Friday 18 November – Saturday 19 November 2022


Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Domain, Art Gallery Road
Sydney NSW 2000
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Program Info

Regardless of where one sits on Australia’s architectural spectrum, we need to respond to landscape. Whether our preferred reference point is remote bush, suburban vernacular, dense city or Country, many of us understand our work in relation to our own ideas about landscape.

The Architecture Symposium: A Broader Landscape will interrogate how architects practising in Australia use (or mis-use) the term ‘landscape’ to many different ends. It will seek to expand and adapt our understandings to account for the specific histories and practices that have enabled occupations of this land for millennia. And it will explore the ways we can amplify diverse ideas about landscape to inform our architectural practice.


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Event Manager Header Image Bundanon Art Museum and Bridge by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Photography by Rory Gardiner.


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  • 18 November DAY ONE: Symposium
  • 8.30 am Delegate arrival
  • 9.00 am Welcome to Country
  • 9.05 am Introduction
    Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 9.10 am Opening comments
    Guest curators Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects; and Phillip Arnold, Plus Minus Design
  • Landscape as “belonging”
  • 9.25 am Provocation
    Dr Danièle Hromek, Djinjama Indigenous Corporation
  • 9.30 am Presentations
    Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille, Neeson Murcutt and Neille
    (Kamay Botany Bay National Park Masterplan, NSW)

    Kaylie Salvatori, COLA Studio
    (Project TBC, NSW)

    Megan Baynes, City of Hobart
    (Ubiquity and Pleasures, Tas)

    Richard Weller, The University of Pennsylvania
    (The Innocent Landscape, USA)
  • Landscape as “un/natural”
  • 10.30 am Provocation
    Jane Irwin, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
  • 10.35 am Presentations
    Anthony Gill, Anthony Gill Architects
    (Blue Mountains House, NSW)

    Nicole Larkin, architect and artist
    (The Wild Edge, NSW)

    Michael Wright, Rush Wright Associates
    (Springvale Community Precinct, Vic)

    Andrew Burges, Andrew Burges Architects
    (Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre, NSW)
  • 11.35 am Morning tea
  • Landscape as “climate”
  • 12.05 pm Provocation
    Daniel Barber, The University of Technology Sydney
  • 12.10 pm Presentations
    Jefa Greenaway, Greenaway Architects
    (Project TBC, Vic)

    Louise Wright, Baracco and Wright Architects
    (Garden House, Vic)

    Graham Burrows, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
    (Gillies Hall, Vic)

    Ché Wall, Flux Consultants and Kerry Clare, Clare Design
    (Rockhampton Museum of Art, Qld)
  • 1.10 pm Lunch
  • Landscape as “resource”
  • 2.10 pm Provocation
    Joan Ockman, The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
  • 2.15 pm Presentations
    Amy Seo and Shahar Cohen, Second Edition
    (Surry Hills Kitchen, NSW)

    Ross Brewin, Gilby and Brewin Architecture
    (Spring Bay Mill, Tas)

    Jennie Officer, Officer Woods Architects
    (Aboriginal Cultural and Visitors Centre for the City of Cockburn, WA)

    Guillermo Fernández-Abascal and Andrew Daly, GFA2
    (Murrin Bridge Preschool and Community Hub, NSW)
  • 3.15 pm Dissection
    A panel discussion with Kerstin Thompson, Phillip Arnold, Danièle Hromek and Jane Irwin.
    Moderator: Dr Julian Raxworthy, University of Canberra (Canberra, ACT)
  • 3.50 pm Closing comments
    Katelin Butler, editorial director, Architecture Media
  • 4.00 pm Closing drinks
  • 5.00 pm Delegates depart
  • 19 November DAY TWO: Bundanon Tour
  • NOTE: Symposium packages include an optional return bus transfer from the Sydney CBD for the Bundanon tour. Delegates are welcome to arrange their own transport. Places for the tour are limited.
  • 7.00 am Optional bus transfer departs Sydney CBD for Bundanon
  • 10.30 am Delegate arrival at Bundanon
    All delegates arrive at Bundanon, Illaroo
  • Tour with Kerstin Thompson
    Includes lunch and free time for site exploration.
  • 3.30 pm Depart Bundanon
  • 6.30 pm Bus arrives in Sydney CBD


Rachel Neeson

Director, Neeson Murcutt and Neille

Rachel Neeson is a founding director of the architecture practice Neeson Murcutt and Neille, formerly Neeson Murcutt Architects. Rachel studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in 1993. She was awarded the Board of Architects Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship in 2002 and completed a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona.

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Stephen Neille

Director, Neeson Murcutt and Neille

Stephen Neille is a director of Neeson Murcutt and Neille, formerly founding director of Pendal and Neille. Stephen studied at The University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours in 1988. He was awarded the RMIT 2007 University Research Prize for his PhD design project focused on the interface between architecture, landscape and spatial perception.

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Kaylie Salvatori

Director, COLA Studio

Walawaani njindiwaan, ngiiagan Budawang Yuin, ngiiagan Kaylie Salvatori.

Kaylie Salvatori is a Saltwater Budawang Woman living and working on Gundungurra and Dharug lands. She is a landscape architect and founding director of COLA Studio (Country Oriented Landscape Architecture), which is one of the few Aboriginal-owned landscape design studios in Australia.

Working in the nexus between cultural placemaking and Country-centred landscape architecture, Kaylie’s practice is informed by collaboration with Traditional Custodians.

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Megan Baynes

Architect and urban designer, City of Hobart

Megan Baynes is an architect and urban designer, currently based in Tasmania. She studied architecture at the University of Tasmania and Lunds Tekniske Universitet in Sweden. Megan was the recipient of the Union Internationale des Architects German Federal Environment Award, leading her to work with Sauerbruch and Hutton Architects in Berlin.

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Nicole Larkin

Nicole Larkin Design

Nicole is an architect, designer and artist, currently based in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Masters of Architecture from the University of Sydney, and has worked across public art, architecture and design disciplines. Nicole was the recipient of the Byera Hadley Scholarship in 2017, which launched her body of work entitled ‘The Wild Edge: A Survey of Ocean Pools in NSW’.

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Michael Wright

Director, Rush Wright Associates

Michael Wright is a director of the Melbourne-based design practice Rush/Wright Associates, which he established with his co-director Catherine Rush in 1999.

Michael has a broad range of experience in the industry, having worked as a design-construct contractor, horticulturist, plant propagator, stone mason, and landscape architect. With particular expertise in horticulture and landscape technology, Michael has an intuitive and site-based approach to developing and delivering landscape and urban design projects. He has worked on a range of urban landscape projects, including major public domain commissions across Australia.

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Louise Wright

Director, Baracco and Wright

Louise Wright (PhD) is an architect and director of Baracco and Wright Architects, based in Melbourne. She has recently been appointed practice professor at Monash School of Architecture, MADA.

Louise is interested in shaping new connections between architecture and the natural world. As a part of her design practice, Louise researches, writes and speculates on architectural possibilities through collaboration with ecologists, landscape architects and artists.

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Ché Wall

Director, Flux Consultants

Ché Wall is a director of Sydney-based environmental design and advisory practice Flux Consultants. Ché is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainability and is responsible for delivering a number of Australia’s most transformative green buildings, public spaces and precincts.

Flux Consultants advises on sustainability direction and strategy, implementation, policy, brand and communications for buildings, urban regeneration and green infrastructure projects.

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Kerry Clare

Director, Clare Design

Kerry Clare is an architect and co-director of the architecture practice Clare Design. Based between Sydney, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Kerry co-founded Clare Design with her husband Lindsay in 1979. Clare Design promotes sustainability in architecture, with the understanding that good design and sustainable design are intrinsically linked.

Kerry serves on advisory panels for several tiers of government, is a professor in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Newcastle and visiting professor at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University.

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Amy Seo and Shahar Cohen

Founders, Second Edition

Graduate architects Amy Seo and Shahar Cohen met while undertaking the Masters of Architecture Program at the University of Technology in Sydney. The pair founded Second Edition while completing a research thesis with Guillermo Abáscal-Fernandez, tackling the question: What is the feasibility of a deconstruction and reuse network in the context of Sydney?

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Ross Brewin

Director, Gilby and Brewin Architecture

Ross Brewin is a director of Gilby and Brewin Architecture and a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. Ross’s practice, which has studios in both Melbourne and Hobart, seeks to address pressing societal and environmental issues through thoughtful design.

Gilby and Brewin undertakes culturally, socially and environmentally responsible projects across a range of urban scales and settings.

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Jennie Officer

Founding Director, Officer Woods Architects

Jennie Officer is an architect and founding director of Officer Woods Architects, based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Jennie also works as a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia’s School of Design and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Jennie grew up in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia and particularly enjoys responding to non-standard design challenges. She combines a number of roles in her professional life: practitioner, teacher, researcher and advocate.

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Guillermo Fernández-Abascal

Founding Partner, GFA and GFA2

Guillermo Fernández-Abascal is an architect and founding partner of architectural practices GFA and GFA2. He is currently a practice fellow at the School of Architecture, University of Sydney.

Guillermo is based between Sydney and Santander in Spain. His work aims to bridge the gap between research and buildings, blending academic research with architectural practice. Recent projects include the restoration of the Enaire Foundation in Santander, Spain, and book ‘Regional Bureaucracy’, published by Perimeter Editions.

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Andrew Daly

Founding Director, Supercontext

Andrew Daly is an architect and the founding director of Supercontext, an emerging architectural practice and design studio based in Sydney. Andrew studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal.

Andrew also studied at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London. He worked for Sydney-based practices Johnson Pilton Walker and Tanner Architects, before starting his own practice in 2013.

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Kerstin Thompson

Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Kerstin Thompson is principal of KTA and an adjunct professor at RMIT and Monash University. A committed design educator, she regularly lectures and runs studios at various schools across Australia and New Zealand.

In recognition for the work of her practice and contribution to the architecture profession and its education, Kerstin was elevated to life fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017. She plays an active role in promoting quality design, within the profession and the wider community, through her position as panel member on the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel and board member for the Melbourne Housing Expo, a research group led by the University of Melbourne.

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Phillip Arnold

Plus Minus Design

Phillip worked for a long time at practices in Sydney before establishing Plus Minus Design in 2007. The focus of his practice is architecture, but interior design, landscape design and urban design are happy distractions.

He has taught design studios and history at UNSW, UTS and Western Sydney University, where he is an adjunct professor. He has also taught interior design, won an urban design competition, and conducted landscape study tours of the Netherlands, Kyoto, Suzhou and Iran, but has not completed his horticultural studies.

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