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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Event Coordinator Header Image Parramatta Mission (competition entry) by Chrofi. Image courtesy of Chrofi.


  • Small: Making Urban
    The urban scale can feel big, complex and often overwhelming. But it is comprised of myriad smaller parts – the bustling piazza, the peaceful pocket park, the pathway that allows for movement through and in between development. In this session, we ask how the fine grain – the magic of the urban – comes about. What are the creative tactics that promote the “smallness” that we crave in our cities? And how do we initiate a shared culture of good design that permeates the large scale of the urban realm? Speakers in this session will discuss these ideas through the lens of a single project, exploring the making methods and lessons learnt as well as the built work itself.
  • Session Information
    John Choi, Chrofi (Sydney, NSW)
    Mel Bright, Studio Bright (Melbourne, Vic)
    Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, Aileen Sage Architects (Sydney, NSW)
    Olivia Hyde, office of the Government Architect NSW (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 Urban


John Choi

Director, Chrofi

John Choi is a co-founder and director of Chrofi – a practice widely recognized for its holistic approach and design innovation. The practice has been awarded the AIA Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture, seven Chicago Athenaeum Awards and three World Architecture Festival Awards. In 2012, John was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize, and in 2014 he was the prize recipient of the AR International Award for Emerging Architecture.

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Mel Bright

Director, Studio Bright

Mel Bright is the owner and founding director of Studio Bright, a Melbourne-based practice that has gathered a collection of diverse and highly acclaimed built work. Studio Bright is best known for its houses, but the practice is currently working on a number of city-making projects across a variety of scales and types, including civic, educational and multi-residential projects.

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Amelia Holliday

Director, Aileen Sage Architects

Amelia worked for a number of years as a senior architect with Neeson Murcutt Architects, which is where she and Isabelle met. Prior to that she worked with Architect Marshall and Tonkin Zulhaika Greer in Sydney. She is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Architects Venice Biennale Committee.

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Isabelle Toland

Director, Aileen Sage Architects

Prior to establishing Aileen Sage, Isabelle worked for award-winning practices, including renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban in his Europe office in Paris and Neeson Murcutt Architects in Sydney. Her experience has ranged from complex high-end residential projects and urban community projects to remote temporary campsites and urban art interventions. Isabelle is currently teaching a design studio at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

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Olivia Hyde

Director of Design Excellence, Government Architect NSW

Olivia Hyde is the director of design excellence at the Government Architect NSW and a professor of practice in architecture at The University of Sydney. In her role with the Government Architect, Olivia leads the development of policies and programs – for the State Design Review Panel – to support and promote greater design quality in the built environment across the state.

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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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