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Dangrove by Tzannes.

Dangrove by Tzannes. Image: Ben Guthrie

A group of Australia’s most exciting practising architects has been assembled for The Architecture Symposium, to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 28 September.

The day-long forum will be presented by New York-based writer, critic and former Pritzker Prize juror Karen Stein. The event will focus on outstanding examples of contemporary Australian architecture, with a series of talks by leading practitioners from around the country exploring recently completed and upcoming projects.

The speakers and their presentation subjects so far announced are:

Alec Tzannes (Tzannes): Dangrove, NSW, completed 2018

Andrew Burns (Andrew Burns Architecture): Cranbrook School Wolgan Valley Campus, NSW, stage one completed 2017

Andrew Cortese (Grimshaw): 210–220 George Street, NSW, unbuilt

Ed Lippmann (Lippmann Partnership): Emanuel Synagogue, NSW, completed 2018

Gerard Reinmuth (Terroir): Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Vic, under construction)

Ian McDougall (ARM Architecture): Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Upgrade, NSW, completion due 2020

Ingrid Richards (Richards and Spence): The Calile Hotel Fortitude Valley, Qld, completion due 2018

James Grose (BVN): Australian Embassy Complex, Bangkok, completed 2017

Jennie Officer (Officer Woods Architects): East Pilbara Arts Centre, WA, completed 2016

John Choi (CHROFI): Ian Potter National Conservatory, Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT, completion due 2018

John Wardle (John Wardle Architects): Ian Potter Southbank Centre, University of Melbourne, Vic, completion due 2018

Melissa Bright (Make Architecture): St Mary’s Coptic Church Kensington, Vic, unbuilt

Neil Durbach (Durbach Block Jaggers): Phoenix Gallery, NSW, under construction

Rachel Neeson (Neeson Murcutt Architects): Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, designed in association with the City of Sydney, NSW, completed 2016

Richard Francis Jones (FJMT): Frank Bartlett Library and Moe Service Centre, Vic, completed 2016

Richard Johnson (Johnson Pilton Walker): Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, designed in collaboration Government Architect NSW, NSW, completion due 2018

Stuart Vokes (Vokes and Peters): talk on the public nature of private dwellings

Thomas Bailey (Room 11): Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park, Tas, completed 2013

Virginia Kerridge (Virginia Kerridge Architect): M3565 Main Beach Apartments, Qld, completed 2017

William Smart (Smart Design Studio): Rail Operation Centre, NSW, competition due 2018

The symposium marks the opening of the 2018 Sydney Architecture Festival, which is this year themed around the question, “What makes a building truly great?” 

For more information, go here.

The Architecture Symposium, presented by Architecture Media, is part of Design Speaks, a series of talks, seminars, forums and conferences on and about architecture and design, for design professionals and their clients and interested members of the wider community. 


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