Tuesday 23 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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  • 12.20 pm Welcome
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  • 12.30 pm Presentation
    Rahul Mehrotra, RMA Architects (India, USA)
  • 12.50 pm Presentation
    Mark Middleton, Grimshaw (Australia, UAE, France, US, UK) 
  • 1.10 pm Presentation
    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (China) 
  • 1.30 pm Session 2 concludes
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Rahul Mehrotra

Principal, RMA Architects

Rahul Mehrotra is the founder and principal of RMA Architects. He divides his time between working in Mumbai and Boston and teaching at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he is professor of urban design and planning and the John T. Dunlop professor in housing and urbanization. His most recent book is titled Working in Mumbai (2020) and is a reflection on his practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai.

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Mark Middleton

Group Managing Partner, Grimshaw

Joining the practice in 1996, Mark has worked predominantly on the completion of large-scale projects that successfully resolve the competing demands of complex technical requirements and stakeholder aspirations. During Mark’s six year tenure as managing partner for Grimshaw’s London studio he was responsible for a long period of growth, steering the new business strategy and the commercial performance of the practice.

Mark’s recent and current projects span the breadth of the transport sector, both nationally and internationally, such as masterplanning high-speed rail stations and their associated over-site developments, as well designing new stations at London Bridge (nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize) and Reading. Mark led the concept design for Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, Australia, which won the 2007 Lubetkin Prize.

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Neil Stonell

Managing Partner, Melbourne, Grimshaw

Neil is the managing partner of Grimshaw's Melbourne studio. With extensive experience across a variety of building sectors and typologies including rail, aviation, workplace, university buildings, retail and masterplanning, he has been instrumental in the delivery of complex projects throughout the region and globally for Grimshaw, including the practice’s first Australian project, Southern Cross Station, the recipient of the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.

Key projects include commercial buildings at 477 Collins Street (Olderfleet), 664 Collins Street and 699 Bourke Street; the Mernda Rail Extension; the Melbourne Metro Reference Design; Auckland’s City Rail Link, Brisbane's Neville Bonner Bridge and Papua New Guinea’s Kutubu Convention Centre .

A member of the Champions of Change Coalition, Neil is committed to proactively advocating for gender parity in Australian architecture practices.

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Andrew Cortese

Managing Partner, Sydney, Grimshaw

Andrew Cortese joined Grimshaw in 2009 and established the Sydney studio in 2010. Andrew has been instrumental in the design leadership of the Australian practice working into all project sectors, including establishing multi-discipline collaborative teams in significant public projects. His principal achievements have been in urban planning at scales from precincts to cities, the architecture and urban design of complex state significant projects with respect to infrastructure, tall buildings, science and learning, culture, sports and housing, and the industrial design of urban componentry.

Andrew's projects have been recipient of national and international awards, and citations for design excellence, all being acknowledged for their subtle response to place, the pre-eminence of the programs derived for organizational cultural initiatives, for its unique expressive structures and material qualities, and for the inception of certified environmental innovation. Andrew’s most significant realised and current projects include Sydney Metro Martin Place, CBD and South East Light Rail, Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School and the Monash University Woodside Building for Technology and Design. Andrew is the Managing Partner of the Sydney Studio, and a Trustee of the Grimshaw Foundation, established in 2020 to be the sponsor of the philanthropic programmes of the practice and the legacy of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Andrew was appointed to the NSW State Design Review Panel in 2021.

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