Wednesday 18 May – Friday 12 August 2022


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Program Info

This session was originally presented as part of The Architecture Symposium: Housing Futures (2020).

The Architecture Symposium: Housing Futures presents a curated selection of contemporary Australian architects whose projects respond creatively to the spectrum of housing challenges and opportunities. We have, as a profession, an opportunity to step confidently from turbulent times into a future where we take the lead on the transformation of the urban, suburban and regional residential environment. The Architecture Symposium will highlight projects that are already doing so, opening directions for the profession and stimulating new ways of living. Financing, procurement models, housing typologies, sustainability and cost-effective strategies will be considered, all delivered to a benchmark of exceptional architectural quality. The presentations will provide a concise survey of current projects, viewed through four lenses: alternative housing models, the integration of social agendas, emerging directions in market-based housing and compact housing.


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  • Alternative Housing Models
    In a context of necessarily increasing density, alternative housing models serve to introduce flexibility and diversity into the multiresidential sector, exemplified by collaborative development models such as Nightingale and Baugruppen, and by emerging build-to-rent schemes. In this session we will explore these new models and the architectural strategies that accompany them, while considering their current status and how they are likely to evolve.
  • Session Information
    Clare Cousins, Clare Cousins Architects (Nightingale Village, Vic)
    Adam Haddow, SJB (Illawarra Road Co-Housing, NSW)
    Chris Gilbert, Archier and Liam Wallis, Hip V. Hype (Davison Collaborative, Vic)
    Huw Turner and Penny Collins, Collins and Turner (Habilis, NSW)

    Presentations are followed by a panel discussion chaired by curators Andrew Burns, Andrew Burns Architecture, and Hannah Tribe, Tribe Studio Architects.
  • CPD Questions – Alternative Housing Models


Clare Cousins

Director, Clare Cousins Architects

Clare Cousins established Melbourne practice Clare Cousins Architects in 2005. Based on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation, the studio is engaged in projects large and small including housing, workplace, and cultural projects. Each project is an opportunity for the studio's team to explore what they value; a nuanced sense of place, embedded with a responsibility to our environment.

Actively involved in the broader design community, Clare is a life fellow and past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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Adam Haddow

Director, SJB

Adam Haddow is a Sydney-based architect and director at SJB. He is interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected, and civic and has built expertise in urban density, multiresidential design, and the intersection of public and private space.

Adam’s design achievements have been recognized with numerous awards including the Australian Institute of Architects' National and New South Wales Chapter Architecture Awards, the Urban Taskforce Awards, and the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence. 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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Chris Gilbert

Director, Archier

Chris Gilbert is a founding director of Archier, a multi-award-winning practice based in Melbourne, with extensive design experience in residential and commercial projects.

Tolstoy, macroeconomics and a healthy dose of sci-fi have all profoundly influenced Chris' worldview; he enters the second stage of his career outward-looking, optimistic, and passionately pursuing ideas that touch the edges of architecture. Chris is also actively involved in education through the School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT University, as a design studio leader.

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Liam Wallis

Founder and Managing Director, Hip V. Hype

Founder of Hip V. Hype and managing director of Hip V. Hype projects, Liam Wallis is a creative entrepreneur who believes in the power of design thinking to resolve intuitive solutions to project delivery and value creation. He is passionate about cities and is driven by a desire to achieve better outcomes. Since establishing Hip V. Hype in 2002, Liam has refined a design led approach to business that seeks to shape and enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of our cities through informed, responsive and collaborative design and development solutions.

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Huw Turner

Principal, Collins and Turner

Born and raised in Wales, Huw studied architecture at London South Bank University. Huw worked at the offices of Eva Jiricna and Richard Rogers Partnership, before joining Foster and Partners, where he became an associate of the practice in 1996. Huw was involved in a wide range of projects at diverse scales, including the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Electronic Arts campus in London, and the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin.

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Penny Collins

Principal, Collins and Turner

Penny was raised and educated in Sydney and graduated with honours from the University of Sydney School of Architecture. She began her career at the Government Architect's Office in Sydney, working on health, museum, and urban design projects. From 1990 to 2000 Penny worked in London and Germany for Grimshaw Architects and the Richard Rogers Partnership, followed by a seven year stint at Foster and Partners.

Returning to Sydney in 2000 and she formed Collins and Turner together with Huw Turner, a colleague from Foster and Partners. Penny is closely involved in the practice's award winning designs.

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Hannah Tribe

Principal, Tribe Studio Architects

Hannah Tribe is the principal of Tribe Studio Architects, a practice recognized for design excellence in its built and conceptual work in residential and urban design, education, installation and interiors. Tribe Studio Architects currently has a team of 15 architects working on projects in Australia and internationally.

Hannah has taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She has tutored in design and lectured in both design and design communications. She is has sat on the New South Wales Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects. She has been an invited juror on awards panels, including the Australian Institute of Architects Awards, the IDEA Awards and the 2020 Houses Awards.

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Andrew Burns

Principal, Andrew Burns Architecture

Andrew Burns graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004, establishing his practice Andrew Burns Architecture in late 2007. The practice’s approach seeks to combine social engagement with design excellence, and is characterized by precise geometry and material exploration.

Undertaking projects Australia-wide, the practice has broadened from a base of small cultural and domestic commissions to undertake multiresidential, public, educational and hospitality projects, often in landscape-based settings.

Andrew is currently completing a design-based PhD at Monash University, exploring the potential of systematic concept generation.

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