Thursday 18 March 2021
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm (AEST)


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Each package in this edition of The Architecture Symposium includes the live panel discussion, Dissection: How new is now?

Two sessions: $90
Three sessions: $120
Four sessions: $140

Tickets may be purchased up until 28 April. Once a session is live streamed, it becomes available for delegates to view on demand in their portal, up until 30 April. CPD accreditation coming soon.

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Events Manager Header Image Apartments with a Small Restaurant by Naka Architects' Studio. Photography: Koichi Torimura.


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  • 12.20 pm Welcome
    Log in to the Design Speaks Virtual Portal
  • 12.30 pm Presentation
    Stephanie Larassati, At-Lars (Indonesia) 
  • 12.50 pm Presentation
    Yuri Uno and Toshiharu Naka, Naka Architect's Studio (Japan) 
  • 1.10 pm Presentation
    Gong Dong, Vector Architects (China)
  • 1.30 pm Session 2 concludes
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Stephanie Larassati

Principal, At-Lars

Stephanie Larassati is founder and principal architect of At-Lars in Jakarta. Several key projects of At-Lars include St. Carolus Hospital Screening Facility, Bliblimart (a mixed-use convenience store for, and a series of open-air cinemas Misbar commissioned by the Ministry of Creative Economy. At-Lars' work helping hospitals during the pandemic through temporary architecture has been recognized as a finalist in the ArchDaily Building of the Year Award program for 2021. Stephanie's works investigate the potential of ephemeral architecture in creating sustainable impact.

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Yuri Uno

Co-principal, Naka Architects’ Studio

Yuri Uno is a co-principal of Naka Architects’ Studio. Yuri creates spaces that allow living with nature. She is interested not only in enjoying the richness of nature, but also in creating architecture with an intermediate space where the inside and outside spaces are mixed, expressing the idea that human beings are a part of nature. Some of these integrated works include the use of rain circulation and solar energy to create an open yet pleasant climate.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo Graduate School, Yuri worked at architectural firm Nihon Sekkei, until she joined Naka Architects’ Studio in 2013.

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Toshiharu Naka

Co-principal, Naka Architects’ Studio

Toshiharu Naka is a co-principal of Naka Architects’ Studio and has been pursuing the relationship between local communities and architecture for 20 years. In particular, Toshiharu has critically viewed modern houses that are made exclusively for dwelling and designed housing, apartments, and community facilities that create living environments that integrate work and housing. “Small economy” is one of the keywords for these buildings.

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Gong Dong

Design Principal, Vector Architects

Gong Dong founded Vector Architects in 2008. He was elected as the foreign member of the French Academy of Architecture in 2019 and in the same year, was appointed as the Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been teaching design studios at Tsinghua University since 2014.

Vector Architects has been invited to various major exhibitions, including the 2018 Freespace Venice Biennale. Gong's practice has earned international recognition by his representative works, including Seashore Library, Seashore Chapel, Yangshuo Sugar House, the Renovation of the Captain’s House, Changjiang Art Museum, and Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum.

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