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:

  • Apply principles of upcycling and sustainability to architectural work
  • Recognise the importance of reusing and reinventing demolished building materials
  • Recall how the logic of “construction feedback” fits within sustainable design
  • Analyse examples of adaptation and reuse in building designs

    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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