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In Absence by Edition
Photo: Ben Hosking
11/2/23, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Brickworks Design Studio New York and Brickworks Sydney Design Studio
2.5 LU

In Person Locations: Brickworks Design Studio, 445 Fifth Avenue, New York City and Brickworks Design Studio, 2 Barrack St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Austrian/Australian architect Harry Seidler and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Jørn Utzon’s landmark Sydney Opera House, AustraliaNOW will explore the country’s 20th century architectural landmarks, the current collaboration of American and Australian architects on major cultural, educational, and commercial projects, and short presentations—in speed presentation format—of over a dozen emerging and established Australian architects practicing today. Participants include four recent recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

This will be a hybrid program, with a live audience and presentations from Brickworks’ design studios in both New York and Australia, along with several participants presenting via Zoom. A Q&A discussion will follow the presentations.

In New York: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 5:30–8:30 pm ET
In Sydney: Friday, November 3, 2023, 8:00–11:30 am AEDT

This program is eligible for 2.5 AIA LUs and up to 3 CPD Points.

Part One: 20th Century International Influences

On the legacy of Harry Seidler:
Daniel Brown, Professor of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

On the Master Plan for Canberra and Parliament House:
Paul Broches, FAIA, Partner Emeritus, Mitchell/Giurgola (NYC)

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the influences of international architects during the 20th century to transform Australian architecture.
  • Explain how 20th century international architects have shaped the approaches of emerging and established practices in the 21st century.
  • Describe collaborations with consultants and structural engineers.
  • Discuss how innovations in materials and construction systems have impacted design.

Part Two: American and Australian Collaboration
On Tarrkarri: The Center for First Nations Cultures, Adelaide:
Charles Renfro, FAIA, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (NYC)
Rosina Di Maria, Principal, Woods Bagot (Adelaide SA)

On the Melbourne School of Design:
Nader Tehrani, FAIA, Founder, NADAAA (Boston MA)
John Wardle, Founder, Wardle Studio (Melbourne VIC)

On 55 Pitt Street, Sydney:
William Sharples, Principal, SHoP (NYC)
Domenic Alvaro, Director, Global Design Leader, Woods Bagot (Sydney NSW)

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how architects in Australia have come to respect and acknowledge the country’s Aboriginal past and use that appreciation in their work.
  • Describe how sustainable design was implemented in 55 Pitt, Sydney.
  • Identify considerations when building tall structures with hybrid mass timber.
  • Discuss recent developments in construction technology.


Part Three: Presentations by Australian Architects
Andrew Burges, Founder, Andrew Burges Architects (Surrey Hills, NSW)
Angelo Candalepas, Founder, Angelo Candalepas & Associates (Sydney, NSW)
Tony Chenchow, Co-Founder, Chenchow Little Architects (Surrey Hills, NSW)
Stephanie Little, Co-Founder, Chenchow Little Architects (Surrey Hills, NSW)
Clare Cousins, Director, Clare Cousins Architects (Melbourne, VIC)
Kim Bridgland, Director, Edition Office (Collingwood, VIC)
Aaron Roberts, Director, Edition Office (Collingwood, VIC)
Patrick Kennedy, Principal, Kennedy Nolan (Fitzroy, VIC)
Rachel Nolan, Principal, Kennedy Nolan (Fitzroy, VIC)
Kerstin Thompson, Director, Kerstin Thompson Architects (Melbourne, VIC)
Rob McBride, Principal, McBride Charles Ryan (Prahran, VIC)
Debbie Ryan, Principal, McBride Charles Ryan (Prahran, VIC)
Elliet Spring, Director, MGS Architects (Melbourne, VIC)
Rachel Neeson, Founder, Neeson Murcutt Neille (Potts Point, NSW)
Dr. Stephen Neille, Founder, Neeson Murcutt Neille (Potts Point, NSW)
Timothy Hill, Founder, Partners Hill (Hobart, TAS)
Peter Stutchbury, Principal, Peter Stutchbury Architecture (Sydney, NSW)
Sean Godsell, Founder, Sean Godsell Architects (Fitzroy, VIC)
William Smart, Director, Smart Design Studio (Alexandria, NSW)
Matthias Hollenstein, Founder, Studio Hollenstein (Sydney, NSW)
Mat Hinds, Co-Founder, Taylor & Hinds Architects (Hobart, TAS)
Poppy Taylor, Co-Founder, Taylor & Hinds Architects (Hobart, TAS)

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the collaborative approaches of American and Australian architects in assuring that Australian values are reflected in their collaboration through communication, use of materials, and attention to climate issues.
  • Identify environmental priorities specific to project and master planning influenced by Pritzker Prize winning architect Glenn Murcutt and his credo of “to touch the earth lightly”.
  • Describe how current Australian architectural design is shaped by culture, history and place.
  • Discuss the influence of materials, construction and technology on architectural design.

Stephen Johnson, FAIA, Board of Directors, cultureNOW (NYC)
Jeremy Edmiston, Principal, System Architects (NYC)
Stephen Varady, Director, Stephen Varady Architecture (Sydney)
Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED, Design Principal, Abby Suckle Architects PC (in Sydney)

Assessment Questions for Australian CPD:

Program Booklet and Speaker Bios

Organized by
AIANY Architecture Dialogues Committee; CultureNOW
In Absence by Edition
Photo: Ben Hosking
11/2/23, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Brickworks Design Studio New York and Brickworks Sydney Design Studio
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