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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  • Compact Housing
    In considering the future of housing in Australia, we must also look to the past. Our suburban city structures, generators of sprawl, but beloved for the promise of garden – how might we rethink them? What qualities to retain, what needs to change to help our cities adapt to the housing affordability and climate crisis we face. How do we deal with an ageing population and shifting demographic character of the country? In this session, we will examine typical suburban subdivisions that have been revisited by their architects to provide additional housing density, and the challenges this presents.
  • Session Information
    Timothy Hill, Partners Hill (Mermaid Multihouse, Qld)
    Melody Chen, A-CH (Yandina Sunrise, Qld)
    Emma Williamson, The Fulcrum Agency (Boonooloo Road Housing, WA)
    Anita Panov and Andrew Scott, Panov Scott Architects (Kindred, Vic)

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


Timothy Hill

Founder, Partners Hill

Previously a director of Donovan Hill, Timothy Hill recently established Partners Hill to continue participating in building, researching, advocating and teaching. His output has been awarded at the national and international levels and is deliberately unspecialized; projects have ranged through furniture commissions, city centre masterplans, landscapes, campus buildings, office towers and in a continuous stream, houses.

His investigation into alternate models of housing that provide flexibility throughout the lifespan of their inhabitants call into question “what is a house?” “who is it for?” and “are houses just for families?” His involvement in delivering larger schemes in the speculative sector (SL8 and W4 Apartments) has informed propositions for alternative models.

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Melody Chen

Founding Director, Atelier Chen Hung

Melody Chen completed her architecture degree at the University of Queensland in 2005 prior to co-founding architecture practice Atelier Chen Hung with James Hung in 2008. Her experience of living in both Taiwan and Australia sparks curiosity in how cultural contexts influence the production of architecture, in particular questions around material hierarchy and occupation of landscapes. In collaboration she has led a series of highly provocative and memorable built works in the suburban and native landscape locations. Melody is also a design tutor and regular guest critic in various universities.

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Emma Williamson

Co-founder, The Fulcrum Agency

Emma Williamson is a co-founder of The Fulcrum Agency, a creative consultancy founded in 2018 that leverages community and social outcomes through evidence-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. The Fulcrum Agency builds on this experience, working to position architecture and design thinking at the fore of decision-making in communities.

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Anita Panov and Andrew Scott

Co-directors, Panov Scott Architects

Anita Panov and Andrew Scott studied architecture at the University of Newcastle under Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury, among others. After decade-long apprenticeships with William Smart and Angelo Candalepas respectively, they commenced practice together in 2012, and in 2016 were the first collaboration to receive the New South Wales Emerging Architects prize, the citation stating:

“Through their conscious and thoughtful approach to the crafting of buildings, Panov Scott demonstrate design excellence, generosity of spirit and leadership by example. They are builders, teachers, curators, scientists, agitators and writers. This critical thought leadership has the potential to inspire the next generation of architects.”

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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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