Thursday 18 November 2021
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm (AEDT)


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Architecture can be a catalyst for transformation at all scales. The Architecture Symposium: Beyond the Building, Sydney presents a curated selection of contemporary Australian architects whose public projects have an impact that is beyond the built form itself. In these buildings, form and use, aesthetics and technology, concept and program, ethics and immediacy, private need and public good often meet head-on. Discussion will highlight works that have synthesized these often-conflicting factors, extending the brief to unlock remarkable results that have a ripple effect on the building’s context and its community.


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  • Emotional Connection
    At its highest level, architecture can stir the emotions and induce feelings of joy, elation, calmness or solemnity. A visceral response to the built form provides an opportunity to deepen cultural understanding, embed memories and open the mind to new possibilities. In this session, we explore projects that have evoked emotive or spiritual responses and left a lasting impression.
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Abbie Galvin

NSW Government Architect, Government Architect NSW

Abbie Galvin is the Government Architect NSW. Prior to this appointment, she worked for 30 years in architectural practice on projects across a range of sectors that have been highly awarded, published and recognized internationally for bringing fresh approaches to common project types.

Abbie is passionate about the public domain, and the ability of architecture and our built environment to positively affect human behaviour, the way people interact, and the manner in which institutions and organizations operate.

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William Smart

Founder and creative director, Smart Design Studio

William Smart is the founder and creative director of Smart Design Studio, which takes a holistic approach, combining architectural and interior design with a passionate attention to detail and an ethos of “architecture from the inside out.” Over the past 23 years, Smart Design Studio has delivered a wide range of projects, from large-scale masterplans, cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.

Smart Design Studio’s buildings have received critical acclaim, with the studio receiving more than 40 international and national awards for architecture, urban design and interior design. William was also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award (The Luminary) at the 2017 Inde Awards. He has taught and lectured across Australia, published written work and is an active participant in charity organizations.

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