FRIDAY 12 MAY 2023
Ways of Working: Strength in small Practice is the fourth biennial ArchiTeam conference, this year's conference will be a hybrid event online and face-to-face at the Melbourne Museum on Friday 12 May 2023.
Ways of Working: Strength in small Practice will explore the strength in small practice with a focus on Ways of Working, investigating the critical role that small practice plays in shaping our built environment, from the smallest detail to the broader urban landscape. A diverse range of speakers from across this continent will share their practice knowledge, experiences, and processes, and how they are working collaboratively, or exploring different modes of practice to tackle major societal and environmental challenges.
The ArchiTeam Conference Creative Directors Delia Teschendorff (Delia Teschendorff Architecture), Adam Newman (NWMN) and Ross Brewin (Gilby Brewin Architecture) have carefully curated this event to bring us an enriching and informative conference.
Don't miss out on this one-day hybrid conference that will explore diverse practice models and processes and how they are making a broader contribution to society.
Limited tickets are now available
2023 ARCHITEAM CONFERENCE
The ArchiTeam National Conference is offering 8 Formal CPD points.
ARCHITEAM MEMBER (Face-to-face) $385
ArchiTeam Member (Virtual) $220NON MEMBER (Face-to-face) $475
NON MEMBER (Virtual) $330ACA MEMBERS (Face-to-face) $385
ACA MEMBER (Virtual) $220STUDENTS (Face-to-face) $140
Early bird tickets are now SOLD OUT
CONFERENCE CREATIVE DIRECTORS
The ArchiTeam Conference Creative Directors have been carefully handpicked to bring us the best architecture conference to date.
SUB_THEME 01_ TEAMWORK
“Teamwork” explores different ways of collaborating and the value that small practice architects (or other built environment professionals) can bring to larger scale and cross-disciplinary projects. Speakers will share their insights into the collaborative experience on a range of project scales and types, including competitions, mixed-use inner-city projects, cultural landscapes, and First Nation perspectives. Speakers will demonstrate how collaboration can provide new business opportunities for small practice, whilst contributing to the cultural richness and environmental wellbeing of our cities and beyond.
- N'arweet Carolyn Briggs
- Grant Amon
- Sarah Hicks
- Christine Phillips (moderator)
N'arweet Carolyn Briggs AM
Carolyn is a Boon Wurrung senior elder and is the chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. A descendant of the First Peoples of Melbourne, the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung, she is the great-granddaughter of Louisa Briggs, a Boon Wurrung woman born near Melbourne in the 1830’s.
Carolyn has been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 40 years.
In 2005, she established the Boon Wurrung Foundation, which has been responsible for significant work in cultural research, including restoration of the Boon Wurrung language. The Foundation also helps connect Aboriginal youth to their heritage.
Carolyn has worked across numerous communities for over 40 years and is currently completing her Doctorate in Philosophy researching assisting urban indigenous youth to understand indigenous knowledge.
Grant Amon BArch, ARAIA, registered architect is the founding director of Grant Amon Architects (GAA) and has 30 years of experience in the fields of commercial, community, residential and interior design. Grant has been a St.Kilda resident since the early 1980’s and founded GAA office in the George, St.Kilda in 1993. Grant is the recipient of numerous design awards and has completed many local and international projects, including in Japan and Macau.
GAA is a multi-award-winning practice. His projects are widely published both in Australia and abroad. Educated at RMIT and registered in Victoria & NSW. Grant is a respected member of the community; invited jury member with many Awards programs as well as being a tutor, mentor and guest critic for Melbourne, Monash, Swinburne and RMIT University. GAA have had many associations with architects including ARM, Hayball, Neometro, Swannson and recently with Brearley Architects and Urbanists (BAU ) for the significant Victorian Pride Centre in St. Kilda
Sarah is a practising landscape architect and a founding director of Bush Projects Landscape Architecture based in Melbourne. Bush Projects is a cross-disciplinary landscape architecture studio working at a range of scales, including residential, civic & educational environments and landscape restoration.
Dr. Christine Phillips (moderator)
Christine Phillips is a registered architect, academic and writer. As a co-director of OoPLA with Tania Davidge, her architectural practice focuses on creative ways to engage the public with architecture through public, playful and political projects. With an interest in architectural and cultural heritage, Christine was a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria for six years.
Christine is passionate about Australian architectural design and recently co-authored a book with Dr Peter Raisbeck on one of Australia’s most celebrated architects, Robin Boyd, entitled Robin Boyd: Late Works (2020). With a commitment to reach broad audiences, Christine was also a co-host of RRR’s weekly radio show, ‘The Architects’ from 2010-2015 where she interviewed a range of esteemed international and local guests.
As Senior Lecturer within RMIT’s Architecture Program, Christine is currently working on innovative ways of transforming design education to celebrate the 60,000+ years of our First Nations culture in Australia. Through her partnerships with Indigenous communities, Christine is connecting and advancing the way architecture students engage with Indigenous knowledge to build their cultural capacity and develop transformative educational experiences.
SUB_THEME 02_ DETAIL
With a focus on adaptation, resourcefulness, and re-use, how might we consider the architectural detail?
How do we as architects utilise details as a strategy of conceptual exploration, design development, and resolution, relative to a prescribed project budget/brief? This session explores the inherent capacity of small practitioners to focus on detail design - the elementary nature of material composition - as it relates to broader notions of architecture, landscape, culture, and practice.
- Pat Kosky
- Brit Andreson
- Marika Neustupny
- Stuart Harrison (moderator)
Patrick is a director at Kerry Hill Architects. He has worked closely on the design and delivery of a number of high profile projects including the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia and the City of Perth Library and Plaza, both of which were won through design competitions. He was also a key member of the KHA team that was successful in winning the Design Competition for the Walyalup Civic Centre for the City of Fremantle.
He is a presiding member of the Fremantle Design Advisory Committee and the State Design Review Panel and has served as a juror for a number of Australian Institute of Architects’ award juries including the prestigious George Temple Poole Award.
Brit Andresen M.Arch NTH, is a Norwegian architect, professor and independent scholar. She has taught at Cambridge UK, held positions at U.C.L.A., the Architectural Association London, the University of Queensland and teaches at the annual Glenn Murcutt International Master Class.
Her practice in Cambridge and partnership with Peter O’Gorman in Brisbane have resulted in published and exhibited design research and built works. Examples of her work are available online at umemagazine.com Vols.22 and sedimentarycity.com websites. Her current teaching and research include building design with landscape, architecture and urban change and relationships between ideas and practice. Brit Andresen was awarded the Gold Medal by the RAIA in 2002.
Marika Neustupny is a founding Director of NMBW Architecture Studio. She has taught in Architectural Design, Urban Research and Asian Urbanism at RMIT University, and currently co-chairs the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Committee for Gender Equity. NMBW Architecture Studio’s work explores the relationship between personal-urban conditions and the culture of construction. Marika has recently completed a PhD titled ‘Water + House’, where the role of water in everyday life is brought beside the logic of technique.
Stuart Harrison (moderator)
Stuart Harrison is an Australian architect and President of Open House Melbourne. He is a former host of the ABC TV show Restoration Australia and advocate for good design and the re-use of buildings. He is director of Harrison and White architects and has worked extensively in public radio, TV, architectural history and authored three books on housing. He writes for Architecture Australia and HOUSES magazines.
SUB_THEME 03_ MODES
What alternative modes of working are possible for a small practice looking for new opportunities, to channel particular passions and strengths, or as a way to unlock a more creative or economically sustainable business model? This session will explore the diverse ways in which small architectural practices have been structured and operate beyond established norms. Speakers will reflect on their practice model and processes, and the way in which they have consciously (or unconsciously) framed their practice towards making a broader contribution to society.
- Emma Williamson
- Anthony Clarke
- Louise Wright
- Rory Hyde (moderator)
Emma Williamson is a co-founder of The Fulcrum Agency, a creative consultancy founded in late 2018 that leverages community and social outcomes through evidenced-based design, strategy, advocacy, and research. This new platform evolved following two decades in practice as Director of CODA, a multi-award-winning West Australian architecture practice that produced work across all sectors.
Emma is passionate about the architectural profession and spent nearly a decade as a lecturer at Curtin University in the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture. She was the inaugural Chair of the National Committee for Gender Equity for the Institute of Architects, is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and holds positions on the Western Australian and South Australian State Design Review Panels.
Anthony Clarke is a practicing architect, educator, and current PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture and care, seeking to rearticulate practice through innovative and reflexive methodologies.
Anthony established BLOXAS in 2010. BLOXAS is a practice for empathic and experimental architecture. BLOXAS' approach is led by research, experimentation, curiosity and care. These elements are inherent in our philosophy, and drive our interrogative and empathetic response.
Specialists from a variety of disciplines contribute to our curative understanding of individual and collective behaviour, sensory perception, physiology and phenomenology. We investigate how people affect – and are at the effect of – our designs.
Baracco+Wright Architects (found. 2004) are a small experimental architectural practice based in Melbourne, Australia. They seek opportunities to position the architect in the role of strategic thinker across disciplinary boundaries exploring the whole built and natural environment. Their work sits between academia, practice and multiple creative fields such as art and landscape architecture.
They build, unbuild, research and publish. More recently they have been focusing on re use of existing buildings and the removal of built form giving precedence to natural system regeneration. Some of these investigations are made in their works including Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 56 Spaces for Species (2022); Garden House (2014 ongoing); Barrabool Farm and Landscape (ongoing); Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity (Routledge 2017); participation in the exhibition Broken Nature, Milan Triennale (2019) with Linda Tegg; and Unknow (participation at The Climate Imaginary exhibition, Melbourne Design Week 2021).
They teach and research in their research practice B+W+ and at Monash University where Louise is a Practice Professor. In 2018 they were the Creative Directors in collaboration with Linda Tegg of the Australian Pavilion with the theme Repair at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Rory Hyde (moderator)
Rory Hyde is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Rory has worked in architecture in Melbourne and abroad, including for ARM, BKK, and MVRDV. From 2013 to 2020 he was previously the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A Museum in London.