Thursday 25 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 Dissection: How new is now?
    A panel discussion with Gong Dong of Vector Architects (China), Stephanie Larassati of At-Lars (Indonesia), Mark Middleton, Grimshaw (Australia, UAE, France, US, UK) and Karamia Muller of University of Auckland (New Zealand). This session will be moderated by 2021 Asia Pacific Architecture Festival co-curators Georgia Birks and Cameron Bruhn.
  • 1.30 pm Plenary session concludes
    Return to the Design Speaks home page to see the full program

Panel speakers.

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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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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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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Georgia Birks

Associate Editor, Architecture Media

Georgia Birks is an associate editor at Architecture Media. She is a proud descendant of the Kamilaori and Dunghutti people.

Georgia completed her Bachelor of Architectural design at the University of Queensland graduating as Valedictorian. During her studies she was awarded the Santos Indigenous Prize and was selected to take part of the Momoyo Kaijima Research Scholarship in Japan. She went on to complete her Master of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Since then, Georgia has helped to deliver a range of projects across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Georgia currently holds a position as an Advisory Board member at the University of Queensland School of Architecture. She has written a number of reviews, participated in panels across Australia and held the role as co-curator for the 2020 Asia Pacific Architecture Festival.

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Cameron Bruhn

Dean and Head of School, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland

Cameron Bruhn is the dean and head of school at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland. He is a writer, editor, curator and advocate for architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. From 2009 to 2018 Cameron was the editorial director of Architecture Media, Australia’s leading cross-platform publisher and event organizer for the built environment community.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Queensland and a practice-based PhD from RMIT University. He is the editorial director of Multitudes, a monograph celebrating multidisciplinary international design practice Hassell, and co-editor of The Forever House, The Terrace House and the Apartment House, published by Thames and Hudson. Cameron was a co-creative director of This Public Life, the 2015 Australian Festival of Landscape Architecture and How Soon is Now, the 2016 Australian National Architecture conference.

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