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Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns

Australia

Andrew Burns was born in Sydney in 1979. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 2003. Upon Graduation, Andrew undertook a period of four years working for Neeson Murcutt Architects. He established the practice Andrew Burns Architect in 2007 and has undertaken residential, cultural, community and public projects. Burns’ approach seeks to combine social engagement with design excellence, and is characterised by precise geometry.In 2011, Burns received first prize in the Australia House design competition for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, selected by Tadao Ando from an international field of 154 entries. In the same year, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship to undertake an exchange programme at the Architecture Foundation, London.

In 2012, the practice was a finalist in the National Worker’s Memorial competition Canberra, awarded first prize in an invited competition to transform a forgotten pocket at Gibbon’s Rent into London’s newest park and selected for the inaugural Fugitive Structures project at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.

In 2013 the practice was a finalist for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014 and received the NSW RAIA Emerging Architect Prize.

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Elizabeth Watson-Brown

Elizabeth Watson-Brown

Australia

Elizabeth Watson-Brown has been Design Director of Architectus since 2011, having directed her own practice for 21 years. Highly regarded for exemplary place responsive and socially responsible design, Elizabeth has been the recipient of many major architectural awards.Elizabeth is an active participant in architecture and urban design discourse beyond practice in her many roles including member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places , Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and prior roles as Queensland State Awards Director and National Awards juror for the Australian Institute of Architects, Jury Chair of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, and member of the Brisbane City Council Urban Design Advisory Panel. Elizabeth was the inaugural recipient of the Centre for Subtropical Design travel bursary. Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited at the seminal ‘Place Makers’ exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and at the Venice Biennale. Elizabeth lectures, teaches, and writes for respected architectural journals.

Elizabeth’s understanding of and design response to the unique particularities of Australia ranges across all the scales from the intimate to the urban and contributes to the nurturing and sustaining of people and place in our subtropical and tropical urban realms.

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Emma Williamson

Emma Williamson

Australia

Emma Williamson is a founding director of CODA. Formed in 1997 CODA started as a multi-disciplinary collaboration working across fashion, product design, graphics, interiors and architecture. Over 15 years it has evolved to focus on architecture, urban design and interiors, maintaining a strong focus on collaboration. Projects ranging in scale from play equipment to houses and large scale public and community buildingsThe work of CODA has been widely published and awarded through Institute awards and design competitions. In 2005 CODA won first prize in a national architecture competition for Building for Diversity and in 2009 CODA won the national invited Think Brick design competition. Since then CODA has been awarded or commended in almost every category of the AIA State awards.

Over a 10 year period Emma combined practice with an academic position at Curtin University teaching in Architecture and Interior Architecture. She continues her connection to academia through teaching, lectures and her position as Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for Architecture at Curtin University.

Emma is an active participant in architectural discussion and advocate for good design through her writing, teaching, research and her current roles on national design awards.

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Timothy Horton

Timothy Horton

Australia

Timothy Horton is recognised nationally as a thinker and agitator on design, innovation and governance practice. As Australia’s first Commissioner for Integrated Design, he provided independent expert advice to the governments of Mike Rann and Jay Weatherill across design, planning and development in policy, programs and projects. The role included chairing an inter-governmental leadership group for a national design-based urban pilot that integrated public engagement with the work of 3 levels of government including 8 councils, 4 state agencies and 2 Commonwealth departments.Timothy is an architect with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in civic space and the role for design in shaping human-centred urban policy.

He has held positions as state President and National Director of the Australian Institute of Architects, and advised the Australian Government as a member of the editorial board for the Australian Urban Design Protocol and the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council. He is adviser to the new Stretton Centre and holds Board positions on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, the Australian Design Alliance and South Australia’s leading craft and design body, the Jam Factory.

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Gurjit Singh Matharoo

Gurjit Singh Matharoo

India

Gurjit Singh Matharoo is the principal at Matharoo Associates (MA), a startup firm that began operations in Ahmedabad, India in 1992. Since its inception MA has been involved in a diverse range of projects that have brought them international as well as domestic recognition, notably the Editors choice in the AR Emerging Architecture Award in 2003 and honourable mention in 2005.MA’s work is also regularly featured in leading national and international publications such as GA, The Architectural Review, Architecture and Urbanism, Domus and Phaidon, among others.

The firm’s standards are adhered to by an in house team of dedicated personnel in the field of Architecture, Structure, Interior and Product design leading to a holistic design approach coupled with innovation and acute attention to functionality and detail.

Gurjit Singh Matharoo is also actively involved in academic work and has been a visiting faculty since 1991 at the Centre of Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, from where he graduated and at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the transportation design course. He is also deeply passionate about the mechanics and design of automobiles.

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Richard Hassell

Richard Hassell

Singapore

Richard Hassell is the co-founding director of the Singapore-based WOHA, one of Southeast Asia’s best known and most awarded architectural practices. WOHA’s projects are located throughout Asia, and range from private houses to apartment towers, luxury resorts, mass-transit stations, and large-scale public buildings.Richard Hassell graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989. He was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from the RMIT University, Melbourne, in 2002. He was a board member of the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, and has also served on committees for the URA, SIA, Design Singapore Council and Board of Architects (BOA) in Singapore. He has lectured at universities in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, the USA, and the United Kingdom, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, from 2006 to 2009.

WOHA’s architecture is notable for its constant evolution: no two buildings adopt the same ‘style’, as each project constitutes a specific response to the potential of the program and the site. The architecture demonstrates a profound awareness of local context and tradition, as well as an ongoing exploration of contemporary architectural forms and ideas, thus creating a unique fusion of practicality and invention. Environmental principles have always been fundamental to WOHA’s designs.

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Wen Hsia & BC Ang

Wen Hsia & BC Ang (WHBC)

Malaysia

WHBC is a two person office based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Wen Hsia Ang and BC Ang have been working together since 2007.Graduating from University of Malaya, Wen Hsia is the eldest daughter of a plumber and a tailor. She played with the sewing machine and at work sites since she was seven. Building cardboard houses and making fashion shows were her favourite past time with her siblings. She didn’t know what architects actually do and stumbled into it because she loves the sciences and arts. The only programme in the university handbook that matched was architecture.

BC’s father is a toy maker. He spent his childhood watching his father creating gadgets in their workshop. Growing up, BC thought his father was a secret agent and fantasized creating gadgets with him. His father sent him to the military school when he was 13 hoping that he would become a pilot. However he didn’t become an agent or a pilot because it turns out he is colourblind. Therefore he studied Architecture in University of Technology, Malaysia.

BC and Wen Hsia work at their home office in a factory-like manner. They clock in at nine o’clock and clock out at six pm, have lunch and tea at the specific intervals. They believe each project has to have a clear idea. Each idea can be illustrated through a simple sketch.

WHBC Architects’ works were published in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, the Netherland and Australia.

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Andra Matin

Andra Matin

Indonesia

Andra Matin is known for clean, modern creations that attempt to use space in a way that reflects and is sensitive to its environment.Andra Matin (Aang) was named one of the 101 most influential new architects in the 2007 edition of design magazine Wallpaper’s Architecture Directory. He is one of the founders of Arsitek Muda Indonesia (Young ARchitects of Indonesia, AMI), which has greatly influenced the progress of architecture in Indonesia. His publications include Haikk! (2008) by Borneo publications. A frequent lecturer at universities in Indonesia he has won numerous awards including the Association of Indonesian Architects (Ikatan Arsitektur Indonesia, IAI) in 1999 and 2002, and in 2006 for three out of the seven IAI awards on offer. His work has also appeared in Ellé Décor UK October 2006 and in several editions of Japanese architecture magazine, GA Houses.

Inspired by his great love of travel, contemporary jazz and art house films, to name a few important muses, Andra Matin continues to search our experience to influence and develop his ideas further towards the next evolution.

Andra’s attendance at the conference is supported by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne.

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Vo Trong Nghia

Vo Trong Nghia

Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia, born in Quang Binh province, Vietnam in 1976.He studied architecture in Japan as a student on the Japanese government’s scholarship. After graduation from the University of Tokyo, he returned to Vietnam and started his own architectural office in Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects since 2006. He creates sustainable architecture through using environmentally – friendly materials such as bamboo.

His major works include Farming Kindergarten, Kontum Indochine Café, Kontum Indochine Wedding, Dailai Conference Hall, Stacking Green, Binh Duong School, Bamboo Wing, wNw bar, wNw café…

He received various international prizes and honors such as

  • 2 winner times of WAF award (World Architecture Festival),
  • 2 Gold Medal of ARCASIA award,
  • 6 times of 1st prize of IAA (International Architecture Award),
  • 4 winner times of Green Good Design,
  • 2 winner times of FuturArc Green leadership award

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Sek San Ng

Sek San Ng

Malaysia

Sek San Ng trained as a civil engineer and a landscape architecture in New Zealand, before returning to Asia to practise with Belt Collins International for 4 years in Singapore, servicing their hospitality projects in Asia. In 1994, Sek San returned to Kuala Lumpur to set up his own landscape consultancy – Sek San Design.

In the last 18 years of private practice, Sek San has attempted to weave symbiotically between the hard and imposing world of architecture and the soft evolving organic world of plants and landscape. Sek San’s projects are underpinned by a respect for nature, the environment and a belief in making work that reflects an egalitarian lifestyle that is simple, uncluttered, affordable and not overtly finished.

In the last 8 years, Sek San has experimented with returning the profession to a craft based tradition instead of following the trend of companies growing into big global businesses. All his projects are now concentrated in Kuala Lumpur and he does not take on overseas or outstation commissions. Sek San believes that working locally allows for a better understanding of the subtle idiosyncrasies of context, weather, culture, light quality, cost, workmanship, and it also allows direct collaboration with repeat clients who know and trust his practice, and this in turn allows him to take bigger risks and to delight in experimentation.

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Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum

Bangladesh

Marina Tabassum is Principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, MTA based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Her journey in architecture began by founding URBANA in partnership with Kashef Chowdhury in 1995. Very early in the career in 1997 her firm won the competition for the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Liberation War Museum. Her project A5, the pavillion apartment was the finalist for Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She received AYA award for her project NEK 10. Her projects have been published in numerous national and international magazines, books and journals, including Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.

She founded MTA in 2005 after ending her ten year partnership in URBANA. MTA started its journey in the quest of establishing a language of architecture that is contemporary to the world yet rooted to the place. MTA is a team of eleven. The team is consciously kept and retained to an optimum size and the projects undertaken are carefully chosen and are limited by numbers per year. The projects done and at hand are varied, ranging from eco resort to workers low budget housing to apartment blocks. MTA worked closely with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Hyder Consulting Middle East to formulate the published guideline for mosques as revival of the language of Emirates.

Marina Tabassum conducts design studios as visiting faculty in BRAC University and University of Asia Pacific. She is an advisor to SFA for the projects undertaken in Beirut and Middle East.

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Cazu Zegers

Cazu Zegers

Chile

Chilean architect Cazú Zegers is engaged with design across a range of scale, from urban planning, cultural and territorial management to architectural Project, furniture and product design. Graduating from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile in 1984, she established her own practice in 1990. She has lectured at various universities in Chile, Argentina, Spain and Colombia, and is currently a professor at the Universidad del Desarrollo Arquitecture School.

Cazú’s architecture is particularly concerned with establishing a language of expressive forms that are intimately connected with Chile, its territory, landscape and its vernacular construction techniques. Each project is considered as part of an evolving tradition, and is underpinned by a poetic reflection on the way territory is inhabited. Projects are considered ‘Prototypes of this Territory’, inspired by the poet Nicanor Parra’s belief that ‘Chile, before a country is a landscape’.

Her projects include a diverse collection of private houses and community buildings, including churches and resorts. These are illustrated in detail on her website, which includes a series of short films and full copies of three monographs of her projects, comprehensively documented in drawings and images.

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Jo Noero

Jo Noero

South Africa

Jo Noero has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Cape Town from 2000 to date, Director of the School of Architecture and Planning at UCT from 2000 to 2005 and the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies at Washington University in St Louis, USA from 1995 to 2001.

Noero Architects was established in1984 in Johannesburg. The practice moved to Cape Town in 2000 and has completed well over 150 buildings with a focus on public buildings such as museums, schools, art galleries, university buildings and social housing.

Noero’s work has been exhibited at various venues around the world which include the Maxxi National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture in Rome in 2013, Museum of Architecture in Munich in 2013, Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006, 2010 and 2012, MOMA in 2010, the Turkish Chamber of Architects in Istanbul in 2010, National Art Gallery of South Africa in Cape Town in 2008.

Noero has won a number of national and international awards for his work including the inaugural Lubetkin Prize from RIBA in 2006, the inaugural ICON Award for Building of the Year in 2012 in London, two Awards of Excellence, sixteen Awards of Merit and twelve Project Awards from the Institute of South African Architects.

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Beth Miller

Beth Miller

United States

Beth is the Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative, a volunteer based design center in Philadelphia. She has more than 20 years of experience in Philadelphia’s design and nonprofit community. She spearheaded the transformation of the Collaborative in 2001 from a part time volunteer initiative of AIA Philadelphia into a full service independent nonprofit strengthening Philadelphia’s neighborhoods through design.

In December 2012, she was recognized on the Public Interest Design 100, a first-of-its-kind list highlighting people working at the intersection of design and service in the U.S. In 2011, Beth was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to the City Planning Commission of Philadelphia. She serves as Ex-Officio Board Member of the Center for Architecture and served on the Design Advocacy Group (DAG) Steering Committee from 2007-2011.

Beth has a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

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David Adjaye

David Adjaye

United Kingdom

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana.Engaging issues of place and identity, Adjaye Associates, in its own words,seeks to create “buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts,absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.

The office’s projects range from pavilion and exhibition design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

David, a frequent collaborator with artists such as Chris Ofili, James Turrell,Julie Mehretu, and Olafur Eliasson, recently co-authored Authoring: Replacing Art and Architecture with Marc McQuade. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Adjaye is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Image credit: Ed Reeve



Lyndon Neri

Lyndon Neri

China

Lyndon Neri is a Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China, which he established with Rossana Hu. In 2006, Lyndon was selected by I.D. Magazine as one of the 40 designers globally who deserve more attention in “I.D. 40”. The practice was selected as one of the Design Vanguards in 2009 by Architectural Record (US), won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2010 by Architectural Review (UK), and was the 2011 INSIDE Festival Overall Winner. In 2013, Lyndon and Rosanna were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame and they were selected as AD 100 top talents in architecture and interior design by Architectural Digest China. In 2014, Wallpaper* announced Neri&Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year.

Lyndon received his Master of Architecture at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been actively involved in teaching and research at the Department of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong Graduate School and as a visiting critic at Princeton University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California at Berkeley, and Syracuse University.

 

Aside from Architecture and Interiors, Lyndon is actively working on a number of industrial design products for various brands in Europe including MOOOI, LEMA, Parachilna, Classicon, Gandia Blasco, Stellar Works, Meritalia and BD Barcelona Design, and have his own collection under the monicker brand ‘neri&hu’.

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Parlour
Justine Clark and Naomi Stead

Parlour
Justine Clark and Naomi Stead

Australia

Parlour brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture in Australia. Seeking to expand the spaces and opportunities available to women in architecture, it also celebrates those who already contribute in diverse ways. As activism and advocacy, Parlour aims to generate debate and discussion. As research and scholarship it provide serious analysis and a firm evidence base for change. As women active in Australian architecture the Parlour team seeks to open opportunities and broaden definitions of what architectural activity might be.

Parlour is an outcome of the ARC-funded research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work, and Leadership, which is a joint initiative of the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne in collaboration with industry partners the Australian Institute of Architects, Architecture Media, BVN Architecture, PTW Architects and Bates Smart.

The research team is led by Dr Naomi Stead (UQ). Team members are Dr Karen Burns, Prof Julie Willis and honorary research fellow Justine Clark (UMelb), Prof Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Gill Matthewson, Dr Amanda Roan and Prof Gillian Whitehouse (UQ). The Parlour website is edited by Justine Clark.

At making: 2014, Parlour will launch the Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, which are supported by publication partner, the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

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Alejandro Echeverri

Alejandro Echeverri

Colombia

Alejandro Echeverri is an internationally acclaimed architect and planner from Medellín, Colombia. He is the co-founder and Director of urbam, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University. His experience combines architectural, urban, environmental projects and planning. He has also collaborated as professor, lecturer and juror in various international and national architectural institutions.

His work earned a national architectural award in 1996, the National Urban Planning Award in 2008, the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2009, the 10th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design from Harvard, among others. In addition, as General Manager of the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) from 2004 to 2005, and the City’s Director of Urban Projects for the Municipality of Medellín from 2005 to 2008, where he led the conceptualisation and implementation of social urbanism, Alejandro has played crucial role in the rejuvenation of Medellín.

With the support and partnership of the city’s mayor, Sergio Fajardo, Alejandro established public works programs and initiated building a series of visually striking libraries, schools, parks, and community centres in Medellín’s most impoverished areas. The works program even included an urban integral projects that connects some of Medellín’s poorest and most isolated neighbourhoods to the rest of the city.

Because of these efforts and the his belief in the power of design, Medellín is now considered a blueprint for the future of other cities in the developing world.

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