Droga Architecture Residency welcomes Finnish icon

Droga Architecture Residency welcomes Finnish icon

Renowned Finnish architect and architectural philosopher, Juhani Pallasmaa will shortly arrive in Australia ahead of his Droga Architecture Residency.

A former juror for the Pritzker Architecture Prize and jury member for the extension of Sydney Modern, Pallasmaa will present a series of lectures around the country beginning at the Sydney Opera House on 23 February.

‘Juhani Pallasmaa is highly regarded worldwide for not only his architectural works but his contributions through lectures, seminars, books, exhibitions and philosophical reflections.

‘It is a great honour and a great opportunity to host Juhani as the next Droga Architect in Residence and we are excited by the wealth of expertise and inspiration he will bring as he tours the country,’ Jury Chair Brit Andresen said.

Pallasmaa’s lecture series, titled The Australian Lectures: Touching the World Through Architecture, will explore alternative directions for architecture, away from purely vision, form and aesthetics, drawing from philosophy, psychology, biology, neuroscience and the analysis of artistic phenomena.

Pallasmaa has practised architecture since the early 1960s, establishing his own office in 1983. In addition to architectural design, he has been active in urban, exhibition, product and graphic design.

An Emeritus Professor, he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia and has published books and numerous essays on the philosophy and critique of architecture and the arts in over thirty languages.

The Droga Architecture Residency invites international architects to participate in a three-month program encouraging the exploration of new approaches, the exchange of ideas, international collaboration and cross-fertilisation.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, it is the first program of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is named after cultural philanthropist and supporter of the Institute, Daniel Droga, who generously gifted his award-winning Droga Apartment in Surry Hills for use as an architect residency.

For more information about the residency and associated events visit wp.architecture.com.au/foundation/current-residencies/


The Australian Lectures

Sydney – Opening Lecture
Tuesday 23 February, Sydney Opera House
ATMOSPHERE AND MOOD – feeling space and place

10 March – Melbourne
DWELLING IN TIME – the architectural meaning of time

31 March – Brisbane
IN PRAISE OF VAGUENESS – diffuse thought and peripheral vision

9 April – Canberra
EMPATHETIC IMAGINATION – embodied simulation in architecture

April (Date TBC) – Adelaide
COMPLEXITY OF SIMPLICITY – the inner structure of artistic imagery

13 April – Sydney
TRADITION AND NEWNESS – the meaning of artistic continuity