Tuesday 24 September 2019
8.30 am – 5.00 pm


Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Domain, Art Gallery Road
Sydney NSW 2000
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Early bird: $405 (until 23 August)
Standard: $455
Includes all sessions, morning tea, lunch and closing drinks.

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Program Info

Responsive urbanism: The Architecture Symposium, Sydney presents a curated line-up of contemporary Australian architects whose projects make explicit and lyrical contributions to the framing of the public realm. These are projects where a more engaging and responsive civic conversation is being staged. Discussion will be shaped by a number of themes, investigating approaches to elements from urban and landscape design, large-scale city quarters and infrastructure, to the architectural definition of streets, parks and arcades, down to the intimacy of the city's finer grain.


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Sponsorship and Events Header Image Maitland Riverlink by Chrofi. Photography: Simon Wood.


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  • 8.30 am Attendee arrival
  • 9.00 am Welcome to Country
  • 9.10 am Opening comments
    Curators Laura Harding, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects,
    and Adam Haddow, SJB
  • 9.25 am Urban campus
    Ninotschka Titchkosky, BVN (Kambri cultural precinct, Australian National University).
    Nigel Bertram, NMBW (RMIT University precinct).
  • 10.00 am Urban ensembles
    Victoria Reeves, Kennedy Nolan (Nightingale Village).
    Penny Fuller, Silvester Fuller (Loftus Lane).
  • 10.35 am Civic catalysts
    Tai Ropiha, Chrofi (Maitland Riverlink).
    Rodney Eggleston, March Studio (Kingborough Community Hub).
  • 11.10 am Morning tea
  • 11.40 am Aggregate urbanism
    Jared Webb, Richards and Spence (Ada Lane).
    Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects (Balfe Park Lane).
  • 12.15 pm Civic evocation
    Aaron Roberts, Edition Office (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial).
    Angelo Candalepas, Candalepas Associates (project TBC).
  • 12.50 pm Accretive architecture
    Michael Banney, M3architecture (Sibyl Centre and Langley Building for the Women's College).
    Peter Elliott, Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design (Parliament of Victoria Annex Building).
  • 1.25 pm Lunch
  • 2.25 pm Urban punctuation
    Adrian Iredale, Iredale Pedersen Hook (Highgate Primary School).
    Suzannah Waldron, Searle x Waldron Architecture (University of Melbourne, End of Trip Facilities).
  • 3.00 pm Architectural edges
    Ilana Freadman, Freadman White (Whitlam Place).
    Tony Chenchow, Chenchow Little (Waterloo Apartments).
  • 3.35 pm Dissection
    Panel discussion with curators Laura Harding and Adam Haddow
  • 4.05 pm Closing comments
    Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 4.10 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Delegates depart


Aaron Roberts

Director, Edition Office

Aaron Roberts is a director of Edition Office. Aaron established the practice with fellow director Kim Bridgland in 2016. The practice operates as a cultural agent amongst a diverse design and arts community within the intersections of architecture, culture and politics, and has contributed to numerous lectures and publications across Australia.

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Angelo Candalepas

Founding director, Candalepas Associates

Angelo Candalepas’ work has been acknowledged both in Australia and internationally in exhibitions, journals, television, radio and publications. He runs a practice of around forty staff and the work involves a breadth of sectors including religious, public, government, development, institutional and private individual houses.

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Ilana Freadman

Managing director and principal, Freadman White

Ilana Freadman is a managing director and principal architect of Freadman White. Ilana has extensive experience in the delivery of quality single and multiple residential and education projects. Ilana is responsible for the overall performance and delivery of the project and oversees the project team, providing strategic analysis and direction.

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Jared Webb

Associate, Richards and Spence

Jared Webb is a Brisbane-based architect committed to creating well-considered and contextually responsive buildings. Jared has more than ten years’ experience across varying typologies. As associate at Richards and Spence, Jared has been involved in a number of projects recognized for reshaping Brisbane’s urban environment.

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Kerstin Thompson

Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Kerstin Thompson is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects and adjunct professor at RMIT and Monash Universities. She regularly lectures and contributes to studio crits at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Kerstin was elevated to Life Fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017.

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Nigel Bertram

Director, NMBW Architecture Studio

Nigel Bertram is a director of NMBW Architecture Studio and practice professor of architecture in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne. NMBW's work is known for its careful reading of existing conditions, at both an urban scale and the scale of individual inhabitation.

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Ninotschka Titchkosky

Co-CEO, Strategic Champion Digital Inovation and Robotics, BVN

Ninotschka Titchkosky is co-CEO and Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics at BVN. She is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. She is leading BVN’s research into robotics.

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Penny Fuller

Founding partner, Silvester Fuller

Silvester Fuller is an architecture and interior design studio based in Sydney, established in 2008 by Jad Silvester and Penny Fuller. A commitment to discover the hidden potential within each project is at the core of their design process. They share a rationality of thought, often with surprising outcomes.

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Peter Elliott

Principal, Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

Peter Elliott is a Melbourne architect and recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects. He is currently an adjunct professor of architecture practice at the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Architecture by the University of Melbourne.

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Suzannah Waldron

Director, Searle x Waldron Architecture

Suzannah Waldron is director of Searle x Waldron Architecture (SXWA), a Melbourne architecture studio focused on designing innovative public and community projects. Co-founded with Nick Searle, the practice is interested in the potential for civic architecture to do more and be a specific response to place.

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Tai Ropiha

Founding partner, CHROFI

Tai Ropiha is a founding partner of CHROFI. Together with John Choi and Steven Fighera, he has driven the creative input that has generated an international profile for the practice. His passion is based on a thoughtful, considered approach with a focus on design quality at all stages.

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Tony Chenchow

Founding partner, Chenchow Little Architects

Tony Chenchow is a founding partner of Chenchow Little Architects. His projects have won the highest Australian awards, including the National Architecture Awards Robin Boyd Award and the New South Wales Aaron Bolot Award for residential architecture.

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Victoria Reeves

Director of architecture, Kennedy Nolan

Victoria Reeves has worked with Kennedy Nolan for more than fifteen years and has contributed to the practice both in her delivery of many high-quality design outcomes, as well as to the broader culture and strategic direction of the practice. In recognition of her invaluable contribution, Victoria was appointed director of architecture in 2017.

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Adrian Iredale

Founding director, Iredale Pedersen Hook

Adrian Iredale has made a significant and sustained contribution to the profession of architecture at state and national levels. His participation in Australian Institute of Architects awards juries, both as a member and chair across Australia, has maintained a high level of critical discourse and clear advocacy for the impact that quality architecture can have in our community.

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Adam Haddow

Director, SJB

Adam Haddow is an award-winning Sydney-based architect and director at leading multidisciplinary design studio SJB. A specialist in the built environment, Adam is interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civic with particular expertise in urban density, multiresidential design and the intersection of public and private space.

Adam’s design excellence has been recognized with numerous awards. He is a Churchill Fellow who investigated alternatives to conventional models of urban design, resulting in a research project entitled "Shall We Dense," an examination into the state of modern density living in Australia that led to successful collaborations within the professional and architectural realms.

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Laura Harding

Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Laura Harding is a Sydney-based designer and critic who has worked with the studio of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects since 1996. Her work encompasses a wide range of urban, multiple housing and architectural projects, many of which have received industry awards. Laura’s architectural writing and criticism has been widely published in a range of architectural journals, news media and monographs, and she was awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for architectural criticism in 2013.

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