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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CPD Questions – Small: Making Suburban


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  • Small: Making Suburban
    The idea of “suburban” is an artificial construct, an adjunct to the “urban.” Established to satisfy the desire of city-dwellers for greater access to space and greenery, the suburbs represent a taming, or remaking, of the natural environment. The house, the garden and the car are the foundational elements of the existing suburban system. We know that our approach to suburban development needs to change – but what is the role of the architect in achieving greater residential density, sustainability, affordability and diversity in our suburbs?

    Speakers in this session will explore housing innovations and repeatable models, the evolution of building techniques and the value of shared space within the limits of suburban environments.
  • Session Information
    Nigel Bertram, NMBW Architecture Studio (Melbourne, Vic)
    Simon Pendal, Simon Pendal Architect (Fremantle, WA)
    John Ellway, John Ellway Architect (Brisbane, Qld)
    Mat Hinds, Taylor and Hinds (Hobart, Tas)

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


Nigel Bertram

Director, NMBW Architecture Studio

Nigel Bertram is practice professor of architecture at Monash University and director of NMBW Architecture Studio, established in Melbourne with Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean in 1997. The team’s architectural work has been widely published and awarded across categories, including urban design, single and multiple residential designs, small public works and adaptive re-use of existing buildings.

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Simon Pendal

Simon Pendal Architect

Simon Pendal is a practising architect and educator who co-leads the studio program at the Fremantle School of Architecture. His practice works primarily on suburban commissions which are small, intimate and finely wrought, seeking communication with their local landscape and environment. Simon obtained his practice-based PhD via the “invitational” stream at RMIT in late 2016, and since that time has tried to better understand the place in which he resides, seeking also to invite students and colleagues into this conversation.

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John Ellway

John Ellway Architect

John Ellway runs a small architectural practice with a love for creating places where people live, inspired by their stories of travel and family memories. His goal is to create simple functional buildings that delight and surprise through the control of light, shadow and landscape, with a focus on local materials, climate, and social relationships.

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Mat Hinds

Director, Taylor and Hinds Architects

Mat Hinds established Taylor and Hinds Architects with Poppy Taylor in 2011. The practice is nationally and internationally recognized and awarded, particularly within the sphere of cultural heritage.

The architecture of Taylor and Hinds centres on an approach that is site specific, economical and strategic. Noted for its sensitivity, firmness and experiential clarity, the work of Taylor and Hinds addresses complex questions of civics, landscape, identity and history particular to the Tasmanian condition.

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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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