August 2023 – January 2024


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Tickets: $90 per session

This session comprises 2 hours of presentations and attracts 2 formal CPD points. Tickets are available until 12 January 2024.

Season Three sessions are available to view on demand in the Design Speaks Virtual Portal until 19 January 2024.

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Program Info

This session is a selection of presentations originally presented as part of The Architecture Symposium: Truth or Dare (2022).


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Event Coordinator Header Image The Architecture Symposium: Truth or Dare? Masterpiece courtesy of Rachel Nolan.


  • Truth or Dare?
    “The more digital we have, the more naked skin and rawness we will want.” – Bjork

    Curated by Rachel Nolan (Kennedy Nolan) and Karen Alcock (MA Architects), The Architecture Symposium: Truth or Dare? presents a cast of emerging and established Australian architects whose residential projects are a testament to their experiences, processes and creativity. Join us for raw (but not naked) stories that reveal how personal idiosyncrasies and curiosities have shaped architectural thinking to create poetic homes that respond to people and place.
  • Session Information
    Warren Haasnoot, Curious Practice (Newcastle, NSW)
    Clare Cousins, Clare Cousins Architects (Melbourne, Vic)
    Morgan Jenkins, Nielsen Jenkins (Brisbane, Qld)
    Kirsten Stanisich, Richards Stanisich (Sydney, NSW)

    Includes opening and closing comments from co-curators Rachel Nolan (Kennedy Nolan) and Karen Alcock (MA Architects)
  • CPD Questions – Truth Or Dare?


Clare Cousins

Director, Clare Cousins Architects

Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects, in 2005. Engaging in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community.

Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community. She is a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a past national president.

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Warren Haasnoot

Director, Curious Practice

Warren Haasnoot graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Masters of Architecture in 2012. He is one of the founding partners at Curious Practice, which was established in 2017.

Warren is interested in the way we connect to the environment in both a sustainable and atmospheric sensibility. He enjoys connecting with clients, staff and consultants to create meaningful objects that enrich natural and unnatural territories.

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Morgan Jenkins

Co-director, Nielsen Jenkins

Morgan Jenkins is co-director of Brisbane-based architecture studio Nielsen Jenkins.

He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2007 and has since worked with Phorm Architecture and Design, Kevin O'Brien Architects and Nielsen Workshop. In 2017 he formally established Nielsen Jenkins with long-time friend and collaborator Lachlan Nielsen, after five years of designing and often building projects together.

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Kirsten Stanisich

Director, Richards Stanisich

Kirsten was instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. She founded Richards Stanisich with Jonathan Richards in 2018.

Kirsten enjoys the development of design by innovating and pushing our experience with materials and detailing. She is restless in her pursuit of originality and will imbue a project with a sophisticated palette. Kirsten regularly participates in industry events and award systems with her public speaking and participation on judging panels, and has held prominent positions in the Design Institute of Australia.

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Rachel Nolan

Principal, Kennedy Nolan

Together with Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan is a founding partner of multiple-award-winning practice Kennedy Nolan. She is crucially involved in the design direction of the practice, with expertise in creating built environments that are inspiring and memorable.

Fascinated by both the material and the immaterial, Rachel is conceptually driven and pragmatic, focused on creating enduring settings for life.

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Karen Alcock

Principal, MA Architects

After 10 years at Neometro Architects, Karen Alcock established MA Architects.

Central to MAA’s architecture is a commitment to craft, authenticity of materials and human experience. Karen leads an eight-person team to deliver meaningful residential and mixed-use projects that contribute to the lives of those who work, study and reside within them.

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