Friday 28 October – Friday 27 January 2023


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Program Info

This session was originally presented as part of The Architecture Symposium: Small (2021).

The Architecture Symposium: Small presents a curated collection of Australian architects whose projects demonstrate a manner of working deliberately within limit – be it size, budget, material, Country or community – to enable profound impact. Each of these architects will reflect on a recent project or process that, although not necessarily small, involves divergent practice methods developed over many years to produce an enviable economy of architectural means.


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  • Small: Making Community
    Small-scale public projects can be profound in their ability to foster and support community – often even before they are built. It takes significant architectural skill to work within the familiar limits of time, budget and site constraints while delivering a dignified built work that recognizes and leverages its impact – which is so often incommensurate with its size. And working with community groups to establish design parameters is more likely to produce an outcome that is embedded in local culture and place.

    Speakers in this session will explore the long-term value that small public projects can deliver, and the challenges and opportunities of community collaboration as an architectural practice method.
  • Session Information
    Jennie Officer, Officer Woods Architects (Fremantle, WA)
    Matthew Eagle, ME (Gold Coast, Qld)
    Rachel Nolan and Patrick Kennedy, Kennedy Nolan (Melbourne, Vic)
    Alexander Symes, Alexander Symes Architect (Sydney, NSW)

    Presentations are followed by a panel discussion moderated by curators Anita Panov and Andrew Scott of Panov Scott Architects.
  • CPD Questions – Small: Making Community


Jennie Officer

Founding Director, Officer Woods Architects

Jennie is a founding director at Officer Woods Architects, a senior lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Jennie grew up in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia and particularly enjoys responding to non-standard challenges and issues. She combines several roles in professional life: practitioner, teacher, researcher and advocate.

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Matthew Eagle

Director, ME

Matthew Eagle is the director and founder of architecture studio ME, and a teacher at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Established in 2013, ME is based in Jellurgal, Burleigh Heads, on the lands of the Kombumerri people of the Yugambeh language group. ME has since developed a portfolio of widely published and awarded projects.

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Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan

Principals, Kennedy Nolan

Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan established Kennedy Nolan in Melbourne in 1999. They both grew up in the country and became friends when they moved to the city in the late 1980s to study at The University of Melbourne.

Kennedy Nolan is an architecture practice that has established a strong reputation for making architecture with a distinct approach to the built form and highly considered interiors. The practice has been recognized by numerous design awards.

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Alexander Symes

Alexander Symes Architect

Alex’s technical expertise in building physics and facade system design is built on the experience he gained working in Arup’s building physics and facade engineer teams from 2010 to 2014. He has hands-on experience with construction and design for manufacture assembly (DFMA) and a passion for how buildings are put together. Alex has specialist training in the design and delivery of passive houses, which he believes offers a pathway towards exceptionally comfortable and healthy homes. Alex loves to collaborate with like-minded individuals and to test the boundaries of how status quo can be challenged to advance sustainable architecture.

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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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