Making Connections I

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

Course outline

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


Emma Williamson-Director: Coda, San Sek Ng- Principal: Sek San Design, Gurjit Singh Matharoo- Principal: Matharoo Associates

Emma Williamson is a founding director of CODA. Formed in 1997, CODA started as a multi-disciplinary collaboration working across fashion, product design, graphics, interiors and architecture. Over 15 years it has evolved to focus on architecture, urban design and interiors, maintaining a strong focus on collaboration.

Sek San Ng trained as a civil engineer and a landscape architecture in New Zealand, before returning to Asia to practise with Belt Collins International for 4 years in Singapore, servicing their hospitality projects in Asia. In 1994, Sek San returned to Kuala Lumpur to set up his own landscape consultancy – Sek San Design, in which he attempts to weave symbiotically between the hard and imposing world of architecture and the soft evolving organic world of plants and landscape.

Gurjit Singh Matharoo is the principal at Matharoo Associates (MA), a startup firm that began operations in Ahmedabad, India in 1992. Since its inception MA has been involved in a diverse range of projects that have brought them international as well as domestic recognition, notably the Editors choice in the AR Emerging Architecture Award in 2003 and honourable mention in 2005.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    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:

  • Identify how mainstream architectural practice could be enhanced by making meaningful connections with traditions, the community, contractors and others
  • Identify the connection between architecture and place in projects covered in the presentation
  • Recall projects that adapt design and construction methods to connect with the context in which they exist
  • Identify how a tolerance for error and mistakes might lead to successful design outcomes, and what approach of the architect allows that happen

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



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