Lecture 1 : Rachel Neeson
from Neeson Murcutt + Neille
Wednesday 9 September, 6.00pm
Rachel Neeson opens the lecture series from Neeson Murcutt + Neille, an energetic, design based architectural firm recognised for innovation. Their architecture is engaging and memorable. They have successfully worked with ambitious private clients and significant public bodies including the City of Sydney, the Australian Museum, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Catholic Schools, NSW National Parks, and the Sydney Olympic Parklands Authority.
Their work has been recognised for design excellence locally and internationally through awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions including representation at the 2006, 2008 and 2016 Venice Biennales and design awards.
Lecture 2 : Brad Wray
from Branch Studio
Wednesday 16 September, 6.00pm
Branch Studio Architects is an award-winning Melbourne based design-intensive architecture and design practice. This small team of six is interested in architecture for a diversity of people and prides itself on a hands-on approach to every project, no matter how small or large. The practice has won a series of local and international awards – often pushing the boundaries of facilitating client briefs and making the most of limited budgets.
The studio finds educational projects particularly rewarding as they have ability to affect and expose the possibilities of design in multiple people’s lives, particularly children. Branch Studio Architects is not interested in popularity or trends – just good architecture speaking for itself underlined by a rich intrinsic discourse.
Lecture 3 : Jeremy McLeod
from Breathe Architecture
Wednesday 23 September, 6.00pm
Breathe Architecture was founded in 2001 by Design Director Jeremy McLeod and Tamara Veltre. Underpinning all their work is the rigorous pursuit of sustainable design that is simultaneously beautiful, seemingly effortless, and environmentally positive.
Breathe Architecture are also the founders of the Nightingale Model which was established in parallel with the inaugural project: Nightingale 1.0, commencing in 2014 and completed in 2017. Nightingale is a development delivery tool for deliberative, design-led, triple-bottom line housing that has now evolved into an independent profit-for-purpose entity.
This practice pushes that extra mile because they genuinely care about the outcome, form and function, both now and into the future. They consider themselves accountable. Environmentalists. Humanitarians. Urbanists. Activists.
Lecture 4 : Brent Dunn & Katharina Hendel
from TAKT Studio
Wednesday 30 September, 6.00pm
This studio is based on the Ilawarra Coal Coast north of Wollongong, in Moruya on the South Coast, and in the back of a ute for remote projects. Takt was formed to create meaningful buildings. Buildings that enhance lives. Buildings that age gracefully. Buildings that explore the possibilities of site, light, sustainability, material, finance and desire.
Among their many awards, the Escarpment House in Thirroul was the joint winner of the 2017 AIA Country Division Residential Architecture Award.