Wednesday 6 October 2021
9.00 am – 5.00 pm (AEST)


Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
NGV International
Melbourne VIC
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The Architecture Symposium: Small, Melbourne 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 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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  • 8.30 am Delegate arrival
  • 9.00 am Welcome
    Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 9.05 am Opening comments
    Guest curators: Anita Panov and Andrew Scott, Panov Scott Architects (Sydney, NSW)
  • 9.30 am A place for gathering: Parramatta Mission
    John Choi, Chrofi (Sydney, NSW)
  • 9.55 am Small lessons for the bigger city: Loftus Lane
    Mel Bright, Studio Bright (Melbourne, Vic)
  • 10.20 am Co-becoming: Redfern Community Facility
    Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, Aileen Sage Architects (Sydney, NSW)
  • 10.45 am Morning tea
  • 11.30 am Elements of everyday life: St Albans Housing
    Nigel Bertram, NMBW Architecture Studio (Melbourne, Vic)
  • 11.55 am Project TBC
    Poppy Taylor and Mat Hinds, Taylor and Hinds Architects (Hobart, Tas)
  • 12.20 pm Architecture that adapts: Three House
    John Ellway, John Ellway Architect (Brisbane, Qld)
  • 12.45 pm Lunch
  • 1.45 pm Project TBC
    Jennie Officer, Officer Woods Architects (Fremantle, WA)
  • 2.10 pm Making the mediocre memorable: Ed (Edwin Arnold) Hardy Park Amenities
    Matthew Eagle, ME (Gold Coast, Qld)
  • 2.35 pm It is better to know how to learn than to know (Dr Seuss): Research Primary School
    Rachel Nolan and Patrick Kennedy, Kennedy Nolan (Melbourne, Vic)
  • 3.00 pm Dissection
    A panel discussion led by Anita Panov and Andrew Scott
  • 4.00 pm Closing comments
    Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 4.10 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Event concludes


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.

Mel has led the Studio Bright team since starting the practice in 2006. Prior to this, Mel worked in numerous design practices locally and internationally – across London, Europe, South East Asia and China. This broadly based lineage of work experience allowed Mel a long gestation of the ethos that underpins Studio Bright today.

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Matthew Eagle

Director, ME

Matthew Eagle is the director and founder of architecture studio ME, and a teacher at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Established in 2013, ME is based in Jellurgal, Burleigh Heads, on the lands of the Kombumerri people of the Yugambeh language group. ME has since developed a portfolio of widely published and awarded projects.

Born on the Gold Coast, Matthew has an innate understanding of the local natural environment, history and climate. Experience abroad in the UK and Netherlands has provided Matthew with an appreciation for quality urban settings.

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John Ellway

John Ellway Architect

John Ellway established his practice in 2017 after working with architect and mentor James Russell for the preceding seven years. His residential project Terrarium House won the Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award at the 2019 National Architecture Awards, as well as the Elina Mottram Award at state level, and regional house of the year. In 2018 it won a Houses Award and was a finalist in the inaugural Dezeen Awards.

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Amelia Holliday

Director, Aileen Sage Architects

Amelia has a Master of Arts in History and Critical Thinking from the Architecture Association in London, and received Class 1 Honours and the University Medal in the Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW. 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

Isabelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, receiving the University Medal and Class 1 Honours in both the Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. 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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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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