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Bait Ur Rouf Mosque by Marina Tabassum Architects.

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque by Marina Tabassum Architects. Image: Courtesy Architecture Foundation Australia

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Bishop Edward King Chapel by Níall McLaughlin Architects.

Bishop Edward King Chapel by Níall McLaughlin Architects. Image: Courtesy Architecture Foundation Australia

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Cavendish House by Mole Architects.

Cavendish House by Mole Architects. Image: Courtesy Architecture Foundation Australia

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Balancing Barn House by MVRDV and Mole Architects.

Balancing Barn House by MVRDV and Mole Architects. Image: Courtesy Architecture Foundation Australia

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Alila Apartments by Hundredhands.

Alila Apartments by Hundredhands. Image: Nathan Willock

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Hook Park Big Shed by Piers Taylor, completed as part of the Design and Make program at London's Architectural Association.

Hook Park Big Shed by Piers Taylor, completed as part of the Design and Make program at London’s Architectural Association. Image: Valerie Bennett

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The Architecture Foundation Australia will present a two-day architecture conference in February 2017 to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Curated by Lindsay Johnston, the conference themed Diversity and Community will draw speakers from five continents around the world as well as Australia.

The conference will provide a range of talks discussing the shifting priorities and emerging opportunities for architecture that is responsive and culturally and socially engaged.

The speakers have been selected for their focus on community an varying aspects.

On day three of the conference, delegates will be taken on a guided tour of the Australian Islamic Centre designed by Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus Architects.

Keynote speakers:

Marina Tabassum (Bangaldesh), Marina Tabassum Architects. Tabassum is the recipient of a 2016 Aga Khan Award for the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. She is known for a range of culturally and historically significant projects, engaged with local craft traditions and skills, sophisticated and vernacular. She is also academic director of Bengal Institute of Architects and tutor at BRAC University and UT Arlington.

Níall McLaughlin (Ireland and UK), Níall McLaughlin Architects. McLaughlin is also professor of architectural practice at Bartlett School London and a visiting professor at UCLA and Yale. In 2016, he received the RIBA Charles Jencks Award, a prize given to “an architect who has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture.”

International speakers:

Meredith Bowles, Mole Architects (England)
Mphethi Morojele, MMA Design Studio (South Africa and Lesotho)
Per Arnold Andersen (Denmark)
Wim Goes, Wim Goes Architectur (Belgium)
Mette Lange (Denmark)
Diego Montero Espina (Uruguay and Argentina)
Bijoy Ramachandran, Hundredhands (India)
Erik Sommerfeld, ColoradoBuildingWorkshop (USA)
Piers Taylor, Invisible Studio (England)
Camilo Moraes Zambrano, Estudio Norte (Chile)

Australian special guest speakers include Glenn Murcutt, Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury.

When: 10-12 February 2016

Where: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria

Cost: $745 (includes GST). To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, see Architecture Foundation Australia’s website.


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