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Murryfield Estate, Bruny Island, Tasmania.

Murryfield Estate, Bruny Island, Tasmania. Image: Leigh Woolley

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Exploring the headlands on Bruny Island.

Exploring the headlands on Bruny Island. Image: Mathew Hinds

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Murryfield Estate, Bruny Island, Tasmania.

Murryfield Estate, Bruny Island, Tasmania. Image: Leigh Woolley

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A Weekend Away – Tasmanian Architectural Narratives is a camping trip/workshop on Bruny Island Tasmania, where architects, artists and designers are invited to commune with this extraordinary landscape, and engage with luminaries from their professions and the arts.

Organized by the AIA Tasmanian Chapter, the weekend happens every three years at Murrayfield Estate – a working sheep station. Invited guests from architecture, design and the arts will lead discussions and questions around landscape and built responses. Saturday night will be a spectacular longtable dinner in the shearing shed, starring all local produce – Bruny Island oysters, cheese and lamb.

Invited guest speakers

  • Room 11 Architects, designers of Tasmania’s Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) Stage One (AIA 2013 National Award for Urban Design) and the recently completed Stage Two, the cover project for the Jan/Feb 0214 edition of Architecture Australia.
  • Dr Carmen Fiol-Costa, Spanish academic, architect, urban designer, landscape architect with Arriola & Fiol Architects; in Australia as the first Droga Architect in Residence.
  • Pippa Dickson, CEO of Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) and chair of Design Tasmania.
  • Cath Hall of Hobart practice 1+2 Architecture.
  • Dr Stuart King, lecturer in history and theory in design at the University of Tasmania.
  • Richard Leplastrier, internationally recognized Australian architect, winner of the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (2004, Finland), the Dreyer Foundation Prize of Honour (2009, Denmark), and the 1999 Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects. 
  • Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect (Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY, Helsinki), Pritzker Prize jury member, former professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-1983). His architectural theory text, The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses, is on the syllabus in schools of architecture world-wide.
  • Craig Rosevear of Tasmanian practice Rosevear Architects
  • Lene Tranberg, Danish artist and architect with Lundgaard & Tranberg (designers of the Tietgenkollegiet student residences and Royal Danish Playhouse).
  • John Wardle, acclaimed Australian architect whose 2012 Robin Boyd Award-winning Shearer’s Quarters on Bruny Island is reviewed in Architecture Australia.

Tasmanian Architectural Narratives is held in conjunction with the 2nd Utzon International Workshop.

Read a review of the 2010 Tasmanian Architectural Narratives Weekend Away.

14 – 16 March 2014
Bruny Island
AIA general member: $250; Non-member: $350
Information & bookings


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